Sited on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne, Lucerne is the gateway to central Switzerland and is surrounded by a glorious panorama of the surrounding Alps. Complete with gable paintings, the medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centerpiece of Lucerne’s townscape and this iconic feature is thought to be one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Another landmark is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception only of one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state.
Historic houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque town squares and the ‘Weinmarkt’ square in the pedestrian-only Old Town area. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland’s first sacral baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape. The figure of a dying lion which was hewn from the face of rock in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during an attack on the Tuileries in 1792 is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland.