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Lucerne, Switzerland | View from Hotel - Restaurant Gütsch

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View from Hotel - Restaurant Gütsch. Lucerne is a city in north-central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of that country. Lucerne is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and the capital of the district of the same name. With a population of about 76,200 people

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucerne

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Text by Steve Smith.

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