Lucerce surprises world travelers with its stunning beauty. For its nature contrasts, lakeside scenery and mountainous panoramas it is called a pearl of Switzerland. In addition there are plenty of shopping centers, luxury boutiques, vintage shops. Buying gifts, watches, chocolate and trekking equipment here is a great fun.
Shopping areas in Lucerne
Shopping areas in Lucerne are split between the Old Town and the New Town of Lucerne. Fisrt of all have a walk between Schwanenplatz along Lake Lucerne and Mühlenplatz. You will find plenty of clothing, shoe and antique boutiques, exclusive jewelry and watch stores. Also a large number of shops are based within proximity to the Town Hall, around the Corne Market, and along the Rathausgasse.
For watches visit Gübelin Watch Shop (near Schwanenplatz and Löwenplatz), which sells Breguet, Patek Philippe, and its own watch brand. For jewelry explore the Bucherer Jewelry and Watch Store, which offers Audemars Piguet, Piaget, and Rolex watches, Swiss Army knives, cuckoo clocks, crystals, and other trinkets.
Finally for souveniers souvenirs head to Schwanenplatz and check out the Casagrande Gift Shop and Schweizer Heimatwerk. Both offer handcrafted souvenirs, including Swiss knives, cow bells, key rings, clothes, postcards, shirts, caps, watches, cuckoo clocks, wood carvings, and music boxes.
Markets in Lucerne
Lucerne hosts numerous weekly, monthly, and seasonal markets. This includes food, flower, craft and flea markets, as well as the Christmas one.
Every Tuesday and Saturday mornings, citizens will flock to the Farmer’s Market, which is located around the Rathausquai, Unter der Egg, and Bahnhofstrasse. This outdoor market, which is open from 8 AM to 1 PM, offers a large selection of local fruits and vegetables, flowers, meats, cheese, fresh pastas, and sauces.
Every Saturday, from May to October, there is a flea market along the Burgerstrasse and Reusssteg beside Reuss River.
From April to December, there is a handicrafts market held at the Weinmarkt every first Saturday. Located in Lucerne’s Old Town it is a great place to find unique handmade gifts made of glass, textiles, wood, ceramics, and/or metal.
Other markets include the Fish Market at the end of Unter der Egg right on the Reuss River, and the city’s traditional Christmas Market, held in December in the Franziskanerplatz.
Shopping Centers in Lucerne
Located just outside of Lucerne and close to Zurich, the Mall of Switzerland is one of the nation’s largest shopping malls. This mall boasts over 100 shops, from international fashion brands, to local producers. There is also a 12-screen multiplex cinema, which features Switzerland’s largest IMAX screen, as well as a fitness center, and 18 different restaurants.
The Emmen Center, which is another one of the largest shopping centers in Switzerland, is just a 15 minutes bus ride from Lucerne. Here you’ll find more than 80 shops under one roof, making this place ideal for all your shopping needs.
For out-of-town shopping centers, check out the Pilatusmarkt in Kriens and the Länderpark in Stans. These large shopping centers have a variety of stores that range from electronics, glasses, and gardening supplies, to pharmaceuticals, clothes, and shoes.