The Celts called Lake Geneva "Large Water" or "Lem an", and it is to this day called Lac Léman in French. And it is large indeed. Regularly scheduled lake boats, historic paddle steamers and small ferries ply this 582-square-kilometer body of water.
Lucerne lies on the river Reuss, at the end of Lake Lucerne, framed by impressive mountains. The city has been a stronghold of tourism since 1840, thanks to the well-preserved Old Town with its Chapel Bridge and Water Tower.
Even the ancient inhabitants of pile-dwellings chose Erlach on Lake Biel and St. Peter's Island as their abodes. The Romans too left traces. Bishops and members of the nobility ruled from here in the Middle Ages. Today both are popular destinations for nature lovers and visitors seeking rest and relaxation.