Luxury hotel holiday Cascada Hotel Lucerne

A four star city hotel in the centre of Lucerne, the Cascada is a property inspired by the waters of Switzerland. With each room uniquely decorated with images of Swiss waterfalls, every stay at the Cascada is different, though a unifying fluidity gives the hotel an attractive ambience. Spend a few days here enjoying the sights of Switzerland's fourth largest city, exploring the surrounding landscape, and sampling some of the Swiss culture, before moving on to another Swiss or Austrian city as part of a luxury rail holiday.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
  • Rail travel from London back to London as option
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, rail and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Cascada Hotel, Lucerne

The four star Cascada Hotel in Lucerne is a sophisticated hotel with an excellent central location. The waterfall themed bedrooms and delicious cuisine offer guests a sophisticated experience and opportunity to relax after a day in the city.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is in the centre of Lucerne, very close to the banks of the Reuss and Lake Lucerne.

Closest airport Zurich Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 50-minutes' drive from Zurich Airport

Closest railway station Lucerne Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is 700 metres from Lucerne Station

Hotel facilities and services

Bolero Restaurant and Lounge, Free Entry to the ONE Training Centre with Sauna and Steam Room, and 6 City Bikes for hire.

Out and about nearby

The city of Lucerne originated as a mediaeval town; as a result, some of its more traditional buildings remain, particularly around the Museggmauer, or old town wall. This city wall still has its 9 towers, each of which is surrounded by streets lined with chalet-style houses, with stone walls and narrow balconies. Lucerne's most famous, and quirkiest, landmark might be the Chapel Bridge, which stretches diagonally across the Reuss. This covered wooden bridge has a stone water tower and is lined with artwork. The roof of the tower is decorated with artwork from the 17th century. The Court Church of St. Loedegar also dates back to the 17th century, and has a vaulted, white-stone interior, and twinned Gothic bell-towers near the waterfront. The image of a dying lion was carved into the rock face above a pond in the east part of the city to commemorate the Swiss guards killed in the French Revolution. If you'd like to see more of the Swiss natural landscape, we would recommend heading out onto the Rigi Massif, hemmed in between Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, and Lake Lauerz. The slopes of this area are laden with almond and chestnut trees, and it is also home to Mount Pilatus, which has the steepest cog railway in the world. The popular sports in the area are determined by the lake and the mountains. Lake Lucerne is the fourth largest lake in Switzerland, and has the most diverse shoreline. The southern point, in particular, is much like a fjord, and is the site of the Rütli Meadow, where the country was reputedly born. Tours up into the Swiss Alps, through gorges and across glaciers, are also available with local companies.

Sports nearby

Perhaps take a trip on a paddle steamer across Lake Lucerne, or partake in something a little more adventurous with the local water sports.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1421

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Cascada Hotel, Lucerne

The four star Cascada Hotel is a chic, modern property in the centre of the scenic city of Lucerne. With only a few steps between it and the waterfront, it is the perfect location in which to begin, or continue, your exploration of Switzerland's natural beauty. As soon as you enter the Cascada Hotel, its central focus becomes apparent. The cool blues, greys, and silvers of the lobby are sophisticated and instantly submerge guests in the waterfall theme. The 66 rooms are each named after one of Switzerland's waterfalls and have a wall mural with dynamic images of the cascading waters, which adds an intriguing and memorable twist,. The rooms have a refined, contemporary feel, but with bursts of deep purple and natural colours that reflect the waterfall murals on the walls, sometimes lit by the strip-lighting behind the headboards. The Bolero Restaurant on the ground floor is Spanish and Latin American themed, serving beautifully-crafted tapas as well as a full menu in the evenings. Even the decoration of the dining room, in vibrant reds and soft oranges, and outside terrace creates the feel of a traditional European pavement cafe. With its central location, distinctive style, and excellent facilities, the Cascada Hotel is perfect as part of a longer luxury touring holiday, by rail or by car.

Room descriptions

Cascada Hotel has 66 rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bath or shower, flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hair dryer, free Wifi, and complimentary minibar.

Economy Room with single bed
Standard Room with queen-sized bed
Superior Room with one queen or two twin beds
Triple Room with twin and sofa-beds
Deluxe Room with sitting area, Nespresso coffee maker, double or twin bed, with extra double sofa-bed for children

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1421

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Cascada Hotel, Lucerne

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Cascada Hotel in Lucerne, our clients usually fly to Zurich airport and then take a train from the airport to Lucerne. The journey time is just over one hour, sometimes direct, sometimes with a change at Zurich Hauptbahnhof. The hotel is a short taxi ride from Lucerne station. If you are visiting this hotel as part of a tailor-made touring holiday by train of Switzerland, you may arrive at Lucerne from the direction of Basel or Interlaken. If you are arriving in Lucerne directly from London via Paris, you would change in Basel and then take a direct train to Lucerne.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1421

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Cascada Hotel, Lucerne

About Lake Lucerne

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Lake Lucerne allows travellers to be immersed in history, folklore, and bustling modern culture. Lake Lucerne brings together everything that makes Switzerland in summer so special. The city of Lucerne itself is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. White-walled, tiled-roof townhouses crowd together on the water's edge; bridges on stilts take visitors from one side of the river to the other; and the high original rampart wall is visible in the distance. Outside the city, you are free to enjoy the Alpine panoramas from a boat, or from one of the hiking trails that score the mountainsides. Thrilling extreme sports can be enjoyed alongside serene rounds of golf in quilted green valleys, or hours can be whiled away in one of the smaller towns and villages around the lakeside. Further inland, you can uncover villages virtually untouched by commercial tourism that seem to be preserved in a bubble of authenticity. Any stay in the Lake Lucerne region will be one packed full of stunning views, nature excursions, and exhilarating hours on the mountainsides or on the water.

Highlights of Lake Lucerne

Begin your exploration of the Lake Lucerne Region with the famous city itself. To get your bearings, wander along the river or lakeside, stopping first at the Chapel Bridge, Lucerne's main landmark and the most photographed monument in Switzerland. This bridge gets its name from St Peter's Chapel, which stands nearby, and was built in the early 14th century, making it a true testament to its ingenious structure. The Water Tower that stands partway along the bridge once formed part of the city walls, and has served a number of functions, including that of an archive, prison, and torture chamber. Also part of the city's fortifications is the Spreuer Bridge, which, again, stretches across the Reuss, but with an unusual ochre design characterised by the small red turrets attached above the bridge's supports. The so-called ‘Water Spike,' which regulates the water level in the Reuss River, is recognised for being a truly unique sight, due to the specificities of its engineering. For more stunning, historical structures, visit the 17th century Jesuit Church, with its grand, regal Baroque façade, which was the first large sacral church to be built in Switzerland. High above the city is the Musegg Wall. Built in the late 14th century, the wall remains remarkably well preserved, as do the nine towers, of which three are open to the public. For a taste of traditional Swiss life, visit one of the historical squares hidden down the city streets and enjoy a light lunch or drink in one of the cafes. The Town Hall and Pfistern Guildhall, which is artfully painted, are situated on the Kornmarkt Square; the Hirschenplatz Square is named after an inn that dates back to medieval times; and the Weinmarkt Square is the site on which Lucerne swore its federal oath with Schwyz, Uri, and Unterwalden in the early 14th century.

Cultural highlights of Lake Lucerne

Lucerne is home to a variety of museums and galleries, including the KKL Luzern, the Rosengart Collection of works by Picasso and Klee, the Wagner Museum in Tribschen, and the most well-known of them all, the Swiss Museum of Transport. Once you have explored Lucerne's streets, restaurants, and shops, finish your tour with a visit to the Dying Lion of Lucerne. Commemorating the deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the attack on the Tuileries at the end of the 18th century, this monument is one of the most moving in Europe. Follow the northern shore of the lake to the picturesque villages of Weggis and Vitznau. Weggis is recognisable from the water by the red-topped church spire at the village's highest point. The scattered houses in both are surrounded by green lawns, clusters of evergreen trees, and gently rising slopes. The Wilhelm Tell Express will take you by boat from Lucerne across the river to Fluelen, passing the iconic spots that feature in the legend of Wilhelm Tell, the best known folk character in Switzerland and the Swiss National Hero of Liberty. The meadows in Rutli, for example, are the setting of Friedrich Schiller's recounting of Tell's tale, and Tell's Chapel in Sisikon is built upon Tell's Slab, where he famously jumped from the bailiff's boat before pushing them back into the storm. Further inland, in the neighbouring cantons that claim sections of Lake Lucerne's shores, are several picturesque towns and villages with their own individual character. The town of Schwyz, in the canton of the same name, provides both a valuable connection with the cities and towns to the east of Lake Lucerne and an equally valuable insight into the traditions and atmospheres of small towns that have retained much of their historical air. The most popular and interesting part of this town, which is mainly characterised by its peaceful streets of chalet-style buildings, is the Hauptplatz. Here, you can admire the painted façade of the Town Hall while enjoying some food at the restaurant of the Hotel Wysses Rossli. Those looking to explore the landscape on foot or by cable car should head towards the two main peaks of the Lucerne area: Pilatus and Rigi. The former was once reputedly the home of a dragon and is now believed to be the final resting place of Pontius Pilatus, but most remarkable are the views across 73 Alpine peaks that can be appreciated from the top. Rigi is known as Queen of the Mountains, from the summit of which you can see 13 lakes, the entire Swiss Mittelland, and the borders into Germany and France. A cable car up to Rigi can be taken from Weggis. To enjoy the scenery by rail, take the funicular railway from Stoos to Fronalpstock or vice versa, the track of which is the world's steepest. Once on the mountainsides, you are at your leisure to embark on cycling tours and hiking tours to unveil the waterfalls and mountain streams, to take a once-in-a-lifetime skydiving or paragliding trip, or to take your time with a round of golf. The range of places and activities that surround Lake Lucerne is given its diversity by the stunning landscape, and by the coming together of so many cantons, each with their own unique culture. We would recommend staying long enough to try a little of everything to truly make the most of this fantastic and inspiring region.

Festivals in Lake Lucerne

Lucerne prides itself on being a city of festivals, a title that it lives up to through its blend of music, food, and theatrical celebrations. The biggest of these is without a doubt the Lucerne Carnival. Beginning on Fat Thursday before Lent begins, the carnival features three massive parades with masks, costumes, bonfires, and displays by the various societies in the area. Music festivals in Lucerne also include the World Band Festival at the end of September, the Lucerne Blues Festival at the beginning of November, the Lucerne Festival at the Piano in mid to late November, the two Lucerne Festivals (at Easter and in summer) which focus on classical music, and the Blue Balls music and art festival in late July. Sports enthusiasts might want to plan their visit in time with the Lucerne Regatta, on the 7th to 9th July 2017, and the Athletics Meeting, also in July.

Gastronomy in Lake Lucerne

The food around Lake Lucerne, like its history, is made diverse by the numerous cantons. Visitors can enjoy high-class gourmet food in stylish modern restaurants, or can enjoy traditional delicacies in smaller, family-run establishments. One example of a popular local dish is the Lozarner Churgelipastete, which comprises of veal and mushrooms cooked inside a puff-pastry casing. Those with a sweet tooth might wish to try the pear bread. To try some Swiss Alpine cheese, we would recommend ordering either the raclette or the fondue, as these are possibly the most typically Swiss dishes available. Finish off your culinary tour of Lucerne with some of the famous Swiss chocolate made by a local chocolatier.

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