Without question, Lucerne is one of the most charming and mesmerizing European cities you might come across and of what many visitors and locals alike believe to be the true Switzerland; the picturesque Lake Lucerne and scenery mountain ranges, typical alpine villages and cowbells. Apart from being conveniently located in the heart of the country, the city retains also a lot of medieval charm with its cobbled roads and half-timbered houses. The nearest airport is located close to Zurich, a beautiful 40 minutes ride away from Lucerne.
Once arrived in Lucerne, head over to its railway station and get a ‘Tell-Pass’. The Tell-Pass allows you to explore Lucerne and the surrounding region for unlimited free travel by train, boats, buses, mountain railroads and cable cars. Furthermore, it gives you discounted rates and entry fees for a number of fantastic museums, spas and plenty of other activities (www.luzern.com/en/tell-pass).
And guess what? You can visit Lucerne even all-year-round! There are always loads of different things to see and discover! Take a trip with the world’s steepest funicular on Mount Pilatus with its breath taking view. Have you ever heard of CabriO? CabriO is the world’s first and only convertible cable car, located at Mount Stansherhorn and definitely worth a ride!
Or take a lake steamer across Lake Lucerne like in the ‘old times’ and enjoy the scenic lakeside views of the city. Stroll around the cobbled roads and take a walk across the legendary Chapel Bridge, built originally in the 14th century. Don’t forget to indulge into Swiss cuisine (and chocolate!) in one of the many traditional restaurants; try the famous Swiss cheese-fondue – it’s a must!
Before you start thinking, "yes, I always wanted to visit Switzerland but the hotels are just so expensive!", there are good news: you can stay for free by arranging a home exchange in Switzerland! Home Exchange Vacations (also known as Home Swaps) give you now the chance to visit countries around the world in a more affordable and satisfying way. That's right, no more hotel costs! You just list your house or apartment, look for a date to go and find somebody who wants to visit your place for the same period of time. Sounds great? Then get ready and put your Lederhosen (traditional leather pants) on!
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Located 8-10 mins walk to the lake and historic 'old town'. Lucerne is a lake-side town surrounded by the Alps. The scenery is breathtaking. Ideal for winter sports, water sports and hiking holidays.
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