Living in Lucerne - Everyday life
Everyday life in Lucerne
Lucerne’s well-preserved medieval centre dates back to the 8th century and is an attractive area for shopping, strolling and dining.
The two largest Swiss supermarket chains are Migros and Coop, the latter a bit more expensive than the former. Both chains have low-price products: M-Budget (green and white packaging, Migros) and Prix Garantie (pink packaging, Coop). The opening hours in Switzerland are mainly from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm, at Lucerne main station longer and even on Sundays and public holidays.
The history and the geographical situation are reflected in the Swiss food influenced by Italian, French and many other international traditions. Some Swiss gastronomic specialities are chocolate and cheese fondue. The latter one is a very sociable way of eating with friends and family. Rösti are hash browns traditionally accompanied by a Bratwurst, Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (chopped veal on a mushroom cream sauce), fried eggs or melted alp cheese. Very popular is also the Bircher Müesli, a mix of cereals, small pieces of fresh fruit, milk and yoghurt. It is a healthy Swiss version of breakfast or eaten as a snack.