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Switzerland Lucerne KKL Pier

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A: Lake Lucerne

by Willy Kaemena, 40 meters away

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne

B: KKL - Lucerne Switzerland

by i360HD, 70 meters away

KKL - culture and convention center ( German: Kultur- und Kongresszentrum) and Concert hall.The KKL L...

KKL - Lucerne Switzerland

C: Culture and Convention Center of Lucerne

by Lucas Corato, 80 meters away

design by Architect Jean Nouvel, in a winter scene; compare with nearby panorama taken in summertime....

Culture and Convention Center of Lucerne

D: KKL Lucerne

by Willy Kaemena, 80 meters away

Culture and Convention Center of Lucerne KKL

KKL Lucerne

E: Switzerland Lucerne University Yellow Tables

by Markus Kaeppeli, 180 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne University Yellow Tables

F: Boat landing at Luzern

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 180 meters away

Winter photo at the boat landing in Lucerne, Switzerland. From the dock, you can see the old city on ...

Boat landing at Luzern

G: Bicycles at Station

by Willy Kaemena, 190 meters away

Bicycle parking facilities at Lucerne Train Station

Bicycles at Station

H: Switzerland Lucerne Bahnhofplatz Nord

by Markus Kaeppeli, 190 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Bahnhofplatz Nord

I: Historic Station Portal

by Willy Kaemena, 200 meters away

1971 the Lucerne train station burned completely down. As a reminder this portal stands now in front ...

Historic Station Portal

J: lucerne bahnhofplatz

by Markus Kaeppeli, 200 meters away

The old railway station of Lucerne burnt down in 1971. It took some time until 1991 for the construct...

lucerne bahnhofplatz

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