Part of the Old Town of Lucerne lies at the southern bank of the River Reuss of which like in the northern bank of the old town, most of the old architecture and houses now hold a variety of retail stores, souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels, even a Mc Donald's and some of the attractions in the south bank are the venerable Jesuit Church, the nearby Franciscan Church, the Lucerne Theater along Theatertrasse, the Nature Museum Lucerne and the promenade area facing the rathaus of the Old Town in between the chaperl bridge and Spuerbrucke bridge.
We enjoyed walking through town and then along both sides of the river, beside the landmark building of this town, we can see so many old hoses and small fountains, also small statue. We never bored to walked, walked and walked.
This May of 2015 we returned to Lucerne. The most delightful activity of this two day stay was walking along and exploring the nine towers of Lucerne. During the Middle Ages many Swiss towns built massive walls and towers as fortifications and defense against attack. Over the years many of the walls and all but a few of the towers have been destroyed as towns grew.
Lucerne has done a most admirable job of preserving the towers along its medieval walls. The towers are known Museggtume in German. They were built between 1350 and 1408. Three of the nine towers are actually open to public view offering incites as what it was like to work in one of these fortifications hundreds of years ago. In addition to the towers being open there is a great rampart to walk along offering some great view of Lucerne.
The walk, depending on what you wish to see, can take up to two and a half hours if you wish to see all and climb to the top of the open towers. There is no fee to take the walk or to enter any of the open towers. The towers are open however from noon to sunset only after Easter to the end of October. Some of the stairs in the towers may be too difficult for children or seniors to navigate, so be aware, There are apparently tours of the towers but we could not find any information about them at the Information Center.
A good pair of shoes and an umbrella is recommended for this hike given the unpredictable but generally rainy weather we have encountered in Lucerne on two trips.
What follows in the following pages is a little information about each of the towers. Some with many pictures and others with just one.
My wife and enjoyed walking through town and then along both sides of the river. The first photo in this tip is looking down one of the streets in the old town toward one of the many bridges that crosses the Reuss River. If you look real close you may see the stand selling fresh roasted chestnuts on the right hand side of the picture before the river.
Picture #2 shows the bag we bought and our view as we sat down by the rivers edge to enjoy our snack.
Picture #3 shows the river view from our hotel with many enjoying the 60 degree day eating by the river side.
Walk from the train station donw to the Seebridge, Schweizerhofqaui, Casino till to the transport Museum. Enjoy beautiful lakeshore walkway. the walking time is approximately 45 minutes. Return by bus #6 or # 8 back to the railway station. During summer you may take the boat at the Lido/Verkehrshaus station.
There is a very nice promenade between the "lido" (near verkehrshaus) and the old town, you can enjoy great sights on the lake while walking in the nature. If walking for 15 or 20 minutes is not a problem, you can park the car in the parking near the verkehrshaus (5 chf for the whole day) and then go to the old town walking along this beautiful path.
It's a nice paved path...u can even go there by bike or rollerskates. You will see a wonderful panorama of the mountains and the city...
If u walk a little further u get to a nice park, where u can relax or have a good picnic.