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Lovely Lucerne

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An August 2000 trip to Lucerne by kimca

Lucerne, Switzerland Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Lucerne is what you always imagined Switzerland to be. With its cobblestone streets, covered bridges and backdrop of majestic mountains, it is a true beauty. We enjoyed our stay in Lucerne-it was our favorite of the Swiss cities we visited.

Lovely Lucerne

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Overview

Lucerne, Switzerland Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Things to do in Lucerne: Visit Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge) and Spreuerbrucke, the covered bridges Lucerne is famous for. With their painted panels and floral decorations, they are definately worth a visit. Stop by to see the Dying Lion of Lucerne monument. Dedicated to the Swiss that died in the French Revolution in 1792, the momument is uniquely carved into the side of a rock face. Take a picnic and spend the day at Lake Lucerne. You can swim, rollerblade or kick a soccer ball around on the grassy area. Take photos at the Nine Towers. Climb three of the towers to take panaoramic pictures of Lucerne and its countryside. ...Read More

Lucerne Backpackers Hostel

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Hotel

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The people working at the Lucerne Backpackers were some of the friendliest we encountered. If we had a question, they were always ready to provide answers or information. The hostel is located across from the lake and half the rooms have a lake view. It is within walking distance of both the station and the city center, they will provide you with directions when you call. There is no curfew or lockout and it is an independent hostel, so no membership is required. The hostel has free kitchen facilities, which is great. They also have bike and rollerblade rentals, as well as laundry. I found their used book section incredible-English books for 1 Swiss franc. In Europe, wh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 12, 2001

Lucerne Backpackers Hostel
Alpenquai 42
Lucerne, Switzerland
(0) 41 360-0420

Lucerne Lion Monument

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Attraction | "Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument"

Lucerne Lion Monument Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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The Dying Lion of Lucerne is one of its most important monuments. In fact, Mark Twain called it "the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world." It was carved into natural rock (sandstone) to commemorate the Swiss that had died in the French Revolution in 1792. If you look closely at the Lion's face, you will notice an incredibly sad expression. Under it is a small pond and flowers and plants grow around the area in abundance. Due to the pond, you will not be able to go right up to it. It is a very beautiful sculpture, very detailed and realistic. It also fits in well with its surroundings and makes for a very natural setting. You ...Read More

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Lucerne Lion Monument
Denkmalstrasse 4
Lucerne, Switzerland

Covered Bridges

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Attraction

Covered Bridges Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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The Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) that stands today is actually a restoration of the old one built in 1333. The Bridge was almost entirely destroyed in a fire in 1993 but still has the feel of being authentic. There are 120 paintings that line the sides of the bridge that tell stories of the city of Lucerne. Take a look at #31-it's William Tell shooting an apple off his sons head. We were told that the water tower (the Wasserturm) that is connected to the bridge has been used for a jail, a torture chamber and a town archive. Now it sells souvenirs and cuckoo clocks to tourists. The sides of Chapel Bridge. are lined with flowers, which makes it a pretty site. ...Read More

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Covered Bridges
City Center
Lucerne, Switzerland

Musegg Wall (Museggturme)

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Attraction | "The Nine Towers"

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If you want an amazing, panoramic view of Lucerne, the Nine Towers (Museggturme) is the place to go. The Musegg Wall is composed of nine towers, three of which you can climb to admire the view. The wall itself is 860 yards long and is in near perfect condition. Considering it was built in the 1300-1400's, that's a pretty large feat! Try viewing the towers at night as well-they make a nice picture at dusk on Lucernes skyline. They are open until 8pm every night as well, if you want to go inside at this time. There is no charge for climbing the towers but they are only open May-October. If you would like more information about the tower...Read More

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Musegg Wall (Museggturme)
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland

Day Trip to Geneva

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Geneva, Switzerland Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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You might choose to stay the night in Geneva, rather than doing it as a daytrip, but it is possible. The ride is 3.5 hours each way and if you get an early start, you will have plenty of time. Geneva isn't as scenic as Lucerne but if you happen to have an extra day with nothing to do, it makes for a good activity. One of the most popular landmarks is the Jet d'Eau. What it is is giant stream of lake water that shoots 120m in the air and uses 500 gallons of water per second. At night, it lights up and is worth a look then as well as in the day. Geneva also houses the European Headquarters of the United Nations. While we were there, we took a tour of it....Read More