Medieval Willisau is nestled in the Lucerne landscape at the foot of the Napf Mountain. The city and its cultural offerings delight visitors with their great variety. The main lane, which is divided into sections by three heptagonal fountains, dominates the Old Town. This is also where the town hall is located, which was rebuilt in 1704 after the fourth fire. The Upper Gate was destroyed in the third city fire in 1471 and rebuilt in the 16th century. The Lower Gate was burnt to ashes several times, but was rebuilt true to the original in 1980.
The bailiff's castle, which is located above the Old Town, was built between 1690 and 1695. Remnants of the old city wall are found there. Among the other noteworthy sights are the pilgrimage chapels and the largest church of the Lucerne region.
A vast but varied hiking area offers countless possibilities. From the lowlands of the Wigger valley, the dreamy little valleys and forests to the crests of the Napf area unadulterated nature can be enjoyed. Museums, historical village centres and cultural sites make an excursion worthwhile.
In the cold season Willisau has to offer a lot as well, the seasonal fairs, the atmospheric Christmas market or the crazy carnival days. The cultural offerings in Willisau and in the whole region are especially ample in this season. The possibilities for sports activities are manifold, too, indoors and outdoors.
Calmness and recreation can be found, wandering on the foothills of the Napf, which are often free from fog in autumn and winter as well. Bikers like practising their demanding hobby in these seasons especially. Those who have achieved the ascension onto the car-free Napf, can`t expect a sweeping ski-run descent. But whoever has enjoyed the unique view from this summit on a sunny winter day, will return again and again.
I look forward to attending Jazz Festival in Willisau soon Samuel Blaser Quartet 25 Aug 2011 - 25 Aug 2011 · Jazzfestival Willisau 2011