One day Zurich or Lucerne

May 31st, 2009, 11:21 AM
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One day Zurich or Lucerne

I will have about one day to spend. It will be in Mid April. Any suggestions will be helpfull.
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May 31st, 2009, 11:23 AM
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Easily Lucerne !
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May 31st, 2009, 11:32 AM
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Agree. Lucerne hands down.
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May 31st, 2009, 05:29 PM
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Lucern absolutely. Zurich is primarily a business rather than tourist city. But- April is early - and you need to check the weather before ascending any of the mountains.
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Lucerne is quite picturesque what with the bridges, and all, BUT depending on your interests..and IF those include art museums, for example, you'll find a LOT more to see and do in Zurich.

Lucerne is lovely, no doubt about it but Zurich overall offers more IMO
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May 31st, 2009, 06:45 PM
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I agree with Dukey. It depends on what you're wanting to see/do. The weather would definitely impact how much you enjoy Luzern.
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May 31st, 2009, 10:01 PM
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Another vote for Lucerne !
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>>>Zurich is primarily a business rather than tourist city.<<<

and the world is flat.


Luzern is unbelievingly picturesque. It is the epitome of a Swiss small town with historic houses and a covered wooden bridge across the river. There is a lakefront and the panorama of snow-covered mountains. You can easily go up the mountains and enjoy spectacular vistas. You can make scenic boat trips on the lake.

However, Luzern is so touristy that it hardly has any life of its own. The tiny downtown area is cramped with international tourist chain shops, e.g. a British chain that sells organic soap or a French chain that sells olive oil (this is not a verdict - I myself have bought gifts there). At night, do no be surprised by large binge-drinking tourist groups roistering through town.

Zürich is a beautiful city, also with a lakefront and a river running through town. The Kastenbäder in the lake and river are swimming-pools during the day and clubs at night.

The architecture is diverse, with grand turn-of-the-century architecture along Bahnhofstraße and with most picturesque medieval structures in Old Town which look like fairytale houses. Nightlife is vibrant and there is a huge selection of excellent dining options of all kind - traditional, innovative, gourmet..

Shopping (or just window-shopping) is gorgeous. I do not mean the usual suspects like Gucci and Sprüngli, but you will also find a lot of antiquarians, specialty stores and even (a Swiss specialty) weapon stores. If you like to explore a city and discover her secrets, Zürich offers a lot.

Besides, Zürich has spectacular museums. The Landesmuseum is the very best museum on Swiss history and the Kunsthaus belongs to the world's greatest art museums. Bührle Foundation has spectacular art, too, and there are a lot of smaller museums like a toy museum or an ethnological collection.

The churches are also excellent, including a gothic cathedral with stained glass windows by Giacometti (Großmünster) or another cathedral with stained glass windows by Chagall (Fraumünster).

Now, it's up to your choice.
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