Lucerne

Last Updated: 10th Mar 2014

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/europe/mattyvcontiki/Chapel_Bridge_Lucerne_01.jpg" class="rightwise" title="chapel bridge lucerne" alt="chapel bridge lucerne" /></p> <p>Lucerne (German: Luzern) is a beautiful town on the edge of Lake Lucerne in Central <a href="/contikipedia/articles/switzerland">Switzerland</a> and like the rest of the country, Lucerne is small but beautiful.</p> <p>As well as the natural surroundings for which the country is so famous, the A-framed chalets on the foothills and painted facades of the buildings in town add to the charm of this quaint and beautiful Swiss town.</p> <h2>Mountains</h2> <p>Many summer tours staying only one night in Lucerne still have the opportunity to take in the awe of the alps from atop the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/stanserhorn">Stanserhorn</a> just outside of Lucerne. Other tours however may also have to opportunity to visit the nearby <a href="/contikipedia/articles/mt-pilatus">Mt Pilatus</a>. Some tours spending two nights in at the highest hotel in Europe atop the summit of Pilatus &#8211; over 2000 meters above sea level.</p> <p><strong>Please Note:</strong> The weather in Switzerland can change very quickly, particularly in the Alps. Mountain excursions,<br /> including <a href="/contikipedia/articles/mt-pilatus">Mt Pilatus</a>,<br /> can sometimes be canceled due to poor or dangerous weather.</p> <h2>Lake Lucerne</h2> <p>Formed in the ice age by an ancient glacier, the lake can reach depths of over 700 feet. The crystal clear fresh water is home to swans, ducks and fish. Some summer tours offer a cruise on the lake as an <a href="/contikipedia/articles/optional-excursion">optional excursion</a>.</p> <h2>Nightlife</h2> <p>Although quiet, serene, peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful during the day, this deceptive veneer can often be pealed back after the sun sets and a wide variety of bars and clubs can be found throughout the small town.</p> <h2>Shopping</h2> <p>Lucerne has a great mix of retail shopping in a very small area. As Switzerland is not part of the European Economic Zone (They’re neutral…) prices are often a little cheaper than the rest of Europe.</p> <p>Watches, timepieces and clocks are one thing that the Swiss are famous for. Rolex, Longines, Tissot, Omega, Tag, Swiss Military, Swatch….. The list of who’s who in the world of timepieces starts and ends in Switzerland. Lucerne provides a plethora of shopping watch shopping opportunities but you would be very hard pressed to find more inexpensive shopping than &#8216;Ruttimans&#8217; in Lucerne.</p> <p>Check out some <a href="/contikipedia/articles/european-shopping-tips">European Shopping Tips</a> for hot spots and helpful hints when hitting the stores around Europe.</p>