This is a large and airy shop which is chock full of souvenirs and gifts. It is easily identified by the wonderful figure outside.
What to buy: You will find anything you are looking for from a postcard to a cowbell. Trinkets of all shapes and sizes. Really a one stop shop when looking for things to take home to your family and friends.
What to pay: As much or as little as you want.
The largest range of quality watches I've seen in one place with a huge choice from many of the world's leading watchmakers. They also offer a fine choice of top quality jewellery.
All the items are displayed in individual rooms in a beautiful historic building on the lakefront in the centre of the old city.
Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and multi-lingual.
What to buy: Watches, watches, watches!
What to pay: It depends entirely on what you choose, but remember to ask for the direct VAT deduction which they do in the store.
I passed by this confectionary-shop and tea-room accidentally, when walking from Zunfthaus zu Pfistern to Spreuerbruecke. The have a great garden-cafe next to the river Reuss and I had some coffe and cake there and tasted one f these tempting "Lozaerner Raegetroepfli" - chocolate filled with liquid Kirsch (cherry brandy) and truffles-creme.
Click at their web-page and see some other specialities of the house !
What to buy: Lozaerner Raegetroepfli is the expression for "Raindrops from Luzern" in Swiss german and it is a well known confect that would of course also make a perfect souvenir - it won a gold-medal in 2001
What to pay: Lozaerner Raegetroepfli are available in 3 different packages:
42 Troepfli - 525g Fr. 59.–
20 Troepfli - 250g Fr. 29.–
12 Troepfli - 150g Fr. 18.50
Gubelin is one of Lucerne's older watch sellers and they have an extensive range with Tag Heuer one of their flagships. The shop is set out over a couple of floors and you can spend as much as you like. The sales people are not too pushy though you wont find may locals behind the counter.
The store is open in Summer (Apr to Oct) from 8.30 to 7.30 with Sunday opening at 4pm & Thursday not closing until 9pm. Winter has different hours so will pay you to check first.
What to buy: This is the place to shop if you want a more expensive watch as a memory of your big trip to this part of the world. The prices are better than in many other places around the world and often there are discounted ranges.
What to pay: Expect to pay from $500 to several thousand SFr for your watch
Both a shopping tip and tourist trap, the Bucherer store provides the customer with several floors of high-end (and not so high-end) watch brands and a floor or two of souvenirs and other items (i.e., Swiss Army knives, coockoo clocks, crystals, etc.). While it's main sell are its Rolex watches, the boyfriend (bf) and I found their selection somewhat sparse. I've seen Rolex dealers in the U.S. offering a wider selection to choose from. And while this shop can be expensive, it does provide the convenience of accepting most major currencies. I was able to pay for my purchase in U.S. dollars, but did get my change back in Swiss Francs. And no, I did not get a Rolex watch and neither did the bf.
The main outlet for handicrafts in the heart of Lucerne's old town. More folkloric in the orientation specially tailored for souvenirs.
What to buy: Lara was looking for a certain bag seen at Pilatus Kulm (but forget to purchase) and i'm looking for a certain T-shirt too. Luckily, we found what she's searching for....the army bag ;)
Lucerne is such a beautiful place to shop. While strolling down the streets with it's airy squares you may enjoy so many of the shops and boutiques displyaing all manner of exquisite wares, surely something to suit everyone's ones budget.
Wandering the streets of Lucerne one night, I was trying to find a market or convenience store to get some food and drinks for myself. I ended up at the train station and took the escalator underground and into the shopping complex under the station.
I didn't know this was there when I arrived and happily went into one of the market stores and stocked up for my time in town.
Due to it's convenient location under the station, you may have to pay a little more for the products but if you are in a time pinch, it's worth it.
There are numerous shops under the station with multiple escalators to the street above for easy access.
This Brocki (Swiss expression, full form is Brockenhaus = house of bits and pieces) is a well presented secondhand shop run by the salvation army. I was very impressed by the quality of things.
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday 13.30 - 18.30 and Saturday 10.00 - 16.00
What to buy: Clothes, jewellery, books, CD's, dishes, hats etc.
I discovered this farmers market once while taking my regular bus ride from Lucerne Bahnoff to St.Anna. Right next to the Lake is a small street that features plenty of open cafes, bars and restaurants. On this same street, every tuesdays and Saturdays I would see the local market being setup, but only till afternoon. Homemade Swiss cheeses, wines, farm fresh vegetables, homemade-marmalades, and many many more things. There would be a fish market on fridays as well. Also to mention, the small food stalls serving soups and bread. On a pleasant sunny but slightly chilly saturday afternoon, a hot bowl or soup and a tasty baguette would be extremely appetizing.
What to buy: Fresh organic vegetables, home-made cheese, marmalades, and many many more things. Its certainly a must visit if you like to take a pick in the local culture and their taste.
What to pay: Just a few swiss franks in cash is more than enough.
What to buy:
During our visit to Lucerne (Sept 2006) we saw a whole load of bikes in one of the squares. At first we thought they were geting ready for a bike race or auction but we soon discovered that it was a special bike selling day. People could bring ina bike they wanted to sell and put a price tag on it, prospective buyers had so long to have a look and check them out. Then at an arranged time at the sound of a starter gun the crowds were allowed to rush in, grab the bike they wanted and take it to the payment area - so it was first come first served - it was certainly fun watching the scramble.
What to pay: whatever the price is!
What to buy: When I was a kid, my father would buy my sister and I Swatch watches from wherever he was travelling on business. I have find memories of my Swatches. I decided to buy my neices some Swatch watches in Switzerland, but I discovered that they were more expensive here than in Paris or Rome. Very bizarre!
Bucherer is one of the ancient dealer in Lucerne when it comes to jewels and watches. It's located on Lowenplatz and can't be missed as you wander passed it. There 3 levels of store with the free spoon section (vouchers are given away by most tour guides) at the top level. Bucherer was the Rolex outlet when I was there last (in 2003) and they had items in this range over the $20K mark for those wanting something a little bit special...........
What to buy: Rolex Watches
What to pay: The sky is the limit here but there's also several ranges of lower priced items
What to buy:
When you think of Switzerland you think of 1. watches, 2. swisse army knives, and 3. cholocate. Especially if you are me you will think of the 3rd one 1st!!
So if you want buy a watch, they are certainly the best quality in the world.
What to pay: You can get them from 80 CHF to over 100,000CHF if you really want to!
Every Tuesday and Saturday morning, large and colourful food markets spill over both banks of the Reuss and under the arcades, with a supplementary fish market every Friday. There’s a flea market every Saturday (May–Oct) on the south bank, and a monthly crafts market (April–Dec, first Sat of month) on Weinmarkt. In the modern part of town, Moosstrasse hosts a relaxed Saturday morning farmers’ market of cheeses, organic vegetables, home-made jams and more.