Lucerne, capital of the Canton of Lucerne, is the most populous city in central Switzerland and is the hub of all communication, transportation and government of the area. Located on the shore of Lake Lucerne, it is surrounded by the regional mountains of Rigi, Pilatus and Staserhorn, and draws a lot of tourists coming into Switzerland owing to it's absolutely beautiful setting.
Lucerne is a favorite among tourists simply for the beauty that the city beholds. The mountainous view, the lake side setting, and the chilly weather all add to the aura of the city. It is the first stop for tourists before embarking on their journey of central Switzerland. Due to the fact that the river Reuss also cuts through the city, draining the lake, Lucerne is home to a number of bridges, the most popular of which is the Chapel Bridge, a 200m long wooden covered bridge, considered to be the oldest such bridge in Europe. Inside the bridge are paintings depicting the history of Lucerne. Other points of interest in the town include the Museghmauer, a wall built in the 14th century to protect the city, and the twin towers of the Church of St. Leodegar form an iconic part of the townscape. A trip to a Swiss city is incomplete without visiting a Swiss watch shop, which are available aplenty in this city. Lucerne is home mostly to the German speaking population of the country, which is also the official language of the Canton.
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