The Best Things to See and Do in Central Switzerland

Lake Lucerne | © Boenz / Pixabay
Lake Lucerne | © Boenz / Pixabay | Boenz/Pixabay
Photo of Sean Mowbray
19 December 2017

Central Switzerland is a place of great natural beauty and historic importance. It’s where the modern confederation began, and it boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in all of the country. Here, we’ve brought together the best of the best for you to enjoy on your trip there.

Lake Lucerne

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You’ll want to spend some time on and around Lake Lucerne. Switzerland’s fourth largest lake takes a while to get to know, on account of its vast expanse of water and the fjord-like fingers that hide small towns and fishing villages. The mighty mountains that loom nearby also contribute to making Lake Lucerne one of the country’s most beautiful lakes that you should visit.

Lion of Lucerne

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The Lion Monument in Lucerne | The Lion Monument in Lucerne
A rather sombre monument awaits you in Lucerne. The Lion Monument is a memory etched into a rockface. Lukas Ahorn carved it to commemorate the Swiss military men who died defending the unfortunate Louis XVI (he was beheaded) during the French Revolution. It’s impossible not to be moved by this tragic work of art.

Ballenberg

Step back into different time periods in Swiss history at the quirky Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. Here, old homes and workplaces are meticulously reconstructed down to the minute details so that you can see exactly how people have lived in the Alpine country through the ages. Even non-history buffs will enjoy the Ballenberg, which also keeps live farm animals that happily wander around, adding a little more realism to this surreal experience.

Mount Titlis

One of the lofty gems of Central Switzerland is Mount Titlis, the region’s highest mountain. It’s also where you’ll be whisked up the mountainside in the world’s first revolving cable car. Once at the top, test your nerves on the notorious Titlis Cliff Walk, a nerve-wracking one-metre-wide bridge that lets you see all the way down to the valley floor.

Mount Titlis, Gadmen, Switzerland

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