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Lucerne, where to go?
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:15:00 PM »
Hi Folks.
Going to be in Lucerne for a couple of days this weekend, anything recommended to see in the immediate locality? Needs to be within public transport range, not necessarily photo related. Short notice as it was a bit unexpected!

Any ideas appreciated.

Cheers, Graham.
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Lucerne, where to go?
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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2014, 04:23:53 PM »
The lion monument was beautiful and is in a very peaceful and photogenic setting.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Monument It is most peaceful between the busloads of tourists that show up and then disappear.
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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2014, 04:54:14 PM »
Hi mrzero.
Thank you, it looks like one to start a list, hopefully there will be more! We will probably be one of the bus loads of tourists.  ::)

Cheers, Graham.

The lion monument was beautiful and is in a very peaceful and photogenic setting.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Monument It is most peaceful between the busloads of tourists that show up and then disappear.
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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2014, 05:14:53 PM »
I was there several times in the late 80's. I remember liking Mount Pilatus, the picturesque Chapel Bridge and boat excursions on Lake Luzern. Show us you photos when you get back. Enjoy. :)
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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2014, 05:22:40 PM »
Hi I live in nearby Zürich and it seems you picked a great time to visit Luzern; the weather forecast is amazing this weekend. If you have access to any of the Swiss train passes (ex. http://www.swisstravelsystem.com/en/tickets-en/swiss-pass-en.html), it makes some mountain excursions affordable.

If you have a Swiss train pass , I would recommend Rigi (www.rigi.ch) - it is actually free with a train pass.

The nearby Pilatus is also quite worthwhile - with a train pass, you get 50% off (not free) but it is very nice. If you have no train pass, I would recommend Pilatus over Rigi: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

In Luzern itself, there is of courses the Chapel Bridge right in front of the train station. Consider a boat ride on the lake (quite nice) and the Musegg old walls for some views: http://www.luzern.com/en/musegg-wall

The market may be open too: http://www.newlyswissed.com/luzern-farmers-market/

Enjoy! Switzerland is a very photogenic country.

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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2014, 05:45:59 PM »
Hi SwissCanuck.
Thanks for the list, we fly in to Zurich Friday, straight on a train to Luzern, business in Luzern, Saturday free for us, Sunday return home, so a real flying visit! Might be enough to get us back!

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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2014, 08:12:33 PM »
Also Zürich based, and not much to add to the good advice by SwissCanuck. Please do enjoy this gorgeous weather we've been having. Believe me, fall in Northern Switzerland is rarely that nice  ;D

I would label the boat ride as mandatory. There's lots of options, short or long depending on the time you have, but it has to be done, that lake is just spectacular. Consider it in the evening.

Confirming also that Pilatus is probably better than Rigi, in terms of scenery at least. Although if you're looking more for hiking, I think Rigi is a bit more friendly for that, plenty of trails of all levels of difficulty.

Finally, if you're into trains (there's other stuff as well but that's just objectively the coolest part ^^) the Museum of Transport is worth a visit. Up to you to see if you want to spend several hours of your limited time indoors  ;)
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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2014, 10:10:38 PM »
It's been quite a while (almost 20 years), but I'd recommend as NorbR suggested, the boat tour on the lake - especially at late afternoon/evening.  Also the Lion monument is worth the time to see. 

The Lucerne Bridge is also pretty awesome. 

As noted - these are all "touristy" kinds of places. 
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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2014, 11:57:28 PM »
+1 for Chapel Bridge

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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #9 on: Today at 05:03:40 AM »
Luzern is one of my favorite cities in the world, enjoy it there! :D

I would recommend of course:
The Chapel Bridge and the lake, but also:
Take a look at St. Leodegar, you have a very nice view from up there; the railway station is worth a look; what I definitely recommend is visiting the KKL, the culture and congress centre there. It is a magnificent building with a protruding roof. The architect wanted to include the water of the lake, nearby which it was build, into the building, so he led small canals into the building. Inside it there is the best concert hall in the world, except maybe the Golden Saloon in Vienna; and this hall from the outside looks like a ship, swimming in those canals.
At last, where to eat... ;)
I have one recommendation for you there:
The Zunfthaus zum Pfister in the street Unter der Egg, they serve fantastic local food like fondue...  ::)
But there are of course a lot of other great restaurants ;)

Have a nice trip! :D
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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« Reply #10 on: Today at 08:17:34 AM »
Regarding public transport, whole Switzerland is more or less well reachable by public transport. I can also recommend the Pilatus for a nice walk and view!
For train (public transport) time tables, you find all of them on http://www.sbb.ch, the Swiss Public Transportation company. There are others, but as far as I remember, you find them all directly in SBBs timetable.

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Re: Lucerne, where to go?
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