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Schools in Luzern

Hi all,
We are a Danish family of 5 who has lived and worked in Solothurn for the past 4 years. We are considering a move to Luzern this summer (2020) due to a job shift and would be so grateful if anybody could give us some input on local schooling and general living in Luzern.
We have just started our "journey" of getting to know Luzern, but as it is a "local" move, we are familiar with a life in Switzerland.
We are looking to find a home downtown Luzern, which seem to be a challenge.
Our kids are:
6 (1.grade)
12 (6. grade)
16 (1. Gymnasium: Sports Klasse)

We are a very active family and look for a new triathlon and tennis club.
Our oldest son is in The Swiss Kader system (triathlon) and we hope that he will be able to transfer to the sports gymnasium in the city.

If you have any input on:
- Schooling (primary (coming 2.grade and secondary coming 7. grade) - in particular experience with integrating "foreign" kids in the local schools. My kids German level is good, however they went to international school until last summer and are still learning. How have you experienced the openness to none-Swiss kids?
- Housing (how do we navigate in the market? We naturally look at both homegate.ch and immoscout24.ch, but find that there are very few objects available. We are looking for 5 rooms (min 160 kvm).

Any input is massively appreciated,

Warm Regards
Anna
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Re: Schools in Luzern

Regarding triathlon there is loolaba tri club in Luzern. Its a young/new club and to my knowledge there is no kids section, just adults (your 16 yr old may just fit in anyway if its just him looking for a club, there is a small group of active members). There is also clubs in Sursee and Hergiswil but I think you will be just as well as informed as I am on those if you are already active on the tri scene.

Wurzenbach and Pilatus are the 2 tennis places/ clubs I am aware of in and around Luzern, not sure how active they are:
http://www.tc-pilatus.ch
https://www.swisstennis.ch/swt_club/swt_club/10

For the size of property you are looking for I am not surprised you are struggling to find properties. In central Luzern there really isn't much that size available, I'd think you'd need to get lucky to find one to meet what you were looking for. We actually moved out of central Luzern for this reason amongst others. Not sure your reasons for why you want to live in central Luzern and my preference with my 2 young kids was to move out to get them a bit more space. There are perhaps options towards the direction of Horw / St Niklausen which I imagine would be nice, also in the direction of the transport museum on the hill there are "nice" properties that are larger, but a reasonable distance from the hub of central Luzern. But I don't know your budget and what exactly you are looking for. We have lived near the Ufschötti in Luzern and I found that great for someone with a Tri background (track running, lake swimming as specific examples why).

There are more options in places (villages / towns) v close to Luzern that are family friendly if that is an option for you. Might be worth widening the search slightly to give you an idea of what is available. Good luck in your search.

I wouldn't expect the kids to have largely varying school experiences in Luzern compared to Solothurn. I have no personal experience except to say that as an adult Luzern is clearly less international (I'd imagine similar to Solothurn) than somewhere like Zurich. If you want a more "international" feel, there is there option to go in the direction of Zug to somewhere like Hünenberg (lots of expats / international people), but that doesn't sound like that is what you are looking for. I don't think I would be concerned about schooling with my v limited experience.

I joke, but Luzern is know as the "urinal (pissoir)" of Switzerland due to the amount of rain it gets and weather wise it isn't too unfair I think, it is certainly v foggy for the autumnal / winter part of the year (Pilatus and the other mountains nearby help to create the local weather fronts).

Happy to help further if you have any specific questions.
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