From the Art ‘Otel in Amsterdam, we took a 30 minute taxi ride (about 55 euros) to the Schipol Amsterdam Airport. Afer a one hour EasyJet plane ride to Basel, Switzerland, we exited on the Swiss side, purchased train tickets to Lucerne (after exiting customs, to the right), then took a 20 min. bus ride to the SBB train station where we boarded a train headed for Lucerne (1 hour).
We walked from the train station in Lucerne to the Radisson Blu Hotel (10 min. walk) and checked in while enjoying the colorful lobby. Our business class room included daily buffet breakfast. We had a view of the train station – it was suprisingly very quiet in the room though!
The water is safe to drink in Switzerland, or you can order bottled water for about $15 US – vacationing in Switzerland is not cheap! Order the local water in the carafe and they will only charge $5 – the local water is clean and very good. Food was up to 5 times what we usually pay for food in LA – and not always good. We walked A LOT. Over 16,000 steps in one day according to the fitbit. Highlights of our time in Lucerne were walking over the Chapel Bridge in town, across from the Train Station, and doing the Gold Tour of Mt. Pilatus (boat ride from Lucerne to Alpinshtad, world’s steepest cog railway to the top of Mt. Pilatus, hiking at the top around the Dragon Trail, Gondola ride down the mountain and local bus ride back to Lucerne for $120 each person). The views were breathtaking, but the food at the nice hotel restaurant at the top was expensive and absolutely horrible. I would recommend not eating on the Mountain, but waiting until you get back into town.
On the bright side, we had a very good dinner at Luce, our hotel restaurant on our last evening in Switzerland. 2 days in Lucerne ended up being perfect for us to get an overview of this charming town.