The capital of the Canton of Lucerne, a city that already in the middle-ages used to be called a city of bridges. Today it has the same nickname. Everything stayed same. During your first walk through the city it will come to your mind that the citizens have sufficient amount of bridges. Maybe you will think that this is the most beautiful city you have ever seen.
We are in Switzerland. If you had any doubts about it, for example due to the look of some buildings, in Lucerne you will have not any. In Lucerne there is everything “Swissy”, everything is according to the Swiss rules, clear, well maintained, and in peace. We were given a Czech guide who appeared to be a very nice lady living already few years in Switzerland. We arrived in the train so our journey in Lucerne naturally began in the train station. We had admired the genuine train station portal and we continued on.
There would be no chance you wouldn’t notice large concentrations of covered wooden bridges in a relatively small area above the waters of Lake Lucerne and theReuss river, as well as Swiss Alps. The Old Town is connected with the new by the oldest covered bridge in the world the Kapellbrücke/Chapel Bridge and theJunkman Bridge . The Chapel Bridge was built in the 14th century and includes a hexagonal tower that used to be a lighthouse, water tower and even a prison. The bridge used to be the longest. It is decorated with 111 board paintings one of which has the motive from the Crossbow series when the hero tries to shoot of an apple from the head of his son.
Lucerne is for many reasons considered to be the most important city of central Switzerland and according to the Swiss it is the most beautiful city. The roots of tourism in this picturesque city go as far as to the year 1840. Lucerne represents the living cultural center of the region and the fourth largest Swiss agglomeration. Lucern can thank for its growth to its beautiful surroundings as well as geographic location since it is located on an important north-south route between the Swiss Plateau and the Alps.
The Swiss lion and an omnipresent Asia
There are many places worth visiting in Lucerne. One of them is undoubtedly the Lion Monument – Lucerne’s symbol. If you had visited Lucerne, and wouldn’t see the lion it would be almost a sin. Mark Twain wrote that it is the saddest and the most moving piece of stone in the world. According to the Asians, who take thousands of pictures of it, it is just a part of their albums. A nine meters relief of a lion that is careved into the sandstone behind the lake is primarily a symbol of bravery and self-sacrifice of Louis XVI soldiers who were killed in the Tuileries in Paris in 1792. While you will be admiring the sad lion you should visit also the Glacier park, nearby.
The history of Lucerne begins already in the 8th century. However, then it was just a small fishing village. Later Lucerne gained some respect and was the very fist city that joined the Swiss confederation. During the religious wars it supported the Catholics. People who are fond of history will enjoy stay there. History can be traced on every corner. It can be said that an obligatory stop should be a Franciscan church built in 1279, which makes him is the oldest church in the city. In the same area you can find also the Jesuit church built towards the end of the 17Th century.
Swiss Zurich is not only a very cosmopolitan city where everyone feels really like at home, but also an area that the history can touch you very intensively. This is true despite the fact that most sites you can see not in one day, but few hours. Despite this the people remains on their memory, which are hardly deletes from the head.
This time we visit a small European country whose immediate neighbors are Austria and Switzerland. If you think it is Liechtenstein, do you think it is right. This principality extends into the Rhine Valley, surrounded by the majestic Alps.
Today, we take a look at Zurich from bird's eye for we make a hike onto Üetliberg hill which belongs to the Albis mountains. The main train station in the town will be our point of start. Here we get on a train and take ride to the hill.
Near Engelberg town in central Switzerland, there are sevreal Alpine summits. We decided to climb up Brunni mountain to reach Brunnihütte (1860 m), a point of interest we intended to see. You can do the entire trail on foot. However, a cable car will save you considerable energy (but not money). Choosing a slower pace you will climb the entire mountain easily especially had you as good weather conditions as we did.
We remain in Europe this time. Our goal is Geneva which is nicknamed the capital of peace. Geneva is the second largest city after Zurich. It is known as the home of many international organizations (WHO, CERN, OSN etc.). One of its major landmarks is the famous Palace of the Nations (Palais des Nations). We will talk about it next time.
Engelberg resort town is a starting place to our trip. It is known for rich system of bike trails and hike trails. Also skiers will enjoy the place in winter. Engelberg, one can say, is in the center of Switzerland, in Obwalden canton at 1050 meters.
This summer will also be full of all kinds of experiences. Go together with us to explore the country with colorful mountain meadows, creeks, rumbling waterfalls, steep rocks and snowy glaciers reflecting sunshine.
Basel is also a town of many museums. The most known is the Kunstmuseum (the Museum of Art). I love to remember walks on riverbank of the Rhine. Especially, after sundown we watched bridges, Minster monastery and other buildings in the city-center.
Lets look on places worth visiting with skis, snowboard or other winter sports equipment. Which are the longest ski slopes offered by European ski resorts? It the main topic of our travel to interesting places.
We arrived in a great style – in a carriage - at a Benedictine monastery, in Titlis Valley, that stands there since 1120 stands there since. On a carriage there was a young Czech woman that tries to earn some money in Switzerland.
Zurich means for tourists primarily city of Limmat River and slightly high, but more beautiful historic centre. But for the Swiss is primarily of financial capital across the country. If Zurich fell down, and would fell the all Swiss economy, almost as famous as their watches.