Location, Climate: Lucerne is wonderful place to visit in Switzerland. It is situated across Altdorf Lake and serves as gateway to Rutli Meadow and Mount Rigi. Lucerne has four distinct seasons and those who are into skiing and snowboarding should book discount hotels during winter. To enjoy the outdoors and fine sunny days, book a discount hotel during summer and spring. Brief History: The Alemanni (Germanic tribe) had a huge influence on Lucerne after the downfall of the Roman Empire in the 6th century. The Church of St. Leodegar was discovered and acquired by the Murbach Abbey in mid-9th century calling the area where it stood “Luciaria”. The city of Lucerne finally achieved independence from the Murbach Abbey and became a free city in 1178. Events, Landmarks, Activities: The biggest event in Lucerne is the Carnival which is held six days before Ash Wednesday. This annual merrymaking features colorful costumes, masks, live bands, singing, dancing and outdoor parties. The most prominent landmark in Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge which is Europe's oldest wood bridge. There is a unique blend of old and new architecture in Lucerne as seen from some of its main attractions including the Church of St. Leodegar, Picasso Museum, Museum of Art, Rosengart Collection and Bucherer Store. Transportation: Those who love to walk would enjoy sightseeing in Lucerne because most attractions are just a few minutes away from each other. You can also choose to rent bikes or electric bikes available at the central train station. For farther destinations, there are buses and boats that reach the Swiss Transport Museum and Lido Beach.