In summer, people play petanque in front of the pavilion, listen to live music, or simply bask in the sun while admiring the views of the Pilatus and the KKL Luzern and licking an ice cream.
Located right by the lake, the music pavilion is on Kurplatz between Schweizerhofquai and Nationalquai. Getting there involves a leisurely stroll along Lucerne's lakeside promenade.
The pavilion hosts free concerts between May and September (weather permitting). It turns into an open-air concert hall on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 8.15 p.m. and again on Sunday mornings at 10.15 a.m. The 70-plus concerts on the promenade by Lake Lucerne are given by up to 50 different ensembles: the jazz and blues bands, brass bands, regional music clubs, accordion orchestras and alphorn associations offer an eclectic range of music under the chestnut trees.
Two open-air concerts a day take place on the pavilion stage during the Blue Balls Festival, and it hosts a light installation during the Lilu Lucerne Festival of Lights.
The pavilion was built in a geometric Jugendstil style in 1908 to plans by the German architect Bruno Schmitz: the idea was to have a 60-strong spa orchestra perform there twice a day. So pavilion concerts have been a tradition on Kurplatz for over 100 years.
LED lighting located within the mosaic-decorated stage shell provides an atmospheric ambience in the evening.
After Kurplatz, you can stroll past the Grand Hotel National and Casino Luzern to the Seebad Luzern, then past the Hotel Palace via Carl-Spitteler-Quai and Luzernquai to the Swiss Museum of Transport. Keep following the promenade alongside the lake to the Lido, then take Churchill-Quai to Seeburgstrasse. You can catch the bus for the return leg, or the boat from the nearby «Verkehrshaus-Lido» landing stage.