Lucerne Journals

Lucerne - Gadgets & Cuckoo Clocks!

A July 2004 trip to Lucerne by ggcahill

Swiss Lion Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: We arrived in Lucerne late in the day on Monday, 5th July. We stayed at a nice hotel out of the city with a magnificent lake view. Lucerne was a shopper's paradise.

Lucerne - Gadgets & Cuckoo Clocks!

Overview

view from our hotel. Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Visit Mt. Pilatus. Shop for watches, Swiss Army knives, and kitchen knives. Linen is another item for which the Swiss are famous. Nothing that took my wife's fancy was within our budget! Cuckoo clocks are also big in Lucerne. Beautiful workmanship, but too much noise for my liking! Quick Tips: Drop into Swiss Lion when visiting the monument of the same name. It has reasonably priced goods and is a little less crowded than shops near the bridge. Best Way To Get Around: When in Lucerne, walk! Some lovely shops in little lane ways, and the bridge is worth a look. Most of the shops offer the same type of merchandise (souvenirs, cuckoo clocks, watches, and army knives), and there are some...Read More
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A comfortable hotel/conference centre, a little way out of Lucerne (23 kilometers). Meals were reasonable, although the choices for evening meals were limited. Views from some rooms were great, with views over the lake. Sadly, our room looked out the back. Not very exciting. Beds were comfortable, and the hotel offered a free Internet service, which was handy for checking emails and topping up bank balances!

This hotel would ideally suit those with some sort of transport, but if you can get there and get a room with a view, it would be worth the extra travel! The town/village was a short walk down the road, so perhaps some sort of transport into the city would be available.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 14, 2004

Wilerbad See Hotel
CH 6062 Wilen am Sarnersee (OW)
Lucerne, Switzerland
(041) 662-7070

Stadtkeller

Restaurant

Stadtkeller Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Traditional Swiss fare with traditional Swiss entertainment.

The entree was Swiss cheese fondue. The bread seemed a little dry, but once dipped in the warm cheese, it was quite tasty. For the main course, we were treated to Swiss Bratwurst. It didn't seem to be a whole lot different to the German sausages. They were, however, quite tasty, as was the Swiss Chalet dessert of meringue with applesauce and strawberry ice cream.

The real feature of this place, though, was the entertainment: folk music, yodelling, alphorn-blowing, and flag-throwing (that one was new to me!). All, of course, were presented by people dressed in national costume.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2004

Stadtkeller
Sternenplatz 3
Lucerne, Switzerland

Bucherer

Attraction

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Bucherer has a fairly extensive range of goods, from souvenirs to watches and Swiss Army knives (of course!). Prices in Lucerne a very similar wherever you shop. Bucherer lured its customers by offering a free gift. A very nice souvenir spoon.

Go to Bucherer for your free spoon. If you find what you want there, it will probably be similarly priced elsewhere (you will not save many euros by walking around!).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2004

Bucherer
Schwanenplatz 5
Lucerne, Switzerland

Swiss Lion

Attraction

Swiss Lion Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Being a little bit out of the way of the main shopping centre, the Swiss Lion probably benefits from lower rentals. The range of goods was extensive if you wanted either watches or knives. We bought a set of Swiss-made kitchen knives here and saved a couple of euros on our purchase. The shop was less crowded than Bucherer and slightly cheaper. Having collected the freebie (an embroidered bookmark that seems now to have disappeared!) and walked some distance, we felt we ought to make an effort to find something to buy. Here the kitchen knives were cheaper. Staff were very helpful and courteous (but then, at the time we were there, the shop was quiet!). It is very close to the monumen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2004

Swiss Lion
Lowenplatz 11
Lucerne, Switzerland

Chapel Bridge

Attraction | "Kapellbrücke (chapel bridge)"

Chapel Bridge Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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This bridge is the city's most famous symbol and spans the Reuss River at the lake's end. This covered bridge was built in 1333 and was renovated in 1993, following a fire. The bridge was decorated with flowers and brightened a rainy, grey day in Lucerne.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2004

Chapel Bridge
Rathausquai and Bahnhofstr
Lucerne, Switzerland

going down! Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Up to the summit of Mt Pilatus via the world's steepest cogwheel to enjoy the view. Sadly, the 73 alpine summits and countless lakes were well-hidden by clouds and rain. There was a trail through the mountain (even in the shelter of caves and tunnels, the rain dripped through) outlining a tale of dragons. Given that the view was blocked by clouds, this was a highlight of the trip! There is also a summer toboggan run, although I doubt that much would be happening on such a rainy and bleak day. Soldiers were stationed on this mountain -- clearly a major defensive location. We saw no sign of them. What would they do with their time? There were hotels at the top -- Piatus Kulm (1890) and ...Read More