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“Lakes, mountains, bustle or serenity - We've found it all here.”
Review of Lucerne

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Surrey, England
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
30 helpful votes
“Lakes, mountains, bustle or serenity - We've found it all here.”
Reviewed 22 July 2010

Most people will arrive by train. As soon as you step onto the station concourse, that 'It's great to be back' feeling overwhelms you. If you've already chosen your place to stay, its just a short walk to the taxi rank, bus terminal or ferry station. With hardly any waiting time, your soon on the next leg of your journey.

If you have chosen to stay within the city limits, you have an amazing choice from 5 star lakeside luxury to backpackers hostels just around the corner from the station.

Strolling around the streets, checking out the shops or just gazing at the familiar historical sites - Chaple bridge, dying lion, city walls - it can all be done at a relaxed leasurly pace. Yet at night, it livens up with resraurants and bars tempting you in with culinary smells and no too intrusive music.

We love to ride the lake steamers, stop off at some small lakeside town and just walk up into the hills. Our idea of paradise on Earth. Weggis is a particular favourite, just a short journey from Lucerne, large enough to have a good choice of places to eat and plenty of footpaths either along the lake or into the trees.

An ideal location and so accessable. Loveit - love it - love it.

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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
97 helpful votes
“a lovely wonderful place full of natural beaury”
Reviewed 19 July 2010

I have shared our experience on the Travel Forum but thought I would share some tips here as well, because I wanted to attach some photos here.

We spent 4D/3N in Luzern in July 2010. Switzerland is a lovely place with friendly people. People at the cashier in the supermarket will smile at you and wish you a lovely day.

The most challenging bits I found when planning for a trip in Switzerland are tickets and train timetable.

Travel:
There are many ticket options and we really had to work out our journeys first. Half Card seemed to be the cheapest for us but we decided to buy a 4-day Swiss Pass because it offers more flexibility. I have a feeling that most people buy it to travel across Switzerland rather than stay in one place like us. But the several boat trips in Lake Luzern made it all worthwhile. Tell Pass is another alternative, you can couple it with a ZVV pass after 9 o'clock (offered by the Zurich transport co.) which allows unlimited travel within the zones in Zurich. The only reason we didn't get it was, we had to travel on non-IC trains which made planning a bit challenging (but do check on their site I may be wrong).

Train/boat timetable:
most of the trains we took were punctual and clean. It's worth checking the timetable first as some of the trains we took were run only once an hour (e.g. Luzern-Engelberg; Cogwheel train to/from Mt. Kulm (Rigi); Luzern-Zurich Flaghafen direct, etc.). Boat trip from Luzern to Vitznau takes about an hour.

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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
73 helpful votes
“Cute”
Reviewed 3 July 2010

This is a nice little town. I was unlucky and it rained for 4 days, but the mountain surrounding it and the lake are very nice.

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Greece
Level 6 Contributor
244 reviews
319 helpful votes
“Beatiful town! Just some tips!”
Reviewed 3 July 2010

I totally fell in love with this town! Beatiful, peaceful...

Many things to do... What we did in 2 days?
Excursion to Mt. Rigi, going up from Wengen, coming down to Vitznau. Great experience. You can visit the town of Zug, very nice. Go to Chataue Gutch and enjoy the excellent view. Walk in the old town, pass some bridges...

A useful info: Lucerne is expencive, try to save money by eating in a restaurant in a mall... The second day, as many CHF had left our wallet, we came up for lunch in the Manora store restaurant and got 3 big dishes of pies (cheese, vegetables etc) for only 15 CHF all... Keep this in mind!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
54 helpful votes
“City of Lake & Mountain”
Reviewed 16 June 2010

Lucerne in Southern Switzerland is a lovely city with an expansive lake. It is mixture of history & modern facilities. It is the gateway to Mount Titlis. You need to go to Engelberg from Lucerne and then take the ropeway to go to Mt Titlis.

The Lion Monument is a great attraction in the heart of Lucerne. It brings out the sadness of swiss fighters from the dying Lion. There is a museum of evolution of the Swiss Alps right next to the Lion monument, which is worth visiting.

By the side of the lake, there is a lovely garden to enjoy the scenic beauty of the city. The train station of Lucerne is by the side of the lake. There is an open air theatre by the side of the lake where music concert take place frequently.

A cruise by the lake takes you around and enables you to enjoy scenes of the nearby mountains like Mt Rigi. A large house by the lake is said to be the place where Music composer Richard Wagner is said to have stayed.

The old wooden bridges are not to be missed as is the street food by the lakeside.

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