Lucerne audio tour: The Lives and Legends of Lucerne

The Lives and Legends of Lucerne

Walking Tour

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40 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Come with me on a walking tour to uncover the magic of Lucerne.

The town is set against the majestic backdrop of the Alps, on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Several pretty bridges, steeples, fountains and frescoed facades will catch your eye on this walk, but Lucerne has so much more to offer than photo opportunities.

You’ll begin at the train station and make a loop around the old town, visiting both sides of the Reuss river. Each site you visit has a story to tell, from the Chapel Bridge’s burning to the carnival celebrations. You’ll pass by wine, grain and pig markets too, each with its own unique character. From the markets, you’ll wander the cobbled streets to the Mill Bridge and find out about the castle on the hill.

The tour ends with the Legend of the Wild Man and Lux Ritter, the craftsman who became mayor. By the end of our tour, I hope you firmly agree that Lucerne is a whole lot more than a beautiful photo!

Tour Producer

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Cynthia Toole

I am a tour guide, teacher and independent business owner (www.swisswalkingtours.com). With my many years of exploration and experience I am able to bring you all that I have uncovered. It is great fun to introduce visitors and locals to the legends, history and delights of a city. Usually I share all this live but thanks to Voicemaps you can come along with me any day or time and discover!

Major Landmarks

  • Chapel Bridge

  • Water Tower

  • Jesuit Church

  • Rathaus

  • Weinmarkt

  • St. Peter‘s Chapel

  • KKL Luzern

Directions to Starting Point

Make your way to Lucern‘e Train Station, conveniently located at the edge of the Old Town. The tour begins at the arch in front of the Station. It has a Quadriga on top, a 4 horse chariot and is surrounded by city buses.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

All of these places to stop along the way are on the river and offer views of the town and water.

+ Opus Winebar- located next to the Jesuit Church, here you can enjoy a glass of wine, lunch or dinner.

+ Pfistern Restaurant & Guild House for fondue and traditional Swiss food

+ Mill’Feuille Cafe - sit outside for breakfast, lunch or dinner near the “other” covered bridge

+ Rathaus Brauerei - next to the Rathaus and a brewery for standard Swiss fare and a fresh beer

Best time of day

The tour can be enjoyed both day and night. During the daylight you have a better view of the architecture and can appreciate the details. If you tour after sunset you experience the magical evening glow. The only time I would suggest to avoid, if possible is Saturday midmorning when locals and guests are out and about.

Precautions

Part of Lucerne’s charm is how manageable and safe it is. Much of the tour is set in pedestrian zones. Nonetheless, in all zones one should attentive to bicycles and cars, especially when listening to a tour.

Comments

Very much enjoyed this tour. Having been there many years ago, using Voice map helped me to relive the tour and remember so many beautiful sites.

Posted by Jan , 3 months ago

An interesting and entertaining historic tour of Lucerne. Cynthia did a great job explaining the history of Luzern and guiding me through the city. Voice map is a great way to see the city at your own pace.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago
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The Lives and Legends of Lucerne