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Lovely Lucerne

A June 2003 trip to Lucerne by akakd

Hotel Baslertor Photo, More Photos
Quote: Lucerne and the surrounding countryside are stereotypically Swiss. What is the BEST of Lucerne? The Alps, the Lion of Lucerne, and the Kapellbrucke Bridge. All are described here, complete with photos.
Hotel Baslertor Photo,
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The Hotel Baslertor, a Minotel Hotel, is considered a three star property. Though plain, our room was a good size & had a ceiling fan. There was an elevator. The breakfast (for an additional 15 SFr) offered a wide selection. The parking garage was in the next block. It was an easy walk to major sights of Lucerne.

Website: www.baslertor.ch Email: info@baslertor.ch

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Hotel Baslertor
Pfistergasse 17
Lucerne, Switzerland
(41) 249 22 22

Movie Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant | "Movie Restaurant & Bar"

Movie Restaurant & Bar Photo,
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Movie Restaurant & Bar was a fun & lively restaurant on the water's edge. Menus were on huge movie reel canisters. Menu items were named after American movies; for example, I ordered Love at First Bite. My husband ordered Spaceballs. The bill came inside a smaller movie reel canister.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Movie Restaurant & Bar
Metzgerrainle 9
Lucerne, Switzerland
(041) 410-3631

Chapel Bridge

Attraction | "Kapellbrucke Bridge"

Chapel Bridge Photo,
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Kapellbrucke Bridge (a.k.a. "Chapel Bridge") is perhaps Lucerne's most famous symbol. Spanning the river at the lake end, this covered bridge was built in 1333. Much of the bridge had to be renovated following a destructive fire in 1993 that destroyed several of its paintings. The few paintings that survived are worth seeing. The town chose not to put in replicas of the ones lost in the fire. The water tower beside the bridge has been used as a prison and torture chamber. Both together form a picturesque scene, especially when viewed with the Alps behind.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Chapel Bridge
Rathausquai and Bahnhofstr
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne Lion Monument

Attraction | "Dying Lion of Lucerne"

Lucerne Lion Monument Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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The Dying Lion of Lucerne is carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. Globetrotter Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as "the saddest, most moving piece of rock in the world."

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Lucerne Lion Monument
Denkmalstrasse 4
Lucerne, Switzerland

Mt. Rigi

Attraction

Mt. Rigi Photo,
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We decided to see more of what we came to Switzerland for: the scenery. The surrounding countryside is stereotypically Swiss. Our drive in had been beautiful, but we'd had to concentrate on the curvy roads more than the views. So...we took a boat from Lucerne to Vitznau (enjoying Vienetta on the boat), connected to a cogwheel train up to the top of Mt. Rigi (Queen of the Mountains), enjoyed the views, returned via aerial cable car to Weggis, then back by boat to Lucerne. Mt. Rigi afforded us grand views of the Swiss Alps, of which Thomas Gray in 1739 declared, "There are certain scenes that would awe an atheist into belief." Hilaire Belloc said of the Alps, "The great Alps link one in some way t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Mt. Rigi
Mt. Rigi, near Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland