The city of Lucerne
is a sight to behold all around the year, making it one of the most popular destinations across the globe. However, June to September is the best time to visit Lucerne
as the weather is extremely pleasant and perfect for admiring the natural beauty in its full glory. Lucerne witnesses four seasons, i.e. summer, spring, autumn and winter. The below-mentioned season-wise guide can be of great assistance before planning a memorable vacation to Lucerne.
Summer – June to September is the summer season and is the best time to visit Lucerne. During this time, the weather in Lucerne is apt for exploration, which is why this is the peak tourism season. Due to its close location to the Alps, the summers are quite cool, making them the perfect time for planning outdoor excursions and biking or hiking tours. Rates for such leisure activities are higher during July and August as they are the busiest and most crowded months. The Summer Festival in Lucerne is organised in the months of August and September. More than 100 events are hosted during this time. In addition, Wrestling and Alpine Fest is also held during the summer months. Rosen Fest, which is a huge summer party, is held in July in Weggis on Lake Lucerne. The fest includes fireworks, parades, dances and election of the Queen of Roses.
December to February is the winter season in Lucerne and is the best time to indulge in winter sports
like skiing. Although winters are freezing cold, the tourism sector witnesses a good amount of traffic owing to winter sports. Moreover, there are fewer tourists in this season, thus increasing the chances of getting cheap travel deals
. In the wake of Christmas and New Year, the entire city is decorated with lights, which is undoubtedly a treat to eyes. Additionally, at the time of Christmas, there are small markets that sell wines and other items. During this time, preparations for festival celebrations are in full swing.
Tips: It is best to pack a lot of warm clothes as the temperature can drop below freezing point.
Spring – The spring season in the city lasts from March to May during which the weather is usually moderately cold. During this season, rainfall is quite common too. In the beginning of March, the famous festival of the city, Lucerne Carnival is organised. The carnival dates back to the 15th century. During this time, lantern-lit parades are organised. People are dressed in different costumes and masks. The Easter Festival, which is organised 14 days prior to Easter, focuses mainly on sacred music. Different performances are also held across Lucerne’s churches.
Tips: As it may rain during the spring season, don’t forget to carry waterproof shoes and an umbrella.
Autumn – October and November are autumn months and are considered off season. The autumn months lead to winters when the weather gets quite cold. Hence, it is better to pack warm clothes when heading to Lucerne during this season. During the month of November, Piano Festival is held in Lucerne, resulting in the assembly of pianists in the city.
Tips: The sun can be strong even when the temperature is low, so don’t forget to pack a good-quality sunscreen and sunglasses.