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Lucerne in Your Pocket

Lucerne in Your Pocket

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The only city guide to Lucerne (Switzerland) you will ever need! Published three times a year.

www.lucerne.inyourpocket.com
The only city guide to Lucerne (Switzerland) you will ever need! Published three times a year.

www.lucerne.inyourpocket.com

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Lucerne
How locals survive winter
Cheese fondue, fasnacht and Christmas markets
What Lucerne loves
Cosy bars, great restaurantsand day trips to the snow
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N°3
inyourpocket.com
October 2014 - March 2015
Maps Restaurants Cafés Nightlife
 
Sightseeing Shopping Events Hotels
 
October 2014 - March 2015
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Contents
Don’t be scared! It’s only fasnacht! Read all about it on p.11.
Elge Kenneweg/Luzern Tourismus
Arrival & Getting Around 
5
Get your bearings
City Basics 
7
Facts, habits, attitudes
History 
10
Once upon a time
Lucerne’s crazy carnival 
11
Music, masks and partying at fasnacht
Culture & Events 
12
Concerts, shows and exhibitions
Quick picks 
15
Lucerne in a nutshell
Restaurants 
16
Fine dining, cheesy treats and much more
Cafés 
22
Chocolate, coffee and conversation
Nightlife 
23
Bars, pubs and clubs
Sightseeing 
27
Churches, museums and city tours
Old-town stroll 
31
Lucerne for kids 
32
Major fun for minor citizens
Shopping 
33
Local delicacies and Swiss design
Watches & Jewellery 
37
Where to find the one you’re loooking for
Winter joys 
40
Fondue cruise, ice skating and day trips to the snow
Hotels 
42
From cream of the crop to down to earth
Maps & Index
City map
46-47
Street register
48
Index
49
Public transport map
50
With a bit of snow, Lucerne’s landmarks look even prettier. For winter activities in the city, see p. 40.
Emanuel Ammon/Luzern Tourismus
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 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!
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COVER STORY
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.
Publisher
pocket publishing GmbHWuhrstrasse 15, 8003 Zürich tel. +41 32 510 85 76switzerland@inyourpocket .comwww.inyourpocket.chPublished 3 times per year, 90 000 copiesISSN 2296-8598© pocket publishing GmbH 2014
Editorial offi ce Lucerne
 Lucerne In Your Pocket, c/o KulturKopf GmbH Winkelriedstrasse 36, 6003 Luzernlucerne@inyourpocket.com
Editors
 Kathy Bajaria & Chris Young
Research
 Lukas Füglister, Corinne Imbach
Layout & Maps
 Tomáš Haman,
Photos
 For photographers see photos,
Cover
 © iStock.com/rilcombs
Sales & Circulation
General Manager
 Lukas Füglister
Sales
Matteo Lettieri, +41 32 510 85 76, matteo.lettieri@inyourpocket.com
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Copyright notice & Editor’s note
 Text and maps copyright pocket publishing GmbH. Photos copyright photographers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the copyright owner.  The brand name
In Your Pocket 
 is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Bernardinu 9-4, Vilnius, Lithuania tel. (+370-5) 212 29 76). The editorial content of
In Your Pocket 
 guides is independent from paid-for advertising. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of all information and assume no responsibility for changes and errors.
 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
switzerlandinfo desks
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 oces, the
 tourist information
 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
parking
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
speed limit
 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
driving license
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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 ABOUT IYP
We have come a long way in the 22 years since we published the first
In Your Pocket 
 guide - to Vilnius in Lithuania - so much so that we are today the largest publisher of locally-produced city guides in the world. The publication earlier this year of guides to
Johannesburg
 and to the islands of the
Dutch Caribbean
 - our first guides in the Southern Hemisphere - has taken the number of guides published each year by
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