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Day trips for a week in Lucerne

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Day trips for a week in Lucerne

We are planning a summer week in Lucerne.

Apart from Lucerne itself, and local mountains / the lake, where would you recommend for a day trip(s) by public transport?

We are particularly interested in history, art, gardens, cities, views, scenery.

Thank you for your help.

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1. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

You could go to Bellinzona in the Ticino.

bellinzonaturismo.ch/framework/…

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2. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

Thank you HikerLuxembourg that sounds fascinating!

Can you get there on the train?

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3. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

Yes by train 2 or 2 1/2 hrs depending on the connection. Timetables from here:

http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/query.exe/en? enter:

from: Luzern

to: Bellinzona, stazione

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4. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

Oops, no need to put in -stazione- just Bellinzona will do.

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5. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

2nd trip suggestion: Fribourg close to Berne 1 1/2 to 2 hours by train: http://www.fribourgtourisme.ch/en/welcome.cfm

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6. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

Anywhere nearer than 2 hours each way away please?

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7. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

Also, is there a website with a map of all the direct train routes in Switzerland, so I can see how to get to places? EG is it a direct route to Bern, Zurch and now Bellinzona?

Or any others you would like to suggest please?

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8. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

St Gallen famous for its Cathedral Libary. there are direct trains, the Voralpen Express. You could break your journey at Rapperswill and visit the castle on the edge of the Zurichsee.

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9. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

You may find the websites www.rail.ch and www.fahrplanfelder helpful in planning trips.

You will find a network map on www.swisstravelsystem.co.uk

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10. Re: Day trips for a week in Lucerne

Some palces within a 2 hour train trip:

cities and towns: Zurich, Bern, Neuchatel/Murten, Basel, Brienz, Rapperswil, Thun

culture: open air museum Ballenberg, Emmental cheese factory (www.showdairy.ch)

mountain trips: Brienzer Rothorn, mountain tower near Meiringen, Saentis (ok 3 hours), Susten Pass, Oberalp Pass

nature: Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge, Reichenbach Falls

a possible day trip is Brienz, Ballenberg, Glacier Gorge and Reichenbach Falls. But some people spend already a hole day at Ballenberg.