The Grand Tour of Europe was a staple of European travel among young men of means, laying the groundwork for their cultural education at a time when mobile phones weren't around to pull up the world's greatest art and music at the press of a button. Lucerne, Switzerland, played host to countless English and American literary figures and aristocrats of the era by way of the Grand Tour.
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Lucerne thrives on tourism. British expatriate and author Diccon Bewes, who focuses his literary efforts on his adopted homeland, calls Lucerne Switzerland’s prettiest city. So it’s no wonder throngs of Japanese, Chinese, European and North American tourists funnel out of tour buses and onto the cobblestone streets of Lucerne with their cameras armed and ready.