Lucerne Green Travel Guide

Lucerne is surrounded by incredibly beautiful landscapes: snowy peaks, green hills, clear water lakes. It is a destination not to be missed if you are looking for an holiday in the nature or if you like winter sports, but also if you need a quiet and cozy place to relax!


buildings with lightened windows reflecting on the river at night
Lucerne and Reuss River - Michael Dawes via Flickr

1. What to see in Lucerne

Water is an element that characterizes this charming Swiss city, which is located on the shore of Lake Lucerne and is crossed by the River Reuss. Beautiful and ancient flowered bridges, often made of wood, link the two sides of the river, around which the city developed.

A symbol of Lucerne is the Waaserturm, an octagonal tower built in the XIII century that was used as a fortress, and that rises from the river, near the Chapel Bridge, the most famous of the city, long 204 meters. There are also many historical and religious buildings that can be visited located mainly in the north part of the city.

The southern part of the city overlooks the lake and is surrounded by walking paths and parks where you can relax in the hot summer sun and make a refreshing dip! Still visible are the old medieval walls that surrounded the town, as well as the remains of some towers, built on the nearby hills. 

ancient city walls made of stones surrounding the city
Ancient city walls - Patrick Nouhailler via Flick

Lucerne is also famous for its Carnival: every year despite the cold weather, many people arrive from the surrounding cities to participate in this awaited celebration. In addition to the traditional masks, there are many bands, called Guggenmusig, playing songs written especially for the occasion around the city.

2. Lucerne and surroundings

Lucerne is a strategic place for winter sports lovers: from here you can reach many ski areas in the Alps, the most beautiful of the region, for example the area of Stoos and Sorenberg. There are also some tracks dedicated to sledding!

The mountains around Lucerne have a lot to offer even during the summer for all those who enjoy hiking. On foot you can reach the top of the beautiful surrounding mountains, such as Mount Rigi, from which to enjoy the landscape that stretch up to France and Germany. 

white mountains covered with snow
Stoos - derdide via Flickr

3. Traditional taste

In the fertile area around Lucerne many fresh, natural products are grown and then sold in the city market, considered one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. Here you will find not only tasty vegetables and cereals, but also many varieties of fresh fish coming from Lake Lucerne, in particular the perch.

Typical of this area is of course the cheese, such as the Dallenwil, produced in the mountains, or the unbeatable goat cheese Engelberg. This central area of Switzerland boasts a renowned culinary culture. Among the most popular dishes you can try the Chügelipastete, vol aux vents stuffed with meat and the Lozärner Birewegge, typical cake made with pears.

people at the market selling fresh vegetables
The city market - jez s via Flickr

4. Where to sleep in Lucerne

Even in Lucerne you can find green solutions for your stay! Comfortable hotels, B&B, cozy igloos or apartments, taking care and respecting the environment, supporting the local economy and enhanceing their territory.

Discover all eco-friendly accommodations of Lucerne and surroundings

some people walking near a fountain in the city center among elegant houses
Walking in the city center - Patrick Nouhailler via Flickr


Author: Anita Cason

Cover image: kapellbruke Vaidotas Mišeikis via Flickr 

Eco-friendly accommodations

Free Spirit Lodge

Sörenberg (Luzern)

Starting from 100,00 €
Igloo Village Stockhorn

Thun (BE)

Starting from 179,00 €
Igloo Village Engelber

Engelberg (Canton of Obwalden)

Starting from 119,00 €
Hotel Boldern

Männedorf (Zurich)

Starting from 192,00 €
Gästehaus Seeblick

Spiez (Bern)

Starting from 152,00 €
Alphotel Eiger

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 141,70 €
Hotel Eden Spiez

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 249,06 €
Hotel Derby

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 154,59 €
Carlton-Europe Hotel

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 167,47 €
La Furca

Disentis (Grisons)

Starting from 142,56 €
Jugendherberge Baden

Baden (Aargau)

Starting from 88,00 €
Jugendherberge Richterswil

Richterswil (Zurich)

Starting from 86,00 €
Jugendherberge Brugg

Brugg (Aargau)

Starting from 77,00 €
Hüttenhotel Husky Lodge

Muotathal (Canton of Schwyz)

Starting from 156,00 €

Gailingen (Baden-Württemberg)

Starting from 50,00 €