Zurich or Lucerne as a base for 3 days mid January

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Dec 15, 2017 - 4:25 AM

Hello we are landing in Zurich Jan 13 early morning. Leaving 16 Jan early morning. What is the best way to make the best of our time. we want to take advantage of the nightlife and daytime sightseeing. We were thinking of staying in Zurich and travelling to Lucerne to do sightseeing. What else can we do. Or should we stay in Lucerne 2 nights and stay in Zurich 3rd night Please guide

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Dec 15, 2017 - 7:31 AM

Hi Basils99,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! In most cases Lucerne is a better base as it's near the Alps while Zurich isn't. That's probably the area you'd like to see, so you will save time by staying in Lucerne. But ultimately it depends on what your interests are. By the way, there is a direct train from Lucerne to Zurich airport and it only takes an hour, so unless your flight is very early, you can stay all nights in Lucerne and save more time by not switching hotels. On the first day you could explore Zurich before proceeding to Lucerne and put your luggage in lockers at the train station. This way you use your time efficiently.

Please find activity and hotel suggestions, and more about both cities, here:

Last modified on Dec 15, 2017 - 8:56 AM by Arno
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Dec 15, 2017 - 8:38 AM in reply to Basils99

When you say "Leaving 16 Jan early morning" what time is that and where are you going?

If an international flight 10:30am or earlier I would suggest you stay in Zurich the night before departure. But Lucerne is a much nicer place to visit.

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