Lucerne Travel Guide

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Lucerne Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lake Lucerne, mountains, wooden bridges 

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     It really rains an awful lot! 

  • In a nutshell
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     I believe this is the best of the Swiss cities. 

Lucerne Things to Do

  • Mount Pilatus

    Probably the best view of Lucerne and its surrounds can be seen on a clear day from atop Mt Pilatus. In summer there are many hiking and walking trails to explore which will amaze and delight the true devotees of these activities. For those of us who are less energetic, the view is more than enough to suffice, not to mention the cafe and of course...

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  • Kapellbrücke - Chapel Bridge

    The Kapellbruecke was once a wonderful early-Medieval wooden bridge, spanning the river Reuss and including the Wasserturm. The Wasseturm ('water tower') gets its name from the fact that it stands in the water of the river....at various times in the past it's been a lighthouse, a prison, and a treasury). It was built about 30 years before the first...

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  • Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument

    During my visit to the city it was raining day and I left my umbrella in the car. Still, it was no reason to skip the famous monument in Luzern. The Lion Monument (German: Löwendenkmal) commemorate the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.

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Lucerne Hotels

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Lucerne Restaurants

  • 'Kaffee und kuchen' by the lakeside...

    Confiserie Bachmann is a fourth-generation Lucerne-based company....making chocolates, cakes, breads, sandwiches etc all of which are produced using 'fresh, natural and high-quality' ingredients. There are several Bachmann shops dotted around the city but the lakeside outlet I found is exceptionally well-placed for providing sustenance for the many...

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  • Eat a tomate salad and tortellini alla...

    It`s a small nice restaurant it`s not direct in Lucerne city it`s in Kriens. The service is very kind and helpful. And they like to make jokes with you. The food is very good and there a lot of different dishes. So when you want to have a dinner with our family or our friends so it`s a perfect restaurant and it isn`t expensive. For starter i like...

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  • Great food, beautiful location

    A great location with outdoor riverside tables overlooking beautiful Chapel Bridge & the lake.Excellent service, English menu available, top quality food with a wide choice of dishes. Watch the people promenading by, listen to the strolling musicians. At dusk when the fairy lights come on it's a wonderful experience. We had the house merlot red...

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Lucerne Nightlife

  • All good Clubs around town

    As i have been travelling quite a bit as well, and got quite annoyed by the lack of clubguides here is my personal one. It should cover most of the Nightclubs in and around the city.If you want to have the address of each club just google it and you will find it.My personal favourite is the ROK (see description pretty far down)Roadhouse: More a bar...

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  • Wunderful view

    The Penthouse is a wunderful place to drink something. The Penthouse in the upest floor of a hotel. In the summer it is beautiful beacouse there is also a terace with lounges and high tables. The style inside is very noble but also friendly! For the nightlife is there also a dancefloor. You have to wear neatly clothes. The mans have to look more...

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  • Club

    Do you want to party? Do you want to have a great night with your friends? Soo than you have to go to the Vegas Club in Kriens. It is a new Club and it is great. There are a lot of famous DJ's. There is one big Dancefloor and a big balcony around the Dancefloor. If you're a smoker there's also a big lounge for smookers. The music is like HipHop,...

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Lucerne Transportation

  • By train, of course!

    The Swiss railway system has an extensive network. Its trains (some of which have an upstairs and a downstairs) are efficiently run, clean, comfortable and safe.So why, if one is travelling to Lucerne (or any other Swiss settlement with a railway) would one wish to do anything other than use the train? Very reasonable fares, no parking hassle, no...

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  • Train from the aiport

    Getting to Lucerne from the airport in Zurich is quite simple if you choose to go by train. The trains are quite frequent (at least one per hour, sometimes more) and there are even quite a few which go directly to Lucerne with no need to change at the Hauptbahnhof in Zurich. Duration of the journey is a little over one hour. No fuss or bother...

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  • The steepest in the world

    I really feel that the cog wheel railway to Mt Pilatus from Apnachstad deserves a mention all of its own as it is a fascinating means of transport.Cog wheel railways were adopted by the Swiss many many years ago when they saw how well they worked in the US. They are also known as rack railways and simply put, run on sharp teeth rather than smooth...

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Lucerne Shopping

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  • Souvenirs for everyone

    This is a large and airy shop which is chock full of souvenirs and gifts. It is easily identified by the wonderful figure outside. 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. As much or as little...

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  • Huge choice of watches

    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...

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  • Lozaerner Raegetroepfli

    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...

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Lucerne Local Customs

  • Ringing Bells, Beating Drums and...

    We were just in Lucerne Switzerland and had the opportunity to hear and see the celebration to drive away evil spirits for the winter months. The streets were very narrow and the noise was deafening. The procession walked up and down the streets and at various points it would stop and about 6 adults would spread out into the streets with lots of...

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  • “Chlausä triichlä” (cowbells)

    During our visit we came across the ringing of “Chlausä triichlä” (cowbells) which is rung in procession to honour St. Nicholas. It is tradition which is considered a large part of the winter season.

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  • Heissi Marroni

    Those Heissi Marroni nuts are common and available everywhere, someone try to explain me why his are better then others, anyhow, you can try those while strolling around the old city

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Lucerne Warnings and Dangers

  • The Pilatus gondolas

    If you choose to do the golden tour to Pilatus please be warned about the gondolas. When coming down from the mountain you will board a cable car which really affords the most magnificent views over the Alps and Lake Lucerne and of course the lush green mountainsides and valleys.When you alight from the cable car you will then be routed to the...

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  • Do Not Litter: Under penalty of guilt!

    Lucerne is the cleanest damn city on the face of this earth! From the absence of garbage on its sidewalks and streets to the amazing fact that there is no gum stuck underneath the benches at bus stops, Lucerne gleams with cleanliness! For the briefest of moments I considered dropping the wrapper from a Jolly Rancher candy onto Lucerne's pristine...

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  • Do not try to...

    While walking around the walls, I noticed there are some unique animals around, but those are no pets, do not try to play with the bull.

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Lucerne Tourist Traps

  • Pickpockets at Lucerne rail station

    My brother almost lost his passport pouch! Two sophisticated looking European youths, boarded the train to Lugano along with our family group and started assisting my brother with his baggage. As my brother was hauling up his suitcase inside the compartment's rack, he suddenly realised that his passport pouch was missing. His sixh sense alerted him...

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  • Alpineum

    Just across the road from the Lion Monument is this shop and panorama theatre - showing film of the peaks in Switzerland, such as Jungfrau, Pilatus, Titlis etc.... It was only for 15 minutes and cost Sfr 5 - although lovely to see its much better to see in real life and hike some paths alongside if you are able.

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  • Not all Watch stores are created equal

    Upon hitting Lucerne we were taken to the 'accredited' watch seller of the tour firm we were travelling with. Make sure you shop around as often is the case you are going to the preferred supplier because the tour guide and/or company are getting kick-backs for sales. In Lucerne you are best to have a look at Bucherer for a guide to prices then...

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Lucerne What to Pack

  • Swiss Electrical Adaptor

    Don't make the same mistake a lot of travellers make when visiting Switzerland. The electrical socket used in Switzerland is a three pin variety and most sockets have a kind of hexagonal inset which wont allow some travel adaptors to fit in. Rounded adaptors will not fit.Below is a pic of the most useful adaptor for use in Switzerland.

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  • it really does rain an awful lot

    Bring luggage that you can easily carry: the Old Town is closed to traffic - which means that if your hotel is in the old town, you'll have to drag your bags there. So pack lightly It really does rain an awful lot, in every season: so please bring waterproof shoes, a waterproof jacket and an umbrella. The odds are that you're going to need it -...

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  • Packing List

    This is Switzerland and everyone here is generally very well-mannered and WELL-DRESSED. Yes, they DO dress in casually smart outfits. And yes, even in Lucerne! The Swiss are generally known to be one of the best dressed group of citizens in Europe.(1) If you're intending to wine and dine at those really cool Swiss restaurants (read: EXPENSIVE...

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Lucerne Off The Beaten Path

  • LUCERNE TO ENGELBERG

    The drive from Lucerne to Engelberg is less than an hour away.It is a lovely drive to do.First, we followed the lakeside and had wonderful view's of the Lake, then we headed down a beautiful valley full of lush green grass and Cow's grazing contentedly. I liked the huge Swiss Barns, the Mountain's which still had some snow, and seeing the...

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  • THE OLD WOODEN BRIDGE

    I rather liked these old wooden Bridge's that I was seeing through-out Switzerland. I didn't realize there were so many of them!The one at Werthensheim, we had to cross to reach the Monastery. It was built over the small River Emme in 1710, and is only wide enough for one car to pass through at a time.

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  • KLOSTER WERTHENSTEIN

    Just 20kms from Luzern, we came across the Village of Werthenstein. We could see a large, White building, so took the turn-off that looked to lead there. We headed across the Little River Emme, and followed the road up the hill to the White Building which turned out to be Kloster Werthenstein. Standing on a Rocky Outcrop, it's thought it was once a...

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Lucerne Sports & Outdoors

  • Mt Pilatus Hiking Trails

    At 7000 feet, the summit offers one of the most beautiful panoramic view, spreading from the city of Lucerne to the Lake of Lucerne, from S?ntis to Titlis, from the Bernese Alps to Jungfrau, over the Swiss borders from Schwarzwald to the French Alps. There's five trails offering you different panorama of the region.

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  • Mini golf

    In the back of the Hotel Krone, right outside the window of my room, was a mini golf course. The only thing is, most other mini golf courses I have seen put artificial turf to make it look like a golf course.

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Lucerne Favorites

  • Blue Ball Festival

    If you ever plan to go to Lucerne, July 20-July 30 would be a good time as you will get to enjoy the Blue Ball Festival. With all kinds of music (live) for 10 days running it is sure not to be missed. Enjoy the beauty of the location during he day and music during the night!!! Needless to say, that it has carnival atmosphere and to top it up....you...

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  • World's steepest cog wheel

    Do not miss the worlds steepest cog wheel train going up to 2100 metre to the peak of mount Pilatus. Take the cable car ride from there, and then the bus to the Centre and DO NOT MISS the boat ride on Lake Lucerne. Breathtaking scenery....

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  • Hotel : Weggis !!!

    i strongly recommended this hotel . 3 star hotel, located in a very peaceful sport , near lake Luzerne , with good lake view . HERTENSTEINHERTENSTEIN 156CH-6353 WEGGISSWITZERLANDTel : +41-41-3901444Fax : +41-41-3902766

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Explore Deeper into Lucerne
Old Town
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Vierwaldstätter See - Lake Lucerne
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Museggmauer - Musegg Wall
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Hofkirche - Abbey Court Church
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Jesuitenkirche - Jesuit Church
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Mount Rigi
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Very old and very decorative....
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Not quite so twiddly.......
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If you like twirls and twiddles....
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An absolute 'must'.
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Much more authentic.....
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Still a 'must' for most...
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Painted frontages.....
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Oriels and shutters and small statues....
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The Rathaus tower.
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the wonderful Mount Rigi
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Casnio
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Loft Club
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Alpineum 3D Alpen Panorama
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Chapel Bridge
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Lion from Luzern
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Stansstad
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Franziskanerkirche and Fountain
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Schweizerhof
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Old Swiss House
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Lowendenkmal (The Lion of Lucerne))
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Flowers in the street
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Schloss Hotel Guetsch
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River Reuss
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ST. PETER'S CHAPEL - STOP 3
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KORNMARKT & TOWN HALL & ZYT TOWER - STOP 8
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CAR PARKING
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KASERNENPLATZ - STOP 17
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PFISTERGASSE [BAKER STREET] - STOP 16
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FRANCISCAN CHURCH - STOP 15
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JESUIT CHURCH - STOP 14
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HOTEL DES ALPES - STOP 13
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WATER SPIKES & WEIR - STOP 12
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RIVER REUSS & TOWER & BRIDGES - STOPS 11+
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CASAGRANDE GIFT SHOP - STOP 4
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