Lucerne in Switzerland and its stories

I took a train from Paris to Lucerne in a summer day, it takes nearly 5 hours, luckily I met a new friend, a painting artist from Florida and we kept sharing our travel stories, experiences along the road, so we didn’t notice these five long hours could fly so quickly! We have different destinations, later we keep in touch on Facebook, continued our conversations, our stories…

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The symbol of Lucerne – the wooden covered Chapel bridge from 14th century

I arrived to Lucerne in early afternoon, the train station right in the center, it took me just about 20 minutes to walk to my boutique hotel, right next to the river with the famous wooden Chapel bridge.

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View from my hotel room

The wooden bridge is the oldest covered bridge in Europe and the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world, with a medieval stone tower by its side – The water Tower.

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The water tower 

I heard that many visitors feel this Water Tower has been haunted, this maybe because it served as a dungeon in medieval times and must have witnessed the suffering and torture of innumerable inmates, not to mention bloody deaths? We don’t know but at the sunset – the water tower looks quite mysterious!

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The bridge over the Reuss river to the old town
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View from the park to the old town

In Lucerne, I decided to take a ship to explore the scenery along the lake. I quickly book my departure time after selecting the itinerary. It’s totally free with my rail pass. It was a beautiful summer day, I may expect a lot of winds, sitting on the upper open terrace, but in return I could enjoy the picturesque panorama.

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The view from the boat to the old town
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I love the green in Switzerland, totally green everywhere…
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A nice mansion by the lake…
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A lovely guesthouse surrounded by the green
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I really fall inn love with the green here…fell an incredible peaceful atmosphere
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I was told by the locals how it’s cows helping to maintain the green …It was a joke ?

In 1577 people discovered a giant human skeleton, measuring an unbelievable 6 meters, in the hollow of an uprooted oak tree, but however it has never been on display and no any explanation.

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Typical traditional timber houses in Lucern

Switzerland’s rural building styles are as diverse as the many regional dialects of its four national languages. Up to the northern Alps building mostly with timber, and those in the south – mainly stone. In central Switzerland, like in Lucern, use a mix of both materials. It reminds me the color of the roofs in France – from grey in the North to red in the South.

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Lucern is a city in central Switzerland – building use both materials – timber and stone.
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One of the stops during the boat ride

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The ship that took me around the lake

I came back to town in late afternoon, quickly have a lunch near to the hotel and enjoy my walk around the old and new town, especially the covered bridge and another bridge nearby.

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where I have my lunch by the river and the old bridge in the background
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My quick lunch in front of…
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…this quite noisy audience waiting for some foods.
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and I really enjoyed my Vienna vanilla coffee

I spent a night to walk around the old town, to my surprise it was not very crowded, maybe not the right time ? I’m leaving Lucerne the next day for another mountain town Rougemont, it will be a long ride on the train, the scenery along the rise up was fantastic and has been nominated one of the most beautiful Swiss train rides!

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The old town

Good bye Lucerne! I hope to come back to Lucerne someday to discover more the city, the green land, the peaceful life by the lake and maybe I will have a chance to see a dragon with healing powers living on the Pilatus as it was stated in a chronicle from 1619  “I was contemplating the serene sky by night, I saw a very bright dragon with flapping wings go from a cave in a great rock in the mount called Pilatus toward another cave, known as Flue, on the opposite side of the lake’.

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Pilatus mountain in the background – where we may see a dragon someday

 

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