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Scenery for the discerning traveler

Scenery for the discerning traveler

Lucerne – the gateway to central Switzerland and perhaps, all of Europe – sits on its eponymous lake surrounded by mountainous majesty. This city is the perfect jumping off point to seeing the country’s major attractions. In Lucerne, however, the main attraction is the scenery. And the best way to see it all is by train with your Swiss Travel Pass.

About Switzerland

There are a few mountaintops within your reach. Care to shout from a 7,000-foot mountaintop ? Take an unforgettable ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the peak of Mt. Pilatus. Or visit the royal peak of Rigi – known as the “queen of the mountains.” The Wilhelm Tell Express (feel free to hum the tune of the same name) ferries passengers by boat from Lucerne to the foot of the Gotthard pass. The boat is easily accessible, across the street from the train station. When the boat arrives in Fluelen you’ll board a panoramic train to take you to the palm-tree-packed Ticino region of Switzerland.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Switzerland, choose from one of the scenic train tours that start in Lucerne. The GoldenPass line links Lucerne with Montreux, on Lake Geneva, via Interlaken. This panoramic route is among the finest railway experiences to be had anywhere in the world. Pass edelweiss meadows and picturesque villages all while enjoy voluminous upgrades and mouth-watering meals. Take an excursion to Jungfraujoch, the highest altitude railway station on the continent. Known as the “Top of Europe” – your train will stop two miles high in the sky.

But this is more than a city with mountains. Sports soar here. Find rowing regattas, golf courses and lots of horsing around : mainly races and horse-jumping events. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, you’ll find markets galore : crafts, fish, fruits, veggies and flowers scattered around town. At Christmas, stroll through the stalls, surrounded by sparkle, cider and Swiss beauty.

Tradition and modernity stand side-by-side with ease in Lucerne. From the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge (considered to be one of the oldest in Europe) to the Swiss Museum of Transport – the most visited museum in all of Switzerland – you’ll marvel at architecture old and new.

Come see what makes Lucerne and central Switzerland tick. Now check your watch – isn’t it time you went ?

Try the Luzerner Chügelipastete, a puff-pastry shell filled with diced veal and mushrooms in a creamy sauce, which is the probably the best of what the local cuisine has to offer.

In the city centre of Lucerne, you’ll be able to get the most prestigious brand of watch or jewellery, fashion or stylish accessories.

_ Luzern Tourist Board
Bahnhofstrasse 3, CH-6002 Luzern
Tel: +41 (0)41 227 17 17

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Lucerne station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Lucerne.

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    Fantastic trip |
    "The viewed of the Swiss Alps were beautiful and the the train was very clean and comfortable. "

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    pleasant travel experience |
    "ample time for train transfer "

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    Fabulous service ! |
    "Super comforatble seats, allocated facing each other, just great with a table. Refreshment trolley with a variety of hot and cold drinks, views to die for between Milan and Lucerne passing Como then through mountains....magical ! No designated area or racks for our big cases so had to stack near entrance but good racks above seats for handcases. Extremely prompt, leaving and arriving excatly as stated. a great experience, good value and wd highly recommend . "

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    Our Trip from Luzern to Milano |
    "We thoroughly enjoyed our trip from Luzern to Milano Centrale. The trip is relaxed and the scenery beautiful. You are able to enjoy refreshments on the train which is comfortable and clean. We would definitely recommend travelling by train through Europe ! "

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    Excellent service |
    "Very Good Service from TGV. Provided on time service. Only issue faced announcement of Platform numer very late (5-10 min before departure) which make you liitle bit worried to board train, Otherwise vary pleasent Journey "

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    Reunion with Friend in Luzerne |
    "A beautiful trip from Milano to Luzerne with mountain scenery most of the way. Comfortable and on time ! "

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    Enjoyed beauty of Switzerland |
    "Enjoyed the beauty of Switzerland. Convenient, spacious and relaxing travel "

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    Very good |
    "Very good and comfortable experience. "

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    Excellent service |
    "The train services were simply superb. The journey was extremely comfortable with absolutely no inconvenience to the slightest degree. However, as a suggestion I request you to look into issuing all tickets online and there should not be any paper ticket. "

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    "We (myself and wife) traveled from Luzern to Rome and the trip was in two legs. First one was from Luzern to Milan and then from Milan to Rome. We chose the train as we were interested in the landscape of Switzerland and Italy on the way. It was a comfortable trip, nice and clean coaches, good seats and comfortable cabins with very less noise. Also the view was great - through the hillsides and valleys of Switzerland and the farms and houses of Italy. Overall - very good experience. "

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