lucerne is to my mind so far the most charming city in switzerland. for potential visitors, include “in the package” a trip to one of the two mountains, Rigi or Pilatus (check at the tourist office for the weather/view, pilatus tends to have its head in the clouds). this saturday went with (other) two friends who visited me for the week-end down to lucerne and up on the Rigi. in lucerne we walked into an “old town festival”, lots of concerts, food, drinks and… people on the streets, and then down to vitznau and caught the last train up to the mountain. view, sunset, and all. nice.