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Visiting Swiss Museum of Transport Lucerne

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Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne opened in July 1959 and exhibits all forms of transport, including locomotive, automobiles, ships, and aircraft as well as communication technology. It is Switzerland's most popular museum. The museum also maintains a large collection of work by Hans Erni, a local painter, and sculptor. There are several other attractions in the museum beside the collection, including a planetarium, a large-format cinema and a 1:20,000 scale aerial photograph of Switzerland.

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Take A Day Of Swiss Museum of Transport Tour

Take A Day Of Swiss Museum of Transport Tour

1. The Entrance And First Floor

1. The Entrance And First Floor

The new entrance building forms a bridge-like link between the existing buildings on Lidostrasse (the IMAX, the Rail Transport Hall and the high-rise building). It contains on the ground floor the Swiss Museum of Transport ticket office, shop area, and both restaurants - one offers table service and opens towards the lake, the other is conceived as a self-service restaurant that stretches out like fingers into the arena. On the first floor are accommodated the exhibition areas for communications, the new entrance to the Planetarium and also the services area. On the second floor is the conference area with a conference hall that seats 500 guests and three smaller meeting rooms.

2. Swiss Chocolate Adventure

2. Swiss Chocolate Adventure

The only visitor experience of its kind in Switzerland, the Swiss Chocolate Adventure explains the discovery, provenance, manufacture, and transport of chocolate in around 20 minutes. Immerse yourself in the world of chocolate in Switzerland's most-visited museum. With its focus on this sweet specialty, the experience is a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds. After the adventure ride, you have a chance to taste various creations provided by Lindt's master chocolatiers. You need a Swiss Museum of Transport tickets to access this area.

3.  Media World

3. Media World

Discover the multifaceted world of new and traditional media. Media World offers a variety of ways of experimenting with a range of media. Highlights include virtual reality goggles, a TV studio, a green screen facility and a 360° photo booth for taking all-round selfies. Temporary exhibitions and focus topics provide insights into exciting themes and new technologies. This is a must visit after getting your Swiss Museum of Transport tickets.

4.  The Film Theatre

4. The Film Theatre

It is a must to visit the film theatre during your Swiss Museum of Transport tour. The IMAX Film Theater guarantees to bring about strong emotions and offer an incomparable film experience. It is the only one of its kind in Switzerland. With almost 200 square meters, the 'Swissarena' displays the largest orthophotograph of Switzerland from the air.

5.  The Museum

5. The Museum

The detached hexagonal building has been part of the Swiss Museum of Transport complex since 1979. The exhibition houses document the oeuvre and craftsmanship of the artist Hans Erni (1909-2015) and provide insights into a unique body of work and a life engaged with contemporary historical, cultural, technical and ecological themes. Aside from the painting table for children, the museum with its auditorium is also a popular event venue. The striking Panta rhei mural creates a unique atmosphere. On the ground floor, Hans Erni encounters the pioneer of automotive streamlining, aerodynamics engineer Paul Jaray. You need to purchase the Swiss Museum of Transport tickets to access this museum.

6.  Hans Erni Sculptures

6. Hans Erni Sculptures

The biotope with the sculpture garden came about at the instigation of the artist Hans Erni. The amenity is a symbiosis of nature and art, economy and ecology. It also alludes to the time when this area – called Brüelmoos – was a boggy, reedy marsh until well into the 20th century. The first biotope was created in 1979 to coincide with the opening of the Hans Erni Museum. It was given a comprehensive rejuvenation in 2011/12, at which point the pond was enlarged, the sculpture garden rearranged and a ceramic mural installed. A terrace was also added beneath the canopy, providing an opportunity for visitors to linger. You need to purchase the Swiss Museum of Transport tickets to access this museum.

Swiss Museum of Transport Lucerne Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Swiss Museum of Transport tickets are available online, and from the museum ticket desk. You either purchase a ticket for the museum, for the film theatre, for the planetarium, or a combined ticket. Check the rail passes as some of them grant a discount to the entrance fee. The ticket prices are varied depending on your age, the type of tickets you want, and whether you have Swiss Travel Pass or not. Visit their official website for more details.

How To Get Around?

The Swiss Museum of Transport tour is best done by walking. The museum has a building of three-story and is easily accessible by foot or wheelchair. There are many things to see inside so make a few stops and enjoy the exhibitions.

What Should I Wear?

There is no fixed dress code for your Swiss Museum of Transport tour. You can wear anything you want and enjoy your visit.

Swiss Museum of Transport Lucerne Facts

Best Time to Visit

Swiss Museum of Transport tour can be done at any time of the year. It is open at 10am to 6pm in summer time and 10am to 5 pm in winter time. The best time to visit the museum is before lunch time before it gets crowded.


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Will I Need a Guide?

No, you will not need a guide to explore the museum. There are so many activities that are best done by yourself. However, if you want to learn more about the museum's exhibitions and history, it is recommended to hire a guide. There are different types of guided tour at the museum, you should check the museum's official website for more details.

How To Get There?

The museum is located on the shore of Lake Lucerne in the northern section of the city of Lucerne, some 30 minutes walking time from the town centre. It is served by trains of the Lucerne S-Bahn at the adjacent Lucerne Verkehrshaus railway station, by boat services of the Schifffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees on the lake, and by the Lucerne trolleybus system. All three provide convenient connections with central Lucerne.

Additional Info

The minimum recommended age for the daily programmes at the Filmtheatre and Planetarium is 6. The museum and Swiss Chocolate Adventure are suitable for a younger age group. Free wireless internet access is available throughout the museum premises: simply look for the network called 'Verkehrshaus'. The museum and Swiss Chocolate Adventure are also suitable for visitors with visual or hearing impairments.