A town and a lake, Luzern (Lucerne in French) is quintessential Switzerland: clean, quaint, and prosperous, with clear fresh air. Half-timbered houses and ancient bridges on the Reuss River are among the sights you’ll see as you stroll around the town. Visit the Picasso Museum, where most of the works on show date from the latter part of the artist’s life.
Plenty of entertainment is laid on, too, with regular music events (the town has its own orchestra) and a thriving nightlife. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, market stalls line the arcaded streets of the Old Town.