Luzern and Central Switzerland

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  • 1. Jesuitenkirche

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

  • 2. Kapellbrücke

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

  • 3. Kultur- und Kongresszentrum

    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 center's roof is an oversized,...Read More

  • 4. Sammlung Rosengart

    A father-and-daughter team amassed this amazing group of works by major late-19th- and 20th-century artists. Now housed in a former bank building, the collection reveals...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Bourbaki-Panorama

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

  • 8. Franziskanerkirche

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

  • 9. Gletschergarten

    This tourist attraction, excavated between 1872 and 1875, uses light effects to illuminate stones that have been dramatically pocked and polished by Ice Age glaciers....Read More

  • 10. Grand Casino Luzern

    Some of the most elegant nightlife in Luzern is found in the Grand Casino Luzern, an early-20th-century building on the lake's northern shore near the...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Löwendenkmal

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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Spreuerbrücke

    This narrow covered bridge dates from 1408. The weathered wood structure's interior gables hold a series of eerie, well-preserved 17th-century paintings of the Dance of...Read More

  • 16. Weinmarkt

    What is now the loveliest of Luzern's several fountain squares was famous across Europe for the passion plays staged here in the 15th to 17th...Read More

  • 17. Zytturm

    The clock in this watchtower was made in Basel in 1535 and still keeps time....Read More

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