Lucerne is a city steeped in history, offering travelers plenty of opportunities to enjoy exceptional views, mouth-watering cuisine and unique experiences on this Swiss Riviera. Located on the shores of Lake Lucerne, the city offers a safe, clean and lively environment conducive to international business. At the same time, being in the heart of Switzerland, there is also an abundance of nearby leisure activities such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding, sailing and more.
The medieval pedestrian Chapel Bridge in the historic old town is the landmark of Lucerne, famous for its paintings that tell the story of the city. It is considered the oldest wooden bridge in the country. The other famous monument of the city is the water tower, built around 1300 and which served as a treasury, archives and prison. Museums, galleries and chocolate shops add to an enjoyable stay. Don’t forget to buy a Swiss army knife or a watch. Shopping opportunities are plentiful.
KKL Congress Palace
Located next to Lucerne train station, the KKL Congress Center offers a host of contemporary venues for business meetings or conferences, accommodating from 50 to 1300 participants. The Concert Hall is ideal for corporate events, while the Lucerne Hall has space for conventions and banquets. The Auditorium is suitable for conferences, seminars and presentations. Smaller club rooms as well as media rooms are available. More information on www.kkl-luzern.ch
Other business locations in Lucerne, Switzerland
Campus Sursee is the largest location in the German-speaking district of Switzerland, near Lucerne. It offers more than 50 seminar and group rooms including 550 hotel rooms as well as a leisure offer. www.campus-sursee.ch
The Grand Casino Lucerne offers exciting venues for meetings and conferences, right in the heart of the city. www.grandcasinoluzern.ch
Hotels in Lucerne, Switzerland
Most hotels in Lucerne were built in the late 19e century, so they have an old-world vibe, enhanced with the latest in modern technology. Here are three outstanding choices.
Hotel Monopol Lucerne
Near Lake Lucerne, this palace-style hotel features an imposing façade and is within walking distance of the KKL Convention Center and Lucerne train station. 7e Suite Lounge & Bar floor offers a superb view of the city, the lake and the surrounding mountains.
Hotel Renaissance Lucerne
This hotel is conveniently connected to Lucerne Airport and within walking distance of the historic Chapel Bridge. Pacifico Restaurant offers South American-inspired cuisine with fajitas, juicy steaks and Cajun chicken wings. The Blue Bar & Smoker’s Lounge is the perfect place to unwind.
The family-run 5-star Hotel Schweizerhof is located right in the heart of the old town, next to the lake. All rooms were renovated in 2014, decorated with antique furniture and modern amenities. Stand in the business center. Two restaurants, offering Swiss and international cuisine, offer dining outside on the terrace.
Want to really impress a client?
Host a dinner party in a gondola on the Mount Rigi Railway, which transforms into a beautiful floating restaurant in the sky every Saturday from July to September. The views over Lucerne are breathtaking as three courses are served. After a short stop on the terrace of the Hotel Rigi Kaltbad, starter and dessert are served during the descent. The experience is simply out of this world.
Things to do in Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne is surrounded by water, so a boat trip on Lake Lucerne is in order. Board the William Tell Express or other paddle wheel steamers and enjoy a buffet lunch or dinner. You can go round trip or combine with the Tell-Pass, which includes train, boat, buses, mountain railways and cable cars. (The Tell Pass can be purchased at Lucerne station.)
Ride the world’s steepest cogwheel rail to Mount Pilatus. At the top, stop at Hotel Pilatus, built in 1890, and enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the stunning views. The more adventurous can go hiking, do the toboggan run, tree climbing and go down in a panoramic gondola.
Visit Weggis and take a ride on the Mount Rigi Rail to the Rigi Kaltbad Hotel, known for its wellness center and spa.
Visit the Swiss Museum of Transport, the most popular museum in Switzerland and learn about the history of transport. The museum also offers many interactive exhibits as well as a cinema, planetarium and Swissarena. Don’t miss the unique Chocolate Adventure, sponsored in collaboration with the Lindt Chocolate Foundation.
For more information about Lucerne, contact the Lucerne Convention Bureau at [email protected] or www.luzern.com.
Updated. Originally published November 2, 2014.