Hotel Château Gütsch
The Perfect Place for a Perfect Lucerne Experience.
Lucerne is one of the largest, oldest and best-known cities in Switzerland and offers many opportunities for encounters with Swiss history and culture as well as with the beautiful natural attractions around Lake Lucerne. And of course there should always be enough time for a leisurely stroll through the old town alley and across markets, for beautiful evenings in the theatre or cinema, and much more.
The Lucerne Carnival is one of the best-known carnival events in Switzerland and the largest annual event for the city of Lucerne and Central Switzerland. It begins on Thursdays at 5 am and until the next Wednesday morning it transforms the city into an exuberant carnival party zone with traditional processions and events for up to 200,000 visitors.
Lucerne Blues Festival
The Lucerne Blues Festival takes place annually since 1995 and is organized by volunteers as a non-profit event. The Blues Festival aims to make the blues better known in Switzerland and to provide its fans with world-class blues experiences.
Fumetto - Lucerne International Comic Strip Festival
The «Fumetto» in Lucerne lasts nine days and is one of the most important international comic book festivals in Europe. Since 1992 it offers sophisticated comics from all over the world in about 20 main exhibitions as well as in 50 satellite exhibitions.
«Lucerne Festival» stands for three international classical music festivals in Lucerne. It is one of the most renowned international classical music festivals and also aims to be a mediator of contemporary music as well as an innovative promoter of young musicians.
Blue Balls Lucerne
The Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne has been taking place annually since 1992 and, as a music festival with around 100,000 visitors, combines blues, jazz, soul, funk, world, rock, and pop in a mixture of free and paid concerts.
Chapel Bridge and Water Tower
The Kapellbrücke ( = Chapel Bridge) is the most well-known historical landmark of the city of Lucerne and one of our most important tourist attractions. It is the oldest and second longest covered wooden bridge in Europe and was built around 1365 as a fortified walkway. It connects the old town and the new town of Lucerne and is the only covered wooden bridge in Europe decorated with triangular pictures. The water tower on the left bank was built around 1300 and served alternately as a watchtower, city archive, treasure chamber, dungeon, and torture chamber.
The Musegg wall with its Musegg towers is clearly visible from Château Gütsch and as part of the former city fortifications also an historical landmark of the city of Lucerne.
The famous Lion Monument in the centre of the city is one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland. It was built in 1821 on the initiative of the guard officer Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen to honour and commemorate his comrades, the almost 800 Swiss Guardsmen who died in the Tuileries Tower in Paris on August 10, 1792. A copy of this monument can be found as «Lion of the Confederacy» on the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.
Verkehrshaus – Swiss Museum of Transport
The Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne is the most visited museum in Switzerland with more than 500,000 visitors per year. It focuses on traffic and communication with a large collection of locomotives, cars, ships, and aircraft as well as exhibits from the field of communication. The museum also houses a planetarium, an IMAX film theatre, and the «Swiss Chocolate Adventure».
Lucerne Art Museum
The Museum of Art was opened in 1933 and moved to its present location in the Culture and Congress Centre Lucerne (KKL) in 2000. The collection consists primarily of Swiss art from the Renaissance to the present day.
Museum Rosengart Collection
The Rosengart Art Museum in Lucerne is based on the collection of the art dealer Siegfried Rosengart (1894-1985), who was friends with artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Paul Klee, and Fernand Léger. The collection was opened in 2002 as an art museum in the former National Bank building.
The famous Bourbaki Panorama is a European cultural monument and as one of only a few circular panoramic paintings preserved worldwide, it bears witness to the media history of the 19th century. It is 112 metres long and 10 metres high and shows the French East Army of General Charles Denis Sauter Bourbaki crossing the border to Switzerland at the end of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71.
Richard Wagner Museum
The Richard Wagner Museum Lucerne is located on the country estate of the great composer. Richard Wagner lived here for six years on the shores of Lake Lucerne. The museum with its 30,000 m2 park was founded in 1933 and made accessible to the public.
Lucerne Glacier Garden
The Glacier Garden in Lucerne was opened in 1873. It is a natural monument with a park and museum, where you can see what Lucerne looked like when huge glaciers covered the country or when there were subtropical palm beaches right here. Another attraction of the glacier garden is the mirror labyrinth in the style of the Alhambra of Granada, which was created in 1896 for the national exhibition.
Lake Lucerne and the Mountains
Lucerne lies on Lake Lucerne and is therefore the starting point for a large number of exciting excursions with the ships and boats of the local shipping company. Take a round trip around the lake or take a cable car to visit one of the many mountains that line the lake: for instance Mount Pilatus or Mount Rigi, the «Queen of the Mountains».
Grand Tour of Switzerland
The Grand Tour of Switzerland is a circuit through Switzerland modelled on the Route 66 in the USA. It runs for 1643 kilometres through all parts of the country and 51 cities, including Lucerne, of course.