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Situated on Lake Geneva and dazzling from the very first glimpse, the city of Geneva has it all—a cobblestoned Old Town, immaculate parks and promenades, charming sidewalk cafes, and true international flair. Its welcoming atmosphere makes it easy to immerse yourself…marvel at the fantastic Jet d'Eau, the world's tallest fountain. Check the time at the remarkable Flower Clock. Visit St. Peter's Cathedral, where Protestant Reformation leader John Calvin gave fiery sermons in the 16th century. Savor the French, German, and Italian influences over a hearty Swiss meal. From a tour of the U.N.'s Palace of Nations to a cable-car ride for breathtaking views of Mount Blanc, Geneva is sure to impress!
The very embodiment of a storybook Swiss town, Lucerne enjoys an enviable position between Lake Lucerne and the snowcapped Alps. It's a delightful collection of whimsical fountains, half-timbered houses, and covered bridges, and is home to the poignant Lion Monument and charming frescoed Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. Stunning panoramic views await from the medieval lookout towers that are part of the city's ancient fortified wall, or if you choose to ascend towering Mount Pilatus by cable car. In the evening, hearty traditional fare of veal, rösti potatoes, raclette, or cheese fondue is easy to find—the perfect ending of a perfect day in memorable Lucerne.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Lucerne. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Lucerne, Switzerland insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
I have been welcoming guests to Lucerne for many years, and love to meet people from other countries and cultures. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, and typical Swiss hobbies such as skiing, walking in the mountains, and taking photos of our beautiful scenery.
Enjoy a lakeside promenade at sunset and relax over an aperitif. Or walk along in the quiet of early morning. Explore the City Walls and Watch Towers. Your Local Host will have suggestions of other routes to discover more of this charming and easy-to-get-around town.
Follow in Mark Twain’s footsteps and enjoy a ride up Mt. Rigi, known as the Queen of Swiss Mountains. Try the world’s first open air cable car on Mt. Stanserhorn, with marvellous views of the Swiss Alps and lakes, and a revolving restaurant at the summit. Walk along the cliff path on Mt. Burgenstock, catch the Hammetschwand Lift up to the highest point in the city.
Architecture buffs might enjoy stopping by the Spreuer Bridge completed in 1408, the Renaissance-style Town Hall, the contemporary Railroad Station, and the Concert Hall, by French architect Jean Nouvel, for examples of the town’s architectural styles through the ages.
Anyone interested in locomotion through the ages will love the Swiss Transport Museum; it also has an IMAX cinema, and Planetarium. Visit the Glacier Gardens near the Lion Monument, for a fascinating glimpse into history 20 million year’s old, discovered by chance; see Swiss wood carving mastery in the historic villa, and have fun in the amazing labyrinth of mirrors.
Explore English-style Dreilinden Park with its fairytale castle.
Visit Lucerne’s Museum of Art in the Concert Hall; see works of Picasso and Paul Klee in the Rosengut Collection; or stroll through the Hans Erni Museum.
For music lovers, an insight into Wagner’s principal works at his home on Lake Lucerne, with a treasure of instruments and mementos. Or ask your Local Host what’s on at the magnificent Lucerne Concert Hall.
Take an unforgettable journey on Lake Lucerne in an historic Paddle Wheel Steamer. Or for another fun way to see Lucerne from the lake, try a self-propelled pedalo boat.
Drop by the Farmers Market for local specialties and insight into the region’s produce. Visit beautifully displayed shops for chocolate, watches, embroidered clothing and household linen; also wood carved items, cuckoo clocks and musical boxes. Savor fresh lake fish and local cheeses with white wines or try Swiss beers.
With its palm-trees, sunny piazzas, and Mediterranean style, subtropical Lugano feels more like Italy than Switzerland. Built on a site that's been inhabited since the Stone Age, modern Lugano hugs a picturesque bay on the northern side of sparkling Lake Lugano. Here you can shop among the arcades of historic Via Nassa...marvel at the breathtaking beauty as you cruise across the lake…relax with an espresso on 200-year-old Piazza Riforma…join in the flurry of activity at the vibrant Lugano market…stroll along the lakeside promenade, surrounded by fragrant camellia and magnolia blooms…or simply wrap yourself in dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing.
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