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Old 22.04.2013, 21:56
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Recommended parts of Luzern to live in

My wife and I plan to move to Luzern next year and will be visiting the city this coming June for a vacation and to get to know the place better.

When we move we will want to rent an apartment and it would be really helpful if any members could assist in letting us know about the districts in the city which would be the most suitable for us to do some in-depth reconnaissance.

We'd like to live in a relatively quiet neighbourhood but with local shopping facilities. We have no children so schools etc are not relevant. We will be using public transport so reasonably good access to those facilities is needed. Part of the allure of coming to Switzerland is the spectacular views of lakes and mountains so proximity (and ideally an actual view) would be great.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions to try or avoid.
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Old 22.04.2013, 22:31
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Re: Recommended parts of Luzern to live in

Hi. I havent been here too long, but here's my 2 cents:

Kriens and Horw are much less expensive that Luzern (but only a stones throw away.) I live in Horw, sharing a 3 rm flat, very quiet, awesome view of Pilatus, 5 minute walk to bus stop or food store, 15 minute walk to shopping center. 15 minute bus or bike ride to Luzern train station. The prices in Luzern (the city) can be much more expensive in some neighborhoods... Baselstrasse is the least expensive area in the city (lots of eastern europeans there, kind of 'the ghetto' of Luzern, though its quite nice), inexpensive but nice places can be found in Libellenstrasse (quiet, have character), the most expensive area is maybe Bramberg (all old, nice houses), or Seeburg (on the lakeside in between the hotels and Verkehrshaus). Modern, new apartments can be found on Tribschenstrasse. Lots of business people there it seems. If you are going to be making a whole lot of money in your job, it may be worthwhile to check the tax rates and see how they will effect you. Rates are different in each gemeinde (municipality) In general, places with low taxes have high rent, but if you make enough it may make more sense to live in one of these places (Meggen, for example) If you have lots to spend, you could check out St. Niklausen or Kastanienbaum, both with lakeside homes and incredible views. Good sites to look for apartments are home.ch and comparis.ch. Good luck!

PS.relatively quiet is, well, completely relative. Where are you moving from? Luzern is a quiet city, even in the noisiest parts. Everything closes early. I used to live downtown and If i went out on the balcony at night it was eerily quiet. Everyone goes to sleep early, everything closes at 4 on Saturdays and is closed Sunday, too. It may be a little more noisy when the weather is nice in the summer (like when you are here visiting), but i doubt it....you'll see soon enough...
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Re: Recommended parts of Luzern to live in

Luzern is a fantastic city to live in. I have been living here for a couple years now, so I have picked up on the better or worse areas of the city. In general the city is super clean and safe, especially since I have used to North American cities - in which I usually didn't go outside after 10 p.m.

The only area that I would not want to live in is Emmen and Emmenbrücke area. They have lots of shopping and cheap flats, but it comes at a price. There always seems to be police around the train stations in these areas. And if there ever is a stabbing or robbery in Luzern, it is likely in this area.

Another maybe not so great area is Tribschenstrasse area. It has the benefit of being very close to the Bahnhof, but it is often the place where prostitutes stand around at night. It is also the only area in Luzern where I have seen needles laying around.

The best area, in my opinion, is either in the old-town or in the Maihofquartier. The old town is the area directly behind Schwanenplatz. It includes cute shops and cobblestone pedestrian streets. Quite beautiful 'altmodern' flats often come up for rent here, usually on Hertensteinstrasse or Grendelstrasse. This area is walkable to the Bahnhof. The only downside is limited parking and lots of tourists in the summer.

My favorite area is the Maihofquartier, in the area surrounding Maihofstrasse. This area is a short 7 min bus ride from the Bahnhof. It has the bonus of being in Luzern, but in a quieter neighborhood. One of Luzern's best parks, at the Rotsee (its a small lake), is right in the neighborhood too. Lots of well-maintained buildings and definitely safe to walk around at night.

Annyways, I hope this helps!
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