From KKL Luzern to Südpol

The Luzerner Sinfonieorchester is the orchestra-in-residence at the KKL Luzern and the opera orchestra of the Luzerner Theater, but it also performs at other venues in the Lucerne region.

KKL Luzern

The KKL Luzern was built according to the plans of star architect Jean Nouvel, and its outstanding acoustics make it one of the very best concert halls for classical music. It is located right at the heart of the city of Lucerne, directly by the lake and very close to the railway station.

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Your Arrival
Take the Luzern Zentrum motorway exit and follow the signs to the railway station. The KKL is located next to the station, directly by the lake, and it can be accessed easily from the multi-storey car park by the station, which is open 24 hours a day.

Luzerner Theater

The Luzerner Theateris a venue for plays, opera and ballet, hosting approximately 25 productions per year from September to June. Situated directly by the river Reuss, it has a seating capacity of 481. The theatre was built between 1837 and 1839 (and reconstructed after a fire in 1924), making it the oldest theatre in Switzerland where plays, opera and ballet are still performed.

The theatre has a staff of almost 400, and its artistic director as of the 2016/17 season is Benedikt von Peter.

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Südpol Luzern

Südpol Luzern at Arsenalstrasse is unique in Switzerland and serves as the home of numerous cultural institutions from a wide range of fields that include the City of Lucerne music school, the Luzerner Theater, the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and the public production company Südpol | Musik Tanz Theater – all of which use the building with their own separate rooms. Housing independent artists, the municipal theatre, the symphony orchestra and the music school under a single roof is intended to promote distinct forms of aesthetics.

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Your arrival

  • By bicycle: Südpol can be reached by bicycle from the city centre in 7 –10 minutes. In front of and behind the building there are approx. 200 bicycle parking spaces.
  • By public transport: From Lucerne railway station: Take bus no. 14 (bound for Horw Zentrum) and get off at the Südpol stop, which is directly in front of the building. The no. 14 bus runs the whole day (Mon. – Sat.) at 15-minute intervals and twice an hour on Sundays.
  • By car: Please note that Südpol has limited visitor parking spaces. We recommend going by bicycle or public transport.

Hotel Pilatus-Kulm

Hotel Pilatus-Kulm is a listed building that has been completely refurbished and once again reflects the unique quality it had when it originally opened in 1890. The hotel’s spectacular location offers fantastic views of the mountains and lakes.

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Queen Victoria Hall
Its stuccoed ceiling and chandeliers invoke the refined elegance of Queen Victoria Hall. It has a maximum capacity of 120 and is the perfect place to celebrate special occasions.

How to get to Kriens/Lucerne

  • By car or bus: Take the A2 motorway to Lucerne, exit at Luzern Süd/Kriens.
  • By public transport: Take the train to Lucerne railway station, then take bus no. 1 bound for Kriens, exit at the Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus stop (approx. 15 minutes), followed by a 5-minute walk to the Kriens cable car station.

How to get to Alpnachstad and the world's steepest cog railway

  • By car or bus: Take the A8 motorway to Sarnen/Interlaken, exit at Alpnachstad.
  • By public transport: Take the train to Lucerne railway station and continue as far as Alpnachstad station. Or take the boat from Lucerne, landing stage no. 2 (50 – 90 minutes), to Alpnachstad.