I will write more about this building later…
Luzern with Kapellbrücke and Alps in the distance
We walked among the Alstadtplätze (Old Town squares). In Luzern, the buildings feature historical frescoes.
Weinmarkt in Luzern
This fresco depicts the wedding feast at Cana which suits its location, the Weinmarkt (wine market) in Luzern
There are also beautiful fountains in all the squares in the city
Spreuerbrücke (Spreuer Bridge or Mill Bridge) is the oldest timber bridge in Switzerland completed in 1408 as part of the city’s fortifications.
Painting depicting Judgement Day
Beautiful wooden ornamentation on the building
Jesuitenkirche and other Luzern River Reuss buildings near Nadelwehr
Mühleplatz from across the River Reuss
I love this old stair tower on the side of this building
Nadelwehr (Needle Dam or “spiked weir”) was installed in 1860 to regulate the water level of Lake Luzern. The lake flows in the Reuss which makes its way to the Rhine. It is done manually by removing or inserting the timber “needles”.
Other Luzern River Reuss buildings from Kramgasse
Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) from Kramgasse
Jason, Emily and Harper on bridge over River Reuss in Luzern
Joe, Brooklyn and Jackie on bridge over River Reuss in Luzern
Jesuitenkirche, the first major Baroque church in Switzerland in 1666-1677
Window shutters and frescos
Swinging Harper on the streets of Luzern
Luzern street up to Kornmarkt by town hall
We stopped for lunch at Rathaus Brauerei Restaurant
Our view of Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) from our lunch table at Rathaus Brauerei Restaurant Luzern
Unloading our kids from the backpack and stroller
Swan swimming near the banks of River Reuss
Dining on the water at Rathaus Luzern
Emily and Jason enjoying their beers at Rathaus Luzern
The Rathaus Brauerei Restaurant has a microbrewery in the cellar. We ordered beers, “gourmet” pretzel sandwiches, Swiss-style mac and cheese (älplermagronen).
Views of Luzern from the boat
KKL Luzern (Kultur- und Kongresszentrum) (Culture and Convention Centre) by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel is a concert hall is known as one of the world’s best and also holds the Luzern Museum of Art.
Lake water is pumped up and through this building. It can be seen in open channels and pond surrounded by benches. It recalls the earlier times when this area was a swampland. The plaza with the large roof overhang reflects the lake and weather, incorporating the building into its surrounding environment.
Sailboat on Lake Luzern
Swiss flag on our boat on Lake Luzern
Lake Luzern boat ride
Meggenhorn Castle and Chapel that is often used now for weddings
We saw Mount Rigi (Rigi Klum) at 5,900ft which had Europe’s first cogwheel train that is at 48% grade and is the world’s steepest. Also to the south of Luzurn is Mount Pilatus (Pilatus-Klum) at 7,000ft.
Brooklyn, little sailor girl on the boat ride chewing on the plastic water bottle
Quintessential Luzern, Swiss flag, swan and Lake Luzern
Old Swiss House
We did a little souvenir shopping on our way to the Lion Monument. I don’t think we can get this Swiss cow home
Lӧwendenkmal (Lion Monument) is a famous monument of a dying lion carved out of a rock of the cliffside over a reflecting pool. It commemorates the heroism in 1792 of Swiss mercenaries who were killed or executed attempting to protect the Palace of the French king in Paris during the French Revolution. It is big at 20x33ft. The inscription reads, “To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss”. I agree with Mark Twain when he said it is “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world)”.
Emily taking a drink from the water fountain in Luzern
Emily riding the sheep because no vacation is complete without Emily riding an animal statue
Jason eating a waffle
Harper enjoyed a taste of Swiss waffle too
We bought our Swiss souvenir, a red spotted wooden cow with a cowbell around its neck for a Christmas ornament.
We had a great view of the old medieval city walls from the restaurant
We got back to the hotel just in time before a thunderstorm rolled in. The dark clouds rolling over Franziskanerkirche
More from our journey on the Bernina Express
We passed through Samedan, home to Europe’s highest altitude airport.