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Lucerne is located in the middle of Switzerland, it is close to the Alps. Because of this, the town experiences cold winters, and mild springs and summers. If you love outdoor activities in the winter, such as skiing (at the surrounding mountains) and skating, then Lucerne is a paradise awaiting you. If you go just outside of the town you will find that the mountains are beautiful and just waiting to be explored. If you want to visit in warmer weather though, you will also find that there is great hiking and mountain biking to be done in the area. There are many tour groups and guides that often extensive information and help when you want to go around the area. You can also do this on your own. Lucerne gets busy all year round. No matter when you go, you should definitely have some wamer clothes with you on hand at all times. A sweatshirt and some type of pants are recommended, even in the summer. The nights can get quite cool during summer time and chilly during winter time, and it is good to have it on you just in case.