BEST MONTH TO TRAVEL: August
COUNTRY TO VISIT: Switzer Land
Switzerland is famous for its mesmerizing alpine scenery, luxury branded watches, and deliciously milky chocolate. A melting pot of many different cultures, Switzerland is also known for its alluring cities and scenic train rides that showcase the best of the country’s natural vistas. The amazing mountains, heaps of lakes and beautiful villages make for the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland. These landscapes are considered to be what makes Switzerland the perfect destination for vacationing and exploring new cultures. The technology and innovation, political stability, a liberal economy, international workforce, an excellent education system, links with foreign markets, world-class infrastructure and a very competitive low corporate taxation system, low public debt, labor peace, hi-tech manufacturing industry, highly developed.
CITY – LUCERNE
The city of Lucerne (Luzern in German) is a popular stop for most people visiting Switzerland. The city is well known for its stunning medieval architecture and its stunning location on the edge of Lake Lucerne amid snow capped mountains. Many people touring Switzerland spend at least a few days in Lucerne. Lucerne is indeed beautiful, especially because of its old town and intact walls that transport visitors back into medieval times. Aside from the historical sites, Lucerne has panoramic destinations, bucket list adventure activities.
BURGENSTOCK HOTELS AND RESORT
It’s 2022, and it’s time to add some luxury and exhilaration to your life, glide up the mountainside to our spectacular Bürgenstock Resort and try some of our new experiences. Renew yourself, it’s the New Year! your Bürgenstock Resort journey begins amid contemporary design, innovative restaurants and two spa worlds with breathtaking views.
RESIDENCE SUITE WITH MOUNTAIN VIEW
The Residence Suites impress not only with the modern architecture of their exterior, but also with the new standards set by their interior design.
HOTEL VILLA HONEGGAL
The 23 rooms and suites offer plenty of privacy, tranquillity and comfort in a phenomenal mountain setting. Boasting breathtaking panoramic views and a popular excursion destination, the Bürgenstock is on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by Lake Lucerne. Footpaths and MTB trails lead through dense forest and across glorious flowering meadows or to the famous Cliff Path and Hammetschwand Lift.
MASTER SUITE LAKE VIEW
The Master Suite is not only the largest suite at the Hotel Villa Honegg – it’s also the most exclusive. Alongside the comfortable king-size bed, it incorporates a cosy living area, a separate dressing room and a spacious bathroom with views. The layout offers plenty of privacy amid the suite’s 93 m2. The balcony with its views of the lake is lovely and sunny in fine weather.
GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL LUZERN
Historic – and surprisingly different. The Grand Hotel National exudes the charm of the past and the vibrancy of the present, combined with warm hospitality. Situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne yet wonderfully central, you’ll find the Grand Hotel National an inspirational haven for vacations and business trips. A ten-minute walk to the KKL Culture and Convention Center and Lucerne train station.
RITZ SUITE LAKE VIEW
Reside as in a castle – like Emperor Franz and Sissi: It makes your stay in Lucerne one to remember. The impressive rooms feature 3.5-meter coffered ceilings and a 19th century chandelier, combined with technology and comfort from the here and now. The ambience of this sun-drenched corner suite is surpassed only by the fabulous views of Lake Lucerne and the Central Swiss Alps.
ACTIVITIES / SITE SEEING
VIEW OF MT. PILATUS
While in Lucerne, it would be a shame to miss the trip up Mount Pilatus, going up by the cableway from Kriens and down by the cog-railroad. The half-hour ride from Kriens leads to another short cable car ride to the 2,070-meter Pilatus-Kulm.
From here, it is a six- to 10-minute climb to the summit of the Esel – the central (but not highest) peak of Pilatus with magnificent views of the Alps. From the Pilatus-Kulm, it is a 30-minute walk to the Tomlishorn, at 2,132 meters, the highest point in this rugged limestone massif.
LAKE LUCERNE BY BOAT
Several boat trips of different lengths explore the 38-kilometer-long lake, one of which, the William Tell Express, combines with a train excursion through the St. Gotthard Pass, linking Central Switzerland with the many attractions of the Ticino region.
From May to September, you can travel by paddle-wheel steamer (out of season by a diesel motorboat) from Lucerne to Flüelen, enjoying a three-course meal in the ship’s saloon, then take a scenic train ride as far as the towns of Locarno and Lugano.
The Old Town of Lucerne, on the right bank of the Reuss, still preserves many old burghers’ houses and little squares with fountains. Some of the timber-framed buildings bordering the stone streets are painted in bright colors, giving the Altstadt a fairy-tale atmosphere.
At the Kornmarkt is the Altes Rathaus, the Old Town Hall, built in 1602-06 in Italian Renaissance style but topped by a very typical Swiss hipped roof. The adjoining tower dates from the 14th century. West of the Kornmarkt is the picturesque Weinmarkt with a Late Gothic fountain.
RIDE THE COG RAILWAY UP MOUNT RIGI
One of the signature experiences in Switzerland is to ride the cog railway from the shores of Lake Lucerne to an elevation of 1,798 meters on Mt Rigi. This is Europe’s first cog railway, and you can ride in restored cars dating back as far as the railway’s beginning. Some of the steam engines date to the 1920s.
LOWENDENKMAL (LION MONUMENT)
Just north of Löwenplatz is the famous Lion Monument, a huge figure of a dying lion hewn from the face of the rock ledge. Designed by Thorwaldsen in 1820, the monument commemorates the death of 26 officers and more than 700 troops of the Swiss Guards.
Swiss knives are legendary for their sharpness, strength and durability. Made famous as ‘Swiss army knives’, these are available at various shops in the old town of Lucerne. The multi-utility versions of Swiss army knives make a great gift for the seasoned traveler or the camping-addict.
When it comes to timekeeping, is there any other higher authority than the legendary Swiss watchmakers? Cuckoo clocks are a direct product of this watchmaking expertise. The clocks are uniquely Swiss and should definitely be on your list of things to buy in Lucerne.
Cowbells – the ubiquitous Swiss souvenir, something that every tourist picks up in Switzerland, be it a backpacker, a tour group or a bespoke traveler! Cowbells are sold in all sizes in most souvenir shops in Lucerne. Some shops can even customize a cowbell to make it your personal and unique Swiss souvenir. When in Lucerne, make sure you pick up a few small cowbells to gift your friends and family.
The craftsmen at the ateliers in Lucerne are masters of traditional handicraft. Some of the finest Swiss handicraft items like music boxes, nativity scenes, toys and hand-carved decorations are lovingly made at these workshops.
The traditional cuisine of Lucerne is very satisfying and warming. Rich soups, hearty dishes of potatoes and pasta, as well as sweet and unsweetened pastries, are widespread here.
There are a number of hotels to stay in Lucerne according to the budget of the travellers. When in Switzerland, try out the famous Swiss cuisine. Lucerne has plenty of highly rated restaurants and cafes that serve lip-smacking local cuisines.
Along with sweet and savoury dishes in the Swiss cuisine, they are also known for their locally produced beverages like “Rivella” which is a lactose-based carbonated drink. Apple juice is also widely produced and consumed in different parts of Switzerland.
BON PERE WILLIAM
While visiting Lucerne, you can try all these dishes at local restaurants. Some of these restaurants also customize the traditional dishes to give a twist of taste for people who like to try out experimental cuisine.
Raclette is a dish native to parts of Switzerland. The raclette cheese round is heated, either in front of a fire or by a special machine, then scraped onto diners’ plates. In at least one traditional Geneva restaurant the solid cheese is impaled on a spike next to the fire so that it drips.
Rostis (or properly spelt rösti), which originate from Switzerland, typically are pan fried in a medium(ish) skillet then cut up to serve as a side dish for a meal.
COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Foreign travellers who are fully vaccinated are permitted to enter Switzerland. Travelling from India to Switzerland. Visitors from India are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Switzerland. Permitted travelers can enter Switzerland without any further pandemic-related measures. Visitors from India are not required to quarantine after entering Switzerland.