Many people consider Lucerne to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its old-world charm and scenic location in the Swiss Alps, it’s not hard to understand why.
In this post, you’ll find maps of the Old Town Lucerne that can be used by those planning a trip or already in the city and looking for things to do. If you are one of them, the brief description of each tourist attraction (pinpointed in the map) in this post should help you further decide which points of interest to visit.
The maps of Old Town Lucerne contain everything that a tourist would like to see and experience. It contains the must-see landmarks, the beautiful things (the gems), and some of the unique things to do in Old Town Lucerne.
Know that you can find the thorough discussion of the tourist attractions indicated in the map from the articles listed below and from the posts linked in their respective descriptions.
- 10 Unique Things To Do In Lucerne
- Lucerne Is A Beautiful City: 10 Things To See
- 10 Must-See Landmarks In Lucerne (Free Things To Do)
At the end of this post, you can find some useful links, like the exact location of the tourist attraction in Google Maps and their official website & visiting information.
As a map nerd, I find creating maps like the ones in this post really enjoyable. I hope you find them really helpful for your Lucerne Trip if you’re planning to visit this beautiful city. And of course, I wish you a well spent time in Switzerland.
So, without further ado!
The old town of Lucerne is compact and packed with many things to see. Its tourist attractions vary from picturesque landmarks to scenic spots, time-transporting places to meaningful works of art.
Because of that, I sliced the map of the old town into four sections. This way, I can pinpoint the tourist attractions and accurately show you where they are. The four parts are the Reuss River area, the Musegg Wall area, the central part, and the eastern portion of the old town.
Here’s the map of the old town of Lucerne:
There’s no historical or geographical basis for how I have divided Lucerne’s old city in the map above. I just sliced it, grouping the tourist destinations closest to each other.
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Let’s dig into each part now.
Reuss River Area Old Town Lucerne
For most travelers, who travel by train in Switzerland, some of the places of interest along the Reuss River will be the first on their itinerary. They’re the closest to the train station, most notably the Chapel Bridge—the most famous landmark in Lucerne.
Below is the map of the old city, showing the tourist destinations along the Reuss River.
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For me, the Reuss River area is the most picturesque part of the old town of Lucerne.
For instance, you can hang out along Rathausquai and find graceful swans splashing under the flower-embellished Chapel Bridge. It’s one of my favorite scenes in Lucerne which I think you will also like taking photographs of.
Or, try having a stroll on other footbridges across the River Reuss. I bet their wrought iron railings and quaint street lamps will inspire you to pull out your cameras from your pocket and take pictures.
Not to mention the gorgeous facade of the houses. If you stumble upon Jesuitenplatz, you’ll see them reflected by the Reuss River.
Overall, you may need approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete a leisurely sightseeing activity along the Reuss River. That includes crossing the Reuss River through the Chapel Bridge and Spreuer Bridge, taking photos of Torbogen Luzern and Rathaus, and checking the interiors of the Jesuit Church.
However, to give you a perspective, you can literally walk from Torbogen Lucerne to Spreuer Bridge in less than 15 minutes. My estimate (1 to 1.5 hours) might be too much if you’re quick in exploring (i.e., skipping the little details) the places you visit.
Map Of Central Old Town Lucerne
Among the parts of the old town of Lucerne, it is in the central area where you can find the beautiful little details. If you like exploring and art, it’s the part that you also wouldn’t want to miss!
You can particularly find the “gems” at the town squares pinpointed below:
These four squares are a simple example of a truly European city square—beautiful because they were built with aesthetics in mind. As the centers of the political, social, and cultural life of the city, citizens designed them visually appealing, reflecting the wealth and status of the city.
You can expect to see some of the most beautiful buildings in the city from these squares (also cute and intricate fountains). Impressive murals decorate their facades—some are awe-inspiring!
The murals aren’t just ordinary paintings on the houses’ facades, though. They are called Lüftlmalerei, a traditional art in the Alps. This art often depicts the occupation and the favorite saints/biblical scenes of the house owners.
My estimate is that you can finish exploring the squares of the central part of the old town of Lucerne in 20 minutes. However, with the numerous shops and restaurants in the area, I think you might like to allot more than that.
Musegg Wall Area Old Town Lucerne
There is no better place in Lucerne to visit than the Musegg Wall to feel like you are in the medieval ages. The wall and its towers are like a scene straight out of a movie set in the middle ages, like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.
The Musegg Wall has 9 towers, but I would only recommend visiting 6 of them. The other three towers are in a private neighborhood and are not accessible to tourists.
Here is a map of the old town of Lucerne showing the Musegg area:
There are nice vantage points on both sides of the wall. You can climb the towers and walk along the ramparts to see some beautiful views of the old town.
Be prepared for a lot of walking when visiting the wall. There are also hundreds of steps inside the towers! So, make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Don’t forget your camera! There are fantastic photo opportunities at the foot of the wall.
In my opinion, the best spots are along the Museggmauerweg north of the wall, between the Männliturm and Nölliturm. Within that area, you can photograph a magical scene of the Hotel Château Gütsch (the castle-like hotel on a hilltop) with the towers of the Musegg Wall in the background.
Climbing the towers, strolling along the walking trails beside the wall, sightseeing, and taking photos will take slightly more than an hour.
However, it could be shorter or longer, depending on how fast you see things. As a reference, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk from the Nölliturm to the Schirmerturm without stopping.
You can learn more about Musegg Wall from my post, Musegg Wall In Lucerne: 5 Beautiful Reasons Why You Must Visit.
Map Of East Old Town Lucerne
In the eastern part of Lucerne’s old town, there are two of the most impressive and meaningful works of art in Lucerne: the Lion Monument and the Bourbaki Panorama.
Here is a map of the eastern part of Lucerne’s old town, showing the exact location of these two places of interest:
By visiting the Lion Monument and Bourbaki Panorama in the eastern part of the old town, you will also be near Glacier Garden and Hofkirche, another notable landmark in Lucerne. Hofkirche, or the Church of Saint Leodegar, has an imposing facade that can serve as a beautiful background for a souvenir photo.
Suppose you make it to the Church of Saint Leodegar. In that case, I encourage you to also visit the lakeside promenade for some refreshing and relaxing views. The promenade is literally just a few steps away from the Hofkirche.
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Visiting each of these tourist attractions can take as little as 15 to 30 minutes, except for the Glacier Garden, which typically takes about 2 hours for most visitors to see. Therefore, you may need 3.5 to 4 hours for a relaxed trip to these tourist destinations in the eastern part of Lucerne’s old town.
There is no particular time you must visit these tourist attractions, except for the Bourbaki Panorama, which is usually only open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, if you are still planning your Lucerne itinerary, I suggest visiting the eastern part of the old town in the afternoon.
If you visit Lucerne in the summer, when the weather is often wonderful, you may be able to witness a beautiful golden hour view of Lake Lucerne with Mount Pilatus in the background.
Old Town of Lucerne Tourist Attractions (Things To Do)
Old Town Lucerne has a ton of fascinating places to visit – and now that we know where they are, it’s time to see which ones align with your travel preferences. Each item listed below is linked to the corresponding map of the Old Town. Click the link to see where they are exactly.
1. Torbogen Luzern
If you are going to Lucerne by train, Torbogen Luzern is the first landmark you’ll encounter.
Torbogen Luzern, now a landmark, was once the main entrance of the beautiful 19th-century railway station of Lucerne, which was almost entirely destroyed by fire in 1971. Its imposing neo-renaissance style and the sculpture of the Zeitgeist on its top are its most interesting features.
It is one of the must-see landmarks in Lucerne. If you are an architecture enthusiast, you should check the list I just linked.
2. Chapel Bridge
The Chapel Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most iconic landmarks in Lucerne and Switzerland.
As the world’s oldest truss bridge and Europe’s oldest covered wooden bridge, it’s no wonder the Chapel Bridge is known all over the world. Not to mention the unique triangular paintings on its gables! Most importantly, it is a visually attractive and unique landmark that is irresistible to photograph.
Do you want to learn more about the Chapel Bridge? See what’s inside? Or find out when and where to photograph it? Check out my post, Visiting Chapel Bridge: The Famous Wooden Bridge In Lucerne.
3. Town Hall of Lucerne
Impressive and eye-catching buildings flank the Reuss River in the Old Town Lucerne. One of them is the Town Hall. It’s one of the buildings that form the skyline of Lucerne.
The Town Hall of Lucerne is one of the oldest buildings in Lucerne. It dates back to 1602, as inscribed on its door at the Kornmarkt. Its Italian Renaissance architecture and beautiful clock tower are an eye-catcher, a great subject for photography while in the Reuss River.
For explorers and architecture lovers, you should not miss the intricate door beside the foot of the clock tower. It’s overwhelmingly elaborate—even the door knob! I think the door knob is a mini sculpture of a platypus.
I linked an article about the Town Hall of Lucerne at the end of this post. You can check it if you want to discover its history, purpose, and events that take place at Rathausquai.
4. Jesuit Church
The Jesuit Church is another eye-catching building along the Reuss River. Well, thanks to the church’s twin towers, both with an onion-shaped pinnacle!
If you have seen the famous European churches, the Jesuit Church in Lucerne will look like just an ordinary church. Although that may be the case, the Jesuit Church is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful churches, and you’ll believe me once you enter. The rococo stucco works inside this church are epic!
The Jesuit Church is a remarkable structure because it’s the first Romanesque church that was built north of the Alps. Its Romanesque features allowed the culture of Catholicism to be expressed very well.
Do you want to learn more about the Jesuit Church? Check out my post, Jesuit Church in Lucerne: Visiting An Architectural Gem.
5. Spreuer Bridge
Back in the day, there were three wooden bridges in Lucerne. The two surviving are the Chapel Bridge and the Spreuer Bridge.
Spreuer Bridge is the shorter version of the Chapel Bridge. They both have triangular gable paintings. However, the ones in the Spreuer Bridge are more special because they form one of the largest cycles of Danse Macabre paintings in the world.
These paintings in the Spreuer Bridge are some of the most beautiful things you can find in Lucerne. You should check out the rest from the article I just linked!
6. Musegg Wall
The Musegg Wall is undoubtedly the largest and longest landmark in Lucerne. It stands 9 meters tall (though the towers are definitely taller) and stretches for approximately 900 meters from the Reuss River to the east area of the old town of Lucerne.
I think the Musegg Wall is a must-see place in Lucerne because it is a remarkably preserved structure that transports people back to the middle ages. It is also an excellent example of Swiss medieval military architecture and a place where you can see panoramic views.
There are two specific places in the Musegg Wall that you must not miss: the Zytturm and the Männliturm.
The Zytturm is the mural-decorated clock tower of the Musegg Wall; it is the fifth tower of the Musegg Wall from the Reuss River. Inside, there is an exhibit of different clock mechanisms, which can be one of the “cool” discoveries you can find in Lucerne. From its small windows, you can already see views of the lake, city, and mountains.
But if it’s the 360-degree panorama of Lucerne that you want to see, you must visit and climb the Männliturm. It is the only tower in the Musegg Wall that has an open deck on top.
Here’s the link to my article, 5 Reasons To Visit Musegg Wall in Lucerne, in case you missed it and if you want to see what’s inside the towers. There are more tips about Musegg Wall in it, so don’t miss reading it!
7. Glacier Garden
For natural history enthusiasts, the Glacier Garden in Lucerne is the perfect destination. It is a natural history museum and garden, home to a collection of geological and paleontological exhibits, as well as a variety of plants and flowers.
The main attraction of the Glacier Garden is the series of rock formations that were created by glacial erosion. Some people refer to these rock formations as “the glacial potholes from the Ice Age.”
You might also want to visit the Glacier Garden because of its spectacular mirror maze and lookout tower. The mirror maze is inspired by the Alhambra palace and is a fun activity for both adults and kids.
I have linked the official website of the Glacier Garden at the end of this post in case you want to discover more about this tourist attraction.
8. Lion Monument
Lion Monument is undoubtedly the most famous and meaningful landmark in Lucerne.
It is a beautiful work of art and a memorial that commemorates the Swiss soldiers who died in their duty to defend the last king of France during the French Revolution. This gigantic lion sculpture (10 meters by 6 meters) has a face which superbly depicts the grief and pain of the people who lost their loved ones (soldiers).
The emotion shown by the lion emanates to anyone who visits it—explaining why it is a powerful piece of art. Believe it or not, Mark Twain even described the Lion Monument as the “most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”
Check out my post, Lion Monument in Lucerne: How to Visit & What to Expect, to learn more about this tourist attraction.
9. Bourbaki Panorama
Aside from the Lion Monument, which we discussed previously, the Bourbaki Panorama is another impressive history-related artwork to see when in Lucerne.
The Bourbaki Panorama is a circular painting in Lucerne, Switzerland, that depicts the retreat of the French army under General Charles Denis Bourbaki during the Franco-Prussian War. It measures over 100 meters in circumference and is housed in a specially designed-rotunda building.
Visitors can walk around the painting and view it from different angles, giving them a unique, immersive experience of the depicted historical event.
During your visit, you’ll see various scenes during the retreat, like the piling of arms and the Swiss Red Cross wagon. What’s interesting is that the panorama includes 3D foreground figures that seamlessly blend with the painted panorama.
More information about the Bourbaki Panorama and the visiting information is linked at the end of this post in the sources section.
10. Hofkirche (Church of Saint Leodegar)
Hofkirche (front side) is another beautiful place in Lucerne where you might like to take selfies and photo souvenirs.
Hofkirche is a unique architectural attraction, notable for its mix of German renaissance and gothic styles. Its gigantic pointy twin towers are an eye-catcher anywhere from the shores of Lake Lucerne within the city.
The unmissable part of the Hofkirche is its facade and the main portal. I marvel at its elegance and the exquisite artworks (like the woodcrafts and murals) at the entrance.
By the way, Hofkirche is also called the Church of Saint Leodegar and the Catholic parish church of Lucerne. Check my article, Church of St. Leodegar: Visiting Lucerne’s Parish Church, to find out what you can expect when you visit.
Sources: Lucerne Map & Points Of Interest
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