Sunday July 17th ~ Lucerne, Switzerland
The train ride from Appenzell to Lucerne was another WOW for us. We are really enjoying seeing the scenery pass by from the comfort of our train seats. I could get addicted to this lifestyle.
I was briefly in Lucerne for one or two nights back in the early 1980’s. It was one of those “Tuesday it must be Belgium” type of group tours where we hit a dozen different countries in as many days. I was a lot younger then so it was OK both for my energy levels and my small pocketbook. This is Tim’s first time in Switzerland and I was excited for him to see a place I had such fond memories of.
The train connections were smooth, and after disembarking at the main station in Lucerne, we walked the five blocks to the Hotel Astoria. Our hotel room was ready for us when we arrived about 1:00pm.
Anxious to make the most of our time here, we dropped off our suitcases and hurried out the door to walk around the Old Town area, find the famous bridge, and see what else we could discover on our own.
Here is our afternoon in pictures:
Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge is a covered wooden bridge that runs diagonally across the Reuss River and is the symbol of Lucerne.
“…the bridge is unique because it contains a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with most of the centuries-old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently restored, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge.” ~ Wikipedia
The large stone Watertower, or Wasserturm, stands proudly next to the bridge. The tower has been used as a prison, torture chamber, municipal archive and today houses a gift shop.
Swans are in abundance and the tourists, young and old, enjoy feeding them.
And a few more random shots around town.
A little further down the way we came across another church that drew us in for a quick look, The Church of St Leodegar or Hofkirche.
“It was built in parts from 1633 to 1639 on the foundation of the Roman basilica which had burnt in 1633. This church was one of the few built north of the Alps during the Thirty Years War and one of the largest and art history rich churches of the German late renaissance period.” ~ Wikipedia
And to wrap up our day, we stopped and paid our respects at the Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal).
“…hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. Mark Twain praised the sculpture of a mortally wounded lion as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” ~ Wikipedia
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to have returned to a city that had impressed me so much over 30 years ago. What joy!
I also want to extend Happy Birthday wishes today to my little sister, Jan. Amongst my greatest treasures is the wonderful relationship we have. I am forever grateful that by divine planning we got to grow up in the same household with two amazing parents. Love you sis!