Lucerne: A perfect base to explore Central Swiss

Chapel bridge in Lucerne
Chapel bridge and water tower, Lucerne

Switzerland is the dream destination for most of the travelers. It is indeed beautiful with the scenic Alps, numerous turquoise lakes, and typical wooden houses. The country is positioned in Europe so perfectly that it can be accessed from all the sides and one cannot decide which side is stunning than other. The popular entry points for Swiss are Zurich and Geneva.

The small beautiful old city- Lucerne is situated on Lake Lucerne and at the base of mountains Pilatus and Rigi. Lucerne is a perfect base to explore central Switzerland. There are trains from Zurich central station every hour to Lucerne and it takes only about an hour to reach here. Numerous popular destinations like Interlaken, Mount Titlis, Jungfraujoch can be easily reached by public transport from here.

Day trips

  • Mt. Pilatus – One can reach here by car, train, boat and/or cable car. It takes only about 1 hour to arrive from Lucerne. The view of Lake Lucerne in the valley is amazing. The Golden Pass includes this round trip also. For more details, click here.
  1. Golden pass – This scenic train route starts from Lucerne to Montreux and travels via Bernese Oberland, Simmen Valley, Gastaad and Lake Geneva. One needs to change the train 2 times. The entire stretch is at par scenic and takes around 5.5 hours one way. For more details, click here.

    GoldenPass LIne
    GoldenPass LIne

  2. Gotthard Panorama Express – Previously known as Wilhelm Tell Express. This is around 5-hour journey from Zurich to Lucerne and further to Lugano and then to Italy via Locarno. One can travel entire stretch by train or maybe up to Fleueln by boat and then by train. This is less known route as compared to other Swiss scenic routes but here is also similar breathtaking landscape. For more details, click here.

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Must try in Lucerne –

  • Fondue – There are many restaurants in Lucerne serving indefinite types of Fondue. I would recommend the Fondue House. They have a variety of Cheese fondue combinations and numerous side dishes to dip in fondue. One can order per person or for a family. Prices are reasonable as compared to other restaurants in the area. The staff is very friendly. They helped us decide the combinations and after tasing, we can say that they are masters of their business. One must try this restaurant.
  • Swiss roll cake – Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of it. This is yeast dough rolled out and then filled with boiled and finely chopped dried pears and plums, crunchy walnuts and some spice mixture. Our hotel owner served us for breakfast. It tastes heavenly.
  • Lucerne Gingerbread – Though the name ‘bread’, it is a cake made with some spice mixture, pear juice, and honey. This is also a traditional recipe of Lucerne.

After reading these points, would you select Lucerne as a base for exploring central Switzerland? 

Let me know below in the comments.

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