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The Alps peek over the banks of Lake Lucerne

Lucerne : the art and romance of the Alps

A thriving cosmopolitan city with the soul of an Alpine village and the heart of an artist Lucerne curves around the crystalline waters of its stunning lake. Romantic, creative and cultured Lucerne is Switzerland’s hidden pearl.

This lakeside beauty is cultured and vivacious capturing the traveller’s imagination and heart.

A thriving cosmopolitan city with the soul of an Alpine village and the heart of an artist Lucerne curves around the crystalline waters of its stunning lake. Romantic, creative and cultured Lucerne is Switzerland’s hidden pearl.

The once sleepy village of Lucerne has transformed itself into a cosmopolitan playground with some truly awe-inspiring mountain scenery. This lakeside beauty is just an hour from Zurich and one and a half from Bern making it perfect for long weekends that could easily extend to weeks. As Switzerland’s latest hot-spot, Lucerne is peppered with a selection of haute-design hotels and spas, excellent cuisine and a rich culture making it a charming and relaxed counterpart to Zurich’s urban buzz and Bern’s historic hush.

The medieval Kapellbrücke (Chaple Bridge)
The medieval Kapellbrücke (Chaple Bridge)

The Spreuerbrücke Bridge
The Spreuerbrücke Bridge

Lucerne’s appeal stems from the postcard views across the crystalline waters of the lake. Bankside pathways make for romantic strolling with the Alps watching from beyond the spires and rooftops of the old town. Antique steam-powered paddleboats crisscross the lake and if you allow yourself a moment you can be transported back to a time where life was lived at a slower pace. The 15-minute walk up the quaint cobbled streets to the top of the medieval old town is rewarded with stunning views across the city and lake. Three towers adorn the city walls with the Zyt Tower containing the city’s ancient clock held up by two painted giants. As is fitting for the town’s main clock it chimes exactly one minute before any other giving you just enough time to adjust your Swiss-made watch.

Sharq Oriental terrace
Sharq Oriental terrace

View of the Lake Lucerne
View of the Lake Lucerne

Frescoes abound across buildings throughout the city the finest of which adorns the PfisternGuildhouse where solid local fare is served in a traditional wood-panelled restaurant. Further medieval artistry can be seen in the … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

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© This article was first published in June-July 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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