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Lucerne
April - June 2016

Top of Lucerne

Famous mountains,
stunning views

Hurray for summer!

Lake cruises, swimming
and open-air bars

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Contents

Arrival & Getting Around

5

Get your bearings

City Basics

7

Facts, habits, attitudes

History

10

Once upon a time

Culture & Events 11
Concerts, shows and exhibitions

Summertime

Summer means swimming in the lake, e.g. here at the Ufschötti.
Read all about Lucerne’s summer hotspots on p. 14.
Elge Kenneweg/Luzern Tourismus

14

Swimming, sunbathing, summer bars

Quick picks

15

Lucerne in a nutshell

Restaurants

16

Fine dining, cheesy treats and much more

Cafés

27

Churches, museums and city tours

Old-town stroll

33

Mountain peaks

34

Of cogwheel railways and cable cars
22

Chocolate, coffee and conversation

Nightlife

Sightseeing

Lucerne for kids

37

Major fun for minor citizens
23

Bars, pubs and clubs

Shopping

38

Local delicacies and Swiss design

Watches & Jewellery

42

Where to find the one you’re loooking for

Daytrips

42

Mountains, monasteries, museums

Hotels

48

From cream of the crop to down to earth

Maps & Index
Pilatus, towering far above the lake, is one of the many mountain
peaks to visit around Lucerne. See p. 34 for more!
Robert Bösch/Luzern Tourismus

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Foreword
The changing of the seasons is always something to enjoy.
As we write, the days are finally getting longer, it’s getting
warmer and all over Lucerne the trees are coming out in
delicate greens and the flowers are blossoming.
But things fresh and new are not only appearing in the
natural world! In the world of In Your Pocket something
fresh, bright and beautiful has also burst open this spring:
our new smartphone app City Essentials (to download for
free, just scan the QR code on the cover). It puts the essence
of our city-guide expertise at your fingertips. With its
concise selection of the best venues and sights in Lucerne
and maps that work offline, it’s a trusty little companion on
your way through town.
Another measure of the changing of the seasons in Lucerne
can be seen on the mountain ranges around the city – the
snow line creeps upwards as the weather gets warmer. Many
of the peaks you see can be easily reached and are definitely
worth a visit (see our mountain peaks chapter p. 34). But don’t
let the exhilarating views and other natural charms absorb
you totally. With architecture spanning many centuries,
a lively music scene, great restaurants and leafy summer
hangouts, Lucerne also has cultural delights of every sort.

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of Lucerne looking south-east,
with Spreuer Bridge (p. 28) in
the foreground and the Alps on
the horizon. You don’t have to
become a bird to get the view
though, you can just climb one of
the towers of Musegg wall (p. 28).

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Arriving & Getting Around
ARRIVING BY PLANE

SWISS MADE GRAPHIC WATCHES

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 2 hours, just connect your device to ‘ZurichAirport’ and
follow the instructions in your browser.
Direct trains to Lucerne leave Zurich airport every hour
and take 62 minutes, trains that take just 5 minutes longer
leave inbetween (change train at Zurich HB). 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 CAR
An arch of Lucerne’s old train station, in front of the new one.
Emanuel Ammon/Luzern Tourismus

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 offices, 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 office 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.
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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 offices). Remember
that pedestrians on zebra-crossings without traffic lights
always have right of way, as do trams. Cars must have their
headlights switched on at all times.
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.
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Arriving & Getting Around
BICYCLES
Getting around town by bicycle is popular in Lucerne, and
in nice weather it’s a good option for visitors too.
NEXTBIKE - BIKE SHARING
Nextbike is a bike sharing system where you can pick up
bikes at any one of the 60 locations in town around the
clock, either by calling the hotline or using their app or
website. When you enter the bike’s number in the app, it
gives you the number code for the bike lock - and off you
go. Fees are charged to your visa or mastercard. Before you
can start you need to register online.Qtel. (+41) 41 50 80
800, www.nextbike.ch. 2Sfr for every hour or part of an
hour, 20Sfr/24h.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
TRAINS
The punctuality of trains in Switzerland is legendary. You
can almost set your watch to the departure times. The train
network is fast, reliable and extensive. For getting around in
Switzerland, trains are definitely best - from Lucerne there are
connections to all the major Swiss cities at least once an hour.
The state owned train company is called SBB. For time tables
refer to www.sbb.ch. Tickets are sold on vending machines
and at the counters in Lucerne main train station. You can
purchase single and return tickets. Children up to 5 travel
for free, from 6 - 16 years they pay the half-fare. If you plan
on travelling around Switzerland a lot, get a half-fare card for
one month for 120Sfr - and travel for half the fare on all public
transport. Or get a Swiss Travel Pass which is valid for all kinds
of public transport (210 - 440Sfr, depending on duration) and
free entry to many museums (www.swisstravelsystem.com).
For travelling in central Switzerland consider buying a Tell
Pass, especially if you plan on headint to different mountain
peaks. See p. 36 for details. If you board a train without a valid
ticket, you will have to pay a fine of 90Sfr.
CITY TRANSPORT
Lucerne’s public transport network includes buses and
local trains. The ticket system is fairly simple: Lucerne’s
regional network is divided into zones. You don’t buy

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Lucerne train station is as well organised as the whole train
network.

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tickets for a trip, but rather for a zone. Lucerne city is zone
number 10 (see map p. 54) which includes all of the city
and part of the agglomeration (like Kriens or Littau). Tickets
are valid in the chosen zones on buses and local trains. As
a visitor zone 10 is most probably all you’ll need, as all the
sights and even the bus ride to the valley station of the
cable car to popular Mount Pilatus is within this zone. A day
pass for zone 10 valid for a calendar day costs 8Sfr (half-fare
6Sfr), a single ticket valid for 1 hour 4Sfr. Children under 6
travel for free, 6 - 16 year-olds pay the so-called half-fare
(which actually is 3Sfr). Short distance tickets for up to 6
stops within half an hour are 2.50 (no half-fare). All these
tickets can be purchased with cash or credit cards at the
ticket machines you find at almost every stop (switch to
English on the first screen). If you get caught without a valid
ticket, it’s 90Sfr. For all questions about public transport, get
advice at the Lucerne City Transport (VBL) sales points at
the main train station or at the bus stop Schwanenplatz.
City transport in Lucerne runs roughly from 05:00
- 00:30. There are night buses called nachtstern
(www.nachtstern.ch) in the nights Fri/Sat and Sat/Sun
to the surroundings (like Kriens or Littau) which leave at
the main train station. The tickets for 7Sfr or 10Sfr can be
bought from the driver only. Day passes and any other
tickets aren’t valid.

TAXIS
There are around 500 licenced taxis in Lucerne and in general
they are clean, safe, reliable - and expensive. It’s usually easy
to get one, even in rush hours. The city sets the following
maximum fees for taxis: initial fee 6Sfr, 3.80Sfr/km up to
20Sfr, 3.50Sfr/km above 20Sfr, waiting time 66Sfr per hour.
Most companies charge the maximum (exceptions: RF
Taxi, initial fee 5Sfr, McTaxi, inital fee 4Sfr, 3.40Sfr/km). Taxi
drivers have to and usually do use their metres. Cheating is
rare. Two pieces of hand luggage are free, suitcases, dogs
and extra hand luggage can be charged at 1Sfr/piece.
You’ll find taxis at official taxi stands at the train station, at
Schwanenplatz, behind Hotel National and in other places.
You can hail them from the streets as well.
Here are some companies if you want to order a taxi:
RF Taxi, (+41) 41 320 18 18, www.rftaxi.ch.QA
McTaxi, (+41) 76 577 66 55, www.mctaxi.ch
Taxi Hess, (+41) 41 310 10 10, www.hesstaxi.ch
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City Basics
DRINKING

BASIC DATA
Area
Switzerland: 41285 sq km
Lucerne (canton): 1493 sq km
Lucerne (city): 29 sq km
Population
Switzerland: 8.0 million
Lucerne (city): 84,000
Official languages
Switzerland: German, French, Italian, Romansh
Lucerne: German
Local time
Central European (GMT+1h)

The drinking age in Switzerland is 16 for wine and beer
and 18 for spirits and alcopops. The standard sizes for beer
are the 0.3 litre Stange (pronounce: shtang-eh) and the 0.5
litre Grosses (gro-sus). The long-standing medium-scale
brewers (in Lucerne you‘ll usually find Eichhof, which now
belongs to the Dutch Heineken breweries) are increasingly
getting competition from innovative local brewers. Check
out Luzerner Bier, Lozärner Bier (yep, not the same) or
Appenzeller for instance.
Swiss wines are also not to be underestimated. While the
best may come from further south, you‘ll find some very
good Blauburgunders (red) and Riesling Sylvaners (white)
from the Lucerne region. Traditional Swiss spirits are fruit
brandies, cherry (Kirsch) and pear (Williams) being the
most common.

CUSTOMS

ELECTRICITY

Switzerland is not a member of the European customs
union. On the one hand that gives you the opportunity to
buy real tax-free goods at airports when you are travelling
from and to Switzerland. On the other hand there are tight
restrictions on the goods you can take free of customs duty
from Switzerland to your country. For EU-countries the
following customs and tax allowances apply (for other
countries check with the according customs authorities):

Electricity in Switzerland is 230 V, 50 Hz AC. Plug sockets
are round and take three round pins (types C and J) - they
can take europlugs with two pins. If you are coming from
the US, UK or Ireland you definitely need an adaptor - as
well as from many other countries. In modern hotels you
might find multi-use sockets. Otherwise ask for an adaptor
at the reception or buy one in a traveller’s or electronics
shop.

Tobacco: 200 (50 to some countries) cigarettes or 100 (20)
cigarillos or 50 (10) cigars or 250 gr (50) of smoking tobacco.
Alcohol: 1 litre of spirits over 22% vol or 2 litres of spirits
with less than 22% vol, 4 litres of still wine, 16 litres of beer.
Other goods: Max. value of all goods: 430 euros for air
travellers and 300 euros for other travellers. Goods over
these limits must be declared when entering a EU-country,
additional taxes and VAT may apply.
In Switzerland there is duty free shopping for arriving air
travellers as well.

EMERGENCY
Emergency telephone numbers (operators usually speak
basic English):
Ambulance: 144
Police: 117
Firebrigade: 118
If you need medical attention, there is a walk-in medical
centre (Permanence, see p. 8) for all kinds of consultations
at the main tran station. The emergency unit at the hospital
is always open.
HOSPITAL KANTONSSPITAL LUZERN
Lucerne’s hospital has a 24h emergency walk-in service.
Buses 18 and 19 go here from the train station.QA-1,
Spitalstrasse, uKantonsspital, tel. (+41) 41 205 11 11,
www.luks.ch. Open 24/7.

LUZERN OR LUCERNE?

A perfect day to take to the lake!

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What’s in a name? If you look for the destination
Lucerne on a timetable, you might wonder if the place
has gone missing! But no fear - the German spelling
is Luzern. That is standard German however: in dialect
it’s Lozärn, but now we’re getting a bit advanced. The
simple math is: Lucerne = Luzern.
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City Basics
LANGUAGE SMARTS
Here are some typical Swiss German words - it will be
always appreciated if you use a few Swiss words. The ‘r‘
in Swiss German is rolled, the ‘ch’ is pronounced like in
the Scottish loch. Mind your throat.
Hello (formal)

Grüezi

(groo-e-tsi)

Goodbye (formal)

Adieu

(as in French)

Thank you

Merci

(mersi)

Sorry!

Entschuldigung!

(ent-shooldi-goong)

Excuse me!

Exgüsi!

(ex-gewsi)

Switzerland

D’Schwyz

(chviiits)

Cheers!

Zum Wohl!

(tsoom vol)

Lucerne

Lozärn

(Lo-tsaern)

PERMANENCE MEDICAL CENTRE
This medical centre in the underground shopping area
of the train station is the easiest place to go if you have
any medical needs. Go to the reception desk when you
arrive, you’ll then probably have to wait a while. It’s useful
to have the details of your health insurance with you.
QC-4, Bahnhofplatz, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 211 14
44, www.permanence-luzern.ch. Open 365 days, Mon
- Thu 07:00 - 23:00, and non-stop Fri 07:00 - Sun 23:00.

work or when dealing with the authorities, people speak
dialect. However, Swiss people use standard German, socalled Hochdeutsch, when writing and speaking at school.
A lot of Swiss speak English fairly well, especially the
younger generation. So generally getting by in English is
no problem.

The KKL, the masterpiece by French architect Jean Nouvel. KKL Luzern

PHARMACIES

LOST & FOUND

The pharmacy (Apotheke in German) with the longest
opening hours is Benu in the underground shopping area
of the main train station. It is open Mon - Sat 07:30 - 21:00,
Sun 10:00 - 20:00 ((+41) 41 220 13 13). If you are in urgent
need of medication outside these hours contact (+41) 900
11 14 14 (3.23Sfr/min.).

If you’ve lost your hat, your handbag or something else, you
might have a happy reunion at the lost & found, fundbüro in
German. It’s located at the police station at Hirschengraben
17b (B-4), tel (+41) 41 248 86 66, open Mon - Fri 09:00 12:00, 13:30 - 17:00. If you might have lost your item on
a train or at the train station, also try the lost & found at
the station.

INTERNET & WI-FI
Surfing the internet over the mobile network can be very
expensive when you’re abroad, due to the roaming charges.
Luckily, most hotels and many cafés, bars and restaurants
offer free Wi-fi. And in the city centre around the station,
at the lakeshore and Löwenstrasse there is a free Wi-fi.
Simply search for the network luzern.wlan on your device
and open a browser. After you enter your phone number
you will get an access code which will allow you to surf
for an hour for free. You will also find the commercial
Wi-fi providers Monzoon and Swisscom all over the city.
You can subscribe to their services on the start page you
get on your browser once you connect to their hotspots
- all you need is a credit card. Prices start at 5Sfr per day.

LANGUAGE
Switzerland has four official languages: German (spoken
by 64%), French (20%), Italian (6.5%) and Romansh
(0.5%). Lucerne lies in the German speaking part of the
country, where people speak a German dialect, so called
Swiss German or Schwyzerdütsch. Be it among friends, at
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MAIL & PHONE
Post
Swiss post is generally reliable, and also can take care of
all your financial transactions. There are post offices all over
the city - the university post office just next to the train
station has long opening hours (see below).

MARKET VALUES
Loaf of bread
Cup of coffee
0.3 litre of beer (bar)
Public transport ticket, 1 hr
Packet of cigarettes
McDonald‘s Big Mac

2-5Sfr
4-7Sfr
4-7Sfr
4Sfr
8Sfr
6.50Sfr

(€1.85 - 4.70)
(€3.70 - 6.55)
(€3.70 - 6.55)
(€3.80)
(€7.50)
(€6.05)

The Swiss national bank has abandoned its policy of
tying the Swiss Franc to the Euro. Currently the exchange
rate is quite stable at around 1.09 Sfr to the Euro.
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City Basics
NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
January 1
January 2
February 23, 27 & 28, 2017
April 14, 2017
April 17, 2017
May 5, 2016
May 16, 2016
May 26, 2016
August 1
October 2
November 1
December 25
December 26

New Year
Berchtold Day (local)
Carnival (local)
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Ascension
Whit Monday
Corpus Christi
National Holiday
St. Leodegar's Day (local)
All Saint's Day (local)
Christmas
St. Stephen's Day

Dialling
Switzerland’s calling code is +41. Lucerne’s code is (an
additional!) (0)41. We list the country code before all
telephone numbers in brackets. Of course you only have to
use this if you are dialling from abroad. If you are already in
Switzerland, just ignore the (+41) country prefix, dial 0 and
then the nine-digit number.

the understanding of political independence many locals
favour, Switzerland is not a member of the EU. Switzerland
does, however, cooperate with the EU in many areas, such
as on the Schengen visa and border agreement.

SAFETY
Lucerne is generally a safe city, and there is no no-go area,
even for single traveller at night. Of course crime exists, and
be on guard against pickpockets just as in any European
city.

SMOKING
The legal age for smoking is 16. Smoking in publicly
accessible buildings and public transport is generally illegal
in Switzerland. In Lucerne however, if restaurants and bars
are under 80 sqm, they can opt to be smoking venues and
quite a few do so. We mark them with X.

TOURIST INFORMATION

POSTSTELLE UNIVERSITÄT
One of Lucerne’s post offices with the longest opening
hours.QC-4, Frohburgstrasse 3, uBahnhof. Open 09:00
- 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, Sun 13:30 - 17:30.

TOURIST INFORMATION
Lucerne Tourism’s tourist information office is in the
building of the main train station, but is accessible from
Zentralstrasse, outside the station.QC-4, Zentralstrasse
5, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 227 17 17, fax (+41) 41 227
17 20, www.luzern.com. Open 08:30 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 19:00, Sun 09:00 - 17:00, in April 08:30 - 17:30, Sat & Sun
09:00 - 17:00.

MONEY

VISAS

The currency and legal tender of Switzerland is the Swiss
franc (Sfr), which is divided in 100 rappen. There are
banknotes of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1000 francs. The
coins in use are 1,2 and 5 francs as well as 5, 10, 20 and
50 rappen.You can change your money at UMC Change,
Habsburgerstr. 11 (+41 41 211 00 50) or at the SBB change
at the train station or any of the banks. Or just withdraw
Swiss francs with your Maestro or your Plus card from one
of the ubiquitous ATM’s. Credit cards are widely accepted both in shops and restaurants. Service is always included.
At a restaurant however, if you were happy with the service,
leave 5-10% of the bill as a tip.

For a stay of up to three months, many foreigners simply
need a passport or an ID card to enter Switzerland. Even
though not a member of the European Union, Switzerland
is a member of the Schengen Agreement. As a result a
Schengen visa is valid for Switzerland as well. Always check
these details with a Swiss embassy or consulate.

POLITICS
The Swiss like to consider their country the home of direct
democracy and citizens here are regularly asked to take a
stand on national issues. The two chambers of parliament
are (mainly) elected in a proportional voting system and
the seven-member government appointed by parliament
always includes representatives of all of the four or five
major parties. Switzerland is a federal republic consisting
of 26 cantons, once sovereign states which retain
some independence and have their own constitutions,
parliaments and governments. Bern is the capital and the
seat of the parliament and the federal authorities. Due to
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Afternoon chill-out at the Inseli.

Elge Kenneweg/Luzern Tourismus

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History
LUCERNE IS BIG IN ROME
XVI – XVII Century
Religion became a big issue in the 1500s as the Reformation
swept across Europe. Neighbouring confederates Zurich
and Bern both grasped the new confession. Lucerne,
however, remained with the old faith and became a centre of
Catholicism, with new monasteries of the Capuchins, Jesuits
and Ursulines being built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Faith
also caused tensions (and wars!) within the Swiss confederacy,
and Lucerne became the leader of the Catholic camp. In this
role, Lucerne became the seat of the nuncio, the papal envoy,
in 1586 and the seat of the Spanish ambassador in 1595.

PROFITS FROM
THE WAR BUSINESS
Leodegar, Lucerne’s patron saint on the doors of the Hofkirche.
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THE ‘CITY OF LIGHT’
EMERGES
Stone age – IX Century
Although stone-age settlements and the Romans left a
few traces, Lucerne doesn’t emerge out of the darkness of
history until around 840. The name Luciaria is mentioned
in documents, which may mean ‘place of light’ – it is a
popular sobriquet for Lucerne today. This early mediaeval
town consisted mainly of the Benedictine abbey of Saint
Leodegar, who is the town’s patron saint, and the houses at
either end of the bridge across the River Reuss.

A TRANS-ALPINE
TRADE BOOM
XII – XVII Century
Lucerne was long a regional market town, and the weekly
market on Tuesdays (still held today!) supplied the town’s
hinterland for centuries. In the 13th century north-south
trade across the Gotthard turned Lucerne into a major
commercial centre. The trade across this Alpine pass mainly
connected the Upper Rhine Plain and Milano, and boomed
right up until the 17th century.

ALLIANCES WITH THE
‘FOREST COUNTIES’
XIII – XIV Century
Preceding the 15th century, Lucerne was unproblematically
under Habsburg rule. In 1332, due to a power struggle
between the German kings Ludwig and Friedrich, Lucerne
entered a pact with the three waldstätten or ‘forest counties’,
Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden which encircle Lake Lucerne
(or the Vierwaldstättersee, the ‘lake of the four forest
counties’, as it is known locally). This military alliance was
slowly to expand until it became the Swiss confederacy, the
precursor of the modern Swiss state.
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XV – XIX Century
Apart from trans-Alpine trade, a major source of income
in Lucerne and its backcountry were mercenaries, young
Swiss men who were sent to fight for France, Spain, the
Duchy of Savoy or other powers of the day. Between ca.
1400 and 1800 around 50,000 men had left the Lucerne
area to serve abroad – and the city of Lucerne only had a
population of around 4000 for most of that period! While a
few of the mercenaries came back rich, many did not come
back at all and the well connected families who brokered
the deals were the ones who benefited most.

NAPOLEON AND THE
BEGINNING OF TOURISM
XVIII – XIX Century
In 1798 Lucerne lost its independence as Napoleon occupied
the Swiss Confederacy and transformed it into the Helvetic
Republic for a brief five years. After a return of the old powers,
Switzerland was born in 1848, when the modern nation state
was founded. In 1859 modernity reached Lucerne in the shape
of the railway, and the town started expanding in earnest on
the southern shore of the river. From 1830 onwards Lucerne
had a new industry – tourism. The lake, the easily accessible
mountains and some of the earliest mountain railways made
it a favourite destination for the still very exclusive group of
people who could afford to travel for pleasure. Many of the
grand hotels and attractions like the Gletschergarten were
built towards the end of the 19th century.

MODERN-DAY LUCERNE
XX - XI Century
In the 20th century, Lucerne developed into a vibrant centre
for the region of Central Switzerland, becoming a university
city in 2000. The concert hall KKL (p. 28) by architect Jean
Nouvel was also opened in 2000, giving the town a new
face. In the realm of culture Lucerne is famous for hosting the
second largest – after Basel – and loudest Swiss carnival and
the Lucerne Festival for classical music. The festival enjoys huge
international renown, particularly due to Claudio Abbado who
was head conductor from 2003 until his sudden death in 2014.
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Culture & Events
Lucerne has a rich cultural life, a packed programme of
excellent classical concerts at the KKL and elsewhere, opera
and theatre at the Stadttheater and a host of venues for
electronic music, pop, jazz, metal etc.
We list the most important venues in the venue list and refer
to them only by name in the event list. If the event takes
place in a less usual venue, we indicate the full address in
the preview. Events are listed in the categories classical
music, exhibitions & fairs, festivals and rock & pop concerts.
Within the sections it’s ordered by date.

27.05 FRIDAY
LUCERNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LSO:
COCKAIGNE
Conductor: James Gaffigan, violin: Sergey Khachatryan.
Works by Frederick Delius, Jean Sibelius, Henry Purcell and
Edward Elgar.QKKL. Concert starts 19:30, 25-110Sfr.
08.06 WEDNESDAY & 09.06 THURSDAY
LUCERNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LSO
Conductor: James Gaffigan, piano: Khatia Buniatishvili.
Works by Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven and
Antonín Dvorák.QKKL. Concerts start 19:30, 25-110Sfr.

Of course there are far more events than we can list. We
recommend checking out kalender.null41.ch for more
events (Only in German, click ‘Veranstaltungen’ on the left
and the button marked ‘Stadt Luzern’ on the right).

CLASSICAL MUSIC
01.05, 08.05, 14.05, 19.05, 29.05, 31.05
12.06, 15.06, 17.06
OPERA: IL VIAGGIO A REIMS
Opera by Gioacchino Rossini. In Italian with German
supertitles.QLuzerner Theater. Shows start 19:00 / 19:30
/ 20:00. June 12,13:30. Tickets 35-120Sfr.

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20.05 FRIDAY & 21.05 SATURDAY
21ST CENTURY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA &
CHOIR: BATMAN - LIVE IN CONCERT
The 21st Century Orchestra performs the soundtrack
of the movie Batman live, the movie is shown in English
with German subtitles. Conductor: Ludwig Wicki.QKKL.
Concerts start 19:30, 40-150Sfr.

The Württemberg Philharmonics will come to Lucerne.

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11.06 SATURDAY
CARMINA BURANA:
WÜRTTEMBERG PHILHARMONICS
Conductor: Markus Oberholzer. Classic Festival Choir,
soprano: Carmela Konrad, tenor: Joaquin Asiain, baritone:
Thomas Gropper.QKKL. Concert starts 19:30, 65-155Sfr.

FESTIVALS
LUCERNE VENUE LIST
KKL
QEuropaplatz 1, uBahnhof, www.kkl-luzern.ch.
KUNSTMUSEUM LUZERN
QC‑4, Europaplatz 1, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 226
78 00, www.kunstmuseumluzern.ch.
LUZERNER THEATER
Tickets under +41 41 228 14 14, ticket office opens 1h
before the evening performances.QB‑4, Theaterstrasse
2, uBahnhof, www.luzerner-theater.ch.
SCHÜÜR
Folk, rock, metal - lots of big names play here. Tickets:
www.starticket.ch, +41 900 325 325 (1.19Sfr/min)
QC‑6, Tribschenstrasse 1, uBundesplatz, tel. (+41)
41 368 10 30, www.schuur.ch.
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13.05 FRIDAY - 15.05 SUNDAY
DAS TANZFEST (DANCE FESTIVAL)
This is a festival for dance - but you do the dancing (or
you can). The exciting concept combines openair dancing
opportunities (on Saturday May 14 from 11:30 on the
pedestrian squares and parks in the city centre), Swiss and
international dance performances and dancing classes
over three days. So whether lindy hop or ragga get your
feet moving, or it’s tango or ballet that you love - there’ll be
something for you. Many events are at Südpol, but not all.
Qwww.dastanzfest.ch.
24.06 FRIDAY - 25.06 SATURDAY
LUZERNER FEST
During the Luzerner Fest the whole town comes out to
party. Dozens of bands and DJs play on outdoor squares
and venues around the lake basin. And then there’s the
magnificent firework display over the lake! If you buy one
of the festival badges, your money goes to charities in the
Lucerne region.Qwww.luzernerfest.ch.
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16.06 THURSDAY - 18.06 SATURDAY
B-SIDES FESTIVAL
This cosy, authentic open-air music festival doesn’t go
fishing for the big names. Instead, they’ve put together a
programme of bands that slots together nicely. There will
be indie like the German The Notwist, the accordionist
Mario Batkovic and electronica from Kamikaze. The
festival’s idyllic location just on the forest’s edge offers great
views of the mountains and the lake. Apart from different
stages, there are bars and food cooked on site. To get
there take a bus to Kriens, Busschleife and from there get
the funicular to Sonnenberg KSB. Transport back to town
after the concerts is provided for.QZumhofstrasse, Kriens,
uSonnenberg KSB, www.b-sides.ch. 1-day pass 50Sfr,
3-day pass 120Sfr.

EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS
27.02 SATURDAY - 27.11 SUNDAY
COLLECTIONNEURS
Stefan Zweig, himself a passionate collector, said that
‘collectors are happy people’. But is that really true? Are
collectors not also a bit driven? Is their most important
piece not the very one that is missing from their collection?

BOURBAKI

The Bourbaki is a cinema - but it’s much more than that,
it’s a lively cultural crossroads. When you walk into the
Bourbaki you’ll immediately notice the circular layout
- the generous Bourbaki bar/bistro is arranged on a
huge wooden floor-ring around the central column.
The bustling but relaxed atmosphere make this a great
place for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine before a film,
or at any other time of the day. They also have sweets,
snacks and a small choice of meals. Go upstairs and
you’ll find the Bourbaki panorama (see p. 30) - built in
1889 it’s the reason for the circular layout. The panorama
is a kind of 19th-century precursor to the cinema, and
absolutely worth a visit. Go down the stairs to find the
four cinema screens, where mainly studio films are
shown, including many Swiss productions. The ground
floor is also home to the kunsthalle luzern, an art
museum which focuses on provocative, contemporary
art, showing international and Swiss artists.QC‑2,
Löwenplatz 11, uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 419 99
99, www.bourbakipanorama.ch, www.kinoluzern.ch.
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Collectors are happy people, aren’t they? One of the questions
Marc Latzel
raised at the Collectionneurs exhibition.

Be that as it may, the Kunstmusuem Luzern has received
an extensive donation by a collector couple from Geneva
which has specialised in Swiss art since 1960, such as
John Armleder, Philippe Decrauzat, Sylvie Fleury, Alain
Huck and Carmen Perrin. In this presentation works from
the private collection and those from the collection of
the Kunstmuseum Luzern will enter into a rich and varied
dialogue. Given the parallels and differences, the exhibition
raises issues concerning public and private collecting.
QKunstmuseum Luzern. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Wed 10:00
- 20:00, closed Mon. From June 11 to August 11 open
10:00 - 18:00, Wed 10:00 - 20:00. Admission 15/12/6Sfr.
29.04 FRIDAY - 08.05 SUNDAY
LUGA - CENTRAL SWITZERLAND’S BIGGEST FAIR
The fair Luga takes place on the Allmend. Discover what
more than 450 exhibitors from all different sectors of the
economy have on show on ten crazy days. There is a fun
fair with fun rides and lots of food stalls and the like - a
real, traditional-style fair!QMesse Luzern, Horwerstrasse
87, uAllmend, www.luga.ch. Open 10:00 - 18:30, fun
fair 11:00 - 24:00, Mon & Tue 11:00 - 22:00. Admission
15/10Sfr.

ROCK, POP
& JAZZ CONCERTS
For more venues with live music, see our box ‘live music
venues’ on p. 25.
30.04 SATURDAY
DELILAHS
This Swiss girl rock band celebrates its 10th anniversary
with a wild show with guests and friends. They have played
over 500 concerts, making themselves a name as a great
live act all over Europe.QSchüür. Concert starts 21:00,
25Sfr.

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04.05 WEDNESDAY
DESERT MOUNTAIN TRIBE
Two years ago the London trio Desert Mountain Tribe
published their first EP. Now they have completed their first
album: modern psych- and space-rock, densely packed
with a lot of reverb reminiscent of the Godfathers. Insanely
good!QSchüür. Concert starts 21:00, 20Sfr.
13.05 FRIDAY
CLOSE TALKER & THE RAMBLING WHEELS
Close Talker is a young indie rock trio from Saskatoon
(Canada). Their songs consist of catchy melodies,
harmonies and straight rhythms. The Rambling Wheels
are a very succesful Swiss rock band. Sounds like a good
mix for a night of guitars and rock n’ roll!QSchüür. Concert
starts 21:00, 20Sfr.

Serious rock for over ten years: Delilahs.

CINEMAS
Lucerne has five cinemas. Traditionally films in
Switzerland are shown in their original language with
German and French subtitles. But unfortunately more
and more films are being dubbed. Particularly in
smaller cinemas you can still watch all movies in the
original language - lots of them in English of course.
They are marked with the letters Edf in the programmes
(English with German (Deutsch) and French subtitles)
- a D (capital) indicates the movie is spoken in German.
Check www.cineman.ch for programme and screening
times. Tickets cost between 13 and 18Sfr. On Mondays
tickets are 13Sfr in all cinemas on all seats.
CAPITOL
The Capitol shows a wide range of films, from studio
to hollywood, from thriller to comedy on six screens.
Snacks and drinks for sale. You can reserve tickets
on www.kitag.ch or by phone on +41 900 556 789.
By phone the charges are a quite hefty initial 1.50Sfr
and 1.50Sfr a minute.QC‑5, Zentralstrasse 45,
uBundesplatz, www.kitag.ch.
STATTKINO
Independent operator showing studio productions at
the Bourbaki location. 105 seats.QC‑2, Löwenplatz
11, uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 410 30 60,
www.stattkino.ch.

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13.05 FRIDAY
LOS FASTIDIOS | SKASSAPUNKA
These two Italian bands are bringing some serious
streetpunk and ska to Lucerne. Get ready for some pogo
dance!QSedel, Sedelhof 2, uGopplismoosweg, tel.
(+41) 41 420 63 10, www.sedel.ch. Concert starts 20:00.
Shuttle bus from Löwenplatz.

JAZZ & FUNK AT LOUIS BAR

04.06 SATURDAY
SHANTEL & BUCOVINA CLUB ORKESTAR
Trumpets, accordion and electronic beats give Shantel’s
Gipsy-Balkan-electro mix unbelievable drive. He’ll be
performing with his brass orchestra.QSchüür. Concert
starts 21:30, 35Sfr.

SPORTS
27.05 FRIDAY - 29.05 SUNDAY
LUCERNE REGATTA (ROWING WORLD CUP)
Lucerne’s second lake, the Rotsee, offers ideal conditions
for rowing competitions. The Lucerne Regatta is a major
event, and you can watch from the grandstand set up
on the shore. Tickets are free, except for seats on the
main grandstand on Sunday. Take the bus N°1 from
the train station to Weggismatt, just 7min.QRotsee,
www.lucerneregatta.com. Standing area always free, seats
on Sun 40Sfr (non-numbered seats), 60Sfr (numbered
seats).
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At Louis Bar in the Hotel Montana there are regular
jazz, funk, piano and soul concerts (usually with free
admission). The atmosphere here is somewhere
between mondaine and relaxed, and if you’re into this
kind of music you definitely should treat yourself to a
night at the Louis Bar. If you happen to be a whiskey
lover (or if you like cigars), even better. On Thursdays
there is always a jam session (21:30).QE-2, Montana
Art Deco Hotel, Adligenswilerstrasse 2, uCasinoPalace, www.hotel-montana.ch.
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Summertime
Summertime ...and the living is easy. The living
definitely does get easy in summer, when life in Lucerne
goes outdoors. A grand summer day is of course ideal
for visiting a mountain peak or exploring the lake region,
but Lucerne itself has plenty of urban summer easiness
to offer. Bars and restaurants make the most of it with
outside seating, and a few bars are real summer animals,
coming out only when it’s warm. Daytime temperatures
are generally around 25°C (77°F) in July and August, and
can at times go over 30°C (86°F). The rain mainly comes in
thunderstorms - the so-called föhn-storms - which come
from the south across the lake and can be quite violent.
Otherwise, the lake is the favourite place to be and it’s so
clean you can swim in it - and everybody does (swimmers
only!). We list a few highlights below.

OPEN-AIR BARS
& SWIMMING PLACES
SEEBAD
This wooden bathing house originally opened in 1885 and
underwent a full refurbishment in 2010. It is a wooden
structure stretching out into the lake with two shallow
pools - but most people choose to take the stairs at the
far end into the open lake with stunning Alpine views.
There is a small restaurant serving snacks, drinks and ice
cream. They also offer massages. At 20:00 they close for
bathing but remain open, with a relaxed bar vibe.QE‑2,
Nationalquai, uCasino-Palace, www.seebadluzern.ch.
Usually open from May 10:00 - 20:00, Sat & Sun 09:00 20:00, bar/restaurant until 00:30. Admission 6/4Sr, free
after 20:00. N­K­W
NEW
STRANDBAD TRIBSCHEN
Close to where Richard Wagner used to reside, Tribschen
Badi is away from the hustle and bustle of downtown
Lucerne but still within walking distance or a short bus ride
from the main train station. Relax on the green lakeside
lawn with trees offering shade on hot days and enjoy easy
access to the lake, surrounded by great views of the prealps. If you want more action, then you can play some
beach volleyball, table tennis or rent a canoe or SUP (stand

STRANDBAD
TRIBSCHEN

WALDSCHWIMMBAD
ZIMMEREGG

Outdoor
fu n for
everyone
www.tribschen-badi.ch
www.zimmeregg-badi.ch
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Quite a sunset at Sunset bar.

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up paddling) board. For the little ones there is a covered
paddling pool and playground, all very family-friendly.
Changing, (solar heated) shower and locker facilities are
available and refreshments too. Check the website for
info about outdoor yoga, pilates classes and various other
special events over the summer season. Another more offthe-beaten-track tip to cool off is the Waldschwimmbad
Zimmeregg surrounded by the forest on the outskirts of
Lucerne (Schwimmbadstrasse, www.zimmeregg-badi.ch).
QWarteggstrasse, uWartegg, tel. (+41) 41 360 45 67,
www.tribschen-badi.ch. Opens May 8, 2016. Open in
May 10:00 - 19:00, June - August 10:00 - 21:00. 5/3Sfr,
children under 6 free.
SUNSET BAR
This summer bar located over the road from Hotel Seeburg
is something of a lakeside oasis. Get comfortable in a chair,
a hammock, a double bed (!) or with your feet dangling
above the water on the pier, take a deep breath and relax
in this chic outdoor hangout. It’s the perfect place for an
after-work cocktail or two. They also offer a good selection
of virgin cocktails or our personal favourite beverage
on a hot day, a bitter orange gazosa (Italian-style
lemonade). If you are hungry, there is a simple barbecue
menu with burgers, homemade bratwurst and salads.
QSeeburgstrasse 53-61, uHotel Seeburg, tel. (+41)
41 375 55 55, www.sunsetbar.ch. Open 15:00 - 24:00,
Sat & Sun 14:00 - 24:00 (weather dependent).

BOAT RENTAL
BOAT RENTAL
(ST. NIKLAUS SCHIFFGESELLSCHAFT)
Ready to put your captain’s cap on? Here you can rent
boats for an adventure on Lake Lucerne. You can take
to the lake with pedal power on a humble pedalo which makes a great bathing platform. You can also rent
rowing boats, dinghies and yachts and motorboats here.
Depending on the craft you will need to prove you have
the necessary qualifications - apart from the captain’s
cap.QC‑3, Schwanenplatz, uSchwanenplatz, tel.
(+41) 41 369 08 08, www.sng.ch. Pedalo 30/35Sfr per
hour, motorboats 60/65Sfr per hour.
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Drink

Do

As soon as the weather
allows, Lucerner like to
move their drinking
outdoors. And what
could be nicer than
enjoying the long, mild summer
evenings on the lake shore in one of
the relaxed open-air bars. See p. 14
for suggestions.

Swimming in Lake
Lucerne is hugely
popular with locals.
In many countries,
lakes and rivers in
urban areas are too polluted to swim
in – but luckily Switzerland cleaned
up its act around 30 years ago and
the water is clean and safe.

La Mannagia (Weinmarkt 9, B-3)
is a little take-away joint that gets
its recipes and inspiration from
Italy and southern Switzerland.
Grab pizza, piadine or whatever
takes your fancy and find a
bench in the shade for an al
fresco lunch.

The cheapest drinking is outdoors with
bring-your-own. Drinking alcohol is
allowed in public spaces, so when it's
warm, settle down by the lake, e.g.
at the Ufschötti (see map B-5). You can
buy your booze at the train station
until 22:00, e.g. at Coop or Drinks of
the World.

Nearly all of the
sights Lucerne is so
famous for are free!
You can see the
Chapel Bridge, the
Spreuer Bridge and the Lion
Monument without paying a penny
(p. 27/28).

The riverside restaurant
Wirtshaus Reussfähre (p. 21)
has solid Swiss food, fair prices,
some wines sold by the glass and a jukebox! Sounds good for
a night out with your friends,
doesn't it?

Looking for a good
You can do the
game of footie? Look no
steamship cruise
further than The Bruch
tomorrow (p. 28)
Brothers (p. 25). Apart
– or when you're
from Bundesliga and
old. Instead get a
Swiss football they show Premier
boat where you're the captain – you
league and others. When the match is can rent a pedalo or another boat
over, electric guitars take over.
at SNG (see p. 14).

Couples

If you're looking for
something which
feels just a little like
a fairy tale, the
Burgerstube
(p. 20) is recommended. Add the
kitchen's finesse and you've got all
you need for a perfect evening with
your loved one.

At Karel Korner (p. 23)
they’re sure to have the
cocktail your loved one
likes best. Be it a Basil
Smash, or a Devils Juice
– whatever she or he prefers, the
bartender will definitely be up to it.
Order one for yourself and enjoy the
night together!

Why not pamper yourself and your
loved one with a spa treatment?
Hotel Schweizerhof (p. 48) offers
anything from simple neck
massages to chocolate and coconut
full-body peelings for guests and
external customers. Or try the rosepetal bath for two with champagne
included.

Highend

At restaurant
RED (p. 17) at the
KKL, chef Pascale
Kreuzer blends
French, Asian and
local inspirations effortlessly, e.g.
sashimi variations or aged local
cheeses and roast duck. Excellent
cuisine in an exquisite atmosphere!

If you're a whisky
connaisseur, you have to
put the Louis bar (p.
13) on your must-visit
list. But even if your not
a lover of the smoky spirit, this cultivated
Art-Déco hotel bar with views of the
lake and frequent concerts is an
exquisite place to spend an evening.

Since its opening in
1998 the KKL (p. 28)
concert centre has
become a magnet for
stars of the classical
music scene. You can often hear the
likes of Bartoli, Mutter, Järvi or Schiff
here. No wonder, with the exceptional
acoustics of the concert hall.

Lozärner
Chügelipastetli!
You might not be
able to say it, but
you might still
like to try this culinary speciality
of Lucerne. Basically a meat pie, it
is a puff-pastry cup filled with
little sausage-meat balls (chügeli)
and sometimes innards
(sweetbread) in a creamy sauce.

The 'beach club' is the
roof-top terrace bar at
Hotel Montana (p. 48).
The name could be a
little more subtle, but
the terrace itself is phenomenal, with a
full bar, a whirlpool, semi-private sofa
units for four (reserve!) and a stunning
view. Open from May 13.

Cable cars are quite
impressive pieces of
technology – but
usually you're just
interested in getting
up to the peak. The cable car up to
Stanserhorn (p. 36), however, is a
case apart. If offers an absolutely
breathtaking upper deck where you
can travel under the open sky. Truly
impressive.

Lads and lasses

On the cheap

Local

Eat
Extrovertly Swiss and very
likeable, Wirtshaus Taube
(p. 21) serves solid and
imaginative Swiss fare, like
chicken and carrot meatloaf or
cream-cheese and cress soup.
The historic interior is a treat too.

Unexpected

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Restaurants
Lucerne’s chefs have more to offer than Swiss classics
or the Lucerner chügelipastetli. Lucerne culinary class
goes from tasty take-aways to exquisite fine dining. You
can also find food from many parts of Asia, Europe and the
Americas, while many other places take their inspirations
from a wide variety of regional cuisines. We list the places
we recommend within any particular category. Prices are
indicated with the € icons - € indicates most mains are
under 25Sfr, €€ mains 25 - 40Sfr, €€€ mains 40 - 55Sfr,
€€€€ most mains over 55Sfr. This applies to the evening
menus, for lunch many restaurants offer special cheaper
deals (on workdays). Note that many restaurants close
their kitchens between roughly 14:00 and 17:30 and in
the evening at 22:00 or 23:00. The letter and the number
(e.g. A-1) after the venue name indicate the coordinates for
finding it on the map in the back of this guide.

SYMBOL KEY
A Credit cards accepted

X Smoker lounge

E Live music

N No credit cards

S Take away

C‑1 Map coordinates

u Nearest (trolley)bus stop

B Outdoor seating

the price. Kaiten also serves a selection of other
Japanese dishes and desserts.QB‑5, Kauffmannweg
16, uKantonalbank, tel. (+41) 41 210 42 40,
www.kaiten.ch. Open 11:30 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00,
Thu & Fri 11:30 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00, Sat 17:00 22:00. Closed Sun. €€. A

FINE DINING

Rich hospitality for well over a century: restaurant 1871

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ASIAN
GOURMINDIA
Located underneath the Gütsch castle on transcultural
Baselstrasse, this spacious restaurant serves up delicious
authentic Indian cuisine. Proof comes in the form
of the Indian tourist groups who feel at home here
when they eat upstairs. The tandoori dishes and naan
baked in a traditional Tandoor clay oven are wonderful,
portion sizes in general are generous and the service
is friendly. They also offer great value lunch buffets.
QBaselstrasse 31, uGütsch, tel. (+41) 41 250 43 43,
www.gourmindialuzern.com. Open 11:00 - 14:00, 17:30
- 22:00, Sat & Sun 17:30 - 22:00. €. A
KAITEN SUSHI-BAR
Landlocked Switzerland may not be the most obvious
place to seek out sushi, but if you are in that mood
then this fine restaurant with a focus on quality fish
from environmentally sustainable partners will not
disappoint you. Kaiten sushi means conveyor belt
sushi in Japanese. You pick and choose dishes off the
belt depending on your preferences and appetite.
The coloured ring on the plates you choose indicate
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1871
This lakeside restaurant located in Hotel National (the
restaurant is named after the year in which the hotel was
first opened) offers a modern fine-dining experience in a
grand five-star hotel, whilst at the same time it manages
to remain down to earth creating a relaxed atmosphere.
Its focus is on simple dishes made with the finest local
seasonal produce and the menu changes every two
months. Aside from dinner, they also offer good value
lunch menus and brunch on Sundays. The food is good
but the highlight is the location: enjoy your food in the
charming high-ceilinged French Renaissance dining hall
or on the ground level terrace overlooking Lake Lucerne.
QD‑3, Haldenstrasse 4, uLuzernerhof, tel. (+41) 41
422 18 71, www.1871.ch. Open 11:30 - 24:00, Sun 10:00
- 18:00. Closed Mon. €€€. A­B

VEGETARIAN
TIBITS
Finally there is a purely vegetarian restaurant with
several vegan options in Lucerne! They have very
successful restaurants in other Swiss cities and in
London and now have their branch in Lucerne. It’s
located inside the train station, on the first floor,
overlooking the tracks and the hustle and bustle. But
the focal point of tibits is the bounteous vegetarian
buffet - around 40 home-made salads, hot daily
specials, soups and sweets await you here. Round
it off with a freshly squeezed juice or a beer if you
prefer and enjoy the amazing food they make with
purely vegetarian or even vegan ingredients.QC‑4,
Zentralstrasse 1 (inside the station), uBahnhof,
tel. (+41) 41 226 18 88, www.tibits.ch. Open 06:30
- 23:00, Fri & Sat 06:30 - 24:00, Sun 08:00 - 23:00.
Food served until 30 minutes before closing. €€.
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NEW
RESTAURANT RED
On the first floor of the architectural masterpiece which
is the KKL, RED has a decidedly modern and elegant
interior: leather chairs, a thick red carpet, white table
cloths and carefully placed, low lighting. The view over
the lake and city is delightful, if somewhat dissected
by the horizontal metal fins of the facade. Chef Pascale
Kreuzer is a master of his trade who blends French,
Asian and local inspirations effortlessly. On his menu
you might find sashimi variations, aged local cheeses
or roast duck with coriander and beetroot dumplings.
Exquisite!QC‑4, Europaplatz 1, uLuzern Bahnhof,
tel. (+41) 41 226 71 10, www.kkl-luzern.ch. Open Mon
- Fri 11:30 to 13:30, Wed - Sun and on event nights
from 17:00. €€€. A

FRENCH

KKL Luzern

INTERNATIONAL
JEFF’S BURGER
You may be forgiven for thinking you are in Soho
or Brooklyn, the concept of quality burgers in cool
surroundings has now arrived in downtown Lucerne. It’s
a strange mix between fast food and quality ingredients
(you can upgrade to Swiss angus beef ) and the burgers
really look just like in the advertisements. This is a place
where you might go on a date, but you could just as well
roll up to relieve a hangover.QC‑5, Hirschmattstrasse
29, uBundesplatz, tel. (+41) 41 210 10 15, www.jeffsburger.ch. Open 11:30-14:00, 17:30 - 22:30, Thu 11:30 14:00, 17:30 -23:00, Fri & Sat 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:30.
Closed Sun. €€. A
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BRASSERIE BODU
This charming French brasserie, wine bar and cafe in the
old town is a local favourite. In summer they have a small
terrace with a few tables overlooking the River Reuss and set
out more tables in the cobbled square by the town hall. The
menu includes mussels, entrecôte and duck as one would
expect, with an accompanying seasonal menu and plenty
of fine wine.QB‑3, Kornmarkt 5, uSchwanenplatz, tel.
(+41) 41 410 01 77, www.brasseriebodu.ch. Open 11:30
- 23:00, kitchen open throughout. €€. A­B

True to its name: restaurant RED and its warm colours.

GETTING THE BEST OUT OF
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES.

Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant Bar Take Away Catering
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Restaurants
DECODING THE MENU
General terms
Käse
paniert
Pfeffer
Salz
Zucker

cheese
breaded
pepper
salt
sugar

Fleisch
Braten
Bratwurst
Chögelispastetli
Kalb
Lamm
Poulet, Hühnchen
Rind
Schnitzel
Schwein
Ghackets
Geschnetzeltes

Meat
roast
sausage
puff pastry with meat sauce
veal (or calf )
lamb
chicken
beef
cutlet, often breaded
pork
mince meat
meat in bite-size pieces

Fisch
Egli
Forelle
Felchen

Fish
European perch
trout
common whitefish

Beilagen
Bratkartoffeln
Kartoffeln
Nudeln
Pommes Frites
Spätzli
Speck

Side dishes
roast potatoes
potatoes
pasta
french fries, potato chips
egg noodles
bacon

Dessert
Apfelstrudel
(Schokoladen) Kuchen
Tiramisu

Desserts
apple pie
(chocolate) cake
Italian cream dessert

WEISSES SCHLOSS
The White Castle has a charming ambience. On a warm
evening take a seat on the terrace, where you can sit
beneath vines in a fine al fresco atmosphere, where you
hardly notice that you are between two roads. The menu is
creative although a touch pricey, serving up both European
and Asian classics with some fusion dishes, such as the
seared lake char with wasabi and potato mash.QB‑5,
Moosstrasse 7, uMoosegg, tel. (+41) 41 227 00 00,
www.weissesschloss.ch. Open 11:30 - 14:00, 18:00 24:00, Sat 18:00 - 24:00, Sun 17:00 - 22:00. €€. A­B
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A cosy setting for Italian food, Barbatti.

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ITALIAN
BARBATTI
A classic Italian ristorante with white tablecloths, wooden
furnishings, candles and chandeliers under a high stuccodecorated ceiling. It exhibits sculptures by local artist Rolf
Brem and offers fine traditional Italian cooking with an
olde worlde ambiance. It also runs a separate tiny, rather
bizarre espresso bar on the corner, with delicious Italian
coffee and a view over the main pedestrianized shopping
street.QC‑2, Töpferstrasse 10, uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41)
41 410 13 41, www.bindella.ch. Open 11:30 - 23:30,
Sun 11:30 - 23:00. Kitchen closes one hour earlier. €€.
A­B
NEW
PORTOFINO
Portofino, named after the fancy Italian fishing village
just south of Genoa, is yet another Italian restaurant
in the Lucerne old town. The restaurant is small and
personal, run by friendly hosts Mercedes Valladares
und Daniel Schmitter. The food from the concise menu
is freshly prepared - including the pasta! Two goodvalue business lunch menus are available each day
and in the evening it switches to à la carte. The food
was delicious and well presented and the ambiance
calm and classical, a little on the expensive side.QC‑2,
Töpferstrasse 5, uLuzernerhof, tel. (+41) 41 410 26
64, www.portofino-luzern.ch. Open 11:30 - 23:30.
Closed Sun. €€€. A­B

MEDITERRANEAN
BARBÈS
This relaxed, cosy, candlelit restaurant serves up authentic
Moroccan mezze as well as main dishes. It makes fantastic
fresh peppermint tea and is also a place where you can
enjoy a glass of wine at the bar in the evening and soak up
the atmosphere. They also offer lunch menus during the
week.QB‑5, Winkelriedstrasse 62, uBundesplatz, tel.
(+41) 41 210 00 90, www.barbes.ch. Open 10:00 - 00:30,
closed Sun. €. N
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FELSENEGG GARTEN RESTAURANT
A true gem of a restaurant. Charismatic host Franco will
welcome you in, whilst Domenico prepares mouthwatering dishes for your delight. The fresh daily menus
are written on the black board, Italian-style (just one meat,
fish and vegetarian menu available), you can decide if you
would like to take all courses or to select specific dishes. In
summer you can eat in the garden behind the restaurant
and you quickly forget that you’re in a city. Definitely
call in advance to book a table as it is often booked
out. They also offer great value lunch menus.QC‑2,
Maihofstrasse 4, uSchlossberg, tel. (+41) 41 420 10 13,
www.felsenegg-luzern.ch. Open 11:30 - 14:00, 18:00 23:00. Sat 18:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. €€. A­B

Cultured delights at Restaurant RED
Creative and modern cuisine with 15 GaultMillau points.
Monday to Friday, 11:30 to 13:30
Wednesday to Sunday and event evenings from 17:00.
Reservations: +41 41 226 71 10, www.kkl-luzern.ch

NEW
is a restaurant for meat lovers serving specialities such
SYRTAKI GREEK TAVERN
Aged
The only greek eatery in town, Syrtaki has stood
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test of time and has been serving traditional favourites (order by weight), Pata-Negra pork chops from acornsuch as souvlaki, moussaka and gyros since 2002. This raised black Iberian pigs, lamb racks or sausages. Sides
family-run establishment offers good value two-course of chips, polenta, potato gratin and various vegetables
lunch menus and in the evening a range of à la carte can be ordered separately. To the right is the bar with
options. Decor is typical taverna style, white tablecloths smaller tables and behind the bar is a cigar lounge and
on the closely bunched together tables and plenty the wine degustation area. Here you can try the wine
of greenery. You can round off your greek experience and take the one you choose back to your table.QC‑5,
with a metaxa, good for digestion they say.QC‑4, Habsburgerstrasse 16, uKantonalbank, tel. (+41) 41
Morgartenstrasse 5, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 210 94 94, 210 10 07, www.ampersand.lu. Open 11:00 - 00:30,
www.syrtaki-luzern.ch. Open 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - Fri 10:00 - 02:00, Sat 15:00 - 02:00. Closed Sun. €€€.
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SWISS CUISINE

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STEAKHOUSES
NEW
AMPERSAND
Ampersand is the word describing the latin symbol &.
The name comes from the fact that this location is a
café & a bistro & a grill & a wine bar & a cigar lounge. It
boasts a fresh urban look. To the left as you enter is the
restaurant with an open kitchen, an open beechwood
fire and grill and a glass maturing cabinet for meat. This
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What the Swiss like to eat at home and when out
is heavily influenced by their neighbours’ cuisine,
especially the Italians. But what is real Swiss cuisine?
Most Swiss would probably say: käsefondue (cheese
fondue), a hot soup of cheese and white wine eaten by
dunking cubes of bread in it. Delicious, but the smell
can take getting used to! Raclette is another cheese
speciality, melted cheese on potatoes served with
different pickles and sides. Würste or sausages are also
very Swiss, the bratwurst (usually veal) and cervelat
(pork) being the most common. One of the Lucerne
specialities is Lozärner Chügelipastetli, basically a meat
pie, it is a puff-pastry cup filled with little sausage-meat
balls (chügeli) and sometimes innards (sweetbread)
and mushrooms in a creamy sauce. Also on the list
of Swiss traditionals is rösti, a cake of grated and fried
potatoes similar to hash browns. Switzerland has an
impressive range of breads to go with the famous
cheeses, e.g. the rich zopf (plaited loaf ) is a favourite
for Sunday breakfasts. Fondue chinoise and fondue
bourgignonne are not traditionally Swiss, strictly
speaking, but these two meat fondues are very popular
too. Both involve dipping meat into a pot, full of either
hot broth (chinoise) or oil (bourgignonne) and then
enjoying with a range of sauces and sides.
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CHEESE RESTAURANTS

SWISS
As it’s sometimes hard to tell what Swiss cuisine really is
(see Swiss cuisine p. 19), we list some traditional restaurants
here as well as some that interpret Swissness in a modern
way. If you want to try the Swiss cheese specialities fondue
and raclette, see the box on the left.

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The Swiss cheese specialities fondue and raclette,
originally come from the French speaking areas of
Switzerland. Fondue is basically a mix of melted cheese
and white wine bubbling over a small burner which
you dip bread cubes into, while raclette is pure melted
cheese which is poured over boiled potatoes. Even
though locals mainly eat these dishes during the cold
time of the year, we definitely recommend trying them
whatever the season - the listed restaurant below is a
specialist.
FONDUE HOUSE
Fondue House is located inside Hotel Falken
and is a good place to taste your way through
everything fondue-like. The combo menus give you
three fondues in one meal - choose from cheese,
bourguignonne (meats in oil), chinoise (meats in
broth) and chocolate. Bread, potatoes, sauces and
more are served to dip and as sides. Not exactly
authentic, as Swiss don’t mix fondues like this, but
if you want to try everything in one go, this is your
opportunity. The combos are not cheap, however.
QB‑3, Falkengasse 4/6, uSchwanenplatz, tel.
(+41) 41 412 37 37, www.fondue-house.ch. Open
17:30 - 22:00. €€. A­B

Floating restaurant
anchored on Schweizerhofquai, Luzern

tel. +41 41 410 23 30, www.schiffrestaurant.ch
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The traditional rustic interior at the Burgerstube.

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BURGERSTUBE (HOTEL WILDEN MANN)
Not a burger parlour, this is in fact the place to come if
you are looking for good traditional Swiss cuisine with a
modern twist. The cosy candlelit, rustic interior makes you
feel like you have gone back in time. The menu mixes Swiss
classics such as bratwurst, cordon bleu and the Lucerne
speciality chügelipastetli (see ‘decoding the menu’) with
more experimental dishes such as the poached scallops
in an elderberry sauce or a mixed spring salad with
dandelion, red radish and sugar peas served with rhubarbyogurt dressing. Something for both the nostalgic and
the curious.QA‑4, Bahnhofstrasse 30, uHirzenhof, tel.
(+41) 41 210 16 66, www.wilden-mann.ch. Open 10:30
- 24:00, kitchen open 11:30 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00. €€.
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Dine in a historical setting.
Classic, nourishing – and ever-changing.
Restaurant Sauvage and Burgerstube.
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STADTKELLER
The Stadtkeller in the heart of the old town stages a Swiss
folklore show. In the rustical surroundings you can enjoy
surprisingly good Swiss cuisine to a show presenting various
Swiss traditions such as yodelling, Swiss Alpine horn blowing
and flag waving. At one point members of the audience
are invited up on stage to try out the various customs.
Few Swiss people practice these traditions these days,
but the show is nonetheless good fun and relaxed.QB‑3,
Sternenplatz 3, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 410 47 33,
www.swissfolkloreshow.com. Lunch show starts 12:15,
duration approx. 1h, dinner show starts 20:00 (music
19:30), approx. 1.5h, restaurant opens 18:30. Admission
show and lunch 54 - 65Sfr / dinner 72 - 82Sfr. A­K
WILHELM TELL (SCHIFFRESTAURANT)
The Wilhelm Tell, named after the mythical Swiss national
hero, is a retired paddle steamer moored just past the Hotel
Schweizerhof. Step on board for a drink and sandwich on
deck, descend into the hold for a cosy dinner or adjourn
to the captain’s salon in original Art Nouveau design
for the four-course dinner. The kitchen produces Swiss
standards like schnitzel, deep fried battered pike-perch
and a seasonal menu including local beef, fish and a varied
selection of vegetarian dishes. The food quality is good, but
the atmosphere and the views are what you come for here.
QC‑3, Schweizerhofquai, uLuzernerhof, tel. (+41) 41
410 23 30, www.schiffrestaurant.ch. Open 11:00 - 24:00,
Sun 11:00 - 23:00, Mon closed. €€. A­B
WIRTSHAUS GALLIKER
The Galliker family has run this old-style Swiss tavern for
over 150 years and recipes have been passed down over
four generations. This is the place where Swiss people
go to eat traditional Swiss food, from rösti to luzerner
chügelipastete (veal with a creamy mushroom sauce
served in puff pastry) and in autumn they serve up
delicious game dishes. Fine soul food and friendly service
from the waiting staff make for a fine local experience.
QA‑4, Schützenstrasse 1, uKasernenplatz, tel. (+41)
41 240 10 01. Open 11:30 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:00, closed
Sun & Mon. €€. A

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Sternenplatz 3 CH-6004 Luzern
Telefon +41 41 410 47 33 Fax +41 41 410 61 33
info@stadtkeller.ch www.stadtkeller.ch

NEW
WIRTSHAUS REUSSFÄHRE
This relaxed riverside restaurant is almost 120 years
old and oozes down-to-earth charm. Settle down
on the terrace for a glass of wine in the afternoon
or call in for some dinner in the evening. There is a
small menu with Swiss specialities such as lamb’s
lettuce salad, steak tartare, rösti or cordon bleu at
fair prices and a good selection of wines by the glass
or bottle. Don’t forget to drop 2 Sfr into the jukebox
and pick out five favourite songs.QSentimattstrasse
14, uKreuzstutz, tel. (+41) 41 240 27 98,
www.reussfaehre.ch. Open 10:00 - 00:30. Closed Sun,
Mon. €€. A­B­
WIRTSHAUS TAUBE
Your first glance at the menu might have you wondering
what strange language it’s in, but it’s just Swiss German.
Friendly as they are here, they’ve added English below (and
standard German!). The menu’s inspiration is thoroughly
Swiss too, but it’s far more imaginative than the typical
Swiss repertoire. Besides the Lucerne speciality veal
dumplings in a puff pastry pie, the heart of the menu are
the meat patties, in variations with Alpine cheese, herb
liquor or mushrooms. Two are even vegetarian!QA‑4,
Burgerstrasse 3, uHirzenhof, tel. (+41) 41 210 07 47,
www.taube-luzern.ch. Open 11:00 - 24:00, closed Sun,
except in July and August. €€. A­B
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Cafés
Coffee culture in Switzerland is heavily influenced by
Italy, and many of Lucerne’s bars and cafés are equipped
with excellent Italian espresso machines. Cafés specialise
on coffee, tea and sweets, but in many you’ll get meals,
snacks and alcohol too - the boundary between bars and
cafés is not a strict one.
ALFRED CAFFEBAR
This tiny Italian café on the street corner offers Italian-style
espresso at the bar. Alternatively you can take a seat at one
of the few tables outside (or inside if you prefer), take a
deep breath and relax. This calm space specializes in quality
barista-made coffee. For those with an empty stomach,
it offers homemade soup of the day and tramezzini
sandwiches made with local produce.QB‑6, Bleicherstrasse
1, uBundesplatz, www.alfred-caffebar.ch. Open 07:00 19:00, Thu & Fri 07:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 19:00. Closed Sun.
CAFÉ DE VILLE (SCHWANEN)
This classy French-influenced Art Déco café and restaurant
situated on the first floor by Schwanenplatz on the lakeside,
provides a variety of international newspapers for guests to
enjoy. The high ceilinged rooms and parquet floors only add to
the charm. Take a look out the window and enjoy the picture
postcard views of Lake Lucerne, Mount Rigi and the other
Alpine foothills or on summer days sit out on the terrace. It offers
business lunch menus during the week and a fabulous Sunday
buffet brunch which includes sashimi.QC‑3, Schwanenplatz 4,
uSchwanenplatz,tel.(+41)414101177,www.cafedeville.ch.
Open 07:00 - 19:30, Sat 07:00 - 18:30, Sun 09:00 - 18:00. €€.

BREAKFAST
Sunday breakfast is an institution in many Swiss families.
Zopf is one of the mainstays of Swiss breakfasts, a rich
white bread baked in the shape of a braid, and is served
with butter, jams, honey, cheeses or cold meats. Swiss
bakeries bake a huge variety of breads - rye bread, maize
bread or potato-and-walnut bread to name just a few
- which add to the breakfast spread. Buttery croissants,
called gipfeli in Swiss German, are also a favourite.
Another breakfast dish with strong roots in Switzerland
is müesli, made of oat flakes, grated apple, ground
hazelnuts and yoghurt in the classic birchermüesli
version. Many Swiss don’t consider breakfast complete
without one of the many takes on the müesli-theme.
Here come some of our favourite breakfast places:
ART DÉCO HOTEL MONTANA, an elegant buffet
brunch option with an impressive range of hot and
cold dishes and all-you-can-eye views of the lake.
Sunday 11:00 - 15:00, 69Sfr, children under 12 pay 4Sfr/
year of age, see p. 48.
LUZ SEEBISTRO, a lovely quiet spot right on the lake
with a small breakfast menu with all the essentials like
chocolate buns, small buffet until 11:00, see overleaf.
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Seebistro Luz, flooded with light.

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NEW
CAFETERIA ARLECCHINO
This cult café in the heart of the new town opened in
1962 as a café and gallery in one of the oldest concrete
buildings in the city. Run by a collective since 1977 it is one
of the most pleasent places one can relax in. Alongside the
snacks and cakes it serves up homemade muesli, freshly
squeezed juices, soups at lunchtime and breakfast on
Sundays, all at fair prices. You can also call by for an afterwork beer or aperitif and it is one of the few remaining
places which sell single cigarettes. Every two months a
different artist displays their work on the walls and there is
a sheltered terrace out front looking over the street.QB‑5,
Habsburgerstrasse 23, uBundesplatz, tel. (+41) 41 210
64 41, www.facebook.com/cafeteria.arlecchino. Open
06:30 - 20:00, Sat 07:00 - 18:00, Sun 08:00 - 17:00.
JAZZKANTINE
The Jazzkantine was opened as an initiative of the Lucerne
jazz school in 1997. Since then it has become a staple in the
old-town café scene. At street level it is a café and simple
restaurant with wooden furnishings in the style of a Dutch
brown cafe, in summer you can sit outside. Downstairs
they have a venue, used primarily for jazz concerts but
also the occasional performance or club night. It is
popular among locals, has a down-to-earth atmosphere
and is renowned for its fine coffee.QB‑3, Grabenstrasse
8, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 410 73 73,
www.jazzkantine.ch. Open 09:00 - 00:30. Closed Sun.
LUZ SEEBISTRO
If you find yourself at the main train station with some
time on your hands, this is a fine place to hang out. Walk
out of the front of the station and straight ahead to where
the public boats on Lake Lucerne depart from. You will
see a glass structure sitting on the water and that is Café
Luz. Soaked in daylight during the day and lit by a grand
chandelier at night, this is a bustling place. They have a
terrace on the waterside and some seats and a barbecue
grill on the station side, serving BBQ specialities such as
Swiss sausages and halloumi cheese sandwiches.QC‑4,
Bahnhofplatz (Schifflandungsbrücke 1), uBahnhof, tel.
(+41) 41 367 68 72, www.luzseebistro.ch. Open 08:00 22:00, Thu - Sat 08:00 - 23:30, Sun 08:00 - 20:00.
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Nightlife
Lucerne might be small, but as a cultural centre it
draws people from all over Central Switzerland. This means
it pulls far more weight than mere numbers would suggest.
Dozens of bars and clubs jostle for custom, meaning there’s
something for almost every taste. For high-end nightlife
head for the bars of the grand hotels, for the flipside dive
into the vibrant student and alternative scene. You’ll also
find pubs and casual bars, as well as live music venues and
large mainstream clubs. Check out our listings, and take
your pick. As many bars don’t take cards, it’s a good idea
to have cash handy!

CASUAL BARS
BAR BERLIN
A small bar tucked away behind the Gewerbehalle off
Baselstrasse, an area which is slowly but surely developing
into the Lucerne offbeat party mile. This small and cosy
bar has a kitsch flair and hosts DJs and concerts on
Friday and Saturday nights whilst serving up old world
cocktails. A smoking bar which can get lively at weekends.
QLädelistrasse 6, uGütsch, www.facebook.com/
BarBerlin. Open 17:00 - 00:30, Thu 17:00 - 02:30, Fri & Sat
17:00 - 03:30. Closed Sun. X

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ST.MAGDALENA BAR AND RESTAURANT
Known as s’Magdi to locals, this is the oldest bar in Lucerne
and has been serving for over 200 years. Today it is still
very popular and offers a restaurant bar upstairs, serving
Spanish and Mediterranean comfort food. It shows films
on Monday nights and offers a home to various exhibitions
by local artists. There is a smokers bar at street level, which
is famous for it’s carajillos (Spanish flamed espresso with
schnapps).QB‑3, Eisengasse 5-7, uSchwanenplatz, tel.
(+41) 41 410 42 78, www.magdalena.ch. Bar open 15:00
- 00:30, Thu 15:00 - 01:30, Fri 15:00 - 02:00, Sat 10:00 02:00, Sun 17:00 - 00:30. N­K­X

CLASSY BARS
NEW
KAREL KORNER
This new cocktail bar is not cheap but you can rest assured
that you will be served a classic or innovative cocktail
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A Credit cards accepted

N No credit cards

E Concerts

X Smoker lounge

K Restaurant

A‑1 Map coordinates

u Nearest (trolley)bus stop

with homemade and carefully chosen ingredients. Our
favourite is the Gin Basil Smash but there are plenty of
others to try such as Devils Juice (Tequila Reposado, lime
juice, agave juice, tabasco, Mozart chocolate bitters) or
the Smokey Pepper (10 year old Talisker, lemon juice,
homemade pepper juice, homemade apricot syrup,
Peychaud bitters and champagne). Once in a while they
have a guest mixer behind the bar, bringing his or her
own concoctions. The decor is fine, but but it is creative
recipes you come here for.QB‑5, Winkelriedstrasse
30, uKantonalbank, tel. (+41) 41 210 03 70,
www.karelkorner.ch. Open 16:00 - 00:30, Thu - Sat 16:00
- 02:00. Closed Sun. A­
NACHBAR
A little bit chic, a little bit casual, this is a great place
if you are looking for a slightly older crowd (30+).
It becomes lively after work and on weekends.
The long room has a tasteful wooden interior,
dimmed lighting at night and is connected to the
Weisses Schloss restaurant next door. It serves
Luzerner Bier on tap and has a good selection of
wine and cocktails. There are occasional DJ sets on
the weekend, though as background music - this
is more of a bar for drinking and talking.QB‑5,
Moosstrasse 7, uMoosegg, tel. (+41) 41 227 00 00,
www.weissesschloss.ch/en/Nachbar. Open 07:00
- 24:00, Fri 07:00 - 01:30, Sat 16:00 - 01:30, Sun
closed.

CASINO
GRAND CASINO LUZERN
250 slot machines with sky high jackpots and the table
games American roulette, black jack, punto banco and
poker await you in the city’s very own casino. For your
physical well-being there are bars in the gambling area
as well as the restaurant Olivo within the premises. The
casino has a smokers’ section. To get access you need to
be at least 18 years old, well dressed (jeans are fine, but
no sportswear) and carry a valid passport, European ID
card or European driving licence.QD‑2, Haldenstrasse
6, uHaldensteig, tel. (+41) 41 418 56 56,
www.grandcasinoluzern.ch. Open 12:00 - 04:00, Fri
& Sat 12:00 - 05:00, table games start 16:00, Sat &
Sun 14:00. Admission after 16:00: 10Sfr.
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QUEER LUCERNE
The atmosphere in Lucerne is refreshingly open,
relaxed and queer-friendly for such a small city.
In 2005 local citizens voted in favour of registered
partnerships for same sex-couples and in the
weeks following the referendum the city hosted
the national Pride festival. It is common to see
same-sex couples holding hands and showing
affection in public. Each November the weeklong
Pink Panorama film festival, now in its 14th
year, shows gay and lesbian films from around the
globe. Local collective Queer Office (queeroffice.
ch) host bi-annual festivals addressing taboo
themes affecting the community and seek to
create a safe space and platform for crossgenerational and -cultural exchange. There
are few queer bars as such in Lucerne, but
regular parties taking place at various locations
around the city e.g. Kopfkino hosts parties at
Treibhaus, the sound is usually electronic and the
atmosphere open. The next party is on May 21,
check www.facebook.com/kopfkino.ch.
FRIGAY NIGHT (AT THE LOFT CLUB)
On the third Friday of every month, this popular
commercial monthly gay night is now in its 11th
year. House, chart, r’n’b and mashup music keep
the dancefloor full. Drinks are fairly expensive.
QD‑2, Haldenstrasse 21, uLuzernerhof,
www.frigaynight.ch. Every third friday of the
month, 23:00 - 05:00. Admission 15 Sfr.
QUEERBAD (AT NEUBAD)
This weekly gathering each Tuesday at the Neubad
bar is open to all queers and friends of all ages and
backgrounds. As there are no gay bars as such in
Lucerne, local collective Queer Office decided to
set up a weekly hang out for people to meet and
chat.QNeubad, Bireggstrasse 36, uSteghof,
www.queeroffice.ch. Open Tue 20:00 - 23:00.
PEPERONCINI OBERGRUND
Try one of the Peperoncini’s local cocktail creations,
for example the Swiss kiss (passoa, passionfruit juice
and rivella) or a more classic Manhattan. Leather
sofas, stools and high tables fill the darkly furnished
room of the bar on the ground floor, giving a relaxed
but chic feel. Covered al fresco seating surrounds the
peninsula-style building; grab a seat on the quieter
side if you can. In the basement there is a pizzeria with
a wood-fire oven, but you can eat upstairs in the bar
too. There is a second branch on the other side of the
train station at Rösslimatte 41QB‑6, Obergrundstrasse
50, uPaulusplatz, tel. (+41) 41 240 20 00,
www.peperoncini.ch. Open Mon - Thu 07:00 - 23:00,
Fri, Sat 07:00 - 24:00, Sun 08:00 - 22:00. B­W
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Die Kneipe, where a chat at the bar comes easily.

PD

ALTERNATIVE BARS
ALPINEUM KAFFEEHAUS BAR
Located just metres from the famous Lion Monument, this
bar’s interior has natural elements like a stone brick wall but
with a modern design and offers both indoor and outdoor
seating. It serves drinks in the evening and breakfast and
creative lunch menus earlier and is popular with a young
alternative / hipster crowd of Lucerne creative types.QC‑2,
Denkmalstrasse 11, uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 77 424 90
98, www.facebook.com/alpineum. Open 08:00 - 00:30,
Sat 09:00 - 00:30, Sun 12:00 - 18:00. N­K­X
NEW
HAIFISH BAR
It may have switched location over the years, but
now as then it is usually a relaxed place to hang out
without pretension. Bar manager Jan has worked in
establishments across the city over the past years and
is putting together a lively programm, be it live music,
DJ’s, art exhibitions or table football. Check out the
facebook site for the latest information on upcoming
events.QB‑5, Obergrundstrasse 17, uPilatusplatz,
www.facebook.com/haifishbar. Open 17:00 - 00:30.
Thu & Fri till 02:30. Sat 19:00 - 02:30. Closed Sun.
E­N­X

PUBS & TAVERNS
NEW
DIE KNEIPE
This newly opened kneipe (roughly a “pub”) is run by
two locally renowned publicans Irene Bergmans and
Claudia Egli, continuing the trend in the Bruchquartier of
women-led establishments (see Chez Cassis, CupCake Cafe
and Piccolino). A café by day and bar by night, it offers
homemade gourmet soups and salads and if you are lucky
a free small taster plate with your after-work drink. The
golden brick walls, wooden furniture and stylish lighting
make for a cosy place to meet friends for a drink or two.
QA‑4, Klosterstrasse 5, uHirzenhof, tel. (+41) 41 541
50 15, www.die-kneipe.ch. Open 09:00 - 21:00, Thu - Sat
09:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun, Mon. N­
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THE BRUCH BROTHERS
Here is the Lucerne version of a sports (especially football)
pub. A little cosier than a typical sports bar, though dark
with limited daylight, they show football matches from
the Champions League, English Premier League, German
Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, the Primera Division from Spain
and of course the Swiss Superleague featuring the mighty
FC Luzern. After the final whistle has blown, the music
starts and the place transforms into a rock bar, with DJs,
concerts, open-mic nights and occasionally karaoke.QA‑3,
Baselstrasse 7, uKasernenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 240 53 00,
www.bruch-brothers.ch. Open 17:00 - 00:30, Thu 17:00
- 02:30, Fri 17:00 - 03:30, Sat 14:00 - 03:30, Sun & Mon
closed.

CLASSICAL DANCING
Classical dancing has its afficionados in Lucerne,
though they may not always be so easy to find. The
venues and events we list below should give you a
head start. For tango events also check the website
www.luzdetango.ch and click on ‘Tango Agenda’
and then ‘Tango Kalender’ (in German, but quite
comprehensible).
SALSA
SALSA 59
Every Tuesday, Bar 59 becomes the sizzling centre of
the local salsa scene. The DJs play salsa and Latino,
and there is also a dancing instructor for beginners.
QC‑6, Bar 59, Industriestrasse 5, uBrünigstrasse,
www.bar59.ch. Every Tue from 20:30 - 00:30.
TANGO
BESITO MILONGA
This tango school offers courses during the week, but
Friday nights are milonga practica. Great, if all you want to
do is dance!QA‑3, St. Karlistrasse 4, uBrüggligasse,
tel. (+41) 78 765 58 80, www.tangostudio.ch. Every
Friday 20:45 - 01:00. Fewer parties in summer, check
website. Admission 10/5 Sfr.

All ready for some rock’n’roll at Bruch brothers.

PD

DANCE BARS
NEW
BROOKLYN CLUB AND LOUNGE
(RENAISSANCE LUCERNE HOTEL)
Following a redesign, this dance bar recently reopened
with a new look: leather sofas, raw brick and urban chic, a
kind of faux “rundown” style. DJs play mainly house music,
you can reserve seating in the lounge in advance and there
are often cheap drink offers on Thursdays. It may aspire to
the dynamism of Brooklyn New York, but as it still tries to fill
the venue with ‘Ladies Nights’ (free entry and drinks before
midnight for ‘ladies’) it could seem to be lagging behind
the times a little. Isn’t what makes Brooklyn exciting the
thrilling swirl of gender identities?QB‑4, Pilatusstrasse
15, uKantonalbank, tel. (+41) 41 226 87 87,
www.brooklyn-luzern.ch. Open Thu - Sat 22:00 - 04:00.

CLUBS
CASINEUM
Embedded within the Neo-Baroque lakeside Grand Casino
building, Casineum is made up of three different spaces.
The main hall, the gallery overlooking the main hall and
the more minimalist club room. The program includes jazz
concerts, improvisation theatre battles and club nights
later on the weekends.QD‑2, Haldenstrasse 6, uCasino,
www.casineum.ch. Open Fri & Sat 22:00/23:00 - 04:00,
occasionally events & parties on Thu & Sun. Admission
15 - 20 Sfr.
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LIVE MUSIC VENUES
Lucerne offers all kind of live music: jazz, pop, rock,
metal, indie, gothic and much more. You will find a
band playing somewhere nearly every night of the year,
but the weekends are busier. The clubs and bars listed
here focus on live music - we tell what you can usually
expect. For their daily programme, check the websites.
SCHÜÜR (KONZERTHAUS)
An old wooden barn seven minutes’ walk from the train
station plays host to local bands and international acts.
The likes of Coco Rosie, De la Soul, Maceo Parker and
Anthrax have all played here. Concerts take place upstairs.
Downstairs there is a bar with a popular salsa night on
Thursdays.QC‑6, Tribschenstrasse 1, uBundesplatz,
tel. (+41) 41 368 10 30, www.schuur.ch. E­N
TREIBHAUS
Treibhaus is a cultural centre, bar and live venue. It is in
part funded by the city to allow for young people to
get engaged and gather event-organizing experience.
The diverse gig program is primarily focussed on
alternative music featuring upcoming local, national and
international acts. Aside from events, the bistro bar is open
with regular lunch menus during the week and panini in
the evening and on weekends.QF‑6, Spelteriniweg 4,
uWeinbergli, www.treibhausluzern.ch. Open 11:30
- 14:00, Thu & Fri 11:30 - 14:00, 17:00 - 02:30, Sat 18:30
- 02:30, closed Sun & Mon.
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KLUB KEGELBAHN
Klub Kegelbahn is part of the new party mile between
Kasernenplatz along Baselstrasse to Kreuzstutz. The former
bowling hall is now a meeting place for music lovers. The
club owner likes good music, whether it be jazz, northern
soul, dub or electronic beats.QA‑3, Baselstrasse 24,
uGütsch, www.klubkegelbahn.ch. Open Thu 21:00 late (in winter only), Fri & Sat 23:00 - late.
ROADHOUSE
The roadhouse is a big club just across from the railway
station, with three floors and DJs every night of the week.
With their extremely long opening hours, this is a pit
stop for all those who don’t want to go home yet. They
have beer pong on Tuesdays.QC‑4, Pilatusstrasse 1,
uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 220 27 27, www.roadhouse.ch.
Open 07:00 - 04:00, Fri 07:00 - 05:00, Sat 09:00 - 08:00,
Sun 09:00 - 04:00.
ROK (AMERON HOTEL FLORA)
Located a couple of minutes’ walk from the main train station
Rok in the basement of Hotel Flora is both a club and an afterhours party. It plays host to label nights, club concerts and
established DJs and the relaxed atmosphere and affordable
drinks attract a young mixed crowd. If you are still wideawake at 04:00 then you can keep on dancing here through
until 09:00 on weekends. After 04:00 it’s usually house and
techno that keeps revellers awake.QB‑4, Seidenhofstrasse
5, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 410 41 90, www.rokklub.ch.
Open Thu 23:00 - 04:00, Fri & Sat 23:00 - 09:00. E

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Swiss laws are quite liberal in regard to the sex
business: prostitution is legal, both on the streets and in
brothels and similar establishments. Both are regulated
however, and street prostitution particularly is only legal
in very few areas. The time of strip clubs where half-naked
ladies dance on a pole until they are entirely naked is
apparently over, as the last strip club in Lucerne closed
in winter 2016. What still exists are so called contact bars
where you can meet a prostitute and accompany her to a
room nearby, whereas in brothels, sex and sauna clubs the
offer is even more direct. Many of these establishments
are concentrated in the area around Baselstrasse and
Bernstrasse. This somewhat shabby corner of town
does not have the best reputation but it can’t be called
dangerous. You can also find contact bars in the old town
and Neustadt. As in other places, many prostitutes work
because they have few other income options or, even
worse, because they are forced to. Street prostitutes are
particularly likely to be victims of human trafficking.
BRÜGGLI
Centrally located contact bar.QA‑4, Pfistergasse
2, uKasernenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 240 18 57,
www.nightlife-lucerne.ch. Open 10:00 - 02:30, Sun
16:00 - 00:30.
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Sightseeing
Lucerne holds a whole hand of trump cards, the truly
stunning natural setting, the intact historical old town,
an impressive number of absorbing museums and the
aura of nearly two hundred years as a world-renowned
destination. You’ll find all the classics and our favourites
in the listings. Admission to many places is free, if it does
cost we indicate the full price followed by reduced price,
usually the children’s fee, e.g. 10/5Sfr. Note that museums
are usually closed on Mondays.

MAIN SIGHTS
Lucerne’s main sights are heavily marketed and known
around the world - but still worth the visit. They range from
the mediaeval bridges and fortifications, the 19th-century
attractions around the Lion Monument to the 21st-century
landmark of the KKL. You’ll find museums in our museum
section.

Chapel bridge, Lake Lucerne, Mount Pilatus: Lucerne’s tourist
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trinity.

JESUITENKIRCHE
Closed for renovations until December 2016.
QB‑4, Bahnhofstrasse 11a, uFranziskanerplatz,
www.jesuitenkirche-luzern.ch. Closed for renovations
until December 2016.
KAPELLBRÜCKE & WASSERTURM
(CHAPEL BRIDGE)
Lucerne’s most famous landmark is certainly the Chapel
Bridge, which stretches across the entrance to the River
Reuss (over nearly 203 metres) in a peculiar diagonal
direction. Built in 1365 as part of Lucerne’s fortifications,
it is the oldest covered wooden bridge still standing in
Europe. Part of its fame is due to the originally more than
150 triangular paintings positioned inside the bridge in the
gabels. The paintings date from the 17th century and show
scenes from Lucerne’s and Switzerland’s history, and they
can be seen as a mass media of the time, used to advocate
allegiance to Catholicism during the Counter-Reformation.
In 1993 a fire destroyed a large part of the bridge (towards
the centre) including 78 of the paintings. When you walk
across the bridge you will see burned, blackened paintings
on either end which mark the point where the restored
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parts begin. The Chapel Bridge is really only complete with
the octagonal Wasserturm, literally the ‘water tower’, which
stands in the water next to it. Built before the bridge (i.e.
before 1365), the Wasserturm was part of Lucerne’s military
fortifications and was also used as a dungeon. It is seldom
accessible to the public.QB‑4, uBahnhof.

MUSEUMS FOR LESS
LUCERNE MUSEUM CARD / LION PASS
The Lucerne museum card is a great deal, giving
you free access to 10 museums in Lucerne and
neighbouring Kriens on two consecutive days for just
36Sfr. You’re already saving money if you just go to
three museums, and if one is the transport museum
(30Sfr), you’re almost saving from the start. Another
option ist the Lion Pass (22/12Sfr), a combined ticket
to the Gletschergarten and Bourbaki Panorama. For the
classic one-day 19th-century tour - Lion Monument
(free), Gletschergarten, Alpineum and Bourbaki
Panorama - the Lion Pass is your best option (you will
have to pay an additional 5Sfr for the Alpineum).QC‑4,
Zentralstrasse 5, uBahnhof, www.lucerne.com.
Museum card: 36Sfr. Available only at the tourist
office at the main train station. No reduction for
children, so not necessary worthwhile for kids. Lion
pass: 22/12Sfr, available at Gletschergarten and
Bourbaki Panorama.

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KKL LUCERNE
(KULTUR- UND KONGRESSZENTRUM LUZERN)
The striking KKL with its huge overhanging roof and its
position right on the lake rivals even the Chapel Bridge
as Lucerne’s major landmark. The concert and conference
centre was completed in the year 2000, built to plans of
Parisian architect Jean Nouvel. Its centrepiece is the concert
hall with nearly 2000 seats which is used mostly for classical
concerts. It has extraordinary acoustics thanks to acoustics
engineer Russell Johnson. The KKL also houses other
event halls, conference facilities and the Kunstmuseum
art museum (p. 31). It also has several culinary options,
e.g. the top-end restaurant Red.QC‑4, Europaplatz 1,
uBahnhof, www.kkl-luzern.ch. Guided tours on most
Saturdays 11:00, reservations required, tel. (+41) 41 226
79 50, 15/9Sfr.

were defending the Tuileries in Paris where the French royal
family were living during the French revolution against
revolutionaries. The royal family had long since fled, so
the mercenaries were defending an empty palace.QC‑1,
Denkmalstrasse 4, uLöwenplatz. Admission free.
MUSEGGMAUER (MUSEGG WALL)
The Musegg wall with its nine towers is part of the
ramparts built in the 14th century to protect the town of
Lucerne - as is the Chapel Bridge. The wall is astoundingly
well preserved. The wall and four towers are open to
the public in summer.QA‑3 to C‑2, uBrüggligasse,
www.museggmauer.ch. Accessible 08:00 - 19:00, April
to October. Admission free.
SPREUERBRÜCKE (SPREUER BRIDGE)
Though overshadowed by its larger counterpart, the Chapel
Bridge, the Spreuer Bridge is just as worthy of a visit. Built in
the 16th century, it has the same triangular gable paintings
as the Chapel Bridge, which are not know anywhere other
than in these two bridges. The paintings here depict a
danse macabre, reminding the observer of how we are
all equal before death, regardless of wealth and standing.
They were painted in the 17th Century and are still original,
as luckily no fire has devastated the Spreuer Bridge. The
name comes from the German spreu meaning chaff (the
husk around wheat grains), as this was the only bridge from
which one was allowed to throw chaff into the river (being
the furthest downstream).QA‑3, uKasernenplatz.

CHURCHES
Please refrain from visiting churches during services.
The Lion Monument commemorates Swiss mercenaries who died
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defending the French king in 1793.

LÖWENDENKMAL (LION MONUMENT)
While it is famous today, the Lion Monument enjoyed great
fame in the 19th century and harks back to a very different
era, when nation states were just emerging in Europe.
The stone sculpture dates from 1821 and was created by
Lukas Ahorn to a design by Berthel Thowaldsen. It shows
a dying lion, in an allegory for over eight hundred Swiss
mercenaries who died in service in 1792. They belonged to
the Swiss regiment which served French king Louis XVI, and

FRANZISKANERKIRCHE
This church was built as part of the Franciscan monastery
from the 13th century onwards. The orginally Gothic
construction contains a richly carved wooden pulpit from
the Renaissance and Baroque altars. The row of flags painted
on the interior wall above the arches shows the heraldic
flags the local soldiers captured when they defeated
Habsburg knights in the Battle of Sempach in 1386 - later to
become part of the legend of the creation of Switzerland.
QB‑4, Franziskanerplatz, uFranziskanerplatz. Open
07:30 - 18:00, please refrain from visits during services.

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Sightseeing
LAKE LUCERNE

Lake Lucerne Cruises

Lake Lucerne is one of the things that make Lucerne so
exceptional. A walk along the shores is part of life in Lucerne,
and the promenade along Schweizerhof- and Nationalquai
with the long double row of chestnut trees is the classical
choice. But you can also go south from the KKL, towards the
large lake-side park Ufschötti. The lake also gives you access
to a vast area filled to the brim with Alpine beauties. On a
nice sunny day nothing can beat a cruise on the lake. The
long cruise down to Flüelen e.g. will take you to the Rütli
and the Tellsplatte, both involved in Switzerland’s founding
myths. In German the lake is called Vierwaldstättersee,
literally the lake of the four cantons, which refers to Uri,
Schwyz, Unterwalden and Lucerne. Barring Lucerne, these
cantons are considered to be the birthplace of Switzerland
and the William Tell saga plays in this area.

LAKE LUCERNE CRUISES
The Lake Lucerne navigation company operates a fleet
of over 20 passenger ships on the lake, from the paddle
steamer Uri launched in 1901 to the sleek high-tech cruiser
Saphir which dates from 2012. You can catch a ship for the
10-minute hop across to the Transport Museum, or spend
up to 5.5h on a roundtrip cruise to Flüelen and back. Boats
leave regularly from the piers around the KKL. Snacks,
drinks and often full meals are available from the bar on
almost all connections.QC‑4, Bahnhofquai, uBahnhof,
tel. (+41) 41 367 67 67, www.lakelucerne.ch. Opening
hours of the ticket office across from the railway
station are roughly 08:30 - 17:00. Adult fares, one-way,
second-class are between 6Sfr and 46Sfr, depending on
distance. Daypass 72/36Sfr.
SNG LAKE LUCERNE CRUISES
Named after the patron saint of mariners, the Sankt
Niklausen navigation company offers a range of boating
services on Lake Lucerne. During summer, it offers
regular lake cruises (roundtrip, approx. 60 min) leaving
from Schwanenplatz. You can also book individual
cruises (e.g. on a wooden yesteryear motor boat) and
rent pedalos, motor boats and yachts in different sizes.
QC‑3, Schwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 368 08 08,
www.sng.ch. Departures generally 12:00. 13:15, 14:30,
15:45, 17:00, 18:15 every day. Check by phone. Round
cruise 19Sfr, 10Sfr (children 5-12), children under 5 free.

EXCURSIONS

Bookings +41 (0)44 710 50 50
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SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Authentic Swiss Tour: Mount Rigi

NEW
AUTHENTIC SWISS TOUR LUCERNE
This combo package allows you to experience all
those things Switzerland is famous for: watches, lakes,
mountains and chocolate. Experience watchmaking live
in the House of Chronoswiss, take a boat ride on Lake
Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, from there you can
catch the cogwheel railway to the top of Mount Rigi and
then visit the Chocolate Adventure at the Verkehrshaus
in Lucerne, where you can learn about the origin and
production of chocolate using your eyes, ears, nose,
fingers and your taste buds too. The tour is non-guided
so you can do it at your leisure in whichever order you
prefer, although it makes sense to combine the boat trip
with Mount Rigi and the Chocolate Adventure. Tickets
are available at the boat ticket booth or at the Lucerne
Tourism office and include all entrance fees and return
travel on the boat and cogwheel railway and bus ride to
Chronoswiss. No reservations are required.Qtel. (+41)
41 367 67 67, www.luzern.com/en/authentic-swisstour-lucerne. 132 Sfr per person.

MUSEUMS
ALPINEUM
The Alpineum is a witness to the booming romantic
enthusiasm of the 19th century. There are five Alpine vistas in
yesteryear virtual reality technology to gaze at, like the ascent to
Mont Blanc or the view from Gornergrat. Opened in 1901, the
Alpineum has hardly changed since and is definitely behind the
times in exhibition techniques, but it does have an incontestable
charm. Also delightful are the 19th-century stereoscopes
with views of Rome or Paris. This small museum can easily
be seen within 20 minutes.QC‑1, Denkmalstrasse 11,
uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 410 62 66, www.alpineum.ch.
Open 09:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 18:00, April - October. 5/3Sfr.
BOURBAKI PANORAMA
The Bourbaki Panorama is basically one huge painting. The
circular painting which is 114 metres around and 10 metres
high was painted in 1881 by Edouard Castres. It depicts
a major military event of 1871 - 87,000 defeated French
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GUIDED CITY WALK
On this walking tour, a guide takes you round all of
Lucerne’s major sights giving you historical and anecdotal
background. You’ll see places like the Chapel Bridge as
well as some more hidden corners. Reservations are not
needed, just turn up at the tourist information before
09:45. In English and German.QC‑4, Zentralstrasse 5,
uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 227 17 17, www.luzern.com.
Daily 09:45, duration approx. 2h. From Nov - April only
Wed & Sat. In April additionally on Sun. 18/5Sfr.
GUIDED TITLIS TOUR
A bus takes you to Engelberg from where a cable car
connection - with a revolving cable car on the last
section - gets you up to Mount Titlis, towering more than
3000m asl in the eternal snow. The view of the Swiss
Alps up here is breathtaking (weather permitting)! You
can visit the ice grotto, cross the ‘cliff walk’ suspension
bridge or visit the glacier park where you can sledge all
year round. The tour is with a multi-lingual guide.QC‑4,
Zentralstrasse 5, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 44 710 50 50,
www.switzerland-tours.ch. Starts daily 12:30 in front
of the tourist information at the train station. Book in
advance by phone or on their website. 129/64.50Sfr.
SAPHIR BOAT TOUR
This one-hour lake tour takes you round the arm of the lake
on which Lucerne is located, and thanks to audio guides
you get commentary on the landscapes and historic
sites you’re gliding past - in any one of 11 languages. The
vessel you travel on is the Saphir, a brand new ship whose
design is closely modelled on large, luxurious motor
yachts.QC‑4, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 367 67 67,
www.lakelucerne.ch. Up to eight tours daily between
10:15 and 19:00, May 28 - Sep 11, 2016. In May and
from Sept 12 until Oct 23 four daily tours. 25/15, SBB
GA / half-fare card is valid, children under 6 free.
soldiers crossed the border into Switzerland, fleeing the
Prussians. In Switzerland the soldiers were disarmed and
looked after by the government and the public, giving rise
to a humanitarian tradition. Paintings like this one were
hugely popular at the time, before the advent of cinema!
In the original panorama building from 1889 you can view
this 19th-century attraction, as well as learn more about the
event behind it thanks to the museum’s very state-of-the-art
exhibition and film.QC‑2, Löwenplatz 11, uLöwenplatz,
tel. (+41) 41 412 30 30, www.bourbakipanorama.ch.
Open 09:00 - 18:00. Admission 12/7Sfr, 1 adult and kids
24Sfr, 2 adults and kids 35Sfr.
FORUM SCHWEIZER GESCHICHTE SCHWYZ
(FORUM OF SWISS HISTORY)
This museum’s main exhibition focuses on the early history
of the Swiss confederation. See p. 46 for more details.
QZeughausstrasse 5, Schwyz, tel. (+41) 41 819 60 11,
www.nationalmuseum.ch/schwyz. Open 10:00 - 17:00,
closed Mon. 10/8Sfr, children up to 16 free.
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GLETSCHERGARTEN
Gletschergarten means glacier garden, and this Lucerne
institution consists of three elements: a geological site
formed by a glacier, a museum next door and a mirror
maze dating from 1896. This quaint jumble of attractions
is very 19th century, making this museum a museum piece
in itself. The geological site is a set of deep funnels and
channels worn into the bedrock by the glacier that once
covered this area. The museum is housed in a building
with Baroque, Renaissance and Biedermeier rooms. The
larger part of the exhibition consists of relief models of
Switzerland and exhibits about glaciers, climate change
and avalanches. The mirror maze finally is pure and simple
19th century fair-ground fun. But it still works!QC‑1,
Denkmalstrasse 4, uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 410 43
40, www.gletschergarten.ch. Open daily 09:00 - 18:00.
Admission 15/8Sfr.

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most famous
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KUNSTMUSEUM LUZERN
The art museum in the KKL has a fine collection of Swiss art,
including Baroque paintings by Kaspar Meglinger (who did
some of the work on the Spreuer Bridge), but the focus is
on the 20th century. There is work by super star Ferdinand
Hodler, Cuno Amiet and André Thomkins. The collection
is not shown as such, but used to compose changing
thematic exhibitions.QC‑4, Europaplatz 1, uBahnhof,
tel. (+41) 41 226 78 00, www.kunstmuseumluzern.ch.
Open 10:00 - 17:00, June 11 - Aug 11 10:00 - 18:00, Wed
10:00 - 20:00, Mon closed. 15/6Sfr.

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RICHARD WAGNER MUSEUM
Richard Wagner, famed German composer and re-inventor
of the opera, lived in this house with his family for six
years and entertained illustrious guests here until he left
to found the Bayreuth festival. The ground floor of their
handsome home on the lake tells the story of Wagner’s
time in Lucerne. Café on site, occasional concerts.
QRichard Wagner Weg 27, uWartegg, tel. (+41) 41
360 23 70, www.richard-wagner-museum.ch. Open
10:00 - 12:00, 14:00 - 17:00, closed Mon. 8/6Sfr, free for
children under 13 years old.

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BRAINTEASERS
NEW
ADVENTURE ROOMS
The Adventure Rooms escape game seems to be
popping up all over Europe and North America, but the
idea was in fact developed by a Swiss physics teacher in
Bern as part of a class project in 2012. It is influenced by
adventure computer games from the 1990’s, Hungarian
escape games and scientific experiments. The basic idea
is that you and your team are locked in a room and have
60 minutes to reach the exit. You achieve this by solving
puzzles, finding hidden objects and working together
as a team. Adventure Rooms Lucerne is located next to
Emmenbrücke train station (five minutes by train from
Lucerne main station) and is now the largest location in
Switzerland. You have the choice between four different
games, each with its own puzzles. Don’t worry if you
don’t speak German, the solutions are primarily with
symbols and numbers and the rules can be explained
in English.QGerliswilstrasse 6, uEmmenbrücke,
www.adventure-rooms.ch. Open 09:45 - 20:25.
Check availability and book a time slot via the
website. 30 Sfr per person (4 - 14 people), 40 Sfr per
person (3 people), 50 Sfr (2 people). Children need
to be 10+.
SAMMLUNG ROSENGART
(ROSENGART COLLECTION)
This art collection concentrates on two figureheads of
classical modernism: exuberant Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
and quiet, intense Paul Klee (1879 - 1940), the latter of
Swiss origins. A gem among Lucerne’s museums.QC‑4,
Pilatusstrasse 10, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 220 16 60,
www.rosengart.ch. Open daily 10:00 - 18:00. Admission
18/10Sfr.
SURVIVING UNDERGROUND SONNENBERG BUNKER TOURS
Aside from stunning nature, chocolate and cheese,
Switzerland is also renowned for its bunkers. During the
Cold War a law was passed giving every resident the right
to bunker space, a law still existing today. Lucerne is home
to the former largest civilian bunker in the world, built
between 1970 and 1976 and located within the city. If it
ever had been needed, two motorway tunnels would have
been sealed by four 350-ton gates, with enough room for
20,000 beds and hundreds of toilet cabins. In addition to
the two tunnels, the bunker was equipped with a sevenfloor, subterranean building. The tour provides a fascinating
insight into Cold War times and the fear of the nuclear
bomb.QBerglistrasse 33, uBerglistrasse, tel. (+41)
79 797 09 17, www.unterirdisch-ueberleben.ch. Public
tours in English (2 hrs) run on the last Sun of each month
at 11:00. Meet your guide in front of the Jesuit Church
(B-4), 30Sfr. Private tours available on request. Book in
advance (phone or website). N
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VERKEHRSHAUS
(SWISS MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT)
The Swiss Museum of Transport is Switzerland’s most
popular museum. It tells the story of the development of
transport and mobility by road, rail and water as well as in
the air and outer space - and how it effects everyday life.
Look at more than 3,000 objects like planes, steam engines
and cars in the huge halls. Or be a TV presenter for a couple
of minutes in the communication section and take home a
recording of your performance. This museum is very much
hands-on and in every section there are special activities
for children - a good choice for the family not just on a
rainy day!QLidostrasse 5, uVerkehrshaus/Lido, tel.
(+41) 41 370 44 44, www.verkehrshaus.ch. Open daily
10:00 - 18:00. Admission 30/15Sfr, the planetarium and
the chocolate adventure cost extra (12/7Sfr) or can be
booked separately (15/9Sfr).

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MARKETS
FISH MARKET
Under the arcades at the end of Unter der Egg, right
on the river Reuss, several stands sell fresh fish. Among
them is Nils Hofer, fisherman from Meggen on the lake
just east of Lucerne, who sells his catch whole and
fileted, apart from some imported fish.QB‑4, Unter
der Egg, uSchwanenplatz. Tue, Fri, Sat 06:00 13:00.
REUSSSTEG FLEAMARKET
The most centrally located fleamarket takes place every
Saturday from May to October along the river Reuss
between Spreuerbrücke and Reussbrücke. The market
is particularly popular for its picturesque location and
locals selling a colourful mix of rarities, records, clothes
and other bits and bobs, it’s a great place to pick up
a bargain.QA‑4, Untere Burgerstrasse / Reusssteg,
uKasernenplatz. Every Sat from May - Oct, 07:00
- 16:00.
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Bridge (as well as on two other bridges). The depictions of
the life of saints Leodegar and Mauritius could be read like
comics by the mostly illiterate population, and the more
than 200 scenes must have made a huge impact in this
world with so few images.
On the other shore of the Reuss our stroll goes right, along
the river past Lucerne’s theatre built in 1839. If you look
across the river you’ll get a good view of the Rathaus, the
town-hall, on the other side. A few steps further along is the
Jesuit church St. Franz Xaver (p. 26), a magnificent
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Mountain peaks
You’ll enjoy many magnificent vistas of the mountain
giants surrounding the city on Lucerne’s streets and
squares. But why just admire them from afar? Many peaks
are easily accessible and the views up there are something
else! Our chapter lists the classics Pilatus and Rigi and many
more. For a package offer with mountains see the Swiss
Authentic Tour (p. 30). If you want to go to more than one
mountain peak, consider buying a Tell Pass (see p. 36).
BRIENZER ROTHORN BY STEAM TRAIN
AND CABLE CAR
The Brienzer Rothorn (2351 meters asl) offers breathtaking
views of the Alps. And it features one of the more
remarkable ways to go up or down a mountain - a steamdriven rack and pinion train that is still much the same as
in 1891, when this railroad was built. The Brienzer Rothorn
is accessible from two sides actually - so you can make it a
roundtrip from Lucerne. E.g. go up from Sörenberg by cable
car and use the steam train for the descent to Brienz. In the
steam train you’ll sit in open carriages and be able to take
in breathtaking views of the Lakes Brienz and Thun and the
Bernese Alps on the slow ride down.Qtel. (+41) 33 952 22
22, www.brienz-rothorn-bahn.ch. Steam train runs June
4 - October 23, 2016. In May on weekends only, but not
up to the peak, only to Planalp. The steam train departs
8 times between 08:36 and 16:36, cable car runs 07:30
- 17:05. Return tickets steam train only 84/44Sfr. Up to
two kids per adult travel for free, otherwise 10Sfr. Cable
car 34/17Sfr.

BÜRGENSTOCK - LAKE LOOKOUT
The Bürgenstock is an easy to reach mountain, and though
being only 1127 metres a.s.l. the views from here are
absolutely spectacular. The northern flank which rises out
of the lake is very steep, while on the other side grassy
slopes drop gently down to Stansstad and Ennetbürgen,
great for relaxed walks. One of the highlights is the
Hammetschwand lift in the rocky northern cliff which
takes you up over 150 metres almost to the peak, giving
you great views on the way up and on top (runs May 26
- End of August, 2016). There are several restaurants and
hotels (including Villa Honegg p. 50) here. To get here take
the train to Stansstad, from there the bus to Obbürgen,
Moos, 40 minutes in total. The cogwheel railway is
currently not running.Qfrom Kehrsiten or Ennetbürgen,
www.buergenstock.ch.

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ENGELBERG - TITLIS ROTAIR
From the village of Engelberg a rotating gondola takes
you up to Titlis to more than 3,000 metres a.s.l. There you
have spectacular views of the glacier and the dozens of
mountains which totally surround you here. There are
many ambitious hiking options as well as leisurely walks
around the little lake Trübsee. Regular trains connect
Lucerne to Engelberg in just under an hour.QPoststrasse
3, Engelberg, tel. (+41) 41 639 50 50, www.titlis.ch.
Return ticket 89/44.50Sfr.
MOUNT RIGI
Mount Rigi (from regina, Latin for queen) is famous for
spectacular views of the Alps and the easy access. The
majestic mountain lies between Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug
and Lake Lauerz. The cogwheel railway leaving from
Vitznau is Europe’s first mountain railway. Don’t forget to
bring a jacket as it can be chilly at 1,800 metres above sea
level. At the top there are several restaurants, around 120
kilometres of hiking trails and covered picnic and barbecue
spots. Hikers have the option of walking down just part of
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the way, as the train has several stops where you can jump
back on. You can also combine with the aerial cable car
from Rigi Kaltbad to Weggis, for instance on a round trip
by boat from Lucerne to Vitznau, with return from Weggis.
Accessible all year round. The train and bus connection to
Vitznau takes about 1 hour, by ship it’s just as fast.Qfrom
Vitznau, Weggis or Arth-Goldau, tel. (+41) 41 399 87
87, www.rigi.ch. From Vitznau 09:15 - 22:05. From
Weggis daily form 08:10 - 19:10. Check website for exact
timetables. Return ticket 68/34Sfr.
PILATUS
Except in the very worst of weather you’ll see Mount
Pilatus’ imposing peaks from almost anywhere in Lucerne.
At 2132 metres a.s.l. it is the highest and most rugged of
the Lucerne’s three local mountains, offering the most
Alpine experience. Though the name Pilatus seems to
have other roots, mediaeval legend connected it to Pontius
Pilate (Pilatus in German and Latin), the Roman official
who authorized the crucifixion of Jesus. The despised
bureaucrat was said to be buried in a (no longer existing)
lake on Pilatus; storms raged anywhere he was buried,
so eventually his body was moved here, were the storms
would be far away. Climbing the mountain was banned
by law until the 16th century, for fear this might provoke
storms that would harm the town of Lucerne. The ban has
long since fallen, and Pilatus is one of the most popular
peaks to visit. With several restaurants, a hotel, sledging
in winter, rock-climbing, a rope park and a long summer

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toboggan run there are plenty of options. And there will
always be the grassy slopes, the woods and hiking trails and
the view far into the distance. You can reach Pilatus by the
world’s steepest cog railway from Alpnachstad or by cable
car from Fräkmüntegg. Taking the train to Alpnachstad or
the bus to Kriens, the whole trip takes around 1h15min.
Qfrom Kriens (Schlossweg 1) or Alpnachstad, tel. (+41)
41 329 11 11, www.pilatus.ch. Cable car from Kriens runs
daily 08:30 - 17:00. Cog railway runs usually from midMay until Nov 20. Return ticket to the peak 72/36Sfr.

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TELL PASS

Tell Pass

If you plan on traveling over a few days in the Lake
Lucerne region, it might be worthwhile picking up a
Tell-Pass. One ticket allows you to travel on all trains,
buses, boats and aerial cable ways including for example
Pilatus, Rigi and Mount Titlis. You can choose between 2,
3, 4, 5 and 10 days of unrestricted travel. It’s great value: if
you were to go up Mount Pilatus on one day and Mount
Titlis on the next, the cable car passes alone would cost
161 Sfr and with the 2 Day Tell-Pass for 170 Sfr trains
and busses are included too. Apart from transportation
there are 20 to 50% discounts for activities like the
Verkehrshaus. Buy your pass online or at the train station
in Lucerne.Qwww.tellpass.ch. 2 days 170 Sfr, 3 days
200 Sfr, 4 days 220 Sfr, 5 days 230 Sfr, 10 days 280 Sfr.
Accompanied kids 30 Sfr for 10 days.

SCHILTHORN - PIZ GLORIA
On the Schilthorn, at almost 3000 metres a.s.l. you get an
exhilarating view of the highest and most famous trinity
of the Bernese alps, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (weather
permitting!). The top station features the revolving Piz
Gloria restaurant, and was the setting for the 1968 James
Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. There is a Bond
exhibition on site. Getting up there is also quite exciting:
from Stechelberg four sections of cable cars take you up
to the peak in just over 30 minutes. Experienced hikers
can walk all the way up. The region around Mürren also
offers many enjoyable hiking options for less accomplished
hikers too. From Lucerne, take a train to Interlaken (change
in Bern), at Interlaken change to the one to Lauterbrunnen.
From there a bus takes you to Stechelberg valley station
(approx. 3 hours all in all).QSchilthornbahn, Mürren,
www.schilthorn.ch. Runs every 30 minutes from 7:55 to
15:55, closed April 18 - 22 & Nov 14 - Dec 9, 2016. Return
fare from Lauterbrunnen 112/56Sfr.

Stanserhorn cable car and its open-air deck!

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STANSERHORN
The Stanserhorn is an easily accessible peak with spectacular
views of central Switzerland’s mountains and lakes. You can ride
to the top on the world’s first open upper deck on a cablecar.
The deck has room for up to 30 people to stand and enjoy the
ride under the open sky. Getting to Stans from Lucerne by train
takes around 20 minutes.QStansstaderstrasse 19, Stans,
tel. (+41) 41 618 80 40, www.stanserhorn.ch. Runs April 9
- Nov 13, 2016 daily 08:15 - 16:30, from May on Fri & Sat
until 22:00. Return ticket from Stans 74/37Sfr. On busy days
book boarding passes online, they guaratee you a certain
time slot, so you don’t have to queue.

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STOOS
The small village of Stoos offers stunning views over Lake
Lucerne from the top of Fronalpstock as well as hiking tracks
and bike trails. Stoos is also a good day trip destination if you
just want to see the mountains and go for a walk - on the
Fronalpstock there is a short panorama trail (1,5 kilometres).
Stoos is only accessible by cable railway or aerial cable car
(from Schwyz or the ‘Schlatti’ valle satation).QStoos, tel.
(+41) 41 818 08 08, www.stoos.ch. Stoos accessible all
year, chair lift to Fronalpstock runs May 26 - Nov 1, 2016.
Cable car to Stoos and back 22/11Sfr, kids free, day pass
incl. trip to Fronalpstock 40/30Sfr, kids free.
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Lucerne for kids
When it comes to holidays, children’s priorities are a
bit different from those of their elders. Luckily, Lucerne has
plenty to offer for the younger generations, from outdoor
activities to interactive museums.

MUSEUMS & ACTIVITIES
AESCHBACHS CHOCOWELT
What better place to live out memories of Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory than in Switzerland, home of
some of the finest chocolate in the world. Aeschbachs
Chocowelt offers you the opportunity to do just that in a
modern and interactive environment. Here you can learn
about the history, watch chocolate being made (weekdays
only), taste different samples and then even make and
decorate your own too. You should book your visit online
or by phone. Take the S-bahn N°1 from Lucerne main
train station to Root D4 (10 minutes).QChocoDromo 1a,
Hochschwerzlen, Root, uRoot D4, tel. (+41) 41 747 33
33, www.aeschbach-chocolatier.ch. Open daily (incl.
Sunday) 10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:00). Book your time
slot in advance on www.aeschbach-chocolatier.ch.
Admission: 15/8Sfr (for adults a 5Sfr voucher to use in
the shop included), children under 6 free.

A mediaeval marvel at the historical museum.

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HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The historical museum of Lucerne calls itself depot, and
that’s what it looks like: a storage house chock-a-block
with historic artefacts from tiny needles to huge pieces
of sculpture. But there is help! Every object has a bar code
which you can scan with the hand-held scanner you get.
It then tells you about the object on the display, in English
or German. But much better than that is the children’s
quiz - lots of kids love following the story the quiz tells,
running up and down the four floors looking for the
objects the scanner points them to. They can choose from
several different themes, and there is even a prize!QA‑4,
Pfistergasse 24, uKasernenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 228 54
24, www.historischesmuseum.lu.ch. Open 10:00 - 17:00,
closed Mon except on official holidays. 10/5Sfr, children
under 6 free.
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PARKS & SPORTS
Walking around museums is alright, but kids need room
to run and romp sometimes. Lucerne has a few parks and
playgrounds which are just right for this, for example close
to Museggmauer at Museggstrasse 19.
HALLENBAD ALLMEND
This indoor swimming pool offers water fun for all ages.
There is a kids pool and a 55-metre tube slide for the more
adventurous. You can choose from the five pools, all different
sizes and temperatures, depending on whether you want
to swim lengths (25-metre pool), dive (5-metre high diving
boards) or relax (wellness pool with massage nozzles). The
modern architecture and large windows allow for plenty of
daylight and views over Mount Pilatus and surroundings.
Watersports and swimming courses for kids and adults
are on offer, check the website for the latest information.
QZihlmattweg 46, uZihlmattweg, tel. (+41) 41 319 37
80, www.hallenbadluzern.ch. Open Mon, Tue, Thu 06:00 22:00, Wed & Fri 07:30 - 22:00, Sat & Sun and holidays 08:00
- 18:00. (Closed for revision July 25 - August 12, 2016).

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PILATUS SEILPARK (ROPEPARK)
All the thrill of climbing trees and whizzing along ropeways,
James-Bond style, but secured better than a secret agent that’s a ropepark. This one is a whole spider’s web of ropebridges, climbing routes and ropeways set up between the
mighty pine trees half-way up Mount Pilatus. Secured with a
harness, you set off on different circuits which are classified
by age and difficulty. Professional instruction is included. To
get there, take the cable car from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg, all
in all about 1h from Lucerne. There is a summer tobogganing
run there as well.QFräkmüntegg, tel. (+41) 41 329 11 11,
www.pilatus.ch. Open May - October daily 09:00 - 17:00.
28/21Sfr, discounts for families. Price includes helmet,
harness and gloves and is for a maximum stay of 3h.
Minimum age 8 years, min. height 1.20m, max. weight
120kg. Closed in bad weather.

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courses
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Shopping
For a town which is - after all - not very big, Lucerne
has a surprisingly wide range of shopping options. If
you’re buying watches, Lucerne can match or even top
most larger destinations (see chapter Watches & Jewellery
p. 42). But there is also an impressive range of fashion
boutiques, some well stocked with the international
luxury brands, while others focus on lesser known,
carefully chosen Swiss and international designers. Being
Switzerland, chocolates and other fine food products are
well represented too.
The two major shopping areas are in the old town between
Schwanenplatz on the lake and Mühleplatz to the west
(B/C-3), and in the Neustadt (the ‘new town’) between the
railway station and Hirschengraben street (A/B/C-4).

ACCESSORIES
CHANGEMAKER
Under the slogan of ‘ethics meets aesthetics’,
Changemaker offers a wide range of brands and products
committed to design and craftsmanship, many of which
are conceived and produced locally. They offer clothing,
jewellery, stationery, books, electronics, kitchenware and
office equipment - a big selection in a small space.QB‑3,
Kramgasse 9, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 440 66 20,
www.changemaker.ch. Open 10:00 - 18:30, Thu 10:00
- 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 12:30 - 17:00.

Reussbrücke in the old town, where the shopping starts.
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DIE STIEFVÄTER
A concept store for hipsters where you can pick up some
urban accessories (bags, sunglasses, jewelery) and whilst
you’re there, why not get an affordable haircut (29 39Sfr, without a hair wash). It features regular exhibitions
with work by local artists.QB‑4, Hirschengraben
11, uKantonalbank, tel. (+41) 79 472 37 32,
www.diestiefvaeter.com. Open 09:00 - 18:30, Sat 09:00 16:00. Closed Sun & Mon. No credit cards.

BOOKS & CRAFTS
BOOKBINDERS DESIGN
This Swedish company designs a wide range of highquality notebooks, boxes, diaries, binders, frames and photo
albums in different natural materials, shapes and colours.
Many of the boxes and notebooks are bound with coloured
fabric, giving them the special Scandinavian touch. Several
products can also be personalised by engraving, making
perfect gifts!QC‑2, Hertensteinstrasse 3, uLöwenplatz,
tel. (+41) 41 410 95 06, www.bookbindersdesign.ch.
Open 09:00 - 18:30, Sat 09:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun.
STOCKER BOOKS
Apparently the largest book shop in central Switzerland,
Stocker just off Schwanenplatz stocks mainly German books,
but it has a small selection of English language literature,
as well as maps, toys and some stationery supplies.QC‑3,
Hertensteinstrasse 44, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41
417 25 25, www.buchhaus.ch. Open 09:00 - 18:30, Thu &
Fri 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00-16:00, closed Sun.

OPENING HOURS
Most shops in the centre of Lucerne are open Mon Fri 08:30 - 18:30, (closing time by law) ‘late-night
shopping’ is until 21:00 on Thu and Fri, though not
all shops participate (more are open late on Thu). On
Saturdays most shops open 09:00 - 16:00. On
Sundays shops are generally closed, though there
are exceptions for bakers, some jewellers, souvenir
shops and others, and everything at the train station.
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MARC O’POLO
Well, they specialise in
casual, but it’s casual with
style, we’d say. You’ll also
find the accessories and
shoes of this company with
Swedish roots. The Lucerne
store features all their latest
collections for women - be
it trousers, blouses, jackets or coats and more.QB‑3,
Weinmarkt 6, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 410 84 00,
www.marc-o-polo.ch. Open 09:30 - 18:30, Thu 09:30
- 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, Sun closed.

accessories and the odd piece of designer furniture are also
available.QC‑5, Waldstätterstrasse 19, uBundesplatz,
tel. (+41) 41 210 13 51, www.boutique-mai.ch. Open
09:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 18:30, Sat 09:30 - 16:00, closed
Mon & Sun.
CHARLES VÖGELE
The Swiss fashion house Vögele is your one stop for casual
and classic fashion. They have it all, from casual sweatshirts
to tops and elegant blouses and dresses for women to
shirts, jeans and jackets for men. They also feature a kid’s
line with lots of fashion for boys, girls and teens.QC‑3,
Hertensteinstrasse 50, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41
417 02 17, www.charles-voegele.ch. Open 09:00 - 18:30,
Thu & Fri 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, Sun closed.

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
DIE HANDLUNG
Die Handlung can be translated into English as the plot. A
small corner shop on the edge of the Neustadt specializes
in handpicked and limited edition fashion and accessories.
Clothing, bags, wallets, art books, jewellery, perfume.
It presents articles from both local and international
designers such as Blutgeschwister, Japanproxy and
tokushuu, produced under fair conditions. A great place to
find something special and original.QC‑6, Bundesplatz
10, uBundesplatz, tel. (+41) 41 210 27 90, www.diehandlung.ch. Open 11:00 - 18:30, Sat 11:00 - 16:00,
closed Sun & Mon.

DEPARTMENT STORES
COOP CITY
Coop City is a classic department store. You will find almost
anything from travel accessories to fashion and shoes to
stationery. Not to mention a self-service restaurant on the
top floor.QB‑3, Rössligasse 18-20, uSchwanenplatz,
tel. (+41) 41 417 11 33, www.coop.ch. Open 09:00
- 18:30, Thu & Fri 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 16:00, Sun
closed.
MANOR
Manor is a stylish department store with a touch of
Italian flair. It specialises in young and casual fashion and
mainly sells its own brands - though it has something for
everyone’s needs. Besides that there are departments for
beauty, sports, household and home electronics. And last
but not least a very good self-service restaurant on the top
floor.QB‑3, Weggisgasse 5, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41)
41 419 76 99, www.manor.ch. Open 09:00 - 18:30, Thu &
Fri 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 16:00, Sun closed.

Carefully selected pieces at Boutique Mai.

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GRIEDER
One of the more upmarket addresses in town, Grieder has
a selection of prêt-à-porter from the major luxury couture
houses, as well as slightly more affordable fashion and their
own in-house brand. Dior, Valentino, Armani or Balenciaga
are all represented. Apart from clothes they stock shoes,
bags and accessories, only for women at this location.
QC‑3, Kapellplatz 1, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 44
224 35 51, www.bongenie-grieder.ch. Open 09:00 18:30, Sat 09:00 -16:00, closed Sun.

FASHION
BOUTIQUE MAI
A small boutique specializing in women’s fashion in the
Neustadt area, featuring both local and international
designers. The shop is run by local designer Melanie Kunz
and offers primarily clothing, but a selection of jewellery,
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TAX FREE SHOPPING
As a foreign resident you are
entitled to a refund when making
purchases for more than 300Sfr
(including VAT), provided the
goods leave the country within
30 days. You will get back the VAT,
which in Switzerland is only 8% minus a handling fee. It’s as easy
as this: watch out for the Global Blue - Tax Free sign.
When paying, ask for a tax refund form. When leaving
Switzerland, present your purchases, receipts and
passport to Swiss customs officials. They will stamp
your tax refund form. To claim an immediate refund,
present your stamped tax refund form at a Global
Blue refund point (e.g. at Zurich Airport or all around
Europe). For more infos see www.global-blue.com.
NEW
KOFLER
The Kofler family opened the first Kofler fashion house
in 1852 in Lucerne and it remained in the family for four
generations until 1968, when it was sold to the Bachmann
family, who still run the business today. Today they have
four locations in Lucerne. Subito specializes in youth
fashion, where as Kofler focusses on a more smart and
classic style collection. The shop features international
brands such as Diesel, Pepe Jeans and DKNY alongside
higher-end labels such as Hugo Boss and Marc Aurel.
It also has a Next by Kofler and Tom Tailor store.QB‑3,
Weggisgasse 17, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 317 27
27, www.kofler.ch. Open 09:30 - 18:30, Thu & Fri 09:30 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, Sun closed.

selection of chocolates - more than 50 different kinds of
pralines and chocolates! Many other stores throughout town.
QC‑3, Schwanenplatz 7, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41
410 91 44, www.confiserie.ch. Open 07:00 - 19:00, Thu
07:00 - 21:00, Sat 07:00 - 17:30, Sun 09:30 - 18:00.
L’ART DU THÉ
A warm cup of tea on a cold winter’s day usually hits
the spot and if you want to find a new variety or talk to
passionate tea specialists, then call by here. Shop owner
Barbara regularly travels to India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan,
Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam, where she tastes and selects
the teas on site, with a focus on quality and sustainability.
QA‑4, Burgerstrasse 1, uKasernenplatz, tel. (+41) 41
240 32 20, www.art-du-the.ch. Open 09:00 - 12:00, 13:45
- 18:30, Mon 13:45 - 18:30, Sat 09:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun.
NEW
VOM FASS
Pumpkin seed pesto, fig and green tomato chutney and
chimichurri are just some of the delicious offerings here.
The store concept is more famous for the speciality wines,
spirits, cooking oils and vinegar, where you can choose
how much you would like and in what kind of a bottle.
QA‑4, Franziskanerplatz 14, uPilatusplatz, tel. (+41)
41 211 11 22, www.luzern.vomfass.ch. Open 09:00 18:30, Mon 13:30 - 18:30, Thu & Fri 09:00 - 19:30. Sat
09:00 - 16:00, Sun closed.

FOOD SPECIALITIES
CONFISERIE BACHMANN - CHOCOLATE-LAND
Local confectioner N°1 Bachmann has a wide range of
chocolates, confectionery and cakes like the traditional
Lucerne gingerbread cake. It’s also a bakery, with fresh bread
and sandwiches and soups to go. This shop has an extra wide

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OUTDOOR CLOTHING
& SPORTS
MAMMUT STORE
Swiss producer Mammut has been making ropes for
decades, but now has a whole range of trekking and
mountaineering equipment. On three stories you
can browse through shoes, backpacks, sleeping bags,
climbing gear and fashionable clothing for outdoor
sports and outdoor use in general.QB‑3, Weinmarkt
20, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 410 10 88,
www.mammut.ch. Open 09:00 - 18:30, Thu 09:00 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00. Sun closed.
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SHOPPING CENTRES
EMMEN CENTER
This is central Switzerland’s largest shopping centre.
It’s located in Emmenbrücke, 15 minutes bus ride from
Lucerne. Here you’ll find more than 80 shops on 30’000m2
including the fashion stores PKZ, Schild and C&A, jeweller
Kurz and the department store Manor just to name a few.
QStauffacherstrasse 1, Emmenbrücke, uEmmen
Center, tel. (+41) 41 260 61 12, www.emmencenter.ch.
Open 09:00 - 18:30, Wed & Fri 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 16:00, Sun closed.

Emmen centre offers 80 shops under one roof.

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SOUVENIRS
HARRY’S SOUVENIR SHOP
This shop on lively Pfistergasse has the full souvenir range Swiss pocket knives, jumpers and t-shirts with Switzerland
prints, postcards and trinkets, some watches as well as a
whole wall of Swiss and German cuckoo clocks.QA‑4,
Pfistergasse 6, uFranziskanerplatz, tel. (+41) 41 240
88 88, www.harryslucerne.ch. Open daily (incl. Sunday)
08:30 - 18:30.

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CASAGRANDE GIFT SHOP
Casagrande, conveniently located on Schwanenplatz
between
the
lake and the old town,
stocks a large range of
Swiss souvenirs including cuckoo clocks, Swiss
army knives (free engraving with purchase), many
watches, clothing, chocolate and much more over
three floors. They also offer longer opening hours
compared to most shops in the city and shipping
options. Sister shop at Kapellgasse 24 (B-3).QC‑3,
Grendel 6, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 418 60
60, www.casagrande.ch. Open 08:00 - 20:00, Sun
09:00 - 19:30.

SCHMOCKER SOUVENIRS
Whether Swiss Army knives, cow bells, key rings,
shirts, postcards, cuckoo clocks or almost any other
imagineable souvenir - you ‘ll find it at Schmocker’s
shop. They also stock Swiss handicraft like dolls, music
boxes and finest wood carvings and watches.QD‑2,
St.-Leodegar-Str. 2, uLuzernerhof, tel. (+41) 41 410 32 50,
www.schmocker-souvenirs.ch. Open daily (incl.
Sundays) 10:00 - 12:00, 13:30 - 18:00.
SCHWEIZER HEIMATWERK
Swiss handcrafted souvenirs of high quality: fashion
accessories, toys, bells, books and fondue sets all with
lots of Swiss crosses, red and white colours, cows and
edelweiss.QB‑3, Kapellgasse 3, uSchwanenplatz, tel.
(+41) 41 266 07 36, www.heimatwerk.ch. Open 09:00 18:30, Thu 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, Sun closed.
SWISS CORNER FRESCO
Souvenirs, Souvenirs! Here they have hats, cups, caps - all
with a Swiss cross on them of course. As well as a whole
wall covered with wooden cuckoo clocks. And yes, they
do have pocket knives too.QC‑2, Löwenstrasse 13,
uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 410 30 06.

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CHRIST WATCHES & JEWELRY
With more than 80 shops, CHRIST is the biggest jeweller
in Switzerland. Find top watch brands like Rado, Tag
Heuer, Certina, Frederique Constant, Tissot or their very
own CHRIST Swiss Made as well as many fashion jewels.
Get a 10% discount with the voucher in this guide!QB‑3,
Kramgasse 8, uFranziskanerplatz, tel. (+41) 41 410 18
80, www.christ-swiss.ch. Open 09:00 - 18:30, Thu 09:00 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, Sun closed.
EMBASSY
In their location just off the Chapel Bridge, Embassy stock
some of the most luxurious Swiss and foreign watch brands.
You will find Piaget, Bulgari, Lange & Söhne or IWC besides
many others, as well as a fine selection of jewellery by
jewellers like Pomellato. Sister boutique at Grendelstrasse
2, see which brands are on offer there on p. 44.QC‑3,
Kapellplatz 12, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 418 50
80, www.embassy.ch. Open 09:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 18:30,
Sat 09:00 - 17:00, closed Sun.

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Lucerne is one of the major marketplaces for
Swiss watches, with dozens of brands on offer. Use our
watchfinder pages (overleaf ) to locate the one you’re
after or just browse through the more than two dozen
boutiques, most of them located around Schwanenplatz.
BUCHERER
Established in 1888 in Lucerne, Bucherer is a leading
jewellery and Swiss watch boutique. They offer top
brands like Rolex, IWC, Longines and Rado as well as their
own brand Carl F. Bucherer. This huge store also stocks
Victorinox pocket knives and Swarovski crystals.QC‑3,
Schwanenplatz 5, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 369
77 00, www.bucherer.com. Open 08:30 - 19:30, Sun
09:00 - 19:00, in April 09:00 - 19:30, Sun 09:00 - 19:00.

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GÜBELIN
Since 1854 Gübelin have been purveyors of jewellery,
watches and precious stones in Lucerne. In this very
generous store in the former Hotel d’Angleterre you will
find many renowned watch brands such as Patek Philippe,
Breguet and Jaeger Le Coultre as well as their in-house
jewellery lines New York, Madagascar, Paris and Atlantis.
QC‑3, Schwanenplatz, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41
417 00 10, www.guebelin.ch. Open 09:00 - 18:30, Sun
09:00 - 12:30, 14:00 - 18:30.

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HESS UHREN
These mechanic watches are manufactured in Luzern! Walter
Hess and his wife Judith have spent many years developing
the design of their very own watches. In 2014 they opened
a workshop and shop where they mount and sell the two
different models they produce so far: the TWO.1 and the
TWO.2. Go and have a peek!QStiftstrasse 4, uLuzernerhof,
tel. (+41) 41 322 44 88, www.hessuhren.ch.
Open 14:00 - 18:30, Thu till 21:00, Sat 12:00 - 16:00 and by
appointment. Closed Sun - Tue.

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KURZ JEWELLERY & WATCHES
Kurz offers a wide selection of mainly Swiss watches like
Omega, Zenith, Maurice Lacroix, Tissot, Rado, Longines
and many more, as well as a large selection of jewellery
e.g. by Ole Lynggaard and Chopard.QWeggisgasse
25, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 419 40 20,
www.kurzschmuckuhren.ch. Open 09:00 - 18:30, Sat
09:00 - 16:00, closed Sun.
LES AMBASSADEURS
Find a large selection of Swiss watches and jewellery
at Les Ambassadeurs. They have long established
partnerships with leading brands such as Blancpain,
Breitling, Frank Müller, Jaquet Droz, Hublot, Tag Heuer
as well as Pasquale Bruni and Pomellato. Their sales
staff provide expert advice in many languages.QB‑3,
Kapellplatz 5, uSchwanenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 227
10 50, www.lesambassadeurs.ch. Open daily incl.
Sunday 09:00 - 18:30.
RUCKLI
Ruckli is a traditional Lucerne boutique for watches
and jewellery right on Bahnhofplatz. They stock many
renowned Swiss brands like Blancpain, Chopard,
Longines and Tissot, just to name a few. They also
have a remarkable choice of rings and specialize in
wedding rings.QC‑4, Bahnhofplatz 3, uBahnhof,
tel. (+41) 41 210 21 80, www.ruckligold.ch.
Open 09:00 - 22:00, Sun 10:00 - 19:00.

HOUSE OF CHRONOSWISS
The brand Chronoswiss
produce their mechanical
watches right in the city
centre of Lucerne. The best
thing about it: their House
of Chronsowiss is open to
visitors. You can actually watch the watchmakers through
glass panes as they produce the timepieces. Moreover,
there is a whole exhibition showing and explaining
the watchmaking process on large screens. In the dial
workshop you can see how they procude the dials,
using historic machines and old handicraft techniques.
Another part of the exhibiton shows the history of the
company. And of course there is a boutique where you
can see the finished famed watches, be it the sporty
Timemaster collection or the classic Sirius ones. And
yes, you can buy a watch here too!QC‑2, Löwenstrasse
16b, uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 552 21 80,
www.chronoswiss.com. Open 09:00 - 18:30, Sun closed.
May - October 15, daily 08:30 - 18:30 (incl. Sunday).
SWISS TIME CORNER
In this shop close to Löwenplatz you will find Swiss watch
brands like Tissot, Louis Erard, Movado, Raymond Weil and
many more.QD‑2, Löwenstr. 2, uLuzernerhof, tel. (+41)
41 410 43 12, www.swisstimecorner.ch. Open daily (incl.
Sundays) 08:30 - 20:30, Oct 16 - April 14 daily 09:00 - 18:30.

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Alpina
Audemars Piguet
Balmain
Baume & Mercier
Blancpain
Breguet
Breitling
Cartier
Certina
Charriol
Chopard
Chronoswiss
Corum
Ebel
Edox
Eterna
Frederique Constant
Girard Perregaux
Hamilton
Hermès
Hublot
IWC Schaffhausen
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Jaquet Droz
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Day trips
There is a whole region around Lucerne waiting to be
explored! Whether it’s historic monasteries, natural beauties
or live cheese making that makes your heart beat faster
you’ll find it all and more in our listings. Many destinations
can be seen in half a day, but for some you’ll need a full day.
For all mountain destinations see our chapter Mountain
peaks (p. 34).

CULTURE & HERITAGE
FORUM SCHWEIZER GESCHICHTE SCHWYZ
(FORUM OF SWISS HISTORY)
Forum Schwyz is a historical museum housed in a former
granary in the little town of Schwyz whose historical centre
is worth a visit in itself. The museum’s main exhibition
focuses on the early history of the Swiss confederation,
using very up-to-date exhibition techniques. Forum
Schwyz also hosts temporary exhibitions on historical and
cultural topics. You can get to Schwyz by train in under
an hour, then take a bus to Schwyz, Post from where it’s a
few minutes’ walk. If you want to make a day of it, consider
going by ship: it’s nearly 2h to Brunnen and from there 5
min by train to Schwyz. Audio guides in English, French and
Italian.QZeughausstrasse 5, Schwyz, tel. (+41) 41 819
60 11, www.nationalmuseum.ch/schwyz. Open 10:00 17:00, closed Mon. 10/8Sfr, children up to 16 free.

PANORAMIC TRAIN
GOLDEN PASS - PANORAMIC TRAIN
The Golden Pass is a panoramic train line connecting
Lucerne with the city of Montreux, on Lake Geneva.
The route first takes you from Lucerne over the Brünig
pass to Interlaken (Luzern - Interlaken Express) and
then right through the heart of the Bernese Alps via
Zweisimmen and Gstaad to Lake Geneva (Golden
Pass Panoramic). In nice weather this trip is absolutely
stunning, taking you through valleys and past lakes
and mountains of extraordinary beauty. The trains use
panorama wagons with huge windows.Qtel. (+41)
21 989 81 90, www.goldenpassline.ch. Trains leave
Lucerne every second hour, the first one at 06:05.
Book your seats in advance on their website, by
phone or at the SBB counters at the station.
LIVE CHEESE MAKING SCHAUKÄSEREI ENGELBERG
In this demonstration dairy (schaukäserei) in the village of
Engelberg you can peek over the shoulders of the cheese
makers and watch them in the process of making cheese.
Every 40 minutes a new batch is started, so you can see
all the steps from the careful heating of the milk to the
storage of the blocks of cheese. The most interesting time
is between 10:00 and 14:30, when production is most
intensive. Leaflets in English explain each step. When you
know all you need to know about cheese - go and have
some! In the shop you can get the cheese made here as well
as other regional specialities, and the bistro serves snacks,
meals and desserts, mostly dairy. The Schaukäserei is in the
buildings of the splendid baroque abbey Engelberg, some
of which can also be visited. Why not combine it with a visit

MOUNTAIN TOURS
A knight’s tombstone at the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz.

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GLASSBLOWING FACTORY - GLASI HERGISWIL
The Glasi in Hergiswil is not just a museum: first and
foremost it’s a working glass factory where craftsmen blow
glass objects such as vases, wine glasses or Christmas tree
decorations. You can watch the glassblowers at work (they
also work on Saturdays) and you can blow your own glass
ball under supervision. There are several exhibitions on the
history of the factory and the physical properties of glass
and a challenging glass maze. You can buy a large range
of handmade glass products at the Glasi. After the visit sit
down by the lakeside or in one of several restaurants. To
get there take a train to Hergiswil or the ship (15min by
train, longer if you take the ship), then it’s just five minutes’
walk from the railway station or the jetty.QSeestrasse 12,
Hergiswil, tel. (+41) 41 632 32 32, www.glasi.ch. Open
09:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, Sun closed. Admission
free except for the museum (7Sfr) and to the glass maze
(5Sfr). Making your own glass ball costs 20Sfr.
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BEST OF SWITZERLAND TOURS
Day trips organised by tour
operators are an easy way to
explore Switzerland and its
gorgeous mountains. Forget
the hassle with timetables,
itineraries and the like. Just
snuggle into your bus seat and let them guide
you through the day. Best of Switzerland tours for
example offers daily trips to Pilatus, Rigi, Titlis and
Jungfraujoch. For instance you can take the rotating
gondola up to Titlis (more than 3000 metres asl),
where an encounter with ice, snow and a glacier
await you, including sledging on snow tubes if you
like. They also have a city tour to Zurich. Just check
their website for available tours and book up to a day
before - online or by phone. The tour busses leave
from outside the Tourist Information in Lucerne, which
is located in the building of the main train station.
Qwww.switzerland-tours.ch, tel. (+41) 44 710 50 50.
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Day trips
the train back to Lucerne, changing trains in Meiringen.
The trip by car from Lucerne to Meiringen takes about
an hour.QMeiringen Region, www.grimselwelt.ch,
www.aareschlucht.ch. Reichenbach Falls funicular open
09:00 - 17:30, May 14 - Oct 9, 2016, return fare 10/8Sfr.
Gorge Aareschlucht: open from April 15, 2016 (entrance
Aareschlucht West) 08:30 - 17:30 and until 18:30 in July
and August. In July & August floodit illumination on
Thu, Fri, Sat until 22:00. 8.50/5Sfr. Combo tickets for the
Reichenbach funicular and Aareschlucht 15/11Sfr.

Say hello! One of the more curious inhabitants at Tierpark Goldau. PD

to famous Mount Titlis? The cable car starts in Engelberg
too (see p. 34). The train ride from Lucerne to Engelberg
takes 45min.QKlosterhof, Engelberg, tel. (+41) 41 638
08 88, www.schaukaeserei-engelberg.ch. Mid-June
to mid-October open 09:00 - 18:00, Sun 09:00 - 17:00.
Otherwise daily 09:00 - 17:00. Admission free.
TIERPARK GOLDAU (WILDLIFE PARK)
Bears, deers, lynx, wolves and vultures are just some of
the more impressive animals you can see at this outdoor
wildlife park. The 34 hectares of woodlands are strewn
with huge rocks from the 1806 landslide which destroyed
three villages, making it a spectacular though peaceful
place. The animals are in generous enclosures, but some
like deers can be fed and even touched. When you wander
through the park you might meet rangers tending to or
feeding animals. There are several barbecue spots with
grills and tables, as well as a snack bar. Part of the park is
accessible for wheel chairs, though you’ll need help every
now and again! Dogs are not allowed.QParkstrasse 40,
Goldau, tel. (+41) 41 859 06 06, www.tierpark.ch. Open
09:00 - 18:00, Sat & Sun 09:00 - 19:00. 20/10Sfr, family
tickets 55Sfr.

RHEINFALL - EUROPE’S BIGGEST WATERFALL
A trip to the Rheinfall makes for a great day out. Europe’s
biggest waterfall is north of Zurich, close to the city of
Schaffhausen. The water of the River Rhine plunges down an
impressive 23 metres on a width of more than 150 metres.
By train it’s easiest to approach the falls from Laufen. After
a short walk you arrive at the visitor’s centre, an exhibition
about the history of the Rheinfall (5/3.50Sfr including access
to the viewing platform) and the castle overlooking the fall.
A boat takes you to the other side of the river (2/1Sfr) and
from there to the rock in the middle of the waterfall (every
ten minutes from 10:00 - 18:00 (11:00 - 17:00 in April and
October), 12/6Sfr). Steps lead up the rock from where you
get a fantastic view of the falls, spray included. On both
sides of the river there are paths with lookout platforms and
restaurants. A regular train connection from Lucerne, with
changes in Zurich and Winterthur gets you to Schloss Laufen
in 2h.QNeuhausen am Rheinfall, www.rheinfall.ch.

OUTDOOR DESTINATIONS
GORGES, WATERFALLS AND SHERLOCK HOLMES
In one day you can visit two of mother nature’s impressive
creations close to the town of Meiringen. At Reichenbach
Falls literary figure Sherlock Holmes died in a fall from the
observation platform above the 120 metre-high upper tier
of the seven tiers of the waterfall. There is an exact replica
of the original wooden funicular (the original was built in
1899) taking you up to the base of the waterfall with great
views of the falls and the surroundings. The falls can be
reached by taking a train from Lucerne to Meiringen (1h
15min) and then walking for 20 minutes or you can take
a bus (5min) to the funicular. From the bottom of the
waterfalls it’s an easy 20-minute walk to the renowned
Aare Gorge, which is 1400 metres long and up to 200
metres deep. The series of public walkways and tunnels
running alongside the gorge (45 minutes’ walk one way)
was opened in the year 1888. From here you can take
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Hotels
Lucerne has an exceptional concentration of Grand
Hotels, but there is accommodation for most other
tastes and budgets as well. Sometimes rates are lower
for the weekend, so if you’re flexible check when you
book. Generally bathrooms are private and Wi-fi is
available in the rooms, we specify where either is not the
case. Rooms and public areas are usually non-smoking,
but some hotels have smokers rooms and most have a
smoking area.
In Switzerland hotels are categorized with stars from one to
five by two organizations, hotelleriesuisse and GastroSuisse.
The former also gives qualifying hotels the supplement
‘superior’, indicating a higher level of service and quality.
The classifications are generally comparable. We list hotels
according to their classification in the following categories:
Cream of the Crop *****, Upmarket ****, Mid-range ***
and Budget (0 to **). We also list several attractive places
around Lucerne in our Out of town category, from **
to *****. Some of these are in nearby towns, others in
unspoiled natural locations.
The prices indicated include VAT except if specified
otherwise. City tax is approx. 3Sfr per night and is usually
additional.

CREAM OF THE CROP
RENAISSANCE
In a central location, the Renaissance occupies a
substantial historic town-house with an ornate façade,
behind which you’ll find the polished, contemporary
design of an international hotel. Rooms are light
with fabrics in warm, earthy hues and classic modern
design accents. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, tea and
coffee facilities and Wi-fi.QB‑4, Pilatusstrasse 15,
uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 226 87 87, fax (+41) 41 226
87 90, renaissance.lucerne@renaissancehotels.com,
www.renaissance-lucerne.com. 86 rooms. P­A­U­
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SCHWEIZERHOF
The elegant Neo-Renaissance Schweizerhof on the lake
promenade has been setting standards in hospitality
since 1845. Many rooms and all suites have breathtaking
views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The
spacious, elegant rooms all have carpeted floors and classic
furnishings.QC‑3, Schweizerhofquai, uSchwanenplatz,
tel. (+41) 41 410 04 10, fax (+41) 41 410 29 71, info@
schweizerhof-luzern.ch, www.schweizerhof-luzern.ch.
101 rooms. P­H­A­F­K­D­w­W hhhhh

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ART DECO HOTEL MONTANA
Built in 1910 in the beginning Art Déco style, the Montana
has been carefully and comprehensively renovated,
bringing out the best of the original clean-lined, but
luxurious design. With its hillside location it has wonderful
views across the lake and to the Alps - and its own funicular
which takes you down to the lake shore. The spacious
rooms are kept in a modern style with Art Déco accents.
QE‑2, Adligenswilerstrasse 22, uCasino-Palace,
tel. (+41) 41 419 00 00, fax (+41) 41 419 00 01, info@
hotel-montana.ch, www.hotel-montana.ch. 64  rooms.
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CONTINENTAL-PARK
Reading lamps in Italian design and professionally applied
colour schemes combined with carpets make for attractive
rooms at the Continental-Park. Rooms are comprehensively
equipped e.g. with slippers and an umbrella, apart from the
standard flat-screen TV, telephone, minibar, safe etc. The inhouse restaurant bellini serves Ticinese, i.e. southern Swiss,
and North-Italian specialities.QC‑5, Murbacherstrasse
4, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 228 90 50, fax (+41) 41
228 90 58, hotel@continental.ch, www.continental.ch.
92 rooms. P­H­A6
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AMERON HOTEL FLORA
The Ameron Flora has a very central location just around
the corner from the Chapel Bridge and the train station.
QB‑4, Seidenhofstrasse 5, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41
227 66 66, fax (+41) 41 227 66 77, info@flora-hotel.ch,
www.flora-hotel.ch. 161 rooms. P­H­A­6­L­K­W
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GRAND HOTEL EUROPE
The Europe is one of the handful of grand hotels built in
Lucerne at the turn of the 20th century. The comfortable
rooms combine a recent, refined design in matching
colour tones with occasional antique pieces. The in-house
restaurant Bellevue offers dining in a rich, Belle-Epoque
ambiance. There are spa and sports facilities including
tennis and golf.QF‑2, Haldenstrasse 59, uEurope,
tel. (+41) 41 370 00 11, fax (+41) 41 370 10 31, info@
europe-luzern.ch, www.europe-luzern.ch. 169  rooms.
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ROMANTIK HOTEL WILDEN MANN
The Wilden Mann is a thoughtfully run hotel with a rich
history of five hundred years which you can feel at every
step. Though each room is different, all are warmly furnished
with carpets, rich fabrics, antique furniture with classic
upholstery and carved wood and intricate parquet flooring.
QB‑4, Bahnhofstrasse 30, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 210
16 66, fax (+41) 41 210 16 26, mail@wilden-mann.ch,
www.wilden-mann.ch. 48 rooms. A­6­L­K­W hhhh

HOTEL ASTORIA
The Astoria is in the centre of the busy new town, but very
close to the river and the old town. The modern building
was designed by Swiss star architects Herzog & de Meuron.
QB‑5, Pilatusstrasse 29, uKantonalbank, tel. (+41) 41
226 88 00, fax (+41) 41 210 42 62, info@astoria-luzern.
ch, www.astoria-luzern.ch. 252 rooms. P­Z­H­A­6­
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AMBASSADOR
The Ambassador occupies a modern building close to the
Lion monument. The bright, modern rooms have hardwood
floors, radio, safe and minibar and an unsurprising, cheerful
furnishing style. Though there is no in-house restaurant,
room service includes dishes from the nearby restaurant
Lapin.QC‑2, Zürichstrasse 3, uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 41
418 81 00, fax (+41) 41 418 81 90, hotel@ambassador.ch,
www.ambassador.ch. 39 rooms. A­6­L­W hhh

MID-RANGE

BELLEVUE
The Bellevue is on the green eastern edge of Lucerne a
few 100m from the lake shore, but still only 12 minutes
by bus from the centre. The clean, simple rooms have
carpeted floors, large windows and many have a balcony
with views of the mountains. They come with a flat-screen
TV, radio, telephone and minibar.QSeeburgstrasse 79,
uHermitage, tel. (+41) 41 371 27 27, fax (+41) 41 371 27
28, info@bellevue-luzern.ch, www.bellevue-luzern.ch.
19 rooms. T­A­6­F­L­D­W hhh

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HOTEL MONOPOL LUZERN
Literally just across from the train station, the Monopol was
built in 1899 and has a Parisian-inspired façade with ornate
Rococo elements. The generously-sized rooms are kept
in a classic design. They are all equipped with flat-screen
satellite TV, a minibar and a safe. There is an in-house lounge
and bar called Suite on the 7th floor.QC‑4, Pilatusstrasse
1, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 226 43 43, fax (+41) 41 226
43 44, mail@monopolluzern.ch, www.monopolluzern.
ch. 73 rooms. H­A­6­L­K­W hhhh
RADISSON BLU
The modern monolith of the Radisson is situated just
behind the train station, towards the lake. Inside, the
design remains decidedly modern, with strong colours and
organic shapes, though calmer in the rooms themselves.
QD‑5, Inseliquai 12, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 369 90 00,
fax (+41) 41 369 90 01, info.lucerne@radissonblu.com,
www.radissonblu.com/hotel-lucerne. 189  rooms.
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DE LA PAIX
The De La Paix boasts a central location just on the edge
of the old town, in a handsome early 20th-century town
house and a reputation for friendly service. The bright,
modern rooms have hardwood floors, TV, radio, safe and
minibar. The furnishing is straightforward, with warm
colours and wood touches.QC‑2, Museggstrasse 2,
uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 418 80 00, fax (+41) 41 418
81 90, de-la-paix@ambassador.ch, www.de-la-paix.ch.
39 rooms. H­A­6­L­K­W hhh

APARTMENTS
GLANDON APARTMENTS
In the very centre of the city, Glandon offers 31
business apartments and 41 furnished apartments in
classic style with stucco walls, behind an Art Nouveau
facade. Every apartment has a separate bathroom, a
TV, wi-fi and a built-in kitchen. The minimum rental
period is one month, the rent includes linen and
towels, power-supply, heating, warm-water and a
cleaning service every second week.QHofstrasse
9,11,14, uLöwenplatz, tel. (+41) 41 501 50 50,
www.glandon-apartments.com/lucerne. J­W
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GARNI HOTEL DREI KÖNIGE
The Drei Könige is in a quiet location about five minutes’
walk from the river Reuss, the old town and many sights.
It occupies an Art Nouveau 7-story town house. The plain,
clean rooms have furnishings with dark wood finishes and
carpeted or parquet floors. They all have a flat-screen TV, a
radio, a telephone and a hairdryer. An unusual asset is the
huge model railway in the attic. It is possible to arrange
a visit, but access is not guaranteed. Just ask the friendly
receptionists.QA‑4, Bruchstrassse 35, uKlosterstrasse,
tel. (+41) 41 248 04 80, fax (+41) 41 248 04 90, hotel@
drei-koenige.ch, www.drei-koenige.ch. 60  rooms.
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HOTEL ALPINA LUZERN
The Alpina with its very central and yet quiet location is
a well-run, friendly tourist hotel. The rooms are furnished
in a straightforward style, with either hardwood floors or
carpets. All rooms have private bathrooms, hairdryers,
telephones and flat-screen satellite TV and radio.QC‑4,
Frankenstrasse 6, uBahnhof, tel. (+41) 41 210 00
77, fax (+41) 41 210 89 44, info@alpina-luzern.ch,
www.alpina-luzern.ch. 36 rooms. H­A­6­L­K­W hhh
IBIS STYLES LUZERN CITY
Just next to the Bourbaki Panorama, this hotel is a few
minutes on foot from the old town and the lake. The rooms
have an attractive, pop-inspired design with accents in
bright colours and dark carpeted or laminate floors. They
are all equipped with a flat-screen TV, a radio, a telephone
and a hairdryer.QC‑2, Friedenstrasse 8, uLöwenplatz,
tel. (+41) 41 418 48 48, fax (+41) 41 418 48 18, H8549@
accor.com, www.ibisstyles.com. 115 rooms. P­T­H­
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LUZERNERHOF
The Luzernerhof boasts a central location, near the lake
and the Lion Monument. The rooms with laminate floors,
colourful touches on the walls and straightforward
furnishing all have a TV, a radio, a telephone and a
hairdryer. Bathrooms have either a shower or bath.QC‑2,
Alpenstrasse 3, uLuzernerhof, tel. (+41) 41 418
47 47, fax (+41) 41 418 47 49, info@luzernerhof.ch,
www.luzernerhof.ch. 76 rooms. P­Z­A­L­W hhh

HOSTEL
LUZERN YOUTH HOSTEL
This pleasant youth hostel is in a residential area on the
edge of Lucerne, but a regular bus service gets you to the
centre of town in just 12 minutes. The hostel has a lounge
area, a reading room, a children’s corner, a billiards table
and table tennis outside. Rooms are in good condition,
have parquet flooring and many look out onto the
garden.QSedelstrasse 12, uJugendherberge,
tel. (+41) 41 420 88 00, fax (+41) 41 420 56 16,
luzern@youthhostel.ch, www.youthhostel.ch/luzern.
45 rooms. T­H­A­U­L­K
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BUDGET
HOTEL GARNI SPATZ
Just 5 minutes by bus from the centre, the Spatz is a
friendly, small alternative to town-centre accommodation.
The light, plain rooms have large windows and wellmaintained bathrooms. Unfortunately, the road can be a bit
noisy.QObergrundstrasse 103, uEichhof, tel. (+41) 41
310 63 84, fax (+41) 41 310 10 84, info@spatz-luzern.ch,
www.spatz-luzern.ch. A­K­W
IBIS LUZERN KRIENS
This branch of the well-known budget hotel chain offers
the high standards of cleanliness and functionality one has
come to expect. The optional buffet breakfast and all-day
snacks are served in the generous lobby area. This Ibis is close
to a motorway exit but not directly next to the motorway.
QIndustriestrasse 13, Kriens, uOberkuonimatt, tel. (+41)
41 349 49 49, fax (+41) 41 349 49 00, h2982@accor.com,
www.ibis.com. 69 rooms. A­6­L­W hh
SONNENBERG
Sonnenberg means ‘sun mountain’ and that describes this
hotel and its bucolic location well. On a hill above Kriens,
the Sonnenberg offers panoramic views of the lake and
mountains. Public transport gets you to Lucerne in just under
30 min.QZumhofstrasse, Kriens, tel. (+41) 41 320 66 44,
info@hotelsonnenberg.ch, www.hotelsonnenberg.ch.
14 rooms. T­H­A­6­L­K­W

OUT OF TOWN
HOTEL UND BILDUNGSZENTRUM MATT
Set in the gentle, green hills west of Lucerne, the Matt is a
hotel as well as a compact seminar and conference centre.
There are many hiking options right on the doorstep. Public
transport gets you to Lucerne in half an hour.QMattstrasse
19, Schwarzenberg bei Luzern, tel. (+41) 41 499 70 99,
fax (+41) 41 499 70 90, info@bzmatt.ch, www.bzmatt.ch.
49 rooms. T­H­A­6­U­L­K­W
SEMINARHOTEL SEMPACHERSEE
This hotel and conference centre is in quiet Nottwil, a
village on the shores of Lake Sempach approx. 20km northwest of Lucerne. The lake offers attractive walks - and windsurfing. With the free hotel shuttle and the train you can
reach Lucerne’s centre in 25 min.QKantonsstrasse 46,
Nottwil, tel. (+41) 41 939 23 23, fax (+41) 41 939 23 24,
info@dasseminarhotel.ch, www.dasseminarhotel.ch.
149 rooms. H­A­6­U­F­L­K­C­W hhh
VILLA HONEGG
If you want to escape into nature for a luxurious break, this
small boutique five-star superior hotel is located on Mount
Bürgenstock, 20 minutes’ drive from Lucerne. E-bikes and
golf carts are available free of charge for guests to explore the
surroundings.QHonegg, Ennetbürgen, tel. (+41) 41 618 32
00, info@villa-honegg.ch, www.villa-honegg.ch. 18 rooms.
P­T­H­A­6­U­F­L­B­K­C­W hhhhh
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Index
1871 16
Adventure Rooms
32
Aeschbachs Chocowelt
37
Alfred Caffebar
22
Alpineum 30
Alpineum Kaffeehaus Bar 24
Ambassador 49
Ameron Hotel Flora
48
Ampersand 19
Art Deco Hotel Montana 48
Authentic Swiss Tour Lucerne
30
Barbatti 18
Bar Berlin
23
Barbès 18
Bellevue 49
Besito Milonga
25
Boat rental
14
Bookbinders Design
38
Bourbaki Panorama
30
Boutique Mai
39
Brasserie Bodu
17
Brienzer Rothorn by steam
train and cable car
34
Brooklyn Club and Lounge 25
Brüggli 26
Bucherer 42
Bürgenstock - Lake Lookout 34
Burgerstube (Hotel Wilden
Mann) 20
Café de Ville
22
Cafeteria Arlecchino
22
Casagrande Gift Shop
41
Casineum 25
Changemaker 38
Charles Vögele
39
CHRIST Watches & Jewelry 42
Confiserie Bachmann Chocolate-Land 40
Continental-Park 48
Coop City
39
De La Paix
49
Die Handlung
39
Die Kneipe
24
Die Stiefväter
38
Embassy 42
Emmen Center
41
Engelberg - Titlis Rotair
34
Felsenegg Garten Restaurant
19
Fish market
32
Fondue House
20
Forum Schweizer Geschichte
Schwyz
30, 46
Franziskanerkirche 28
Frigay Night (at the Loft Club)
24
Garni Hotel Drei Könige
50
Glandon Apartments
49
Glassblowing Factory - Glasi
Hergiswil 46
Gletschergarten 31
Golden Pass - Panoramic Train
46
Gorges, Waterfalls and

Sherlock Holmes
47
Gourmindia 16
Grand Casino Luzern
23
Grand Hotel Europe
49
Grieder 39
Gübelin 42
Guided city walk
30
Guided Titlis tour
30
Haifish Bar
24
Hallenbad Allmend
37
Harry's Souvenir Shop
41
Hess Uhren
42
Historical museum
37
Hotel ALPINA Luzern
50
Hotel Astoria
49
Hotel Garni Spatz
50
Hotel MONOPOL Luzern 49
Hotel und Bildungszentrum
Matt 50
House of Chronoswiss
43
Ibis Luzern Kriens
50
Ibis Styles Luzern City
50
Jazzkantine 22
Jeff's Burger
17
Jesuitenkirche 27
Kaiten Sushi-Bar
16
Kapellbrücke & Wasserturm
(Chapel Bridge)
27
Karel Korner
23
KKL Lucerne
28
Klub Kegelbahn
26
Kofler 40
Kunstmuseum Luzern
31
Kurz Jewellery & Watches 43
Lake Lucerne cruises
29
L'art du thé
40
Les Ambassadeurs
43
Live cheese making Schaukäserei Engelberg 46
Löwendenkmal (Lion
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Lucerne museum card / Lion
Pass 27
Luzernerhof 50
Luzern Youth Hostel
50
Luz Seebistro
22
Mammut Store
40
Manor 39
Marc O'Polo
39
Mount Rigi
34
Museggmauer 28
Nachbar 23
Peperoncini Obergrund 24
Pilatus 35
Pilatus Seilpark
37
Portofino 18
Queerbad (at Neubad)
24
Radisson Blu
49
Renaissance 48
Restaurant RED
17
Reusssteg fleamarket
32
Rheinfall - Europe's biggest
waterfall 47
Richard Wagner Museum 31
Roadhouse 26

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Rok (Ameron Hotel Flora) 26
Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann
49
Ruckli 43
Salsa 59
25
Sammlung Rosengart
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Saphir boat tour
30
Schilthorn - Piz Gloria
36
Schmocker Souvenirs
41
Schüür 25
Schweizer Heimatwerk
41
Schweizerhof 48
Seebad 14
Seminarhotel Sempachersee
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SNG Lake Lucerne Cruises 29
Sonnenberg 50
Spreuerbrücke 28
Stadtkeller 21
Stanserhorn 36
St.Magdalena Bar and
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Stocker Books
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Stoos 36
Strandbad Tribschen
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Sunset Bar
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Surviving Underground Sonnenberg Bunker Tours 32
Swiss Corner Fresco
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Swiss Time Corner
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Syrtaki Greek Tavern
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The Bruch Brothers
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tibits 16
Tierpark Goldau
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Treibhaus 25
Verkehrshaus 32
Villa Honegg
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Vom Fass
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Weisses Schloss
18
Wilhelm Tell (Schiffrestaurant)
21
Wirtshaus Galliker
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Wirtshaus Reussfähre
21
Wirtshaus Taube
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