In Your Pocketlucerne.inyourpocket.com October 2014 - March 2015
Arriving & Getting AroundForeword
Autumn and winter have a lot to oﬀer in Lucerne. Ok, swimming in the lake is oﬀ the cards (for most of us), but there are plenty of other things to do. Take one of the lake cruises – they’re just as spectacular as in summer –, go skating near the KKL or plunge into real winter on one of the nearby mountains (p. 41)! Temperatures from December to March are often under 5°C, but on a sunny day even having a drink outside can be very pleasant. When you feel like warming up indoors, a meal of cheese fondue is sure to make you glow inside (p. 19). Or else enjoy the town’s cosy bars or the local spa options. If your timing is right, you can join in two colourful local traditions: the Christmas markets (p. 36) and Lucerne’s huge carnival, fasnacht (p.11). Both give a shine to even the darkest winter days!And really, after one of the rainiest summers on record in Switzerland: you probably picked just the right season to visit Lucerne!
Our cover shows Lucerne’s ‘second’wooden bridge across the river Reuss, the Spreuer Brücke, and the town’s old fortiﬁcation, the Musegg wall with the Männ-li tower. With the sprinkling of snow on the roofs of Bramberg neighbourhood, it could be November just as well as March.
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ARRIVING BY PLANE
Lucerne is easiest to reach from
Zurich International Airport (ZRH)
which has by far the most international connections compared to the two alternatives EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse (BSL) and Airport Bern-Belp (BRN).Zurich airport handles around 700 ﬂights a day going to over 170 destinations worldwide. You can ﬁnd ATMs and
at arrival 1 and arrival 2 just after you pass customs. There is a big public shopping area with most shops open from 08:00 - 21:00 and free Wi-ﬁ for the ﬁrst 60 minutes, just connect your device to ‘ZurichAirport’.
Direct trains to Lucerne
leave Zurich airport every hour and take 62 minutes, trains that take just 10 minutes longer leave inbetween. The train station is actually within the airport, on level -2 of the airport centre, where the main shopping area and check-in 3 are. Train tickets can be bought at the counters or at the ticket machines (switch them to English on the ﬁrst screen) next to the stairs leading down to the platforms.
ARRIVING BY TRAIN
Lucerne’s main train station is right in the centre of town, with the lake and the KKL to one side and the old town just a few minutes’walk away. International and domestic connections leave and arrive here. At the station you will ﬁnd ticket oﬃ ces, the
as well as shopping. Buses and taxis leave just in front the station. Of the suburban train stations, the one at the Transport Museum (Verkehrshaus) is most likely to interest you.At the
ticket oﬃ ce
in the main hall you can buy train tickets (also available at the many ticket machines), tickets for public transport in Lucerne and also change money. For time tables and tickets refer to www.sbb.ch or call +41 900 300 300 (1.19Sfr/min).
ARRIVING BY BUS
Though there are not a huge number of long-distance bus connections from Lucerne, you can travel to several
destinations in Italy, Croatia and southern France
. Buses arrive and leave at Inseliquai 10, just to the east of the main train station, near the lakeshore.
ARRIVING BY CAR
The Swiss motorway A2 connects Lucerne to the Gotthard and Italy to the south and Bern to the north, the motorway A14 comes from Zurich. This makes getting to Lucerne by car easy, but
is scarce and expensive. For overnight parking you can try ﬁnding a slot in the so-called blue zone in residential areas - parking there is free from 19:00 - 08:00, indicate your arrival time on your parking disk. In car parks parking costs approx. 20 - 50Sfr a day.
Driving in Switzerland
is generally easy. If you’re using the motorways you have to buy a vignette for 40Sfr (available at petrol stations and post oﬃ ces). Remember that pedestrians on zebra-crossings without traﬃ c lights always have right of way, as do trams. The
legal alcohol limit
for drivers is 0.05%, which should allow you to have roughly one glass of beer before driving. The standard
is 50km/h in urban areas, 80km/h outside towns and 120km/h on motorways. In residential zones in Lucerne, the speed limit is often 30km/h. Fines are high and yes, Switzerland has agreements with many European countries to make sure you pay the ﬁne even if you have a foreign number plate. You may use your home
in Switzerland as long as it is valid - if the license is a non EU-one and in a language other than French, English, Italian or German it is recommended that it be accompanied by an international one.
Lucerne train station is as well organised as the whole train network.
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