Central Switzerland encompassing Lake Lucerne and surrounds opens up to a more soothing beauty. The mountains looming around the lake are greener and less jagged, with quaint Alpine villages and larger towns giving it a more lived-in feel. It is a base location to enjoy day trips to the summits of Mount Titlis, Pilatus and Rigi. Take back pictures of the wooden Chapel Bridge and the adjoining octagonal water tower, one of the most photographed sites of Switzerland. Sail in a steamer on Lake Lucerne and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, old-world villages and undulating valleys. Built on water, with old squares, medieval bridges and a skirting skyline, the city is vaguely reminiscent of Venice. Steeped in history, culture and folklore, Lucerne just rightly connotes the very essence of Switzerland.