Lucerne Journals

Wordsworth's Lucerne

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A July 2004 trip to Lucerne by Gaires2359

Lucerne Lion Monument Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Although lacking the cosmopolitan air of Zurich, Geneva or Bern, Lucerne nevertheless is one of the most delightful cities. Small enough that you can take a walking tour easily but large in its offerings of excellent hotels, restaurants, shops and sights, made more attractive by a magnificent setting.

Wordsworth's Lucerne

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Cruise Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Discover for yourself the picturesque city that is Lucerne. Standing at the foothills of the St. Gotthard Pass, and bordering the lake of the same name, which winds deep into the Alpine ranges of Central Switzerland, Lucerne, is a fabulous starting point for many rewarding excursions to scenic places of interest. The gentle waterscape contrasts with wild, magjestic scenery. A worthwhile endeavour is an excursion on the shores of the beautiful Lake Lucerne, which is dotted with quaint villages on gently rolling hills with towering mountains beyond. The north bank of the Reuss is home to the Old Town’s compact cluster of medieval houses, with Mühlenplatz, Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and ...Read More

Astoria Lucerne Hotel

Hotel | "Astoria"

Astoria Lucerne Hotel Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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The rooms are typical of a Swiss hotel: comfortable, efficient, but a lot larger than you'd expect. It is a four-star hotel after all. Centrally located, it is only a 5-minute walk to the Central Train Station where there is a McDonald's around the corner and some convenient stores and delis below the train-station level. The hotel is also only a 10-minute walk to the Kappelbrucke, and the central part of Lucerne where the shopping district is located.The little Thai cafe/take-away on the lobby floor is popular amongst the locals. There is a dining hall at the penthouse level (on the seventh floor), which boasts magnificent views of the landscape of the Alps or the M...Read More

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Astoria Lucerne Hotel
PILATUSSTRASSE 29
Lucerne, Switzerland 6002
41 41 226-8888

Lucerne Lion Monument

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Attraction | "Saddest Swiss Lion of Lucerne (and surrounds)"

Lucerne Lion Monument Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Das Löwendenkmal, a.k.a. The Lion Monument or "Lion of Lucerne," is a masterpiece created in the early part of the 19th century. Awe-inspiring and mournful, it is dedicated to the memory of the heroic fight and final defeat of the Swiss Guards in 1792 in Paris. The fateful day of August 10th marked the beginning of the bloody days of the French Revolution. When the Bourbon King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, together with their children, were brought back to the Tuileries Palace in Paris after a failed attempt to escape the French Revolution. Working-class Parisians stormed the royal palace - the Tuileries - and the Swiss regiment of the Guards were forced to lay down their arms by the order of Louis...Read More

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Lucerne Lion Monument
Denkmalstrasse 4
Lucerne, Switzerland

Musegg Wall (Museggturme)

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Musegg Wall (Museggturme) Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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This is a series of nine towers that are part of the rampart walls that surround the city. They span approximately 800m around the city. Built in 1386, the wall stands almost entirely intact due to the fact that Lucerne was never really under any harm, thanks to its strategic location amongst the Alps. Three of the towers are open to the public: Schirmer, Zyt, and Männli, but are only open between May to October. Admission is free. Often overlooked on visits to Lucerne, you should make this part of your itinerary as a visit gives you a panoramic and breathtaking view of the entire city and the lake. The view from the towers is even more romantic during dusk. S...Read More

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Musegg Wall (Museggturme)
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland

Chapel Bridge

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Attraction | "14th-Century Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge)"

Chapel Bridge Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Lucerne has two wooden-covered bridges across the River Ruess. Lined with flowers, the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) is the more famous of the two, and together with its octagonal water tower, it appears in just about every photograph ever taken of Lucerne. Constructed during the first half of the 14th century as a part of the city's fortifications, the bridge takes its name from the St. Peter's Chapel located nearby. Dating back to 1333, part of the bridge was rebuilt after a boat tied to it caught fire in 1993 - a most unfortunate incident that saddened the people of Lucerne and the Swiss in general. Under the replacement roof are scenes from national and local history, whic...Read More

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Chapel Bridge
Rathausquai and Bahnhofstr
Lucerne, Switzerland

Poetry in Motion

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Old Town Square Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Known by its citizens as a city for pedestrians, there are many accessible pathways that make seeing the sights of Lucerne on foot a joy. Take a leisurely stroll alongside the River Reuss and sample the delightful atmosphere, marvel at the Kappellbrucke and its Water Tower, or cross over the Spreuer Bridge into the Jesuit quarter.The Tourist Information Centre offers a guided city walk around Lucerne, which will tell you the important, humorous, and interesting facts about Lucerne's history, churches, bridges, narrow streets, towers, and squares, as well as its trademark-the Chapel Bridge with Water Tower. Duration: approximately 2 hours ...Read More

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Hofkirche - Hof Church

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Attraction | "Hofkirche"

Hofkirche - Hof Church Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Being the main cathedral of the city, this used to be a Benedictine monastery founded in the 8th century. In 1633, a fire destroyed the church; it was rebuilt in 1645. It is deemed to be the most important Renaissance church in Switzerland. Especially noteworthy are the facades, Mary's altar (with a relief panel dating from 1500), and the souls' altar. From St. Leodegarstrasse, which runs directly from in front of the Bucherer shop, the road cuts east to broad steps, which lead up to the Hofkirche. This grand structure is dedicated to St. Leodegar, or St. Leger. The Romanesque church, which then replaced the monastery in the late 12th century, was burned to the grou...Read More

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Hofkirche - Hof Church
Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland