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Pride Life Magazine - - TRAVEL -

The Lucerne Card, avail­able from the tourist of­fice (Zen­tral­strasse, 5) or your ho­tel, of­fers un­lim­ited travel on all pub­lic trans­port in Lucerne as well as dis­counted ad­mis­sion to many mu­se­ums and gal­leries. Prices start at 12 Euros (19 Swiss francs) for 24 hours.

A broad­band con­nec­tion is avail­able in most ho­tels but you may have to pay for it. Bet­ter to head for the old town where most of the area en­joys free pub­lic wifi.

You won’t hear lo­cals call­ing their lake Lucerne. Its name in Ger­man is Vier­wald­stät­tersee, which trans­lates as “lake of the four for­est can­tons”, re­fer­ring to the four can­tons on its shores – Uri, Ob­walden, Nid­walden and Lucerne – which made up the orig­i­nal can­tons of the Swiss Con­fed­er­a­tion in the 14th cen­tury.

If you’re plan­ning to use Lucerne as a base from which to see the rest of Switzer­land, the Swiss pass is ex­cel­lent value. Valid for pe­ri­ods from four days to one month, it en­ti­tles you to un­lim­ited travel through­out the en­tire coun­try’s trans­porta­tion sys­tem, as well as sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions at mu­se­ums and other tourist attractions. It is only avail­able to the non-Swiss. Go to swis­strav­el­sys­tem.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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