The Telegraph: "Special treat: a palace-style hotel with spectacular views, 66 enormous rooms, and outstanding bathrooms. Doubles from 295SF/ £195, room only. (0041 (0) 41 419 0000 CHK; hotel-montana.ch)"
The Telegraph: The 16th-century Wilden Mann (0041 (0) 41 210 1666; wilden-mann.ch) has a warren of 50 rooms, a superb Old Town location, a wood-beamed restaurant and warm, quirky décor. Doubles from SF270/ £180 B&B.
The Telegraph: Head via Löwenplatz to the Alpineum Cafe (Denkmalstrasse 11). Have a coffee (SF3.80/£2.50), then see the 19th-century diorama of painted Alpine landscapes in the adjoining Alpineum museum (SF5/£3.50).
The Telegraph: Book a table at the Scala Terrace at Hotel Montana. The southern European cuisine (mains from £20/SF30) and the sensational view over mountains, lake and city make this the place for an occasion.
The Telegraph: For a quieter base, stay in Weggis, a half-hour steamer ride away from Lucerne. (SF16 single/ £11). Hotel Graziella (doubles from SF210/£140 B&B) has a rooftop spa, garden with pier, and free bicycles