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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...
"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
"… in a buffet style. You may enjoy an evening at Hotel Hermitage, our partner hotel, in their Hermitage Restaurant and Baccara Restaurant, or at the hotel bar. Parking fees : CHF 5 per 24 hours Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in the hotel rooms and costs CHF 5.00 per 30 minutes. Internet via modem is available in public areas and costs CHF 5.00 per 30 minutes. Breakfast is included in the rates. Taxes are not included at...
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
"… 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 Credit Cards – 2.95%. Commission for Debit Cards/Postcards – CHF 4.00 The hotel will check and pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival. Children and extra beds Free!...
"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...
"A warm welcome awaits you in the traditional atmosphere at Hotel Baslertor. Elegantly pleasurable, comfortable yet stylish living in a leading hotel with that special touch. All our 30 rooms are with shower/toilet, directdial telephone with internet access, TV, radio, mini-bar, and some with air-conditioning. The only hotel with an own outdoor pool (8x4m) in Lucerne. We look forward to welcoming you as a guest in our hotel....
"Bright, clean rooms and bathrooms - We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Alpha. Our room was bright, airy, and clean. My husband was a little hesitant to book a room with shared bathroom, but they were cleaner than most of the other bathrooms on our vacation! Nice staff, good location, too." … "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...
Hotel Pension Rösli
"Welcome to our small pension located in the heart of Lucerne. All our 6 rooms are with shower/toilet, directdial telephone with internet access, TV, radio and mini-bar. The only hotel with an outdoor pool (8x4m) in Lucerne, at the main hotel, Hotel Baslertor. Please check-in at the Hotel Baslertor, just opposite the Pension Roesli. We look forward to welcoming you as a guest in our pension. Check-in 02:00 12:00 pm...
Hotel Drei Koenige
"… Central location, Public restaurant, Bar, Public parking spots, Near train station, Near bus stop, Telefax service, CNN News Service, Ice machine, Multilingual staff, Night concierge, Safety box at the reception, Shoe shine machine, Smoke alarm, Front Desk, Currency Exchange Situated a few minutes walk from the station and the old town. Our Hotel is located at the corner of Klosterstrasse and Bruchstrasse. Credit cards Visa,...
"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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