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Lucerne
Clockwise from top: Kapellbrücke, Löwendenkmal, Old town, City walls, Traditional frescoed building
Clockwise from top: Kapellbrücke, Löwendenkmal, Old town, City walls, Traditional frescoed building
Coat of arms of Lucerne
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Lucerne
District Lucerne
Area
 • Total 29.06 km2 (11.22 sq mi)
Elevation
(Lake shore)
435 m (1,427 ft)
Highest elevation
(Sonnenberg)
800 m (2,600 ft)
Lowest elevation
(Rotsee)
422 m (1,385 ft)
Population
 (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 81,295
 • Density 2,797.5/km2 (7,245.5/sq mi)
Demonym(s) German: Luzerner(in)
Postal code
6000
Localities Luzern, Littau
Surrounded by Adligenswil, Ebikon, Emmen, Horw, Kriens, Malters, Meggen, Neuenkirch

Lucerne (German: Luzern) is a city in Switzerland. It is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and seat of the district with the same name. The city has a population of about 60,000. Lucerne is the biggest and most important city in Central Switzerland. The city's metropolitan area consists of 17 municipalities in three cantons. It has an overall population of nearly 200,000 people.

Since 2010, Littau part of the city.

Geography

Lucerne is located in central Switzerland on the northern end of Lake Lucerne. The river Reuss flows from the lake through the city. The city is surrounded by hills and mountains, for example the mountains Pilatus and Rigi.

History

Lucerne joined Switzerland in 1332.

Sights and attractions

Due to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) within sight of the mountains Pilatus and Rigi, Lucerne is mainly a tourist destination. One of the city's famous landmarks is Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge from the 14th century. Many tourists choose Lucerne as their place to stay because the city is close to the alps in in the center of the country.

Lucerne is also famous for it's traditional Fasnacht (carneval) celebration which takes place every spring.

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