Win A Spectacular City Break In Lucerne, Switzerland

Just in time to satisfy that autumn getaway itch, we’re giving away a culture-packed long weekend in Switzerland's City of Light, including return flights from London for two and three nights in one of the city's best hotels

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While Switzerland's snow-sure season and alpine scenery mean it is often pigeon-holed as a winter destination, the country offers an equally magical setting for an autumn escape: think lush green valleys, burnished foliage displays around sparkling lakes and clear blue skies. With epic railways to be ridden, road trips to be taken and waterside cities to be explored, inspiration abounds.

And where better to dive in than in Switzerland's City of Light? Lucerne has long been a muse for artists and writers such as JMW Turner and Mark Twain, and we're offering one reader and a plus one the opportunity to experience its enchanting effect for themselves. We'll fly you from London to Zurich and back, on none other than award-winning airline SWISS and we'll also equip you both with Swiss Travel Passes that give you four days of access to public transport (first class, of course) and entry into more than 500 museums.

Waterfront, Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland


Just like the glassy lake so central to the city, there's a lot going on beneath the surface here, so we've also tapped into our little black book to organise a guided city tour and a leisurely lunch cruise on Lake Lucerne, giving you a deeper understanding of the area's culture, history, cuisine and architecture. In addition, we'll give you access to the iconic Swiss Museum of Transport, where you can top up your virtual air miles by co-piloting a flight simulator over the Alps. Forget museum fatigue: there are underwater experiences in 3D, iconic sports cars to admire and treats by Lindt's master chocolatiers to sample. Save space for later, though - we're also slipping you a Dine Around restaurant voucher worth £90.

A hallway at the Grand Lucerne Hotel, Lucerne, Switzerland
Dining room at the Grand Lucerne Hotel, Lucerne, Switzerland

Grand Hotel National

Finally, you'll be given the keys to one of Lucerne's best bedrooms at the Grand Hotel National for three nights. Opened in 1870 by Cesar Ritz, the elegant waterside establishment is one of the oldest - and finest - in Lucerne. Think glittering chandeliers, coffered ceilings and Jacquard wallpaper, plus superb proximity to Lake Lucerne - few places offer such spectacular views of the water and Mount Pilatus. Perfectly located on the promenade and just a five-minute walk from the city's old town, the hotel's majestic design elevates it beyond merely a base from which to explore whether you first order room service in your robe, schedule a deep tissue massage in the spa or sip signature cocktails at the sumptuous National Bar.

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