Everybody knows that Switzerland is the land of beautiful mountains and lakes so it really is hard to pick which is more stunning than the other. However, Lake Lucerne does hold its own against the competition with its breath taking mountain views which overlook the lake. Also known by natives as the Lake of The Four Cantons, Vierwaldstättersee in German or Lac des Quatre in French, Lake Lucerne is a central hub for many Swiss and a big draw for tourists. If it’s not mountain vistas then there are the verdant and unmarred by civilization forests which provide a beauty of their own. Because of its popularity, there a lot of choices for hotels or resorts that dot the shorelines but in no way do they detract from the natural scenic views. The lake’s south eastern shore is of particular importance to the Swiss since this is where, in the meadow of the Rütli, the Swiss Confederation was founded. In celebration of the country’s 700th anniversary, a 35 km commemorative walkway called the Swiss Path, was built to wind around the lake to the southern shore. Visitors can also partake in the southern springs which are reputed to have curative elements. Some call Lake Lucerne the heart of Switzerland because of its special significance and the fact that it is surrounded by four cantons: Lucerne, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Uri. Other than enjoying the lake from any of the hotels along the shore, visitors can partake in water sports, boating or cruises.