Walking alongside this...
Walking alongside this stunning Lake past one of the oldest, longest wooden bridges. The structure inside is neat to look at. The smiling faces I encountered walking around town. People could have just been laughing at the silly looking tourist but so long as I smiled, I was happy.
shop, shop, SHOP. Yes,...
shop, shop, SHOP. Yes, shopping for me centered around Lucerne's cool main street called Pilatus FILLED with famous brand names like Rolex, Bucherrer, Swatch, Piaget etc. And knowing me, I just HAD to drop in to Piaget to take a look at their watches.
Since I couldn't possibly afford one, I'd settle for the second best - Shopping at Swatch and Buccherer instead. In Buccherer, you can purchase a Swatch watch from 50 Swiss Francs or a Rolex from 2,500 Swiss Francs. Or why don't you buy their famed Swiss Army Knife (a good brand is Wenger) that boasts of up to 13 different gadgets - from scissors to saws?! Amazing. For late-night shopping, Buccherer is definitely THE place to go to. They were still opened when we popped in at 9.30PM that night.
There is also a department store here called Nord Mann if you're looking to buy some outfits or chocolates or... simply window-shop. Yes, chocolates are indeed dirt cheap here. If you're thinking of grabbing designer products like Bally or Gucci, you might as well forget it. The cheapest Bally shoe here costs over 300 Swiss Francs. (Gasp). And the dresses here are also very expensive and their designs VERY dated (read: conservative and BORING). Nothing like those cool dresses found in Spain, France or Italy.
And by the way, the Swatch watches here also aren't the cheapest as I've discovered. For avid collectors of Swatch watches (like myself), AUSTRALIA sells the CHEAPEST Swatch watches! You can even buy them at the duty-free shops at the airport. So, what are you waiting for? Go call up your long-lost friends, relatives and colleagues now - QUICK!
Lucerne is delightful
Lucerne is delightfully picturesque and apart from cruising on the Lake and climbing Rigi, the best thing to do is just wander around the town and see the evidence of the medieval period which is still evident in the wonderfully painted buildings of the town centre and the wooden bridges that cross the River Reuss. There are wonderful sidewalk cafe's as well.
see the famous 'water spikes'....
see the famous 'water spikes'. No, really - it may just look like a picket fence sunk in the water, but it really is a toursit attraction. These spikes are apparently unique from a 'technical point-of-view' and are placed by hand to regulate the flow of the water. Now that may be worth watching. These spikes have been used since 1860. You can find them just down from (and connecting to) the Spreuer Bridge.
Lucerne has a well established...
Lucerne has a well established cultural scene. We have a City Theater, two smaller theatres (Kleintheater and Theater La Fourmi), Cultural Centers (Schüür, Werkhof, boa, Sedel), several clubs with live music, and the top of it all: The newly built Cultural and Congressional Center. In the marvellous building, you can attend concerts or musical of the world's best musicians.
Tickets for any kind of cultural activity in Switzerland are mostly available at the institution itself (Lucerne theatre, Kleintheater, KKL) or at the Ticket Corner, which is located in the underground service area at the train station, in the main post office at the station square or the branch of the United Bank of Switzerland UBS at Schwanenplatz.