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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 06:42 AM
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Also, you don't need to stay in Zurich just to catch a flight the next morning. The train from Luzern to Zurich airport is only 1.5 hours. They leave every 30 minutes and start around 5 am.
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 08:45 AM
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Hi, thanks again for all of the suggestions. I wish I had more time to see all suggested sights and eat in all of the suggested restaurants.

Hopefully, I'll be able to interact with the local people and learn about them and the culture, instead of just going to different sights going "oooh" and "ahhh".

Edward2005, I just wanted to see Zurich also, even if it's only 1 day. Also, I'm not a morning person, so I rather stay in Zurich and get that extra 1 hour sleep!

3 weeks to go! Counting the days now.
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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We stayed in Zurich the night before our flight, which gave us the afternoon and evening to explore. I found it to be a very attractive city with a walkable 'core' area... liked the Niederdorf area but we walked down one side of the river and up the other side.

Here is a good concise writeup on Zurich:

You can copy/paste this into Word, and edit into a more concise version (do your own walking tour):
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If the weather doesn't lend itself to a mountaintop visit, consider the Bourbaki Panorama as a cool Luzern Indoor Activity. This 360-degree painting (think: low tech IMax) is a powerful depiction of the surrender of the French to the Prussian army in the Franco-Prussian war. Very moving. It is located just down from the Lowendenkmal.

Also, go through each of the covered bridges--Spreuerbrucke and Kappelbrucke. They have cool, sort of bizarre murals from the middle ages. Walking the old fortifications is cool too, but the couple of towers open in the summer may be closed in winter.

As for Luzern restaurants, a great splurge is the Old Swiss House, next to the Bourbaki. It has great Geschnetzelts mit Rosti and is offers great wines and elegant service--for a price, of course. Lower cost places with good Swiss/German food are:
--Cafe Hug, on the river near the Spreurbrucke--wonderful Raclette
--Hotel Des Alpes Restauant, right on the river with nice views of Pilatus and the water tower--very good fondue and Gemischter salads
--Stadtkeller (near the Manor dept store in the Altstadt) is very touristy, but it has a noon and evening Swiss music/humor show that is fun in a klitschy sort of way.

We did the stay in Zurich before leaving the next morning routine a few years back. I wish I had stayed the extra night in Luzern--I liked the peaceful setting and smaller city feel. Then again, if your flight is real early, an extra 1-1.5 hours sleep is hard to pass up.

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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 08:19 AM
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We had what we felt was a wonderful meal at the Old Swiss House several years ago; I agree with the elegant service and warm interior atmosphere. We were lucky to get a table un-reserved since the place is, or at least at that time, was, quite popular.
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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 07:57 AM
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Thanks for more ideas. My list of things to do and eat is growing longer and longer. At this rate, I'll have to keep calling in sick to my work to extend my visit.

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