Schwanenplatz (Swan's Square), situated on the right shore of Lake Lucerne/River
Reuss next to the main highway bridge, is the classical starting point for
visits to the old downtown Lucerne.
The square itself is quite busy with
traffic, but as soon as you go into the small streets of downtown Lucerne, you
will enjoy the advantages of the pedestrian zone. From the busy square it's only
a few steps into the Old Town, a pedestrians-only urban gem with frescoed
ancient guild houses and smart shops.
In earlier centuries the town ended
here with a wall and a gate, and the famous wooden Chapel Bridge, now ending
here, had a second part leading over shallow water to Hof Church where you now
can walk under chestnut trees along the new lake shore. Both bridges were part
of the fortifications. Today, there is only one tower left at Schwanenplatz.
Other parts of the fortifications, namely the Musegg Wall on the north side of
the medieval town, have been preserved.