I was struck by the immense beauty of Lucerne as soon as I stepped out of the train station.   It’s a city that has the perfect mix of tradition, history and contemporary flare. It’s romantic, energetic and enchanting. Here are a few more reasons why Lucerne has a special place in my heart.

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Lucerne train station
The waterfront in Lucerne is hard to beat with its crystal clear water, pretty swans and superbe historical buildings
The waterfront in Lucerne is hard to beat with its crystal clear water, pretty swans and historical buildings
Chapel bridge. One of the beautiful bridges that cross over the river Reuss.
Chapel bridge. One of the beautiful bridges that cross over the river Reuss
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Living Yoga studio. The most gorgeous space this yogi has ever seen

I loved my experience(s) at Living Yoga studio so much that I wrote a blog post about it.

Lucerne food and flower market. Opened on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Lucerne food and flower market. Opened on Tuesdays and Saturdays
hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland
I have a passion for luxury hotels. The Schweizerhof hosted a cool musical performance during the Blue Balls festival
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Boutique Le Prince sells organic beauty products, home accents, accessories and other gorgeous treasures
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The Lion Monument. Beautiful, peaceful and a little haven in a bustling city
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There are 225 fountains in the metropolitan area of Lucerne. All of them carry clean tap water
There are street stands along the water with gorgeous finds such as these beauties sold by the nicest Egyptian man.
There are street stands along the water selling everything from sunglasses to lamps. We ended up purchasing one of these beauties

Of course, I can’t visit a new city without doing a bit of shopping. Although I’ve been on a spending freeze lately, I still wanted to see what Lucerne had to offer from a design point of view. Robert and I visited some beautiful furniture stores. Many were too expensive to actually purchase anything but it was still fun to browse and get inspired.

I didn’t visit a lot of clothes stores, probably because I didn’t want to tempt myself too much.  We did however make a detour to check out the Young Designers Market to discover what the local talent had to offer.  I have to say I was quite impressed with what I found. From home decor accessories to clothes and jewerly, the boutique seems to only feature the best of the best. Here are a few pics from their website and e-shop:

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Young Designers Market
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STAN & HARVEY
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Fabio Rutishauser
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Rothirsch Switzerland
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KYOTO
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NAGOYA

And below a few (less professional) shots taken by me in store s starting with my favourites from Everything Has Purpose by designer Bianca Sissing (who is also my yoga teacher in Lucerne, a fellow Canuck!). When I first saw her bracelets at Living Yoga, I wanted to buy all of them. Then I saw her gorgeous yoga mat bags and had to control myself not to shop til I dropped. Update: Because I loved Bianca’s creations so much, I wrote a full post here.

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Pretty patterns and fringe. What more could a yogi ask for?!

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Bianca also makes gorgeous delicate bracelets with positive messages like the two featured at right in the above photo. And below are a few other beautiful finds from the Young Designers Market:

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Even if a picture is worth a thousand words, I still don’t think that all those featured here do justice to the experience of being in Lucerne. You have to see it for yourself to truly appreciate this lovely city and I hope you do get a chance to visit some day.

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4 thoughts on “I heart Lucerne

    • Ok, je suis méga en retour sur cette réponse! Je n’avais jamais vu ton commentaire en 2014. Terriblement désolée! J’espère que tu vas bien ma chérie. Moi je suis encore en Suisse jusqu’au 4 septembre et j’en profite au max. Gros bisous et merci pour ton gentil commentaire!

      Geneviève xoxo

  • J’ai, moi aussi, été absolument charmée par Lucerne. J’ai été en Suisse 2 fois, fait le tour et c’est réellement la plus belle ville de toutes.
    Le rythme m’a complètement relaxée et ce paysage… my god !

    • Bonjour Eugénie! Ceci est vraiment gênant mais pour une raison que j’ignore, je n’ai pas vu ton commentaire lorsque tu l’as soumis en 2014. Tellement désolée! Moi aussi je dois dire que Lucerne est de loin ma ville préférée en Suisse. C’est devenu un 2e chez-moi en quelque sort et j’adore l’énergie qu’on y retrouve. C’est charmant, chic mais aussi très chaleureux. Et que dire de l’architecture et de la vue au bord du lac! Tu crois revenir en Suisse bientôt?

      Geneviève xx

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