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Address: St.-Leodegar-Strasse 6, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 41 229 95 00
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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.

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stunning inside

It looks like a regular cathedral church outside but when you walk in its beautiful. I was lucky enough to catch the organs playing, very show stopping and a must see

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It looks like a regular cathedral church outside but when you walk in its beautiful. I was lucky enough to catch the organs playing, very show stopping and a must see

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. A visit is possible from 7 am to 7 pm, every day. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the landmarks of Lucerne. It's a gorgeous church on the way to the incredible Lion monument. You can see it from almost anywhere in the town. It's worth a visit.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. It's true, the church is one of the landmarks in Lucerne. Our church is open every day from 7 am to 7 pm. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

north wales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning interior and place of contemplation whilst the world rushes by outside the door. When I visited a youth orchestra was playing and ended spending well over an hour in the place.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and we are happy that you found a place, were you could stay over an hour. It's true, the world rushes outside... Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

It was a very nice and beautiful cathedral at the heart of lucerne .... we liked it very much ..... must visit

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. Our church ist old, it was built after 1633, and there was a convent since 735. Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

If you have been traveling Europe for a while, this church may seem small and less ornate than some of its bigger cousins but it does have beautiful acoustics. I was lucky enough to stroll through as they were practicing the pipe organ for the evening services and it was an inspiring moment to hear that grand old instrument let... More 

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. The organ was built in 1648 and renovated in the 19th century by Friedrich Haas and again in 1972/1977 by Orgelbau Kuhn in Männedorf. The 7374 pipes are distributed across 111 registers (and 5 manuals). Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We were fortunate enough to stumble upon the Hofkirche in the early evening just as a choir dressed in traditional Swiss clothing assembled on the front steps to yodel a few songs. It was a group of about 20 men and women who joined together in beautiful harmony. It was kind of magical. The church is beautiful and well preserved,... More 

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit in our church and we're lucky that you made such a great experience. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

From the bottom of the steps you are greeted by the amazing exterior of this beautiful church, no sooner over that and you are swamped by the equally beautiful interior, take a seat and enjoy.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your rating. The church is open to "take a seat and enjoy". Every day from 7 am to 7 pm. Greetings from the Hofkirche. Th. Lang More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This church is beautiful inside with plenty of Catholic art. A must see for those interested old churches and those of the Catholic Faith.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. It's true, this church "tells" a very old story, of the catholic church, because the first church in this place was built in 735. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is quite a prominent landmark on the bank of Lake Lucerne opposite the railway station. There are a few steps up to the entrance which also reveal to the left (as you look at it) a charming and unusual graveyard. Inside is very ornate and beautiful. When you come out you can then see a nice view of the... More 

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. From the railway station it takes you 10 minutes to walk to our church. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 494 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Visible from most places in Lucerne and on the water, the church is quite striking. I made a quick visit (under 20 minutes) and felt comfortable I had seen what I wanted, but for those who are more spiritual or have a passion for cathedrals, this could be a bigger stop.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your rating. Our church is really visible from most places in town. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

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