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Top Choice Swiss in Lucerne

Wirtshaus Galliker

Passionately run by the Galliker family for over four generations, this old-style, wood-panelled tavern attracts a lively bunch of regulars. Motherly waitresses dish up Lucerne soul food (rösti, chögalipaschtetli an…
Top Choice Bridge in Lucerne


You haven’t really been to Lucerne until you have strolled the creaky 14th-century Kapellbrücke, spanning the Reuss River in the Old Town. The octagonal water tower is original, but its gabled roof is a modern recon…
Top Choice Museum in Lucerne

Museum Sammlung Rosengart

Lucerne’s blockbuster cultural attraction is the Sammlung Rosengart, occupying a graceful neoclassical pile. It showcases the outstanding stash of Angela Rosengart, a Swiss art dealer and close friend of Picasso. Al…
Top Choice Museum in Locarno

Castello Visconteo

Named after the Visconti clan that long ruled Milan, this stout 15th-century castle’s nucleus was raised around the 10th century. It now houses a museum with Roman and Bronze Age exhibits and also hosts a small disp…
Top Choice Asian in Lucerne

Bam Bou

The Hotel’s below-street-level restaurant resembles a lacquered bento box and thrills with its pan-Asian menu. The Japanese flavours tend to win the most praise.
Top Choice Monument in Lucerne

Lion Monument

By far the most touching of the 19th-century sights that lured so many British to Lucerne is the Lion Monument. Lukas Ahorn carved this 10m-long sculpture of a dying lion into the rock face in 1820 to commemorate Sw…
Top Choice Library in St Gallen


St Gallen’s 16th-century library is one of the world’s oldest and the finest example of rococo architecture in Switzerland. Along with the rest of the monastery complex, the library forms a Unesco World Heritage Sit…
Top Choice Cathedral in St Gallen


St Gallen's twin-towered cathedral is only slightly less ornate than the world-famous, attention-hogging Stiftsbibliothek, nearby. The cathedral features dark and stormy frescos and aqua-green stucco embellishments.…
Top Choice Museum in St Gallen


St Gallen has long been an important hub of the Swiss textile industry, and this is the most interesting of the town’s several museums. Butterflies dance across the purple walls of the museum’s lounge bar, a fashion…
Top Choice International in St Gallen

Wirtschaft Zur Alten Post

Things are a little ritzy at this upmarket but historical Beizl (tavern), where St Gallen specialities like fat veal sausages with rösti are complemented by more-original creations such as French corn-fed chicken wi…