Dining in Lucerne: the grand, the historic and the delightful
Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, Lucerne, Switzerland
This popular tourist destination has much to offer in the way of dining options. The Old Town is a charming restaurant and café area and the grand lakefront hotels have fine restaurants with outdoor seating. And just beyond the waterfront are hidden gems with charming dining rooms and garden dining.
A row of restaurants in 17th century houses line the Reuss River in Lucerne.
The Zunftrestaurant Pfistern is in a guild house by the river with a beautiful decorative facade. Its waterfront setting makes it a popular choice, especially for tourists, who love the charm of the Old Town.
Zunfthaus Pfistern, Lucerne
Zunfthaus Pfistern, Lucerne
tool display, Zunfthaus Pfistern, Lucerne
For sweets, rich hot chocolate, or lunch the Heini Tea Rooms is a favored choice.
Depictions of Fastnacht adorn the facade of Restaurant Fritschi, known for good service and fondue, even in summer. Brother Fritschi gave money for wine to be served to the poor during Fastnacht, Lucerne’s renowned caelbration before Lenten fasting. A fountain bt Dt. Peter’s Chapel is dedicated to him.
Restaurant Fritschi, Lucerne
Hotel Vilden Mann, a 4-star historic Romantik Hotel, has two dining options, the refined elegance of Sauvage, with 14 Gault Millau points, or the rustic charm of the Burgerstube. Originally a tavern built in 1517, and named for the legendary Wild Man, the guardian patron of the blue and white coat of arms, the property now consists of seven interconnected buildings.
Hotel Vilden Mann, Lucerne
A funicular runs to the19th century Hotel Château Gütsch, inspired by the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein. The restaurant and outdoor terrace, and bar are known for the spectacular view of the city, lake and mountains. Built on the hill for English tourists it is now Russian-owned. It was rumored that Donald Trump was interested in purchasing it.
The centrally-located 5-star Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is known as a meeting place and as the Festival Hotel since so many events are centered on it. It was named the best Historic Hotel in Europe by Historic Hotels Worldwide in November, 2016.
Schweizerhof Hotel, Lucerne, Switzerland
The 5-star Grand Hotel National, the Palace Hotel, and the Grand Casino Hotel.
Grand hotels along Lake Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
The restaurant at the Hotel Hofgarten, by the Hofkirche cathedral has fine cuisine and friendly staff.
The four-star Hotel Hofgarten in Lucerne offers several fine dining options.
Its partner hotel, the adjacent Restock has a special Thursday nights with beef filet, salad, and wine.
Thursday night beef filet special at the Hotel Rebstock, Lucerne, Switzerland
or a hearty traditional meal, home-brewed beer and a traditional music and a folklore show with alphorns, cowbells, yodeling and flag throwing the touristy Stadtkeller is a best bet.
Thirsty? You can fill your water bottle at any fountain.
Fritschi Fountain, Lucerne