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  • Day29

    Luzern Part 1

    January 15 in Switzerland

    The dying lion monument is a memorial for the mercenary soldiers from central Switzerland who lost their lives while serving the French king Louis XVI during the French Revolution. When the revolutionary masses attacked the royal Tuileries castle in Paris on August 10, 1792 the Swiss mercenary troops tried to defend the royal family and make sure the royals could escape. More than six hundred were killed during the fighting or massacred after surrender. An estimated two hundred more died in prison of their wounds or were killed during the September Massacres that followed.
    The monument is dedicated Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss").
    The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland.
    The lion is placed within an alcove which has the shape of a pig, representing the French.
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  • Day4


    July 25, 2017 in Switzerland

    We've been having fun in the clock tower looking at how it works. We were a bit scared on the attempt to make it up there. Dad had to hold onto me because he was afraid of heights. But it was worth it because we got a great view.

  • Day2


    June 6, 2017 in Switzerland

    On our first day we drove to Lucerne and got a bit lost because of the traffic. We wanted to go to the Lion Monument but could'nt see any signs telling us the direction. After a few minutes of driving around we parked the car in one of the parking houses, crossed the street turned into another street and I swear I didn't know where we were going but five minutes later we were standing in front of the monument. One of those moments :-D

    The night before when we came back from the walk we did some Research what to see and to do in Lucerne and I was really confidend that this trip will be really organized and well prepared. But as life is sometimes we again ended up just walking around having no idea where to go and found all the places more or less by mistake :-D

    I guess seeing the city like that was the best way to do it. It was a bit cloudy and rainy so we went into the Church of St. Leodegar stayed there till the rain stopped, walked along the waterfront, visted the old city (which was really pretty), crossed the river on the Chapel Bridge and walked into the Jesuit Church after it started raining again.

    At the ticket office we got our bus pass for the next two days and while we were walking around the train station we noticed how well organized everything is. The same in the next few days later when we were using public transportation we were impressed that everything worked out so well! Buses and boots were more than punctual, everybody was super nice, friendly and polite!

    I'm still so happy that we went there! Lucerne was so much better than I imagined it! It was not to big, everything was walkable, the houses and streets were so cute and pretty and with the mountains close by it's the perfect spot to go out on some adventures.

    Some Facts about the city:

    Lucerne (German name: Luzern; French name: Lucerne; Italian name : Lucerna; Romansh name: Lucerna; Lucerne Swiss-German: Lozärn) is located in central Switzerland. Because it is in the German-speaking portion of the country most of the people speak German but they also speak fluent english, maybe french or italian. I found it was really international even if everybody was greeting with Grüzi :-D.
    Lucerne is the capital of the canton of Lucerne and part of the district with the same name. With a population of about 81,057 people Lucerne is the most populous town in Central Switzerland.

    Popular is Lucerne especially to tourists, because of the good location within the sight the mounts Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps and because ist right on the shores of Lake Lucerne (German: Vierwaldstättersee).
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  • Day51

    Lichtenstein. Lucerne..

    October 1, 2017 in Switzerland

    More Scenic country pass through many checkpoints today to get here. Lichtenstein was quaint. passed Lake Constance on the way. Switzerland is a postcard miles of green hills .mountains.cows. traditional art of revelry and cow bells, saw playing, dancingciws big beers. A bit of fun. Walk home over a bridge which was built in 1300. One of those enclosed Bridges you see only in postcard. Highlight of the evening. I'm still upset will try not to have an effect the rest of the trip like it did todayRead more

  • Day68

    Lucerne - Town

    October 7, 2015 in Switzerland

    The next day we took the train with Paul to Lucerne, another very pretty train ride with lakes and hills around. Lucerne itself is another picturesque town/city on the lake, but (ok Paul) with a bit more to see than Thalwil.

    There was also a neat little travelling fun fair near the train station - apparently they move around to all the towns/cities in the area. Looked great lit up at night too!
    There weren't any free walking tours so we just wandered around the main town / old town areas, including over the old wooden bridge (which has burnt down a number of times) with the paintings in the rafters which all feature skeletons for some reason.
    We stopped for a while near the bridge (pic #3 in the next post) to watch them blocking part of the river for a dam/power plant mechanism - gotta find the engineering tidbits amongst the scenery/history!
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  • Day68

    Lucerne - Hill

    October 7, 2015 in Switzerland

    After wandering the town we took a short walk up the hill to the old town wall where you can still climb up the towers and along part of the wall.
    One of the towers had an impressive clock mechanism in it for a main bell, along with a bunch of other working clocks with different designs and exposed mechanisms - more engineering, yay!
    Another tower provided amazing panoramic views over the city (unfortunately cloud covered the bigger mountains in the distance).

    After the towers we went to see the lion statue, which I wasn't expecting to be much, but actually turned out to be really nice/impressive. It felt secluded, surrounded by trees and a pond, while also impressively set into a rather large rock face that looked like it had been scratched by a giant paw.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Luzern, Lucerne, لوسرن, Горад Люцэрн, Луцерн, ལུ་ཛེར་ན།, Lucern, Lucerna, Люцерн, Λουκέρνη, Lucerno, Luzerna, לוצרן, ルツェルン, Canton Lucerne, ლუცერნი, 루체른, Lüzerna, Liucerna, लुत्सर्न, 6000, Lucerni, Łuxerna, לוצערן, 卢塞恩

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