Luzern has been a favorite tourist destination in the Alps for centuries, and visitors enjoy outstanding resort accommodation and access to historic sites in the city center. Accommodation in Luzern focuses on mid-range and up-market options, with a small number of hostels and guesthouses on hand.
Tourists were already coming to Luzern en masse in the 1800s. The lake is the central attraction, visible from most areas in the city center. There are also nine lookout towers on the hilltops of Luzern. They were built in the 14th and 15th centuries and offer outstanding panoramas of the city and countryside. On the ground, a guided walking tour is the best way to get to know the city.
The longstanding tourism industry has fostered a thriving shopping scene. Jewelry stores, chocolate shops and up-market department stores are housed in historic buildings on Kapellgasse shopping street. At the end of this street is the traditional corn market and historic town hall building. The wine market in this area is also lovely.
After nightfall, activities in Luzern shift to the Grand Casino, which has table games and slot machines. Live music (most commonly jazz) plays in several trendy bars across the city center. Dance clubs and discos attached to five-star hotels in Luzern cater for a younger crowd. Joining these top-end establishments is a spread of affordable pubs and bars.