The most amazing feeling about traveling is visiting a place for the very first time without any expectation and an open mind. I was what you might be able to say a virgin when it came to Lucerne, I researched every stop online when I was traveling through Europe and kind of knew what to expect when I got to these places, I guess that is the controlling side of me that just has to know and just had to be organised, but I have to admit just going with the flow, in other words trusting that it will be ok to visit a place without knowing everything about it before I get there……… I have absolutely blown away with the picture perfect Lake Lucerne.
I arrive at Lake Lucerne in the late afternoon, the sun was still up, beautiful clear blue sky but the wind was bit cold. Walking through this beautiful town, on the Chapel bridge called the Kapellbrucke was a priceless experience, its a wooden footbridge with a roof, spanning diagonally across the Reuss River. It is covered with beautiful colorful flowers, this bridge is Lucerne’s best-known landmark. Lucerne in German is Luzern, it is located on the northwestern end of Lake Lucerne. The river Reuss flows out of the lake here and tourism is the biggest part of Lucerne’s economy.
Switzerland is the only place in Europe that has its own currency called Swiss Franc. Euros are accepted in the shops but you will only get a change in Swiss Franc. This picture-perfect town has beautiful little souvenir shops, a big department store with everything you can image, swiss knife and clocks of any size and shape. Nice little streets off the riverside walk an endless amount of cafes by the riverside. In my very bad German / Swiss, I managed to order my favorite hot beverage – skinny chai latte to take away. Enjoying my Chai sitting by the lake taking in the energy of Lucerne, its natural beauty, so many shades of green, the freshness and the pureness of the lake makes you really feel so peaceful ……. after my little break, I wander off to Visit the Lion Monument.
The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. The carving of this sculpture is done on the live stone and the pictures just don’t do justice, you just have to see it in person to admire the creativity and the work that has been put into this monument.
Lucerne is definitely a must visit if you are visiting Switzerland
(1) Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge)
(2) Church of St Leodegar
(3) Boat Cruise on Lake Lucerne (try the Historic paddle wheel steamer)
(4) The Lion Monument
(5) Mt Rigi
(7) Mount Pilatus
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