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Lucerne (German: Luzern, Italian: Lucerna) is one of Switzerland's most popular tourist destinations. Located where the Reuss River meets Lake Lucerne, the town is picturesque and boasts a rich history.
Lucerne is in the centre of Switzerland, providing an ideal launching place from which to explore nearby attractions such as Mount Rigi and the Rütli Meadow. The lake, Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus provide a stunning backdrop for the town.
Lucerne itself is split in two by the River Reuss. The city is old, dating back to the 8th century, and the Old Town reflects this long history. The most famous landmark is the Chapel Bridge, a wooden bridge built in the 14th century.
Due to its geographical situation Lucerne was a very important trafic crossroad to the south. Up to the beginning of the 19th century there were no land connections around the lake 'Vierwaldstaetter See' to the Gotthard Pass. So every merchandise and traveller had to transfer to the boats. Which is of course a nice thing for those who have the boats, the storing barns and lodgings.
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Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) is Lucerne's most famous landmark. Constructed in 1333, it is Europe's oldest wooden bridge.
Adjoining it is the Water Tower (Wasserturm), a 140-foot tall brick tower that's been used as a torture chamber, prison, watchtower and treasury. The bridge is covered. Inside, it features paintings by Kaspar Meglinger from the 17th century, depicting events from local history.
The Cathedral of St. Leodegar is another prominent landmark in Lucerne, easily recognised by its twin needle towers. The cathedral was originally built in 735, and modified in 1633 with a Renaissance style. The cathedral is known locally as Hofchile, or in German as Hofkirche.
Lucerne's summers from June to early September see highs of 20-25 °C, with nights between 10 °C and 15 °C. Winters from December to March are mostly above zero during the day just below at night.
Swiss Railways has regular connections to many cities and towns throughout Switzerland. There are hourly trains from Olten and Zurich Airport and half-hourly trains from Zurich, and a direct train every hour from Bern. The "Zentralbahn" branch of the Swiss Federal Railway provides also hourly trains between Interlaken and Luzern during daytime.
Lucerne sits at the north end of the Vierwaldstättersee. There are connections to/from Schwyz, Flüelen, Weggis and other places. Check theSchifffahrt Vierwaldstättersee website.
Buses travel around the city.
The Old Town is small and most place can easily be reached by foot.
|Best Western Hotel Krone||Weinmarkt 12||Hotel||85|
|Hotel Alpha||Zähringerstraße 24||Hotel||83|
|Baslertor Summer Pool Hotel||Pfistergasse 17 6003 Lucerne||Hotel||81|
|Hotel Falken||Falkengasse 6||Hotel||74|
|Hotel Luzernerhof||Alpenstrasse 3||Hotel||-|
|Magic Hotel||Brandgässli 1||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Pension Roesli||Pfistergasse 12 6003 Lucerne||Hotel||77|
|Lion Lodge Lucerne||Zürichstrasse 57||Hostel||76|
|The Bed + Breakfast||Taubenhausstrasse 34||Guesthouse||88|
|Tourist Hotel Lucerne||St. Karliquai 12||Hotel||78|
|Twins Minbak Hostel||Eisfeldstrasse 2a||Hostel||79|
|Youthhostel Luzern||Sedelstr. 12||Hostel||76|
|The Jailhotel||Löwengraben 18||Hotel||74|
|Hotel Motel Garni Spatz||Obergrundstrasse 103||Hotel||80|
|Hotel Felmis||Kastanienbaumstrasse 91||Hotel||82|
|Hotel Drei Koenige||Bruchstrasse 35||Hotel||80|
|Backpackers Lucerne||Alpenquai 42||Hostel||84|
|Hotel Himmelrich||Schattenbergstrasse 107 6010 Kriens||HOTEL||-|
|Seminarhaus Bruchmatt||Bruchmattstrasse 9||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Flora||Seestrasse 6354 Vitznau||Hostel||-|
|Seehotel Sternen||Buochserstrasse 54 6375 Beckenried||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Flora Lucerne||Seestrasse Vitznau||HOTEL||-|
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Swiss Post is the national postal service of Switzerland and has fast and reliable services. For more information about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally, they have a very useful Price Calculator. Domestically, there is priority mail (arriving the following day) and economy mail which takes 2-3 days to be send within Switzerland. Stamps can be bought at the post offices or from shops and kiosks that also sell postcards. In general, post offices are open from 8:00am to noon and 2:00pm to 5:00 or 6:00pm, with a lunchbreak in between. Opening times on Saturdays are usually only during mornings. Larger cities and central post offices might keep longer hours and skp the lunchbreak.
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