Lucerne is a truly attractive place and the eighth largest city of Switzerland. This city is situated on the shore of Lake Lucerne. Lucerne is considered the capital of Central Switzerland. It is also known as "city of lights" – this name has come from the legend about its foundation. During your stay in Lucerne don’t forget to visit Seebrücke Bridge that features a magnificent panorama of the city, the lake and surrounding mountains - Pilatue and Riga.
The oldest and most famous bridge of the city is the Chapel Bridge, which was built in the XIV century as an urban protective facility. The bridge was damaged by fire in 1993, which also destroyed ancient paintings that had adorned and beautified its wooden roof. After renovation works the bridge is considered the symbol of Lucerne. Happily, the ancient octagonal tower Wasserturm managed to survive in the fire. For centuries the tower was used as an archive, a treasure, and even a prison.
The majority of places of interest in Lucerne can be found near the flow of the Royce River. Among them is a two-tower Jesuit church with large halls and amazingly decorated interior. The church was built in 1669 and so this is one of the oldest buildings featuring the Baroque style in Switzerland. Tourists usually enjoy attending Knights' Palace, Zoological Museum, the museum of Zoology which exhibitions are devoted to ecology and zoology, an ancient wooden Rotenburgerhaus building dedicated to living quarters and much more. The main square of the city is the location of a magnificent panorama featuring the canvas with the drawing of invasion of the French army to Switzerland in 1871. The "Dying Lion" sculpture created by Thorvaldsen is located nearby. The event named Fastnaht take place in Lucerne right before the Lent. This is a large-scale carnival where guests can see various fantastic creatures, ghosts and monsters.