Where We Be
|Spreuer Bridge is the other famous covered medieval bridge in Lucerne, built in 1408. Our Tourist Hotel was just beyond this bridge on the far bank.
|This hardly does justice to beautiful Lake Lucerne, ringed by mountains but hidden here. We
took this photo while standing on the "Museggmauer," Lucerne's original medieval fortiified wall.
|Spreuer Bridge includes 56 triangular paintings in the roof panels depicting the “Dance of Death,” showing how the plague affected all levels of society
|I took this photo from Spreuer Bridge looking back towards Lucerne in the direction of the lake and train station
|Chapel Bridge is the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world (built 1333). It is quite lovely with its mossy roof, flower pots, and octagonal water tower.
|We especially enjoyed Lucerne's historic houses decorated with colorful frescoes lining the picturesque town squares
|Lucerne is William Tell country! This paddlewheel steamer, built in 1908, is now permanently anchored in Lucerne Bay and serves as a restaurant.
|Mark Twain once called this evocative sculpture of a dying lion “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world”
|Ironically, once we left Lucerne by train, the skies cleared and we saw our first sun in several days. This is not Lucerne but a village along our route.
|The famous Lion Monument, or “Lowendenkmal” (1820), commemorates Swiss soldiers who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution
|The restored Chapel Bridge (Kappelbrucke) is Lucerne's most famous landmark
|Lucerne's historic buildings are a real treat, beautifully maintained and lovingly decorated
An hour's train ride brought us from Zurich to
Lucerne. We got our first look at the city while
sitting on a bench at the edge of Lake Lucerne
munching on soft pretzels with raclette cheese
baked on top. It was a pretty spot -- ferry boats
pulled in and out of the dock and baby swans
swam nearby -- but unfortunately it was so
overcast we could only see hazy suggestions
of the mountains surrounding the lake. Poor
conditions continued for both days we were in
Lucerne, and we decided we'd have to come
back someday to see it in better weather; we
never got to tour the lake by ferry or hike the
Burgenstock Felsenweg trail over the lake. We
did see the rest of the city quite well though.
We walked all over Lucerne and especially
enjoyed the historic houses decorated with
frescoes lining the picturesque town squares.
Old Town is car-free, always a big plus in our
book. We walked atop the “Museggmauer,” or
medieval city wall, and visited the famous Lion
Monument, a large sculpture of a dying lion set
in a cliff face. We crossed both of Lucerne's
famous medieval covered bridges. Chapel
Bridge, quite close to the lake and train station,
was originally built in 1333 and restored after a
terrible fire in 1993 nearly destroyed it. It
crosses the Reuss River that runs through Old
Town. Further along is Spreuer Bridge. Dating
from 1408, it includes 56 triangular paintings in
the roof panels depicting the “Dance of Death,”
showing how the plague affected all levels of
society, rich and poor alike. Skeletons dance
with finely dressed ladies, fight on horseback,
and so on. Charming, wouldn't you say?