Friday, April 6, 2012

Lucerne, Switzerland Travel Tour Highlights


As we traveled by road and crossed over from Paris, France to Switzerland, we could see a lot of greenery mountain from the highway as we passed the border of Switzerland. To me, the greenery mountain in the clear blue sky is really magnificent as I hadn't seen it so beautiful, other than seeing the similar beautiful nature from fairy tale story books.

We stopped over at Lucerne (Luzern in German). Lucerne is a beautiful small city in the heartland of Switzerland, which is located on the shore of Lake Lucerne and surrounded by Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi in the Swiss Alps.

Although Lucerne is a small city but it is famous for its tourism industry. The locals and retailers are very friendly and are able to converse in simple English speaking. 

Switzerland doesn't accept Euro currency thus, you need to prepare some Swiss currency, which is also known as Swiss Franc (CHF). 

Switzerland is well-known for its branded products such as Swiss Army knife, Swatch watch and, Victorinox Swiss Army watch. Do take this opportunity to purchase these Swiss products while traveling in Switzerland. The retail pricing could still be the same even after the currency rate conversion. However, you might find some unique designs or unique models which you couldn't find them in your home country. Switzerland is well-known for manufacturing and assembling the internal electronic watch components for major brands in the world.  Other international branded watches are also available in big retail outlets in Switzerland. 

When you spend more than 300CHF in a single receipt in Switzerland, you can get 8% VAT refund. It's highly recommended to shop at big retail outlets if you intend to purchase more than 300CHF in Switzerland. These big retail outlets will ensure and minimise your problem with the process of VAT refund, by providing necessary documents and receipts as long as you provide your detailed particulars, passport and air ticket documents before purchasing the products in Switzerland. 

Switzerland requires travelers to submit the purchasing receipts and relevant documents, which have been purchased in Switzerland at the custom office in the airport, before leaving Switzerland. Normally, the queue at the custom office in an airport in Switzerland isn't as crowded as those custom offices in the busy airports in France, Italy and the UK. However, when you travel to Italy, France and Austria (for example), you can compile all the receipts and the relevant documents from these countries, which accept Euro currency, before submitting them to the custom office at an airport before leaving Europe. Unfortunately, you need to arrive at the airport as early as possible (about 5-6 hours) before departure in order to submit the documents at the custom office in the busiest airport like, in France, Italy and the UK. 

Every country in Europe sets minimum spending in a single receipt and different VAT rates refund for travelers. To learn more about VAT refund of every country in Europe region, please visit here:



The city of Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland
The characteristics of Lucerne town  (Double Click to enlarge the picture)




The city of Lucerne and reliable public transportation in Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne downtown and reliable public bus transportation 




A souvenir store nearby the Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland
Souvenir shop nearby Lion Monument



An old Swiss House in Lucerne, Switzerland
Old Swiss House in Lucerne town




Swiss fridge magnets souvenir at Lucerne, Switzerland
Swiss fridge magnets souvenir




Swiss souvenirs at the city of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Swiss souvenir in Lucerne town




Swiss wooden statue on display outside the souvenir store near to Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland
Swiss wooden statue on display outside the souvenir shop




The head of Fish or Snake water fountain nearby Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland
Unique water fountain nearby Lion Monument in Lucerne




Lowendenkmal (Lion Monument) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument), a sandstone relief of a dying lion that's an homage to Swiss soldiers who died during the French revolution




Colourful mural in the old city of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Colourful mural in the old town of Lucerne (Luzern)




Another colourful mural in the old city of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Another colourful mural with unique structure in the old town of Lucerne




Jesuit Church in Lucerne, Switzerland
Jesuit Church  (Double click to enlarge the picture)




Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge) is one of the European's oldest wooden bridges and the landmark of Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland
Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges and landmark of Lucerne, faithfully restored to its original design after a serious fire along the famous Lake Lucerne.




Restored interior paintings on Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Restored interior paintings at Chapel Bridge




Chapel Bridge with Jesuit Church on the background in Lucerne, Switzerland
Walking along the Chapel Bridge with Jesuit Church in the background





Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) with Wasserturm (water tower) along Lake Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) with its Wasserturm (water tower) seen in the middle at the famous Lake Lucerne



Unique buildings structure along Lake Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland
Unique building structure along the Lake Lucerne




Restaurants are situated along Lake Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland
A bridge connects between restaurants and shop buildings which are separated by Lake Lucerne




Wooden Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) brightly litted at night in Lucerne, Switzerland
Wooden Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) brightly litted at night




Wasserturm (water tower) litted by Chapel Bridge and its surroundings in Lucerne, Switzerland
Wasserturm (water tower) litted by Chapel Bridge and its surrounding in Lucerne town




Restaurants along Lake Lucerne and nearby Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Brightly litted restaurants and shops nearby Chapel Bridge




It's safe to walk around and look at expensive products on the window display in the city of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
It's safe to walk around and look at the expensive products on the window display at the outlets in Lucerne town at night, even though all the shops are closed after 5pm.




Half dome open concert in a park at the city of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Half dome open concert in a park in Lucerne town




A Chinese restaurant on a floating boat in Lucerne, Switzerland
A Chinese restaurant on a floating boat in Lucerne town




Unique building structure along the busy street in the city of Lucerne, Switzerland
Unique building structure in a busy street of Lucerne town




A high class Schweizerhof Hotel in the city of Lucerne, Switzerland
A High class Schweizerhof hotel in Lucerne town





Monopol Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland
Monopol Hotel in Lucerne town





Quiet city early in the morning in Lucerne, Switzerland
Quiet Lucerne town early in the morning




Reliable public bus transportation around Lucerne, Switzerland
The public transportation in Lucerne  (Double click to enlarge the picture)





Unique building structure in the city of Lucerne, Switzerland
Unique building design in Lucerne town


2 comments:

  1. At the foot of the mountain, the park ended and suddenly all was squalor again. I was once more struck by this strange compartmentalization that goes on in America -- a belief that no commercial activities must be allowed inside the park, but permitting unrestrained development outside, even though the landscape there may be just as outstanding. America has never quite grasped that you can live in a place without making it ugly, that beauty doesn't have to be confined behind fences, as if a national park were a sort of zoo for nature. Flights to Dar Es Salaam
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