Recipe for a gorgeous Swiss city: take a cobalt lake ringed by mountains and sprinkle it with a medieval old town, rampart walls, towers and iconic bridges.
Lucerne is beautiful and we spent two days acquainting ourselves with its treasures.
On Sunday 24 August we set out to explore the city, starting with Lucerne’s culture and convention centre. We paused briefly to listen to a lively orchestra playing by the lake before crossing the Reuss for lunch.
In the afternoon we walked up to the Lion Monument to view ‘the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world’ (Mark Twain). The monument was hewn out of natural rock in memory of the heroic death of Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792 and the detail was exquisite and breathtaking.
Our next stop was the remains of the Museggmaher (Musegg Wall) and three towers. We climbed up and down narrow staircases to reach spectacular views out over the city and also observed the oldest city clock in the Zyt Tower. This clock, built in 1535, is privileged to chime every hour one minute before all other city clocks and also boasts a spectacular 9m pendulum.
We returned home via the Naderwehr (Needle Dam) and Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) and spent the evening playing games and planning our next few days in Switzerland.
We were up bright and early on Monday morning to take a cruise around Lucerne Bay before setting off for Lauterbrunnen. The water was crystal clear and perfectly reflected the jagged mountains surrounding the lake.
Switzerland truly is so beautiful it has to be seen to be believed.