We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: St.-Leodegar-Strasse 6, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
Phone Number: 41412299500
Website
Today
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description:

Around 735/736, southern German nobles founded a small monastery at the...

Around 735/736, southern German nobles founded a small monastery at the site of today's Hof area, which was dedicated to St Mauritius. Around 1135, the autonomous monastery was attached to the Provostship of Murbach (Alsace) and St Leger was named patron of the church. In 1291, the Abbey of Murbach was forced to sell the Provost's Church and its belongings to the Habsburgs. In 1332, Lucerne joined the Helvetic Confederation. By 1433, the City of Lucerne had regained its rights from the Habsburgs, including those affecting the mo- nastery. In 1455/56, the Benedictine monastery was converted into a convent of Canon Regulars. Since then, the Canon Regulars have devoted themselves to the Liturgy of the Hours every day in the mornings and evenings. On Easter Sunday 1633, the church was burned to its foundations. The Jesuit Brother Ja- kob Kurrer from Ingolstadt was charged with the reconstruction of the church. Its consecration took place after the installation of the art works in 1644.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 246 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Magnificent Cathederal

We visited the Cathederal and were impressed by its grandeur and beauty. The art work is amazing as well as the woodwork inside. The pipe organ was playing as we visited and that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
KBD87
,
Arkansas
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

246 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 105: English reviews
Staines, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
196 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You'll need to walk slightly out of the centre to get here, but a visit here can be easily combined with the Dying Lion. Outside it's a great building, with great wide steps sweeping up to the entrance. Inside however, it's a large church, not overly ornate and nothing outstanding to recommend it. Worth a look thouigh.

Helpful?
Thank Steve C
Arkansas
Level Contributor
333 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Cathederal and were impressed by its grandeur and beauty. The art work is amazing as well as the woodwork inside. The pipe organ was playing as we visited and that added to the mood. It's a very special place where you can get some peace and respite from your worries and simply rest for a bit.

Helpful?
Thank KBD87
Moulton, Alabama
Level Contributor
45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The paintings and carvings are beautiful. The kids area was something I have never seen before in a sanctuary. This church also has a winding staircase and a perch near the center of the building.

Helpful?
Thank Kaceyef
Liverpool
Level Contributor
57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous church with regular services - but not much English so be prepared to remember mass yourself if you attend.

Helpful?
Thank smow
Virginia
Level Contributor
27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went early in the morning on a weekday and was the only tourist in the place. At 7:45 AM, the priests began a lovely chanting worship; calling back and forth to each other across the space. I stayed for that. The church is very old and it shows in the wonderfully crafted altars you really only see in European... More 

Helpful?
Thank swissclerk
Pune, India
Level Contributor
68 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful peaceful church and a great escape on a hot day. Though it was bit hot outside, it was cooler inside.

Helpful?
Thank ashok_shrikhande
Lucerne, Switzerland
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A special attraction is the organ. Unique sounds are possible even thunderstorms. From the tower you may have a view over the middle age part of Lucerne and Mount Pilatus.

Helpful?
Thank 200ulrichf
Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. The church, which you see now, was built after the fire of 1633. Before it was a convent, which started in the year 735. Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Carrollton, Georgia
Level Contributor
60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful peaceful church and a great escape on a hot day. Well worth the climb up the stairs in front!

Helpful?
Thank debbie w
Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit! It's true, our church is on hot days cooler than outside, because of the very thick wall. Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Saint Peter
Level Contributor
52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best part of the Hofkirche is the exterior with its long staircase. Inside is a lot of gold leaf to see.

Helpful?
Thank Debra B
Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit in our church and for your rating. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Level Contributor
134 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can see it far away. So many people visit it. It is beautiful inside and normally it will takes you 1 hour.

Helpful?
Thank J F
Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

It's true, you can see this church from far away! It was many hundert of years a convent, which was funded in 735. Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Travelers who viewed Hofkirche also viewed

Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne
Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne
 

Been to Hofkirche? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Hofkirche staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?