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An hour south of Basel and Zürich, Luzern (Lucerne in French and English, Lucerna in Italian) has long been one of Europe’s most heavily visited towns. The River Reuss splits the town, flowing rapidly out of the northwestern end of the lake. River banks on both sides are clustered with medieval squares, frescoed houses, ancient guild halls, churches and chapels.
Lucerne is easily accessible due to its central location. The town is a car free zone and small enough to be explored by foot.

Fact File
Country : Switzerland
Population : 350,600
Area : 1,493 km .
Languages : German, French, Italian & Romansch
Climate : The weather is very cold between the months of November and February.
Between mid-August and late October when the weather is settled. The months of June, July, August and September bring hot weather and September brings the season of rains
Official Currency : Euro; 1 Euro = 52.443 Indian Rupee = 1.2047 US $ = 0.678141 GBP(subject to change).
Location : The canton of Lucerne is located in the centre of Switzerland. It is drained by the river Reuss and the river Kleine Emme. The lands of the canton lie on the northern foothills of the Swiss Alps.

LucerneGetting There
By Air : First arrive at Zurich's Kloten Airport take the 50-minute train journey from Zurich. Taxis are available outside the Lucerne train station, whioch can be hired to reach your destination.
By Road : Buses and taxis are the two options which you can opt to move around the city. Bus fares in Lucerne are determined by the distance that you are traveling. Tickets are purchased either by automatic vending machines or at the major hotels.
Taxis are not very expensive as the Zurich or Geneva taxis, but pretty stiff no doubt.
By Boat : If you want to see some most exhilarating views of Lucerne then boat ride id the best option here.

Getting Around
By Road : If travelling by bus, then tickets are purchased either by automatic vending machines or at the major hotels.
Taxis are relatively reasonable method to tour around the city.
By Boat : Boat rides are available in the city and offer some of the best views of the city.

Accommodation
There are various hotels available which provide a comfortable accommodation to the tourists. Here is a list of a few hotels :
5 star hotel in the city:
Best western Flora hotel
Hotel palace Luzern
4 star hotel in the city:
Hotel Astoria
Hotel Central
The Hotel
3 star hotel in the city:
Hotel Alpina

Major Tourist Attractions
There are various places of tourist attraction in Lucerne like lakes, museums, bridges etc
LucerneGlacier Garden (Gletschergaten) : Built around a glacial pothole that has survived since the Ice Age, this museum also showcases artifacts from throughout the town's history.

Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum) : The Fine Arts Museum includes many paintings by Swiss artists, dating from the 16th century to the present. Ferdinand Hodler (1835-1918) is among those represented, as well as Dufy and Utrillo. The museum also presents changing displays of modern-day Swiss and international art.

Picasso Museum : A small but choicest collection of the works of Pablo Picasso is showcased on three levels, including paintings, drawings, original prints, sculpture, and ceramics from the last 20 years of the artist's life.
Kapellbrucke Bridge : This is perhaps Lucerne's most famous icon. Spanning the river at the lake end, this covered bridge was built in 1333. Much of the bridge had to be renovated following a destructive fire in 1993 that destroyed several of its paintings. The few paintings that survived are worth seeing.


Richard Wagner Museum : Wagner lived here from 1866 to 1872 and composed several works, including Die Meistersinger. Located about 3km (2 miles) from the city in the suburb of Tribschen, the museum contains some original scores and memorabilia, including letters and pictures. There's an exhibit of antique musical instruments in the summer.

Verkenrshaus der Schweiz (Swiss Transport Museum) : This museum is the best of its kind in Europe and most popular with foreign tourists. The museum has recently added many new attractions, containing new rail exhibits and an adventure ride called the Gotthard Tunnel Show.

Museum of Swiss History (Historisches Museum Luzern) :Originally conceived as an arsenal for the storage of weapons in the 1560s, this building was reconstructed as a showplace for medieval and Renaissance art and sculptures in 1983.

Modern Art Museum (Neus Kunstmuseum) : Mainly temporary exhibits, most of them avant-garde are displayed here. There is also a permanent collection of works (which are rotated), ranging from the 15th to the 20th centuries.

Other Attractions
Mt. Rigi
The Nine Towers
Lake Luzern
Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument.

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