In Lucerne you can enjoy a swim in Lake Lucerne with a superb panorama of the Alps. Take a dip in a bathing area with a view of the Pilatus and the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne or venture a dive into the refreshing cold water from the diving tower at Lucerne Lido. At Ufschötti park there is not just an almost 200-metre long sandy beach but also a large lawn area where local people enjoy getting together for barbecues and ball games. After a refreshing dip you can drop into one of the nearby summer bars deep to savour an ice cream, a fizzy drink or bite to eat – whether a full meal or just a snack.
From July to October 2019 you can admire selected masterpieces by the famous British painter J.M.W. Turner at Museum of Art Lucerne. Turner loved the region and came to Lucerne several times to capture the unique combination of weather, lake and mountains in his vibrant watercolours and sketches. To mark the 200th anniversary of Lucerne Art Society, works by Turner otherwise on display at the Tate Britain in London can be viewed at the Museum of Art Lucerne.
Savour a delicious ice cream along the bustling banks of River Reuss or while you take in the superb views offered by the lake promenade. The local parlours will indulge you with home-made ice cream made from regional ingredients – whether chocolate-vanilla in a cone, strawberry with whipped cream or mascarpone-fig. Why not treat yourself?
In the hot weather, enjoy the fresh lake air with an outing on Lake Lucerne. You will spectacular natural scenery with imposing mountain panoramas and gaze into the deep blue water. Or perhaps you’d prefer a culinary trip? Enjoy Lake Lucerne on the Brunch Ship, the Burger Boat or the Candlelight Steamer.
If it’s too hot for you in the city in spite of the bathing areas and beach bars, why not spend the day in the nearby mountains? Take a trip up from Vitznau up to Rigi Kulm on Europe's first mountain railway. Or experience the steepest cogwheel railway in the world on a ride from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm. These record-breaking railways take you up the local peaks in no time. Go on a hike or a walk to enjoy the crisp mountain air.
Lucerne’s cityscape is defined by the Chapel Bridge, Water Tower, Jesuit Church, Musegg Wall, Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne and many other buildings. Take a tour of the city and listen to the tales behind these historic edifices – this will give you a whole new perspective on the city of Lucerne. Tours are offered on a daily basis for the general public in German and English from 9.45 am to 11.45 am.