Lucerne is a city in central Switzerland, in country's German-speaking portion. Lucerne is the capital of the Lucerne Canton and capital of the district of the same name. Its population is of about 80,500 people and Lucerne is the most populous town in Central Switzerland, as well as a nexus of telecommunications, transportation, and government of this region. The urban area of Lucerne consists of 17 cities located in 3 different cantons with a population totalling about 250,000 people. In 2015 the city population was 81,300. The total area of Lucerne is 9.06 km2 (11.22 ml2).
Owing to Lucerne's location on the shore of Lake Lucerne, within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps, it has long been a destination for tourists. One of the most famous landmarks of Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge erected for the first time in the 14th century. Lucerne's official language is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German. However, the main spoken language is a local variant of Alemannic Swiss German dialect.
Since the city of Lucerne straddles the Reuss River where it drains the lake, it features a number of bridges. The most famous is Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), which is a 669 ft (204 m) long wooden covered bridge originally constructed in 1333. It is the oldest covered bridge in Europe, though much of it was replaced after a fire on August 18, 1993, allegedly caused by a cigarette. Part way across, it runs by the octagonal Wasserturm (Water Tower), a fortification from 13th century. Inside the bridge are presented a series of paintings from 17th century depicting events from the history of Lucerne. The Bridge and its Tower are the city's most renowned landmark.
Downriver, between Kasernenplatz and Mühlenplatz, Spreuer Bridge (Mill Bridge) zigzags across Reuss. Built in 1408, it has a series of medieval-style plague paintings of the 17th century by Kaspar Meglinger titled Totentanzzyklus (Dance of Death). The bridge features a small chapel in the middle which was added in 1568.
Old Town Lucerne is situated just north of Reuss River, and still boasts several half-timber structures that have painted fronts. On the hill above Lucerne lie remnants of the old town walls, complete with 8 tall watch towers. An additional gated tower is found at the base of the hill on the Reuss' banks.
The Lucerne cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Lucerne, Switzerland.
If you lose the Lucerne location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.