Where to Stay in Lucerne (2024) • 5 INCREDIBLE Areas + Map!

Historic architecture and bustling riverfront in Lucerne, Switzerland, with Jesuit Church dominating the skyline under a dynamic cloud-covered sky.

Are you on a quest to find the most amazing places where to stay in Lucerne? Well, it’s not an easy task as this town has so many incredible areas!

But I’m here to save the day – I’ve manually compared all the accommodation options there are in Lucerne and hand-picked the best rated ones in each price category. 

Read this post to learn more about 6 best areas to stay for tourists (and why) and to find your ideal accommodation for the neighborhood in just a couple of minutes!

Alstadt (Old Town) is the best place to stay in Lucerne if you are visiting for the first time as it has the main attractions and fab hotels.

However, you probably know that Switzerland is a pretty expensive country so I would recommend booking your favorite accommodation in advance and score a cheaper price!

If you are in a hurry

If you want to book now, then wait no more, here’s a list of all the best hotels where to stay in Lucerne all located in the Old Town:

luxury hotel
View from a balcony in Lucerne, overlooking the Reuss River with the Jesuit Church in the distance
mid-range hotel
Modern and minimalist hotel room with a large bed, sleek furnishings, and ambient lighting
budget hotel
Artistic outdoor seating area with eclectic mosaic tile backdrop and stylish black wicker chairs

Barabas Luzern

Best affordable accommodation in the center


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Here’s a map that will help you visualize all the areas where to stay in Lucerne that I will be talking about in this post:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Lucerne, with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
Altstadt (Old Town)
for first-timers
Oberseeburg
for families
Tribschen
for budget
Pilatusplatz
for travel connections

1.  Altstadt (Old Town) – where to stay in Lucerne for the first time

The iconic Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) and Wasserturm (Water Tower) in Lucerne adorned with colorful flowers, with swans gliding on the tranquil water

Welcome to one of the most romantic areas in Lucerne (or Luzern) where time has stood still for a few centuries, or that’s the impression that the Old Town gives you. You won’t find a better place where to stay in Lucerne than Altstadt, this is the German translation of the words “Old Town”.

Boasting a blend of classical, neo-gothic, and neo-baroque buildings, this pedestrian area is super charming and is surrounded by gorgeous lake and mountain views!

The Old Town will give you the impression that time stood still here for a few centuries! Especially when you reach Kapellbrucke, the city’s famous bridge which is also known as Chapel Bridge which has some incredible paintings! Walking on it is one of the best things to do in Lucerne!

This is the oldest covered bridge in Europe, measuring 200 meters long and is placed across the azure-blue Reuss River. 

Whether you see it during the day or at night, when all the fairy lights are turned on, it will definitely take your breath away! 

As I always say, take your time in the historic Old Town, walk around the center of the city and enjoy the lovely atmosphere.

There are lots of cool things to see here like the Jesuit Church, the Museggmauer (the city’s old wall that has 9 towers) and the Glacier Garden which is a super fun place for families!

Don’t forget to snap a pic of the famous Lion Monument (map), which was built in memory of the Swiss soldiers who lost their lives during the French Revolution. 

After all the walking you’ll probably be famished! So head over to Mill’Feuille, a restaurant facing the lake that serves yummy food in a cozy setting! 

Are you ready to check out the most amazing hotels here? Let’s see!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Lucerne: a spacious bedroom with a large, cozy bed and golden lighting, a bubble bath next to a glass of wine, set in a circular tub, and an evening view of the city's historic architecture and bridge over calm waters.

How about a spacious room located in the heart of Lucerne, on the Reuss River? Relax with a glass of wine on the balcony of your bedroom and admire the views of the Chapel Bridge. The design of one of the best luxurious hotels in Lucerne is very elegant and you’ll also find a restaurant and a bar.

Other accommodation options in Altstadt (Old Town)

Mid-Range
Modern and minimalist hotel room with a large bed, sleek furnishings, and ambient lighting

Enjoy your stay in Lucerne in this modern mid-range hotel that offers breakfast and has rooms with city views

Budget
Artistic outdoor seating area with eclectic mosaic tile backdrop and stylish black wicker chairs

Relax on the terrace of this budget Swiss family-friendly hotel that has big rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a restaurant

Airbnb
A cozy apartment living space with a blue L-shaped sofa, small round coffee table, and an open kitchenette with modern appliances and bar stools

Here’s a great place that has a cute decor, a small kitchen, a Tv and a dining area 

Things to do in Altstadt (Old Town)

  • Walk along the stunning Chapel Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Europe
  • Visit the Sammlung Rosengart Museum
  • Admire the architecture of the charming Jesuit Church
  • Get some souvenirs from the local shops
  • See the Museggmauer city wall and its 9 towers
  • Snap a pic of the Lion Monument 
  • Check Lucerne’s Town Hall in the center of the city

2. Oberseeburg – best place to stay in Lucerne for families

Scenic view of a steamboat cruising by Swiss lakeside houses with rolling green hills in the background, under a clear blue sky

Located east of the Old Town, just a 15 minutes bus ride away, this residential area is also known as the “over the lake neighborhood” and it boasts incredible views of the Lucerne River.

This is the perfect place to stay in Lucerne for those traveling with their families since there are lots of great hotels and attractions like Lido Lucerne, a lakeside park that is perfect for swimming during the warmer months! 

It’s also the perfect area where to stay in Lucerne with the family thanks to its large palette of hotels, attractions, and activities like the super fun Lido Lucerne (map), a lakeside park that is perfect for swimming!

Boasting a sandy beach, umbrellas, and a restaurant with a view of the lake, it will be hard to take the kids away from this family-friendly paradise. There’s a nice playground perfect for any age, but you can also rent SUP boards if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous.

I’m sure you could easily spend the whole day here, but the Swiss Transport Museum is near the lakeside park if you still have some spare time and want to visit it.

Also, don’t forget to walk along the shores of the famous Lake Lucerne as the sun sets over the city! The views are incredible and you can even spot the famous Mount Pilatus!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Lucerne: a waterfront hotel with boats docked along a lush green hillside, an outdoor restaurant patio offering a stunning view of the lake, and a bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the serene lake.

This luxurious hotel is perfect for your family getaway to Switzerland! Surrounded by mountains and near Lake Lucerne, this waterfront place has a spa center and a restaurant. Have dinner with a view on the terrace and enjoy some peace in the comfort of your modern and spacious room that has a private bathroom.

Other accommodations in Oberseeburg, Lucerne

Mid-Range
Modern wooden patio with a panoramic view of a mountain landscape, featuring a single chair and a table set against the scenic backdrop

With the best views of the mountains and surrounded by a golf course, this great hotel has family-friendly rooms and free Wi-Fi

Budget
Neutral-toned bedroom with soft lighting, a double bed, and simple decor

One of the best affordable hotels located near Lido Park, that offers a garden terrace, a restaurant, and a bar

Airbnb
Cozy living room with a large beige sofa, Asian-inspired room divider, and a variety of textured cushions

What a unique design! I love the rooftop terrace of this place that has a spacious room and offers free parking

Things to do in Oberseeburg, Lucerne

  • Swim, play, and have fun at the family-friendly Lido Lucerne lakeside park
  • Learn new things at the Swiss Transport Museum
  • Visit the Hans Erni Museum in Switzerland
  • Take a walk near the shores of Lake Lucerne
  • Enjoy a family lakeside dinner at Seehaus Grill
  • Offer the kids a great experience with the family-friendly Swiss Adventure Chocolate

3. Tribschen – where to stay in Lucerne for budget travelers

Expansive view of a lake with the cityscape and mountains in the background under a blue sky with wispy clouds

Located South of the city center, just 2 miles (3 km) away from it, this used to be Lucerne’s Red Light District.

However, those days are long gone and now Tribschen has replaced its trashy buildings with cute local shops, apartment buildings, and hotels.

It’s one of the best places where to stay in Lucerne on a budget as you’ll find a wide range of affordable hotels and hostels. The lakeside area is quite peaceful, making it a great location for those who want to be near Old Town but further away from all the hustle and bustle.

You’ll also find some parks and even a playground (map) where you can take your little ones. 

This area is also the birthplace of Richard Wagner, the famous 19th century German composer!

You can actually visit the villa where he used to live, which was turned into a cool museum. It’s set near Lake Lucerne and looks so idyllic!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Lucerne: a vibrant hotel lobby with modern, colorful furniture and ambient lighting, a bedroom with simple decor and a plush bed, and the hotel's exterior with a unique, colorful glass facade and outdoor seating.

I can’t say no to a place with ceiling-to-floor windows! What better way to spend your night than looking over the city. This luxury hotel is located near the Lucerne Train Station and offers family rooms. With contemporary touches in its design and a restaurant on-site, this hotel is perfect for your holiday in the city.

Other accommodation options in Tribschen, Lucerne

Mid-Range
Stylish vintage living room with chequered flooring, a gray couch, and eclectic decor including a wooden crate coffee table and a floor lamp

A lovely beachfront hostel that has a quirky design and offers a common lounge area and a shared kitchen

Budget
Eclectic bedroom with exposed beams, a bold floral-patterned comforter on a pink bed frame, and minimalist decor

Enjoy your stay in Lucerne in this great apartment that has a Tv and coffee-making facilities

Airbnb
Cozy balcony with a wooden railing and a small table set, overlooking an urban area

Chill on the balcony of this lovely and bright Swiss apartment that has 2 rooms, a kitchen and free Wi-Fi

Things to do in Tribschen, Lucerne

  • Visit the Richard Wagner Museum 
  • Take the family and go swimming in the lake at Ufschotti Park
  • Spend a fun day at the Ice Centre Lucerne in Switzerland
  • Eat a delicious burger at N’Ice Restaurant
  • Go for a night drink at Peperoncini Tribschen

4. Bruch – trendiest place to stay in Lucerne

Aerial view of Lucerne city in Switzerland, showcasing the old town architecture with mountains in the distance and a clear blue lake

Located Northeast of the Old Town, this cool neighborhood is home to the most hip bars, cool hotels, and boutique cafes in Lucerne. 

If you’re like me and love hunting for these kinds of places when you’re traveling then definitely consider staying here!

Bruch has this bohemian vibe and you can rest assured that here you’ll find some bars to hang out and grab some drinks when the sun goes down! Head over to Madeleine Bar, a place where you can mingle with the locals and other tourists!

Sometimes they even hold comedy shows and concerts! You can pop in there at any time during the week and expect something new. 

Back in the olden days, Bruch used to be the place where the city’s cattle market was held!

Although most attractions are set in the Old Town, you’ll also find some here. The Historical Museum Lucerne is a great one where you can dive deeper into the culture of this town.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Lucerne: an iconic white castle-like hotel perched on a hill with the Swiss flag flying atop, a luxurious bathroom with a large window-side tub, and an opulent living room with a view of the city.

Is there anything better than staying in a castle? This beautiful place boasts one of the best views of the mountains from its lovely terrace. The rooms have an elegant design and a private bathroom with large windows. The hotel is located within walking distance from Chapel Bridge.

Other accommodation options in Bruch, Lucerne

Mid-Range
Modern hotel room with a large bed with white bedding, orange curtains, wooden headboard, and bedside lamps, offering a warm ambiance

Enjoy a yummy Swiss breakfast at this hotel that offers rooms with a balcony and free parking

Budget
Hotel lobby with comfortable seating, purple sofas with red cushions, round tables, under a wooden slatted ceiling by large windows overlooking the street

This modern hotel offers rooms with a Tv, city views and also a complimentary breakfast

Airbnb
Traditional Swiss half-timbered house surrounded by lush greenery in a tranquil forest setting

Nature lovers will adore this little house surrounded by trees that has a backyard and a kitchen

Things to do in Bruch, Lucerne

5. Pilatusplatz – where to stay for travel connections

Picturesque Swiss street scene with colorful half-timbered buildings, outdoor cafe seating, and quaint shops

Located in the Neustadt (New Town) part of the city, this neighborhood is perfect for those who want easy access to the train station, to visit other fun attractions in Switzerland or different parts of the cities since there are many bus stations here.

Don’t worry though, you’ll be within walking distance of the Old Town and visit it whenever you want! 

There are some cool attractions here too! Like the Sammlung Rosengart art museum that has a collection with Picasso’s paintings. Plus, the area is packed with bars and restaurants where you can indulge in some delicious Swiss food and drinks. 

You’ll also find a wide range of budget hotels in Pilatusplatz. As the traffic here is quite intense, you might have to expect a lot of noise but I’m sure that will pay off when you realize how much money you’re saving!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Lucerne: a quaint balcony with bright flowers overlooking a busy street, a traditional room with patterned textiles and wooden furniture, and a cozy bedroom with soft lighting and elegant decor.

Enjoy a glass of Swiss wine on the little terrace of this luxurious hotel that has a restaurant, a central location and some nice views of the city. The rooms have a vintage design, they look straight out of an old movie and they fit the whole family!

Other accommodation in Pilatusplatz, Lucerne

Mid-Range
Chic hotel room featuring a large bed with white linens and brown throws, grey armchair with pink cushion, and abstract wall art

Boasting some amazing rooms with a great design, this hotel offers a spa and a fitness center

Budget
Themed restaurant interior with bicycle decor on the walls and ceilings, and a long communal wooden table with matching chairs

Experience a fun stay in Lucerne and book this mid-range hotel that has family rooms and a restaurant

Airbnb
Minimalistic living room with a light gray sofa, white walls decorated with framed pictures, and a small wooden side table with a lamp

Drink your cup of coffee on the little balcony of this central modern apartment that has two rooms

Things to do in Pilatusplatz, Lucerne

  • Have a drink at Penthouse Bar in Lucerne
  • Admire the art at Sammlung Rosengart
  • Take advantage of the good travel connections and explore the region
  • Eat a delicious Mexican dinner at Pacifico restaurant
  • Take the kids out to play in the Vögeligärtli Park

6. Littau – best place to stay in Lucerne for nature lovers

Panoramic view of a Swiss town with buildings spread across a lush green valley, framed by mountains and a cloudy sky

Trust me when I say you’ll want to move up here! If you love nature then Littau is definitely the area for you! 

Located west of the Old Town, just 20 min away by public transport Littau looks as if it was taken out of a postcard and it wasn’t even a part of Lucerne until 2010. 

This area is one of the best places where to stay in Lucerne for anyone who wants to be near the mountains and fresh air! Plus the views of Mount Pilatus are absolutely breathtaking! 

You won’t get the “city feeling” here so if you’d prefer something more tranquil, then definitely book your hotel in Littau. 

Here, you can spend your days exploring the forests, breathing in the fresh mountain air and discovering Lucerne natural hidden gems!

There are lots of small forests that you can check out, like the ​​Gütschwald forest, which looks as if it was taken out from some fairytale book. 

Let’s see the best hotels in Littau!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Lucerne: a bedroom with contemporary art and a vibrant red accent wall, the quaint exterior of a classic European hotel surrounded by trees, and a modern kitchen with a sleek wine glass display.

Relax in the cozy and bright rooms of this hotel that come with large windows! The accommodation is equipped with everything you need for your stay, including a complimentary breakfast, a bar and free parking!

Other accommodation options in Littau, Luzern

Mid-Range
Bright and airy hotel room with a double bed, crisp white linens, and turquoise accents, opening onto a balcony with a picturesque view.

You can’t miss this affordable family-friendly hotel which boasts some of the best views from its terrace

Budget
Exterior view of a contemporary hotel with a white facade, red signage, and a spacious parking area under a clear blue sky

A more affordable place that offers rooms with a Tv and air-conditioning and a free breakfast

Airbnb
Minimalist lounge area with a vibrant orange couch adorned with decorative pillows, a sleek metal coffee table, and zebra wall art in the background

Perfect for a family or large group, this house comes with a smart Tv, a kitchen and a private balcony

Things to do in Littau, Luzern

  • Explore this natural area and go hiking
  • Catch a sunset and enjoy the views of Mount Pilatus
  • Take the kids and organize a picnic in Gütschwald forest
  • Climb on a hill and see the best views of Lucerne from above
  • Go shopping for local products at Gaby’s Hof Boutique (map)
👑 Luxury price:€300
💵 Mid-range hotel:€200
🛏️ Budget:€140
📍 Best area:Altstadt (Old Town)
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Hotel des Balances
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Altstadt Hotel Krone Luzern
👛 Best budget hotel:Barabas Luzern

FAQs about where to stay in Lucerne

The Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland, with a stone lion sculpture lying in a rock alcove above a pond, surrounded by blooming red tulips

🤔 Is Lucerne worth visiting?

Yes! This beautiful town in Switzerland is worth visiting as it has a beautiful Old Town, amazing views of Lake Lucerne and gorgeous natural surroundings.

💸 Is Lucerne cheaper than Zurich?

Yes, Lucerne is much cheaper than Zurich if you compare travel costs, the prices of the hotels, restaurants and other leisure activities.

⛰️ What is there to do in Lucerne in 2 days?

Visit the Altstadt (Old Town) area, see the Lion of Lucerne, go up Mount Pilatus and admire the architecture of the Chapel Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Europe. 

🏨 Where to stay in Old Town Lucerne?

If you’re looking for where to stay in Lucerne in the Old Town then check out Hotel des Balances and Altstadt Hotel Krone which have incredible reviews and facilities.

👪 Is Lucerne good for families?

Yes, Lucerne is a great place for families as it has many fun attractions like Lido Lucerne and Glacier Garden plus lots of hiking trails to explore!

🍸 Where to stay in Lucerne, Switzerland for nightlife?

Bruch or Pilatusplatz are the best areas to stay in Lucerne for nightlife. In both places you’ll find lots of bars and some clubs!

🗺️ Is it better to stay in Interlaken or Lucerne?

It depends. I’d recommend Lucerne to those who want to enjoy the small town charm and have a short amount of time in the country, and Interlaken to those who want to go skiing and explore other cities. 

💘 What are the best romantic hotels to stay in Lucerne?

Chateau Guetsch and Hotel des Balances are 2 incredible hotels that are perfect for a romantic getaway as they boast incredible views, privacy and gorgeous rooms. 

Conclusion

Twilight scene of Lucerne's historic architecture reflected in the calm waters of the Reuss River, with the illuminated tower of the Town Hall rising prominently

Exploring Switzerland is such a treat and  I hope this article helped you decide where to stay in Lucerne and which hotel to pick!

There are many hotel options in this post but I know how important it is to have a wide range of options! However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out my 2 favorite places, both set in the the Old Town:

As you probably figured by now, Switzerland is not a cheap place, that’s why I recommend booking your hotels here in advance and maybe scoring some more affordable prices!

Enjoy your Swiss adventures and all the chocolate! If you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment below!

Safe Travels,

Victoria


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