If you find Lucerne's shopping crowds beginning to overwhelm and Old Town's painted buildings ceasing to impress, pop down a laneway and take a breath.
Hidden in plain sight, some of the best
bars, cafes and attractions in Lucerne are located just off of the main thoroughfares.
Don't walk past Magdalena's
Magdalena's is a small, colourful bar, tucked down a laneway of Lucerne's Old Town. If it's nice out, snag one of the few outdoor tables and belly up with a cold one to observe Lucerne's international throng of Christmas shoppers. Don't be intimidated by the row of regulars, sure to be planted at the bar, nor the serious (but friendly) bartender – this is a warm and welcoming place. If you're in need of more sustenance than beer, try their signature paella before venturing back out onto the streets.
Tip: Show up on Monday evenings for dinner and Spanish film screenings.
Restaurant/Bar St. Magdalena
Lucerne meets Beijing at the Galerie Urs Meile
The Galerie Urs Meile is a small but impactful space. The gallery's sister organization, a larger, Ai Weiwei designed artist complex, is located in Beijing, but the Swiss location also exhibits the work of featured artists from China, Europe and America. Staff at the gallery are friendly and informative, and open to conversation on art and culture.
Galerie Urs Meile Lucerne