Luzern and Central Switzerland

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  • 1. Ital-Redinghaus

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Schwyz has several notable baroque churches and a large number of fine old patrician homes dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, not least...Read More

  • 2. Jesuitenkirche

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Constructed in 1666–77, this baroque church with a symmetrical entrance is flanked by two onion-dome towers, added in 1893. Inside, its vast...Read More

  • 3. Kapellbrücke

    Bridge/Tunnel

    The oldest wooden bridge in Europe snakes diagonally across the Reuss. When it was constructed in the early 14th century, the bridge served...Read More

  • 4. Kultur- und Kongresszentrum

    Convention Center

    Architect Jean Nouvel's stunning glass-and-steel building manages to stand out from as well as to fuse with its ancient milieu. The lakeside...Read More

  • 5. Mt. Pilatus

    Mountain–Sight

    To reach the mountain by cable car, get a bus from the train station in Luzern to the suburb of Kriens, where you catch a tiny, four-seat cable...Read More

  • 6. Tellskapelle

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A shrine to Wilhelm Tell, the church is adjacent to the Tellsplatte, which was the rocky ledge onto which Tell, the rebellious archer, leaped...Read More

  • 7. Verkehrshaus

    Museum/Gallery

    Almost a world's fair in itself, the complex of buildings and exhibitions—both indoors and out—includes live demonstrations, dioramas, and a...Read More

  • 8. Altes Rathaus

    Government Building

    In 1606 the town council held its first meeting in this late-Renaissance-style building, constructed between 1602 and 1606. It still meets here...Read More

  • 9. Bourbaki-Panorama

    Building/Architectural Site

    The panorama was the IMAX theater of the 19th century; its sweeping, wraparound paintings brought to life scenes of epic proportions. The Bourbaki...Read More

  • 10. Bundesbriefmuseum

    Museum/Gallery

    See the beautifully scripted and sealed original Oath of Allegiance, as well as battle flags and paintings of the period, in Schwyz's...Read More

  • 11. Franziskanerkirche

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Since its construction in the 13th century, this church has been persistently remodeled. It still retains its 17th-century choir stalls and...Read More

  • 12. Gletschergarten

    Museum/Gallery

    This tourist attraction, excavated between 1872 and 1875, shows stones that have been dramatically pocked and polished by Ice Age glaciers....Read More

  • 13. Historisches Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the late-Gothic armory dating from 1567, this stylish institution exhibits numerous city icons, including the original Gothic fountain...Read More

  • 14. Hofkirche

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This sanctuary of St. Leodegar was first part of a monastery founded in 750. Its Gothic structure was mostly destroyed by fire in 1633 and rebuilt...Read More

  • 15. Löwendenkmal

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    The Swiss guards who died defending Louis XVI of France at the Tuileries in Paris in 1792 are commemorated here. Designed by Danish sculptor...Read More

  • 16. Monument to Arnold von Winkelried

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    On the town square, facing the Pfarrkirche St. Peter und St. Paul, stands this 19th-century monument to Arnold von Winkelried, a native of Stans...Read More

  • 17. Mt. Rigi

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Weggis has a cable car up to the top of the Rigi, and neighboring Vitznau has a cogwheel train. You can also approach Rigi via the cogwheel...Read More

  • 18. Mt. Titlis

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Set 19 km (12 miles) south of Stans, this is perhaps the most spectacular of the many rocky peaks that surround the Obermatt's long, wide bowl...Read More

  • 19. Natur-Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Unusually modern display techniques bring nature lessons to life here. The museum focuses on local natural history, with panoramas of early...Read More

  • 20. Pfarrkirche St. Peter und St. Paul

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The bell tower of the Pfarrkirche St. Peter und St. Paul is in Italian Romanesque style, with increasing numbers of arched windows as it rises...Read More

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