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Lucerne is a medium-size city, but it's fairly compact, so all sites can be reached via foot. The city can be reached by bus or train. The difference between daytime and nighttime in Lucerne is literally night and day -- during the day, it is a sweet Swiss city; at night people are getting drunk and escort services are available (they are even advertised in tourism books).
There are a few Lucerne hostels (but more budget and upscale hotels) in the city, a couple are within fifteen minutes of the train station. During the summer these Lucerne hostels fill up quickly, so try to book well in advance. Switzerland is expensive, so be prepared to spend more money than in other Western European countries.
There are many sites to see around Lucerne including the Chapel Bridge (also known as the portrait bridge), the Water Tower, the Musegg Wall, the Jesuit Church, the Mill Bridge, the Lion Monument, and the KKL culture and convention centre. The Musegg Wall is free and offers breathtaking views (make sure to wear sunscreen -- it won't seem as though you're burning, but a sunburn appears). On the way up to the Musegg Wall, there are pastures with Hairy Coos (Scottish cows, the same breed as the infamous Hamish in Scotland). The Chapel Bridge is absolutely gorgeous during the day as well as night. The old town portion offers gorgeous paintings of some of the buildings -- wander around the old town and you will undoubtedly find some.
Around town there are multiple grocery stores, food markets, restaurants, shops, and sweets stores (including a well-known macaron store in the old town portion). Additionally, in the summer they occasionally set up flea markets. They often have events going on, including a Red Bull extreme BMX event in town. In addition to the festivals, shops, and sites, do what the Swiss do -- enjoy the lake and parks (swim, boat, barbeque, or hangout)!
This is a safe city; just don't wander around at night alone (make sure you have a friend with you). It is gorgeous and peaceful and should not be missed. In terms of a cheap meal, grocery stores are the best bet. Since most of the sights can be seen for free, the high prices are somewhat outweighed by not having to pay admission fees to sights.
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Tourist Hotel Lucerne
"Eh. My stay here was alright, but I'm pretty sure I could have found something better. The hostel is 12 minutes away from the train station but easy to find, and next to the old city centre. The staff were helpful and there was a good breakfast, included in the price. I stayed in a 4 bed dorm with bunkbeds, a sink, a common table and a ground heater, and good blankets for the cold weather outside. However, the bathroom always smelled very...
Luzern Youth Hostel
"Decent hostel, not very social. - The hostel is a short bus ride from the main train station. Once you drop off your bags, its not a bad walk into town. I did it a few times while I was there. The signs indicating the hostel are not as clear as they'd make you think, so make sure you have a good idea where you're going when you get off the bus. Wifi was pretty shoddy. Only works in the lobby and the network they use kept blocking me. Lockers...
"Backpackers Lucerne offers great accommodation, great prices, and a wonderful location. Be prepared for several rules and restrictions during your stay -- they are intended to improve everyone's stay but they can be a bit inhibiting. The Location Situated right on the water, Backpackers is a ten-minute walk to the train station and a thirteen-minute walk to the Old Town. The hostel is also within easy walking distance of two grocery...
Lion Lodge Lucerne
"Not the best - It's your run of the mill hostel. It's good for the price. However, it was hot. The guests there were not very experienced in hosteling so they were disturbing while you were sleeping. The facility itself and the staff were good. It's what you get for the price you're paying." … "Good - Facilities were good. The receptionist got a little short with me when I asked if they served breakfast and they didn't offer any...
Twins Minbak Hostel
"Free internet and use of kitchen included!Our Hostel is excellently located with just 2 minutes walking distance to the beautiful lake and very close to the train-station and the picturesque old town.You will find bright dormitory rooms in a new, modern style building which are the perfect place to relax and have a good rest. During winter time there is an unique view from the rooms down to the ice rink. Free use of 2 internet stations and...
"Good, comfortable, and economic bed and breakfast accommodation - The Hotel Flora offered excellent economy bed and breakfast accommodation which was ideal for a short break. Its no frills, so don't expect to be pampered, but if you're looking for basic but spacious accommodation, with minimalist furniture, and offering balconies with stunning views of Lake Lucerne, Hotel Flora fits the bill. Rooms are not serviced daily, so we had the same...
Bellevue au Lac
"… and can be very busy. We are within easy reach of internationally recognised equestrian centre, Lydden Motor Racing Circuit, golf courses, zoological parks, historic castles, sports facilities, recognised walks, cycle routes and a multitude of gardens. Why not extend your stay to a minimum of 3 nights and then receive a day trip as a foot passenger with SEAFRANCE with our compliments. Date, and preferred times of outward and...
Jail Hotel Loewengraben
"This trendy boutique hostel was actually a prison until 1998. Now prison memorabilia lines the corridors and each of the rooms has the original heavy wooden cell doors, replete with slots for food. The rooms are surprisingly bright and spacious, some even have toilet and shower. The place is very clean and they provide sheets and towels. One complaint is the lighting system -- turning on the bathroom light lightens the whole room. There...
Hotel Des Alpes
"… sights like the wooden chapel bridge, or Jesuit church, train- and boat station, as well as the Culture and Convention Center (KKL) are all within easy walking distance. Enjoy a fascinating view of our Alps, and the warm Swiss hospitality our property offers you ever day. We look forward to welcoming you in our hotel. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before the arrival Check In: 2.00 pm Check Out: 11.00 am...
Best Western Hotel Krone
"Small hotel but delightful! One of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in, and believe me I have stayed in many around the world! Very well situated, it was a delight to eat breakfast sitting at the window table with the windows wide open looking into the market square: it set me up for the day. Altogether a pleasant experience and one I would recommend without hesitation." … "… yourself at home. All our rooms have a bathroom...
Hotel Falken Lucerne
"… free of charge. Policies of Hotel Falken Check-in 14:00 - 22:30 Check-out before 11:00 Important information Please note that check-in after 22:30 is only possible upon prior arrangement. Please contact the hotel directly to arrange details. Your key will be left in a key box. Rooms are payable at check-in. Accepted credit cards: American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club, JCB, Maestro, EC-Card. Commission for...
"All our individual equipped rooms with queen-size bed or double bed have a bathroom with shower or bathtub, WC and hairdryer. They are all equipped with minibar, fan (no air conditioning), safe, telephone, TV/radio and Delizio coffee machine. Electrical connection 230V. Savety doorlock with KeyCard. Free WiFi in the whole hotel. Check in - check out and also the breakfast is at Best Western Hotel Krone. The Magic Hotel is not...
"… !" … "… telephone with internet access, TV, radio, mini-bar, and some with air-condition. The only hotel with an own outdoor pool (8x4m) in Lucerne. We look forward to welcoming you as a guest in our hotel. Check-in 02:00 ? 12:00 pm Check-out 07:00 ? 11:00 am To confirm and guarantee the reservation please send us a number of your credit card (MASTERCARD/VISA, no ?Electron-Card?) together with the exp. date....
"This was a great, quiet little hotel about ten minutes from the train station. It's not far! Just a couple stops on the tram, then you have to walk down a really charming, tree-lined street to get there. The lady at the front desk was so sweet, let us leave our bags with her until our room was ready. The rooms were super clean, there is a wardrobe and a sink/mirror, they even give you face towels. There was only one computer that we could see...
Hotel Pension Rösli
"Housed in a historical building, just opposite the sister hotel Baslertor, the Hotel Pension Rösli enjoys a convenient location in Lucerne, close to the main railway station and the fascinating lake. Its guests may use all modern facilities of the Baslertor, such as the terrace with swimming pool and the bar. Whether you prefer culinary or sightseeing suggestions, the friendly reception staff will be glad to help you." … "…...
Hotel Drei Koenige
"The Drei Koenige is a family-run hotel offering comfortable 3-star accommodation with easy access to all of Lucerne's major attractions. All rooms are equipped with bath/shower, WC, TV, direct dial phone and radio.This is an extremely friendly hotel which offers guests a cosy and informal atmosphere from which to plan their break in downtown Lucerne." … "… 3-star accommodation with easy access to all of Lucerne's major...
"Hotel Himmelrich lies in the middle of nature, but still only 15 minutes by car from the city centre of Lucerne away. Hotelguests can enjoy drinks and refreshments on the terrace in between nature. The hotel also has a children's playground. Our friendly stuff and the surrounding area assure a memorable stay. Free parking is available in front of the Hotel. The Rooms are equipped with a private balcony and bathroom. Half of them have lake...
Hotel Le Stelle
"… belongs to the „Old Town Hotels group“. It offers its guests modern comfort, attentive service as well as the real Swiss hospitality in the historical scenery. All our rooms with queen-size bed or double bed have a bathroom with a shower, WC and hairdryer. They are all equipped with minibar, fan (no air conditioning), safe, telephone, radio, LED 26“ FullHD - TV with national and international cablecom classic digital chanels and...
Hotel & Restaurant Spatz
"… guest bedrooms in the Hotel Restaurant Spatz will come equipped with high-speed Internet access, full-sized bathroom with tub, a personal safe, satellite TV, a hair dryer, and direct dial phone. When staying at the three-star Hotel Restaurant Spatz guests will be able to rely on the many amenities which include, security, free parking on the premises, meeting and conference rooms, laundry and dry cleaning services, a handy tour...
"Set within a lush park in Luzern, Guesthouse Bruchmatt is peacefully located, a 5-minute walk from the centre with cafs and restaurants. It offers rooms with wooden floors and work desks. The non-smoking rooms feature most shared and a few private bathrooms. The Transport Museum is about 3 km away." … "… 50 meters you will find our entrance. Walking it will take you about 15-20 minutes to reach our hotel. By car: coming...
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