Historical Harmony: Exploring Lucerne’s Old Town – 5 Must-See Sites

Returning from Interlaken we passed through Lucerne to discover this small city in Switzerland for a few hours. There is not much to see in Lucerne, but rather to walk through it because it is to find yourself immersed in a story for a while. Like Bern, you can easily explore it in a few hours.

Lucerne bridges

Located between rivers, lakes and mountains, the city stands out not only for its architecture but also for 2 famous ancient bridges that divide it into the old and modern parts.

Kapelbrucke – Wasseturm -Spreuber brucke

The famous bridge is made of wood and roof, dating from the year 1332 and, in turn, the oldest in the world. The bridge, rebuilt according to the original after the fire of 1993, leads to the true symbol of Lucerne, the octagonal Wasserturm tower. The bridge and tower were part of the city fortification, as were the Musegg wall and its more than 500-year-old towers.

A historic “needle dam” from 1860 is responsible for regulating the water level of the lake as it drains into the Reuss River.

With a similar style and also made of wood, we find the Spreuber bridge, also with artistic works on its roof along the walkway.

Also called the bridge of the mills, it dates back to 1408. It has a simple 16th century chapel in the middle.

In the triangles of the roof are the paintings that Kaspar Meglinger made in the 17th century where the dance of Death is presented.

The bridge was part of the city fortification and near this bridge is the needle dam. The needles are a set of wooden planks that are used to regulate the level of the lake, also directing part of the water towards the city’s mills.

Lucerne Old Town

Touring the old town of Lucerne is walking among historic houses, adorned with frescoes, narrowed churches, squares, old buildings and streets that were taken from a medieval fantasy tale. These are closed to cars.

Highlights include the municipal building and the old town hall, as well as the wine market square (Weinmarkt).

We treated ourselves to stopping for a while at midday to enjoy the classic chocolate fondeau. Because in Switzerland one of the main activities, if not eating a fondeau or a chocolate, hits the spot. Of course, prepare your wallet because it is not cheap at all, as in all of Switzerland.

Wine Market

The Weinmarkt or Wine Square has magnificent old houses and a beautiful fountain in the center.

It was traditionally the heart of the city. A little further on, the elongated Mill Square, or Mûlhenplatz, also has notable buildings. The Hirschenplat or Deer Square has a series of beautiful doorways with interesting decoration.

Museggmauer Wall in Lucerne

If you want to travel back in time in this city, you cannot miss visiting the old wall. The Musegg wall Museggmauer It is the best part of the city since this sector still preserves nine enormous towers.

Each of the Museggmauer towers has a meaning and in itself the entire wall is considered by all the inhabitants of the city to be one of the best monuments of Lucerne and the undisputed heritage of its great and splendid medieval past.

The wall or Mussegmauer, runs from the river to the lake around the historic house and in addition to the towers that you can see simply by looking up from almost anywhere in Lucerne and knowing where to look, you will see that there are also many stairs. Therefore, when it comes to getting to know these ancient walls and exploring them, it is best to be in good physical condition because you have to move and climb a lot.

The first tower starting from the southwest side has the best view of all but in reality the panoramic view from all of them is very good and you will feel like a sentinel cautiously walking around the entire perimeter of the city. In one you can even see the old machinery of a clock inside.

Jesuiten Kirche

It is the first baroque-style sacred building in all of Switzerland. Built in 1666 by Pater Christoph Vogler at the service of the Jesuit monks. In the mid-18th century, the vault was redecorated. The original habit of Brother Klaus (the patron saint of Switzerland) is preserved in the chapel.

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