Hi! Today is all about my experience in Lucerne, the postcard perfect Swiss city and gateway to central Switzerland.
While crossing the Seebrücke bridge and lugging our heavy luggage from Bahnhofplatz (the train station) to our hotel, the view already took our breath away!
Look! Do you see what I see?
A full rainbow! It appeared just after we emerged from our hotel.
I’ve always loved rainbows cuz I really believe that anything this beautiful must be a prelude to something good to come =)
A stroll along the lakeside promenade brought us right to the most recognised symbol of Lucerne: Kapellbrücke, a.k.a. Chapel Bridge.
It’s quite dull and gloomy inside the covered wooden footbridge. Most of the original paintings depicting the daily activities of the people then were destroyed by a fire many years ago but have since been reproduced.
Picturesque view of the north bank of the Reuss River from the Chapel Bridge~
We stayed for quite awhile here, watching kids toss bread crumbs to feed the ever-present swans, and basically just enjoying the scenic beauty~
This is my favourite picture of the Chapel Bridge!
Lucerne is definitely not all about bridges or rivers or mountains. It’s small enough to be easily explored on foot and we didn’t use the public transport at all. Yup, we walked everywhere, from Kapellplatz, Kornmarkt (Old Town Hall Altes Rathaus) and Mühlenplatz (Mills Square), to the Weinmarkt (Wine Market), Hirschenplatz (Stag Square), and Löwenplatz. It’s fun to just wander around the charming streets and alleys!
About a block north of Löwenplatz, we came to this nondescript gate..
Here is the Lion Monument, the resting place of the Dying Lion of Lucerne, carved out of natural rock as an allegorical reference to the heroic Swiss guards who were massacred during the French Revolution.
“The saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.”
- Mark Twain
Sad poignant lion aside, the shopping scene around Löwenplatz is worth checking out. As is the case for Schwanenplatz, where the famous jeweler Bucherer is located. It was an eye-opener, I’ve never seen watches so expensive! Nearby Bucherer is Confiseur Bachmann, where the chocolates and sweets won’t cost a bomb. But I gave them a miss cuz they look so commercialised and somehow unappealing.
What? Me giving up Swiss chocolates and not having any?! Of course not, this is not the end.. I’ve found my all-time favourite-est chocolatier in Lucerne!
Stay tuned =)