Behold the Beauty of Lucerne
Rail Discoveries invites you to behold the beauty of Lucerne, one of Switzerland’s most popular, historic and culturally-rich cities, in the scenic setting of Lake Lucerne
Although Switzerland's most populated city, Lucerne is no high-rise concrete and glass behemoth. The gateway to the natural wonders and attractions of central Switzerland, Lucerne is a masterpiece of historic architecture, majestic plazas and pastel-painted houses that is at least as beautiful as the mountain-ringed Lake Lucerne by which it stands.
Founded in 1178, in a little over a century Lucerne had evolved into a prosperous and self-sufficient commercial city thanks to its proximity to the Gotthard Pass, an important trade route linking areas of Switzerland, Germany and Italy.
Despite the ravages of the Black Plague and internecine wars, Lucerne steadily grew between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries, the city's infrastructure developing accordingly to cope with an increasing population.
Consequently, Lucerne's wealth of remarkably-preserved buildings and structures from all periods stretching back to medieval times contribute significantly to the city's appeal. Today, the legacy of Lucerne's rich history is easily explored on foot, from the beautiful half-timbered buildings of the Old Town at the heart of the city to the ancient ramparts of its defensive walls.
Along the way, visitors can stop to admire Lucerne's wonderful churches and outstanding collection of museums and art galleries or head to the city's harbour to embark upon a relaxing cruise of Lake Lucerne from which exceptional views of the city and its spectacular surrounding landscapes can be obtained.