Hotel Bernina

Located directly across from the main railroad station

Phone: 011 41 22 908 49 50

I think about $60+ per night, incl. good breakfast.

For those who want to see one of the, only in my opinion, most boring and unadorned places in Europe, Geneva is your ticket. Hotel Bernina was clean, directly across from the large main station, and thus very conveniently located. Nearby (walk out the door to the left for 3-4 minutes) is a great buffet-type place to eat. Any food or liquid you care to enjoy is available from a variety of counters. Amazingly, from my 7th floor window I saw, above the rooftops of Geneva, way in the distance, brightly red illuminated at sunset, the unique claw shape of Mt. Blanc. The previous night, of course, I had roomed at the foot of that beautiful mountain in lovely Chamonix, France. A trip on the huge lake and a walk in the old town were the highlights of my Geneva visit. The huge fountain at Lake Geneva was unfortunately not in operation.


Hotel Schlüssel
Franziskanerplatz 12

Phone: 011 41 41 210 10 61

For reservations go here: Luzern-Hotels

You can't miss it. The Franciscan Church is right next to it and just a short walk from the station (left, away from the lake), past the post office, along the river. Clean, good restaurant, acceptable breakfast, and accommodating place in a fairytale town. The town itself ranks surely among the most picturesque in Europe. Nestled next to a large lake surrounded by the Alps. Luzern is a photographer's paradise and the area is a hiker's dream. Don't miss the fabulous, but strenuous hike up Mount Pilatus and ride down on the steepest cog railway in the world. For the less ambitious or able, the peak can be reached via cable car or the cog railway. You can also paddle or sail the lake or take a ride on one of the white tour ships to nearby towns or just around the lake. A special tour from town includes a lake cruise to the base of the mountain, a ride up and down with either cable car or cog railway and a return trip via boat. The very friendly main station personnel have tours and info available. On the lower concourse you will also find a room with several teller machines for your convenience.

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