Paris, Lucerne: Lodging & Transportation

Old May 9th, 2012, 07:06 AM
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Paris, Lucerne: Lodging & Transportation

I posted earlier about having only a few days to explore Paris and Switzerland and/or Germany. From all the excellent advice I have chosen to stay two nights in Lucerne two nights in Paris. Now I am overwhelmed with finding lodging in those two places. I need your expert advice on clean, reasonably priced places to stay in Paris and Lucerne. And I also need advice on transportation. Here is our possible itinerary:

London for 8 days
July 1- travel to Lucerne and stay 2 nights
July 3- travel to Paris and stay 2 nights
July 5- travel to London to stay 1 night (fly home the next day)

Any and all advice is appreciated!
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Old May 9th, 2012, 07:13 AM
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I forgot to mention that the lodging is for 2 people!
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Old May 9th, 2012, 08:33 AM
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How do you plan to get to Luzern? I assume by plane to Zurich.
Otherwise,it will take a full day and negate the logic of even making the trip. I would be tempted to pick one location, not both.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 08:52 AM
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We had planned to take the train to Luzern. Not a good idea? What would you think about Germany instead of Switzerland? I know it's not ideal but we want to get just a flavor of Paris and something Germanic.
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What area in Paris? And is Luzern a good locale in Switzerland? So much to learn!
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Old May 9th, 2012, 03:18 PM
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A train will take 9 hours with 3 changes--is that what you want?
I would stay in Paris---it demands 5 days.
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Lucerne is a good place to stay, beautiful scenery and plenty to do. We can recommend the Hotel Goldener-Stern, clean comfortable rooms with a good breakfast. It's only ten minutes walk from the railway station and five minutes walk to the covered bridges, so very central.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 03:56 PM
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No, we don't want to spend our entire day traveling. What about a sleeper train? Any that go into Luzern?
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I will check out the Hotel Goldener-Stern. Thank you!
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Don;t know Goldener-Stern. We have stayed at the Wilden Mann - also a hotel/restaurant with a lovely dining room, the Balances/Belviue and the Montana and were very happy with all of them.
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Go to Paris. Stay there.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 07:12 PM
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Paris and Luzern?

That is just plain daft.

That is like Prague and Burgos.

Stay in Paris 5 days.

Thin--who does like the Hotel Montana in Luzern
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Stayed at Hotel Goldener-Stern in 2003, was functional, clean and inexpensive considering Swiss prices.
I think you do not have enough time to move around in 4 days. If you have the choice to reduce London by a couple of days, it becomes more 'doable'.
Also, I take it you have already bought your flights - - next time, you should book a 'open jaw' ticket where you fly into one city and out of another, so you don't waste time back-tracking.
If you can rearrange your plans:
London - 5 days
Lucerne - 2 days + 1 to get there
Paris - 3 days + 1 to get there
London - get there for flight next day
Fly out of London
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