24 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland

It’s been a few years since I spent just 24 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland with Contiki but I recently rediscovered the photos I took there.

Switzerland has not fought a foreign war since it was established as neutral under the Treaty of Paris in 1815. It is the oldest neutral country in the world.

You don’t need a lot of time to see this gorgeous city in the German portion of Switzerland. 24 hours in Lucerne is enough. The trains in Switzerland are well connected and it’s a great option as a day trip from Basel as Paroma from Year of the Monkey can account.

Lucerne collage

The Lion Monument

The mortally wounded Lion sculptured into the rock commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.

It’s a somber, yet inspiring quiet place.

Lion in Rock Lucerne

Lake Lucerne Cruise

It was foggy as we boarded our boat and spent an evening cruising the lake but the beauty of the historic buildings still shines through.

We sipped hot chocolates to keep warm as we took in the beautiful buildings around the lake.



Chapel Bridge (Kapellbr├╝cke)

One of Lucerne’s oldest landmarks is this historic wooden bridge was built in the 14th century, destroyed by fire in 1993 and subsequently restored.


I was quite struck by the modern, almost fluorescent Starbucks sign against the background of the historic bridge.

Lucerne Starbucks


Just over half an hours drive away from Lucerne is the Stanserhorn. You take a vintage wooden cable car which has been in action since 1893 up through the grass hills before changing to a modern cable car for the second stage of the trip.

The Australian’s among our group were completely unprepared for the temperature at the top in their jandals and shorts. You feel as though you’re on top of the world amongst the snow at the top and snowball fights are ensured.

mt Stanserhorn

What do you think of Lucerne? Pin the image below to your travel board!

Things to see in Lucerne


  1. Liz Salthouse
    June 18, 2015 / 10:00 am

    Your photos reminded me of our family holidays in Lucerne – I’d totally forgotten about the lion but always remember the wonky wooden bridge! A great post, thanks!

  2. Maaike (Travellous World)
    June 17, 2015 / 5:13 am

    One of my favorite cities in Switzerland!

  3. June 11, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    Oh gosh, it’s so beautiful! I would love to visit Switzerland one day.

    • June 12, 2015 / 3:09 pm

      Really beautiful and so pristine and clean too – even the vehicles doing roadworks were sparkling! Sounds like you have a few European Cities to visit Meagan!

  4. Stephen Jones (A Thous. Miles)
    June 9, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Oh, I love Luzern! My favourite Swiss city. Ok, so I’ve only been to two (the other is Z├╝rich). Can’t wait to get back there, one day.

  5. Paula Phillips
    June 9, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    I want to go to Switzerland, it’s interesting as I chose for my “Neutral” – the book phrase “Team Switzerland” due to it’s neutral like of both characters. Love the different interpretations of these topics.

  6. June 9, 2015 / 3:22 am

    Love! I went to Lucerne many years ago before I could realize just how awesome it was. I really want to go back.