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Report 1566: We Love Switzerland

By Kathryn J from USA, Summer 2008

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Page 8 of 12: Luzern and Weggis 8/30/08

photo by Kathryn

View of steamer on Lake Luzern from Weggis

The train station in Luzern is very large and we had no idea where the car rental agency would be, so I asked at the large TI adjacent to the station. We had to walk about three blocks, but picked up the rental car with a minimum of difficulty. The man at the car rental (Autoeurope but in the Europecar office) gave us easier driving directions than the Via Michelin pages I had printed. We stayed on the "lake" road all the way to Weggis and it was quite easy. However, finding our apartment was a challenge. It was in a residential area with a very narrow road that twisted and turned and would only allow one car at a time. We did find it eventually and it was lovely. Much bigger than the Lauterbrunnen apartment, but not quite as charming. It did have a lovely view of Lake Luzern from the front porch and living room.

By the time we settled in and rested a little from the trip, the grocery store in Weggis was closed. Because it was a Saturday, we ended up driving back into Luzern to the train station to buy groceries. If you need to use the COOP or Migros in the train stations, especially when the other stores are closed, be aware that they are very crowded. We are such spoiled Americans - Dennis could not grasp that the stores really do close early on Saturday and don't open again until Monday morning.

Driving in Switzerland was extremely easy and because of the location of our apartment in Weggis, I was very glad we had the car. Weggis is a very pretty little town but much bigger than Lauterbrunnen and it took some time to learn our way around. We also missed the convenience of the small Lauterbrunnen.

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