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Luzern and Central Switzerland Travel Guide

Plan Your Luzern and Central Switzerland Vacation

With the mist rising off the waves and the mountains looming above the clouds, it's easy to understand how Wagner could have composed his Siegfried Idyll in his mansion beside the lake. This is inspiring terrain, romantic and evocative. When the waters roil up, you can hear the whistling chromatics and cymbal clashes of Gioacchino Rossini's thunderstorm from his 1829 opera, Guillaume


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Luzern The must-see spot on the tour, it offers not only famous sights—the Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument—but also other treasures, like the Rosengart Picassos and that perfect table for two under the chestnut trees on the lakeside promenade.
  2. Mountain majesty Thanks to cable cars and cog railways, hill thrills—and some of the most staggering panoramas—can be yours atop Mts. Pilatus, Titlis, and Rigi.
  3. Wilhelm Tell country As with all good legends, the story of the famous archer who shot an apple from his son's head with a crossbow may have little basis in fact, but don't tell that to the crowds who visit his home turf in and around Altdorf.
  4. A paddleboat steamer ride Lake Luzern's smart white steamboats—including beautifully kept and picturesque old paddle steamers—offer a voyage back in time.

When To Go

When to Go

The geographic heart of Switzerland enjoys four distinct seasons, which are temperate in the valleys and more extreme in the mountains. Spring, summ...

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