Fun things to do in Lucerne

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    Haus am Rhyn & Picasso-Museum

    by globetrott Written Jan 10, 2007

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    Haus am Rhyn & Picasso-Museum is another quite interesting building next to the old townhall and the Rathaus-Turm. Even when you are not interested in the Picasso-museum you may still see an interesting entrance-hall opposite of the ticket-box of the museum. That entrance-hall has great columns and walls, painted in ornate renaissance-frescos, you may enter freely and without restrictions there as long as the museum is open for visitore
    Picasso-Museum is open daily from 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m.

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    Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern) KKL

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 18, 2011

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    This is an ultra modern Congress Centre which was built from 1995 to about 2000. It was first opened in 1998 with a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. It is a multi-functional building designed by Jean Nouvel and is reputed to have the finest acoustics of any such building in Switzerland. Probably best seen from the River the Centre can be found very easily as it is right on the River Reuss almost adjoing the Hauptbahnhof. It is a favourite spot for outside dining as it affords the most wonderful views of the City, the River and Kappelbruecke etc.

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    Zyt Tower

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 9, 2011

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    To my mind, the Zyt Tower is perhaps the most well known of all of Lucerne's Nine Towers. It is easily recognisable because of its wonderful colourful clock which still functions perfectly today. It is also the clock which has the honour of being able to chime the hour one minute before all of the other clocks in the city. The clock was constructed by Hans Luter in the first half of the 16th century and is approximately 4 meters high. The tower itself was probably built in the latter half of the 14th century as some of its walls are known to date back to 1386.

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    GRUYÈRE LAKE

    by Hosell Written Nov 25, 2004

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    The Gruyère Lake is another nice place to go around Lucerne,specially if you like water sports or see some awesome views.Here you will find a few small hotels and restaurants,and is a nice place to feel relaxed and being in the nature.Unfortunatelly my bus stoped here for a very short time,but we were lucky enough because it was at sunset time,so I got a few nice sunset photos that I'll place in a separate page very soon.Anyway is a beautiful lake!.

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    Vierwaldstättersee, Lake Lucerne

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 26, 2011

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    There are many historical and geographical facts that I could rattle off here about Lake Lucerne, like its the fourth largest lake in Switzerland, but all that sort of data pales into insignificance when it comes to describing this magnificent and breathtaking body of the bluest of blue water surrounded by mountains and villages and the greenest grass, trees and foliage that one could ever see. There are no words, it has to be seen to be believed.

    Naturally the best way to see it is from a boat and perhaps the most time efficient way to see it, if you have only a short time in Lucerne, is to combine your Lake cruise with a visit to Mt Pilatus. So much beauty all in one day defies description. Take my word for it and just do it.

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    Noelli Tower

    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 29, 2011

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    As I walked across the bridge from the Hauptbahhof to my hotel on my arrival in Lucerne, one of the first sights I noticed (after Kappellbruecke, that is) was the Noelli Tower, which is located in pride of place, right on the bank of the River Reuss between Kappellbruecke and Kappellplatz. It is the headquarters of the Safran Guild. Stands 28 meters high, it is cylindrical in shape with a pointed tower. It was constructed in 1513 and today houses the archives of the Guild.

    I found it to be quite striking in appearance and would have loved to see the view from the top which I believe is excellent.

    In the Main Photo you can see part of the Musegg Wall rising up the hill behind the tower.

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    Railway Portal

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 9, 2011

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    Standing tall and proud in front of the Hauptbahnhof is the city's historic railway portal. This was salvaged from a fire which otherwise destroyed the railway station in 1971. It is this feature which I feel, makes even the Train Station in this beautiful city look good.

    It looks even more imposing when viewed from a boat on the River or from the main traffic bridge which spans the river a very short distance from the portal.

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    Tourist information

    by codrutz Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    The city tourist office is 50m west of the station at Frankenstrasse 1 (May–Oct Mon–Fri 8.30am–6pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 9am–1pm; Nov–April Mon–Fri 8.30am–noon & 2–6pm, Sat 9am–1pm; 041/410 71 71,www.luzern.org). With the vast quantity of tourists tramping through the city, staff are well used to answering questions, and have stacks of information on the city and surrounding countryside. Luzern’s guest card – which you must get stamped by your hotel – is especially good value, giving discounts on entry to most museums and 10–15 percent off car rental; it also allows you to purchase a Fr.8 three-day city bus pass (each journey normally costs Fr.1.70, although Swiss Pass holders travel free anyway). There’s also a local museum pass (Fr.25), which gives free entry to all the city’s attractions for a month. Luzern’s tour guides are exceptionally good, and the official two-hour city walking tour, departing from the tourist office, is well worth taking (April–Oct Mon–Sat 9.45am; Nov–March Wed & Sat 9.45am; Fr.16).

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    Street Art

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 26, 2011

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    My travel pages here on VT are liberally sprinkled with wonderful contemporary street art sculptures. I have a penchant for them. This one I found in Lucerne right outside the Luzerner Theater. I have no idea who the artist was or what the story is behind this wonderful piece. All I know is that I love it. I guess the mystery surrounding it is part of its attraction for me. Or maybe its just that it is very appealing in its simplicity.

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  • Swiss Museum of Transport and Communication

    by MartinaH Updated Jan 15, 2004

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    As its name already says it you'll find a collection related to the development of transportation and communication (navigation, communication, road and rail transport, aviation,...) so as a Planetarium.

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    Back to history.........

    by barbskie Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    A popular museum in Lucerne exhibiting some collections of Swiss transports such as locomotives, automobiles, ships and aircraft. There are also exhibits about communications.Besides the exhibitions, there are also other attractions for all visitors inside the museum like Planetaium, Imax, HiFlyer and for the kids too. The museum also maintains a large collection of work by Hans Erni

    Special exhibition until Jan 2008
    Hommage of Peter Sauber, the Swiss of the Year 2005. An exposition of original sports racing cars from the legendary C1 through to the C24 recount the long and successful Sauber story to visitors at first hand.

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    Monthly Market

    by barbskie Updated Aug 9, 2008

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    As we did our walk in the Chapel Bridge , we spotted that there are market stands at the Kappel/Hirschenplatz. It is the monthly market, held every first Wednesday of the month from March to December. You could find stalls with different kinds of things to buy from toys to ready made wears, foods, special teas and many more.

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    At the top of Mt. Titlis

    by myrtle Written Nov 8, 2003

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    It was amazing to be at the top of the mountain. We took the gondola ride up. We had to make a couple of stops along the way to change gondolas. We were also able to ride the RotAir which is a large gondola that holds several people and it rotates as you go up the mountain so you get different views. It was the first of its kind, but now there are a few others in the world. It's amazing how hot & summery it was at the bottom of the mountain, and how cold it was at the top. One of my friends was wearing sandals because she didn't expect us to be going to the top of the mountain, so we all rented snow shoes when we got up there. They also have many activities for you to do once you get up there. Unfortunately since we got started so late everything was closing when we got up there. It took us 4 hours to get up there since we took the ferry & the train. We could've gone on some intertubing course. It looked fun in the brochures. Instead we just had a snowball fight. It was still fun.

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    The Golden Round trip

    by barbskie Written Jun 6, 2007

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    A day excursion to Mt Pilatus is quite simply an exceptional experience. Travel by nostalgic lake steamer from Lucerne to alpnachstad. then with the cogwheel railway to Mt Pilatus Kulm and enjoy fantastic views. Then take a spectacular ride by aerial cableway and panorama gondolas down to Kriens then with the bus back to Lucerne. We did the other way.

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    Find Crazy Marketing Sculptures in Town

    by riorich55 Written Feb 15, 2009

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    Sue and I just enjoyed walking through the busy part of old town Lucerne which had no vehicle traffic. These are a couple of pictures of some unique ways that sculptures or whatever they are can advertise a business.

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