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    • Day18

      Luzern und Meldestelle für Glücksmomente

      August 5, 2021 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Nun könnte hier viel über die Geschichte Luzerns geschrieben werden, denn heute steht Stadterkundung statt Töff-Fahren auf dem Programm. Statt dessen startet der Blog mit dem Hinweis auf eine sehr hübschen Initiative, nämlich der 'Meldestelle für Glücksmomente'. Wir finden eine kleinen "Altar" mit einem QR-Code unweit der Luzerner turmbestückten Stadtmauer, und dahinter verbirgt sich der Versuch, den Fokus auf das Positive bzw. gute Neuigkeiten zu lenken. Am besten, Ihr schaut einmal selbst: www.gluecksmomente-teilen.ch. Zuvor haben wir einen solchen Glücksmoment mit unserem Luzerner Freund Andi Küchler, der uns das Konzept seines wunderbaren Geschäfts "Wohnidee" nahebringt - Ihr seht ihn auf dem dritten Bild vor einem Schrank des Designers Nils Holger Moormann, mit dem er eng zusammenarbeitet und der mir bereits früher einmal durch einen besonders schönen Innenausbau eines VW-Bullis aufgefallen war (zu googeln via "Moormanns Holzklasse"). Andis Hintergrundwissen, Designkompetenz und Einfühlungsvermögen sind aussergewöhnlich, und so rücken die typischen Luzerner Sehenswürdigkeiten etwas in den Hintergrund. Aber je ein Bild der Kapellbrücke und des Kultur- und Kongresszentrums Luzern ("KKL") machen wir doch noch. Und dann noch eines vom Plauderbänkli, das altmodisch und völlig undigital Vernetzung fördert, sozusagen "social ohne media". Wer all diese hübschen Ideen finanziert, fragt Ihr? Nun, die Chinesen sind sicherlich nicht ganz unbeteiligt, denn die Schweiz liegt für sie als Tourismusziel ganz vorne, und das spiegeln auch die Schaufenster und Firmenlogos der Luxusgeschäfte um den Schwanenplatz wider. Man hat sich, nicht nur bei Cartier, auf den Besuch der asiatischen Touristen hervorragend eingestellt.Read more

      Traveler

      Euer Blog ist jeden Abend ein Glücksmoment! Jetzt schicke ich euch Sonne, Sonne, Sonne.

      8/5/21Reply
       
    • Day8

      Eine Seefahrt die ist lustig...

      July 16 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Nach dem Frühstück geht es runter zum See und von dort mit dem Schiff nach Luzern. Wir schippern gut 50 min über den See bis wir da sind und Luise verschläft davon die letzten 15 min. Gut das wir den Buggy mitgenommen haben.
      In Luzern spazieren wir quer durch die Stadt zum Löwendenkmal und dann zurück über die Holzbrücken (Kapellbrücke und Spreuerbrücke) über die Reuss. Nach 2,5 h auf den Beinen geht es wieder zurück zum Hafen und wieder mit dem Schiff zurück nach Vitznau. Am Campingplatz wird noch mal in den Pool gesprungen, bevor wir uns dann zum Abendessen 2 Pizzen gönnen, von einem Foodtruck den ein Schotte (inklusive Dudelsackmusik am Nachmittag) hier auf dem Campingplatz betreibt. Sehr lecker und man muss ja den Kalorienverlust auch irgendwie wieder ausgleichen...
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      Traveler

      ...super...könnte aus der Gardasee sein...herrlich...müsste auch mal wieder Dampfer fahren...

      7/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      ...und überall bunte Fahnen

      7/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      😍

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    • Day154

      Luzern

      September 6 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Ich bleibe im Zentrum der Schweiz und besuche heute Luzern. Auch wenn das Stadtbild einige Gemeinsamkeiten mit Zürich aufweist, herrscht hier ein ganz andere Atmosphäre, die besser zum ländlich geprägten Rest passt.
      Die Reuss teilt die Stadt und wird von mehreren wunderschönen Brücken aus Holz oder Stahl überspannt. Auf beiden Seiten zieht es mich in die engen Gassen und auf kleine Plätzen, die von oft kunstvoll bemalten Fassaden begleitet werden.
      Bei der Mittagspause am Ufer des Vierwaldstättersee kann ich ihn und die Berge noch einmal aus einer anderen Perspektive als bei der gestrigen Wanderung begutachten. Tolle Ausblicke bieten sich mir beim Spaziergang auf der ehemaligen Befestigungsanlage und von den den zugehörigen Türmen. Trotz einiger Touristen und beinahe kitschig schöner Sehenswürdigkeiten, fühlt sich die Stadt immer noch authentisch an.
      Etwas oberhalb des übernächsten Sees finde ich einen Stellplatz mit herrlichem Blick auf ihn und die Stadt Lungern.
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    • Day70

      Lucerne Switzerland

      July 17 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Located right in the center of Switzerland, Lucerne is not only a beautiful city worth experiencing, it’s also a great base from which to explore the rest of Switzerland as the city is very well connected to the rest of the country by an efficient railway system.

      One of the most famous landmarks of Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge, which was built in the 14th century and is said to be the oldest bridge of its kind in Europe. As it’s a popular landmark, there are several tour groups that take tourists on a walking tour of the bridge, complete with stories and pictures of medieval life in Lucerne. The other popular landmark of Lucerne is undoubtedly the Dying Lion of Lucerne, built after the French Revolution to commemorate the Swiss Guards who gave up their lives during the war.

      The Lucerne Lakefront district is very picturesque, situated in the heart of alstadt (old town). We sampled some of the trafitional Swiss dishes and beers here. Much of the food had a german influence and german was the predominate language of Lucerne, with eastern Switzerland speaking german and western speaking french. This was a beautiful small city and one that should not be missed.
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      That man is smoking in a bar... something you don't see in the USA anymore !!! [EE]

      7/23/22Reply

      Amazzzzzing !!!! [EE]

      7/23/22Reply

      Is that a potato pancake ??? what else could it be , Dave ???? !!!!! [EE]

      7/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      Yeah, that was a pretty good meal. Not gonna lie.

      7/24/22Reply
       
    • Day22

      Day 20: Lucerne, Switzerland 🇨🇭🧀❤️

      July 25 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      We had a great breakfast with Evelyne of muesli, homemade bread, jams and honey, and a variety of cheeses. It was a hot ride to Lucerne , but when we got to the city we found a place to jump in the lake and Cooloff. We had a great night with Sandro, talking about bicycle terrain, and especially his adventure from Switzerland to Japan. He made us a traditional Swiss dinner of wheat pasta, cheese, sautéed onions, and boiled potatoes. As all of our experiences so far are warmshower hosts have been so kind and accommodating. We love sharing stories with them and talking about our passions of life. Tomorrow we are off to Zaziwil in the Canton of Bern, this is where my great great grandfather and grandmother came from. We will be in search of the Shüpbach bike shop, the Zaziwil cemetery, and possibly some information about the Biglers.Read more

    • Day5

      Lucerne

      April 13 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Lucerne is a city in central Switzerland located astride the River Reuss where it flows out of Lake Lucerne. Given its lakefront and proximity to the Alps, this place has drawn tourists for centuries.
      Like many places in Europe, the 1st recorded settlement here was a monastery in the 8th century. The town began to develop by the 10th century. The etymology of the town name is uncertain, but it has been popularly associated with the Latin word for tavern: lucerna.
      The 1st picture is the Lion Monument. The dying lion was carved in the 1820s as a memorial to Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution. It has become a symbol of Lucerne.
      The 2nd picture is of a portion of the medieval city walls, taken from the top level of one of the guard towers like the one farther along the wall. These walls are in good condition, and I'm told they are original.
      Lucerne is also known for its covered wooden bridges. The chapel bridge is pictures 3&4. This is the oldest covered bridge in Europe, dating to 1333, though much is rebuilt due to fire. The stone tower (aka Water Tower) by the bridge is a former defensive structure. The 4th picture shows the internal structure of the bridge. You can see how the bridge turns and a bit of the water tower.
      The 5th and 6th pictures are the Spreuer bridge, also dating to the 14th century. This bridge is known for the plague paintings on each structural triangle. The 6th picture is one example, this one being a dans macabre.
      The 7th picture is back atop the watchtower, looking over the city to Lake Lucerne. The 8th picture is the nave of the Jesuit church here, and the 9th picture looks up to Gutsch chateau/hotel where a castle built in the late 16th century stood. The original was lost to fire.
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    • Day32

      So much beauty

      June 4 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      Holy wow, Switzerland is already making a great impression. We are staying in Lucerne by recommendation of Anna’s friend and we found a couch surfer to stay with! Our first official stay with someone. Sergio was so so kind and gave us his room. This made the day easier for us since we then had the whole budget to spend on food basically! Our kind of day. We walked round for awhile like zombies feeling a bit lethargic despite the beautiful place but by the end of the night when we were dancing to Irish music from the Scottish guy we were all energy and smiles!Read more

      Traveler

      Having fun AND looking stylish in Switzerland - you all take such nice photos!

      7/28/22Reply
       
    • Day4

      Chapel Bridge Lucerne, LU

      February 9, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

      Chapel Bridge and Water Tower

      Lucerne lies on the river Reuss, at the end of Lake Lucerne, framed by impressive mountains. The city has been a stronghold of tourism since 1840, thanks to the well-preserved Old Town with its Chapel Bridge and Water Tower.

      Lucerne is divided by the river Reuss into an Old Town and a New Town. The two districts are connected by what is among other things the world's oldest covered wooden bridge, the Chapel Bridge, which dates back to the year 1332. The bridge was rebuilt true to the original after the fire of 1993 and leads to the actual landmark of Lucerne, the octagonal Water Tower. Like the over 500-year-old Musegg Wall with its turrets, the bridge and water tower were part of the city fortifications.

      At the outflow of the river Reuss, a historic needle dam, built in 1860, regulates the water level of the lake. The nearby Old Town boasts a town hall which dates back to the Late Renaissance as well as a Jesuit church, Switzerland's oldest Baroque church.
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    • Day8

      Switzerland

      July 4 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

      Big day for switzerland fans. spent the day in lucenre and on Mt Pilatus. enjoyed the views and multiple different ways of traversing the mountain, including cogwheel train, 2 types of cable cars, and a toboggan ride. in the city of lucerne, we spent plenty of time in the shops where i even picked up an engraved swiss army knife. rained and saw the lion monument and the covered bridge.Read more

    • Day3

      Retail therapy!

      August 17 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Murray wanted me to bring back a genuine Swiss Victorinox knife - but not a traditional folding pocket knife. Look what I found! (I chose the small one!!)

      I wanted to buy up the colorful Le Crueset display - but settled on a photo!Read more

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