Feeling ripped off and unhappy in Lucerne
Ah, yes, what pretty pictures. But Lucerne was like a vain woman – shallow, boring, self-important, and expensive. And if you look again it’s not really that pretty. It gets worse when the lights go off. Because nothing happens after dark in Lucerne. Then you realize you’ve spent all this time and money and basically got ripped off. That’s how we felt about Lucerne.
Sure, there’s a few nice views of the famous wooden bridge and the lake. There’s mountains in the distance. But after that there’s not much. Buildings and architecture are boring. Churches are boring (we’ve seen some nice churches on this trip – Lucerne’s are plain in comparison). The fort walls are not worth the 15 minute walk.
But what really angers me about Lucerne is the way they so unashameably rip off the tourist. Again, just like some beat down skank trying to squeeze its last bucks out of your pocket because she knows that her looks are fading and you won’t be back again. The ‘tourist stretch’ is on the lake side next to the chapel bridge – the restaurants there all screw you with their prices. 35 Swiss Francs for a plate of pasta? Come on. The thing is that everything in the old city closes down in the evening, by 8 pm there was nothing open except for those lake side restaurants. Except McDonalds. I havn’t eaten McDonalds in 5 years but we did in Lucerne. Screwed up my stomach and I was squeezing out some golden nuggets the next morning. That basically sums up what I thought of Lucerne.
Then there was our hotel, Hotel des Alpes. Mini bar: 4.20 SF for a small bottle of Sprite, 5.70 SF for a small bottle of Heineken. Everyone knows they’re going to pay more from a hotel mini bar, but 3 times the price? (we went to the market at the train station and picked up a Sprite for 1.30 SF). On top of it all, our hotel was the unfriendliest of any hotel on our travels. They wouldn’t even look up when we passed reception. A couple of old ladies at reception were so dour and mean-looking I was afraid to walk by without a cross in my hand and garlic around my neck. Note: I’ve included up link of the hotel up there if you want to book it. It get’s excellent reviews which I don’t understand. Maybe everything was just lined against us in Lucerne…
Lonely Planet recommends Lucerne. Trip Advisor named it one of the 100 Best destinations in the world. I just don’t get it…
Recommended Tour from Lucerne: We loved the Lauterbrunnen area and taking the train up Jungfraujoch (to the highest train station in Europe). You can do it from Lucerne with this tour.
Above: Statue outside the train station – you know what he’s saying right? (“wait, don’t leave without me…”)
Related: Your Travel Guide to Switzerland
Are we the only people not to have enjoyed Lucerne?
If you loved it tell me why – I’m always open to differing opinions!
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