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Lucerne is a great place to go for shopping. There are many unique shops and boutiques in the city, as well as some of the larger and more expensive stores that you would expect to see. The first thing that most people think of when it comes to Switzerland is the Swiss Army Knife or the Swatch. While knives and watches are made with precision and pride in Switzerland, they are not the only items to buy. You can buy some of the best chocolates in the world in Lucerne, and the prices are so low you will keep buying it, even if you know you shouldn't. Most of the stores in Lucerne will accept most major credit cards, so you don't have to worry about walking around with tons of cash on you. Another nice thing is that if you plan on buying large items, like paintings or sculptures, most stores in Lucerne also offer international shipping. This will save you the trouble of having to lug your goods all over Europe, as well as claiming them at customs. Some stores are also tax free. You should check in the window for the sticker to make sure, but the sales associates will also help you out if you ask them. In Switzerland, there is a 7.6% value-added tax on all goods, but that is already included in the sales tax. However, if you purchase something over 400 CHF, foreign visitors are entitled to a refund of the tax, so make sure you take advantage of that.