Lucerne (Luzern) is on the top of the list of must visit places in Switzerland. On our recent trip there, we were blown away by its beauty, history and medieval architecture. Lucerne is the gateway to central Switzerland, it is located on Lake Lucerne and is surrounded by Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn mountains. The Chapel Bridge, Reuss River, Spreuer Bridge, Lake Lucerne and the Old Town are all top places to see in Lucerne. The great thing about Lucerne is that it is truly a compact city, thus we were able to visit all the sites by foot in one day.
The Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and Water Tower are parts of the oldest medieval city ramparts of Lucerne. Until the 19th century, the Water Tower served as a dungeon, an archive and a treasury vault. The art inside the bridge features scenes of heaven.
Spreuer Bridge is the other covered wooden bridge in Lucerne. It differs from the Chapel Bridge in that the paintings under its roof represent a Dance of Death.
The Reuss is Central Switzerland’s quintessential river. It starts in the Gotthard region, and flows northward, through Lake Lucerne, to the Aare River.
The Lion Monument is the oldest preserved figurative monument in Switzerland. The lion is an allegory of the defeat of the Swiss Guard during the 1792 storming of the Tuileries.
Lucerne’s old town boulevard lies between city hall and Chapel Bridge along the river. A few more pictures around Lucerne…
It has been a pleasure to share our visit to Lucerne with you. We truly enjoyed our time.
Cheers & thanks for reading!