Station 1

The pathway starts at the Jesuit Church, Lucerne (Photo: Urban Schwegler)
The Uni/PH Building at Frohburgstrasse 3, Lucerne


The University of Lucerne is the youngest of the twelve Swiss universities. In the academic year 2019/20, 3500 students were enrolled in the University’s four faculties and one department.

Since its founding in 2000, the University of Lucerne has witnessed an extremely positive development, and can thus be considered a real success story. Although the university has only just grown out of its infancy, the history of higher education in Lucerne goes back to the late 16th century: the era of religious wars between the Catholics and Protestants. In contrast to other Swiss universities, the development of a university in Lucerne was significantly delayed, something that can only really be explained by considering the city’s backdrop, that of a Catholic society. Unlike in the reformed cities, the founding of a ‘University of Lucerne’ failed four times before it finally succeeded on 21st May 2000 – with a sensational premiere, namely the first time in the world that a university was founded by means of a popular vote. In short, the road to the University of Lucerne was long, but since its late foundation it has seen a spectacular start.

You can find out how it all came about at 20 stops on the tour of the city of Lucerne.
You can read the complete texts at each station or listen to the audio contribution. Enjoy your stroll through the city of Lucerne.