Apr 18, 2012 - 12:13 PM
1. Lucerne is a beautiful city and you'll arrive in the center of the city. The Kappelbrücke (Chapel Bridge)
is near to the station where you'll arrive, don't miss it. For other information see this link
. In a few hours you'll be able to see at least some of the nice parts of this city.
2. You won't have a problem leaving your suitcase at either Lucerne or Rapperswil railway station. There are luggage lockers or there's a luggage department where you can leave your suitcase.
3. Do you allready have your Swiss Passes, and if so, is not indicated on the Passes yet what will be the first day of validity as well as the duration of validity? In that case you will only have to show it to the train personnel if they ask for it. If you are in doubt about this I would suggest you to ask the train personell as early as possible.
4. Most probably, you won't have any communication problems railway stations, in trains, hotels and restaurants. You'll start in the French speaking part of Switzerland, and proceed to the German speaking part. I don't think there is a need to buy books. (By the way: Italian is the third main language of this country)