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Lucerne is in the heart of Switzerland, 69 mls SE of Basle, 57 mls E of Berne, 157 mls NE of Geneva and 41 mls SW of Zurich and its airport. It is set in the northern foothills of the St Gotthard pass, set between hillsides at the end of Lake Lucerne with excellent views.
This city is suitable to all age groups, with a wide variety of things to do and see, especially recommended for art and culture lovers.
There are 70-odd hotels catering for both tourist and business clientele and ranging from simple B&Bs to luxury 5-star hotels. Most of them are 3- or 4-stars, concentrated in the centre of the city.
The River Reuss splits the town, flowing rapidly out of the northwestern end of the lake. River banks on both sides are clustered with medieval squares , frescoed houses, ancient guildhalls, churches and chapels, and filled with a liveliness that belies the city's age.
Aside from using Luzern as a base from which to explore the region, it would be easy to spend at least a couple of days taking in some of its quality museums - a Picasso gallery , the impressive Verkehrshaus (Transport Museum) - in between walking on the medieval battlements, and exploring cobbled alleys and hidden garden courtyards.
Whether you're charmed by Luzern's sense of history and tradition, or by the misty lake at its doorstep and the snow-capped Pilatus rising above, or even by its nightlife, charmed is what you'll be.