An Alpine city sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama, in Switzerland's German-speaking region. Lucerne is the gateway to visit mount Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn.
Chapel Bridge ( Kapellbrücke)
Lucerne's most popular landmark, the Chapel Bridge ( Kapellbrücke), a colorful covered wooden bridge built in the 14th century that spans the river Reuss. It is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. Inside are more than 100 paintings, dating back to the 17th century, depict events from the town's history. However, many of them were destroyed along with a larger part of the centuries-old bridge in a fire in 1993. The octagonal Wasserturm beside it is a 13th-century water tower from the town's fortifications.
The Lion Monument, another Lucerne’s must-see marvel. It was carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries who lost their lives while serving King Louis 16th during the French Revolution at the Tuileries in 1792.
Altstadt, the old town
Take time to explore the Altstadt, the old town on the right bank of the Reuss, to admire the brightly painted old burghers' houses, timber-framed buildings bedecked with flowers, and little charming squares with fountains.
Ascend Mt Titlis by cable car from Engelberg. Relax on the 40-minute panoramic ride, onboard the amazing TITLIS ROTAIR gondola, which rotates its way to the snow-capped summit, 3,239 meters. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the central Swiss Alps and have fun on the snowfields. Visit the Glacier Cave as you walk on the 150-metre-long walkway surrounded by blue light. For more thrills, walk across Europe's highest suspension bridge, 3000 meters above sea level, or just soak up the scenery from a café on the mountaintop sunny terrace.
The trip up Mt. Pilatus gives you a taste of the various Swiss mountain transport, a chance to sample both the cable cars and the mountain cogwheel train ride to the 2,132-meter summit of Mount Pilatus. The cogwheel train is the steepest cogwheel railway in the world . Built in 1889, meter by meter it scales the way from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm, passing alpine meadows and striking rock formations.
From the terrace are panoramic views of central Switzerland and the Alps. Short trails lead to the various peaks of this rugged limestone massif, for even broader views.
Switzerland’s largest city, set on the shore of a shimmering lake and framed by alpine mountains, Zurich is a global centre of finance, a hub for arts, music, scientific and cultural centre in Switzerland. This contemporary city offers a vibrant culture and it is one of Europe's best nightlife destinations. The University of Zurich and the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) are renowned institutions of higher education.
In Zurich, there is no need to look for a supermarket if you get thirsty, water flows at all corners of Zurich. You can simply quench your thirst at the nearest fountain and that can never be far away, because Zurich has the most fountains of any city in the world. Thanks to the numerous fountains.
St. Mauritius church, Chur
Zürich’s historic centre is on both banks of the Limmat River. The medieval and early modern streets of the Altstadt are where much of the city’s culture, nightlife and shopping is concentrated. Many of Zurich’s must-sees attractions dot around the streets. You will see the four main churches of Zurich, Grossmünster, Fraumünster, St Peterskirsche, Predigerkirche, the vibrant Limmatquai and the exclusive Bahnhofstrasse.
Church of Great Minister (Grossmünster Church)
A Romanesque-style Protestant church in Zürich. According to legend, the church was built on the graves of the city’s patron saints, Felix and Regula, by Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne.
The Grossmunster Church was once Catholic, now a Protestant Church . It was the starting place of the Protestant Reformation in Zurich.
Together with the Fraumünster and St. Peter's Church, it is one of the best-known churches in the city. Its characteristic twin towers are the actual landmark of Zurich.
Church of Our Lady (Fraumünster)
Founded in 853 by King Louis the German, this church with its convent was inhabited by the female members of the aristocracy of Europe. It most stunning treasures are the world-famous Chagall Windows stained glass, created by famous artist Marc Chagall. These beautiful stained-glass windows give a rainbow of light to the chapel.
St Peter's Church (St Peterskirsche)
St Peter's Church, the oldest church in Zurich, whose clock face is the largest in all of Europe. It's foundation dating back to the ninth century.
The Preacher's Church (Predigerkirche)
The Preacher's Church is one of the four main churches of the old town of Zürich, built in 1231 AD as a Romanesque church of the then Dominican Predigerkloster, the Basilica was converted to Prostestant during the Reformation.
Zurich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues, packed with a range of upmarket boutiques, high end designer brands, sophisticated jewellery shops, banks, bars and restaurants.
A former industrial site, the district in the west of Zurich is now the trendy part of town, a hotspot for night owls. A revival has been taking place and still undergoing constant change. Many industrial buildings were converted to bars, restaurants and event halls with the 126 meters Prime Tower, highest building in Zurich.