Luzern gained fame as a resting place for traders crossing the Gotthard Pass. Today, it is a major tourist destination thanks to its lake and mountain setting.
Luzern is under an hour by train from Zurich. Its railway station is right in the historic centre by the lake.
The Old Town's most famous attraction is the Chapel Bridge, which was built in the 14th century but mostly destroyed by fire in 1993. It was part of the city's defense network but today, visitors enjoy the various paintings on Swiss history and Christianity during their long walk across the structure.
The Baroque Jesuit Church of St. Francis Xavier was completed in 1677.
The Old Town is not big and the river is spanned by a few bridges. Take your time exploring the alleys and streets.
The town walls were built in the 14th century although most were demolished in the 19th. A few towers remain, and are open to visitors. You will get a very decent view of the town from up here.
The Renaissance-style Hofkirche was once a Benedictine monastery. The current church dates from the mid-17th century although the towers are even older, with the rest a reconstruction after a fire in 1633.
Be sure to also enjoy the waterfront promenade at Lake Luzern.