The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

View of Lucerne along Lake Lucerne (1)

View of Lucerne along Lake Lucerne (2)

Lake Lucerne


Fresco on Kappellbrucke

Jesuit Church along Reuss River

Buildings along Reuss River

The Gutsch Hotel

Musegg Wall Tower

Lucerne buildings with Clock Tower in background

Old City Square Frescoes (1)

Old City Square Frescoes (2)

The Hof Church

The Dying Lion of Lucerne (1)

The Dying Lion of Lucerne (2)

Passenger boat on Lake Lucerne

Lucerne Train Station

This morning we awoke to a slightly cloudy day and decided to take a day trip to Luzerne about an hour away. We went back to the train station by bus, just as we had left from it yesterday and caught a train back southeast to Luzerne. We again enjoyed the wonderful scenery enroute, and upon our arrival found that the sun had decided to make an appearance. We left the train station and made our way to the covered Kapellbrucke or Chapel Bridge which crosses over the Luzerne River. I had seen this bridge in 1985 when I was here before and wanted Barb to see it as well. The bridge dates back to the mid 1300's and has numerous frescoes that were painted and added in the 17th century which depict scenes of Swiss and local history including the biographies of the city's patron saints, Leodegar and Mauritius. There is a similar bridge further downstream called Spreuerbrucke which was completed in 1408 as part of the city fortification. In the 1600's paintings were added which represent the "Dance of Death". These frescoes depict skeletons, etc representative of death. High above the city is the Gutsch Hotel which is accessible by a tram that goes up the side of the mountain. We wandered about and saw the remnants of the old Musegg rampart (wall) of the city dating back to the late 1300's, the Hofkirche which burned in 1633 and was rebuilt in 1645, the Lion Monument or "Dying Lion of Luzerne" which was carved out of solid rock as a memorial tribute of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at Tuileries in 1792 and the shopping area where there were some neat paintings on the walls. Naturally, we had to buy some Swiss chocolate and for lunch we had a traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue. We returned to Basel late in the evening having had experienced a very nice day in Luzerne...tomorrow, on to the Black Forest....

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