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Lucerne – A beautiful city in Switzerland




Lucerne is a city of Central Switzerland and is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and seat of the district with the same name. It is considered to be the most populous city of Switzerland. It consists of seventeen municipalities. It is sited on Lake Lucerne and has beautiful mountainous panorama. One can go to the nearby Excursion Mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.
Complete with gable paintings, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centerpiece of Lucerne. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland’s first sacral Baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape. And with its 112-metre-long Bourbaki panorama, Lucerne possesses one of the world’s few maintained, mammoth circular paintings.
The cherry road leads from Lucerne through the landscape of cheery trees and kirsch. Lucerne is the ideal starting point for many excursions to the highlights of central Switzerland. A trip up one of Lucerne’s regional mountains, the Pilatus or the Rigi – the queen of mountains – is a must. But excursions up onto the Stanserhorn, the Bürgenstock or a steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne with its many bends and arms are certainly no less worthy. The Wilhelm Tell Express originates in Lucerne and ferries its passengers to the foot of the Gotthard pass via Lake Lucerne and then continues by rail into Ticino, south of the Alpine ridge.
Lucerne is traditionally considered first and foremost as a tourist destination due to its location. One of the city’s famous landmarks is Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge first built in the 14th century. It has also been voted as the 5th most popular tourism destination.
Lucerne has a developed and well-run transport network, with the main operator, VBL, running both buses and trolleybuses in the city. Other operators, such as Auto AG Rothenberg, provide bus services to neighboring towns and villages. Lucerne station enjoys excellent links to the rest of Switzerland via rail services operated by SBB and Zentralbahn.

Festivals: Carnival (Fasnacht) breaks out in the streets, alleyways and squares of the old town at the end of winter. This is a glittering outdoor party with strange characters in fantastic masks and costumes make their way through the alleyways, while carnival bands (Guggenmusigen) blow their instruments in joyful cacophony and thousands of bizarrely clad people sing and dance away the winter. Lucerne Carnival starts every year on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday with a big bang. There are big parades on Dirty Thursday and the following Monday, called Fat Monday, which attract tens of thousands of people. Lucerne’s Carnival ends with a crowning finish on Fat Tuesday evening with a tremendous parade of big bands, lights and lanterns. After the parade, all the bands wander through the city playing joyful music.
Its orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, is hand-picked from some of the finest instrumentalists in the world. In July, the Blue Balls Festival brings jazz, blues and funk music to the Lake Promenade and halls of the Culture and Convention Center. The Lucerne Blues Festival is another musical festival which usually takes place in November. Since spring 2004, Lucerne has hosted the Festival Rose d’Or for television entertainment. And in April, the well-established comic’s festival Fumetto attracts an international audience. Lucerne regularly holds different folklore festivals, such as Lucerne Cheese Festival, held annually.

Places to see
• The Chapel Bridge, one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges and landmark of Lucerne, faithfully restored to its original design after a serious fire. The Bridge is made with wood and was built in 14th century as a protection for the city. Unfortunately the bridge burned down on 18th August 1993. Within a few months it was rebuilt. The tower used as oubliette is still in original condition. Walk over it in a 3D Model. Its amusing walking over it as you can see about 100 pictures of 12th century city life and Swiss history.
• Alpineum
• Bourbaki Panorama
• The Glacier Garden
• The Swiss Transport Museum: Lido beach (the first stop for boats leaving from the central train station, preferably reached by bus). With its large collection of trains, planes, automobiles, and motorcycles this museum of means of transport is a great place to spend an afternoon. If you get tired of the real train engines you can check out the model railroad or the miniature working steam train. The air section also features several space travel exhibits, including an un-used project Mercury capsule. The old city wall
• Lucerne Art Museum
• The Rosengart Collection It has over 200 works by 23 artists of early modernism, including 125 works of Paul Klee and about 50 by Pablo Picasso. Also works by Cézanne, Chagall, Miró, Pissarro, among others. The collection also houses 200 photographs — previously housed in the Am-Rhyn-Haus — by David Duncan Douglas the Richard Wagner Museum.
• The KKL (Kunst- und Kongresshaus Luzern) The KKL is a spectacular building that contains several concert halls and the Lucerne Art Museum. It was designed by Jean Nouvel. Its major concert hall is famous for its acoustics, and world class orchestras can be heard regularly. It hosts the Lucerne music festival.
• The Lion Monument (German: Löwendenkmal). Or the Lion of Lucerne is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.

Best time to visit / climate

The best time to visit Lucerne, Switzerland is summer that lasts from June to September and the Alps open from late November to early April.

Location on Google Maps:

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Or click and paste the URL below on your browser:
http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&q=Lucerne&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Lucerne,+Switzerland&gl=ca&ei=MNBOTLLcC82GrQfXnKDEAw&ved=0CB8Q8gEwAA&z=11

Path from Zurich to Lucerne on Google Maps:


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How to get there

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/destinations/resorts/holiday-destinations-in-switzerland/lucerne.html (one can search any train giving from and to destinations)
Public transport: Lucerne is situated at the important North-South axis and is excellently connected through the Swiss rail system. Direct express trains link Lucerne with the international airports in Zürich, Basel and Geneva.
By car: Lucerne is situated at the national highway A2. A dense network of excellent national and major roads link Lucerne with all important centers of Switzerland and the neighboring countries.
By air: The international airports of Zürich, Basel and Geneva are only a few hours by car from Lucerne and are easily reached by direct express trains.
By train: Thanks to its central location Lucerne can be reached easily from nearly every other city in Switzerland using the Swiss Federal Railway. There are hourly trains from Olten and Zurich Airport and half-hourly trains from Zurich, and a direct train every other hour from Berne, although departure times are more frequent with connections.
By boat: Lucerne sits at the north end of the Vierwaldstättersee, one of the busiest waterways in Switzerland, for travel information from Schwyz, Flüelen, Weggis, and outbound points see the schedule at the Schifffahrt Vierwaldstättersee.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Site 1
Otel.com (gives lists and prices of the hotels etc.,)
• http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/booking/hotels-list.shtml (list of hotels, prices, maps, etc.,)
• http://www.isyours.com/e/guide/lucerne/restaurants.html (restaurant guide)
(Search for the popular names like Restaurant Schwan, Restaurant Bodu, exquisite French Cuisine, Treibhaus Luzern, Migros or Coop, Mövenpick Restaurant)
• http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g188064-d234242-Reviews-The_Hotel_Lucerne-Lucerne.html
• http://www.holidaycityeurope.com/lucernehotels/
• http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/hotels/index.cfm/zentralschweiz/luzern

Blogs / Sites about Lucerne

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucerne#Early_history_and_founding_.28750.E2.80.931386.29
• http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/destinations/resorts/holiday-destinations-in-switzerland/lucerne.html
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Lucerne

Images and photos of Lucerne

Google Images
• http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g188064-Lucerne.html
• http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/lucerne.html




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