5/26/2006: Lucerne (GER = Luzern)
Today were going to one of Europe’s most heavily touristed towns, Lucerne.
Food stall at Zurich Hautbahnhof.
Ticket machine for Zurich transportation system.
Plenty of food to buy.
Swiss' double-deck train.
1st class car, non-smoking, and for the disables.
Wide door to accommodate wheelchair.
Our ticket inspector.
Coat-hanger, upper deck.
Hof Church, main cathedral for the city population, is the most important Renaissance church building in Switzerland.
The famous Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower which is Lucerne's trademark and the most photographed monument in Switzerland.
This 34-meter octagonal tower was built around 1300 as part of the city wall.
The bridge was constructed during the first half of the 14th century. Painted roof panels were added in the 17th century, illustrating scenes of Swiss and local history. Mid 1993 a big fire burnt down nearly the whole bridge, sparing both ends. The bridge was then reconstructed
but unfortunately many of the precious paintings were unable to restore.
Lucerne's Post Office.
The former Castle Gutch Hotel.
Jesuit Church on the left.
The renown Bucherer shop.
The Lion Monument.
"The Dying Lion of Lucerne" is one of the world's most famous monuments. It was hewn out of natural rock in memory of the heroic death of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileriesin 1792. Mark Twain once described it as "the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world".
Luncheon cruise in Lake Lucerne.
Weggis, one stop of this ship, is host to a Brazilian Football Team for 14 days just before the World Cup started.
Thus every ship is loaded with Brazilian fans.
5-star Park Hotel in Vitznau was built in 1901 and kept renovated since first opening in 1903.
Double room rate starts at 530-690 CHF and opens only from mid April to end October every year.
Hotel on mountain ridge.
PS Schiller's 100th anniversary.
Spreuer Bridge with its macabre “Dance of Death” roof panels.