Verkehrshaus in Luzern
The Verkehrshaus in Luzern is the largest museum in Switzerland for trains, cars, cablecars, aircraft etc. It is on Vierwaldstättersee in Luzern and I often visit it , when I make a visit to my uncle in Switzerland.
- Museum Visits
Walk a part of the Way of Switzerland
Take the boat to Bauen. From there you can walk to Isleten (about 40 min). Is a very good path if you have a kids wagon. In Bauen you can start on the nice beach area with a swim (Toilets, BBQ pits, Showers) Then you can follow the adventurous path along the Urnersee Through some tunnels and caverns (some of them with fire pits) that ofter a great view of the lake. It's a cool walk on a hot summer day.
In Isleten you can take the boat or bus or walk further to Seedorf (60 min)
From Seedorf to Flüelen (another 60 min) There are plenty places to swim and even a Kneipp area.
- Hiking and Walking
Hihgest Outdoorlift of Europe
It created an absolute sensation when the hotel and railroad pioneer Franz-Josef Bucher-Durrer built the Hammetschwand lift at the Bürgenstock in 1905.
The hotel resort located at 847 meters a.s.l. has been a popular vacation sport since 1872. Its attractiveness was enhanced by the spectacular path along the vertical rock face and by an exterior open lift. To this day the lift and the path have lost none of their attraction. The new lift was built and opened by the Schindler company. It whisks passengers 153 meters up to the summit of the Hammetschwand in less than one minute. It was regarded as a pioneering feat in those days and is still a record holder, since the Hammetschwand lift is holding the number one position as Europe's highest exterior lift.
From up there you have some stunning views over the lake of Lucerne.
The first large sacral Baroque church in Switzerland; constructed in 1666 by Father Christoph Vogler for the Jesuits.
The vault was redecorated in the mid-18th century. The original vestments of Brother Klaus, a famous Swiss patron, are stored in the inner chapel.
Railway Station and Swiss trains
Following the fire in 1971, the entire railway station was rebuilt between 1984 and 1991.
The transparent entrance hall of the new station, with its elegant curved roof designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is architecturally unique. The main portal of the former station, which survived the fire, now stands as an impressive arch in the middle of the square in front of the station.
Views of Lucerne
If you want an amazing, panoramic view of Lucerne, the Nine Towers (Museggturme) is the place to go.The view from the towers is even more romantic during dusk. So if you do have the opportunity, be sure to take a visit, as they are open ‘til 8pm.
Luzern city wall
part of the rampart walls built in 1386; the wall is still almost entirely intact. Three towers are open to the public: Schirmer, Zyt and Männli. The oldest city clock, built by Hans Luter in 1535, is in the Zyt tower. This clock is allowed to chime every hour one minute before all the other city clocks.
Walk the Old City
Old Town Lucerne is located just north of the Reuss River, and still has several fine half-timber structures with painted fronts. Remnants of the old town walls exist on the hill above Lucerne, complete with eight tall watch towers. An additional gated tower sits at the base of the hill on the banks of the Reuss River.
The Old Town
The north bank of the Reuss is home to the Old Town’s compact cluster of medieval houses, with Mühlenplatz, Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and Kornmarkt forming an ensemble of cobbled, fountained squares ringed by colourful facades. Modern commerce is definitely the motive force of the place these days, and it takes some imagination to conjure up the Middle Ages amidst the welter of shoppers and high-street brand-names.
Downriver, between the Kasernenplatz and the Mühlenplatz, the Spreuerbrücke or Mill Bridge zigzags across the Reuss. This bridge, which was constructed in 1408, features a series of medieval-style 17th Century plague paintings by Kaspar Meglinger titled Dance of Death. It has a small chapel in the middle that was added in 1568.
This bridge is located near the junction of the river and the Vierwaldstättersee, or Lake of the Four Forest Cantons (also known as Lake Lucerne). The bridge bends as it leaves the shore, then angles across the river past a stone Wasserturm (Water Tower) that is believed to have once served as the lucerna, or lighthouse, after which the town was named.
The Kapellbrücke--"Chapel Bridge" in English--was built in 1333. As you cross its 200-meter length, you'll see 120 captioned triangular paintings from the early 1500s that chronicle the city's history. The paintings feature St. Mauritius and St. Leodegar, the patron saints of Lucerne.
In reality, the bridge isn't as old as it looks. The Kapellbrücke was nearly destroyed by a 1993 fire, and much of what stands today is an excellent restoration (or reproduction, if you're a cynic or uncompromising realist).
NOTE: If you're prone to arachnophobia, you may need to wear a hat and walk quickly when crossing the bridge. Large spiders have been known to spin impressive webs in the Kapellbrücke's rafters--and that's something else you won't read in the tourist brochures!
Löwendenkmal-The Lion Monument
In the early 1800s, the Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen was hired to sculpt a monument to the fallen Swiss Guards. The sculpture was carved in a sandstone cliff above the city center, near Lucerne's Glacier Garden and the Panorama, and it has attracted countless visitors since its dedication in 1821.
Küssnacht am Rigi
Küssnacht am Rigi s a district and municipality in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland, consisting of three villages: Küssnacht, Immensee and Merlischachen. It is situated at the north shore of Lake Lucerne and at the south shore of Lake Zug below mount Rigi
Klewenalp Hike Options
Various options here from short panorara circular walks, a hike down to Stockalp (mainly down and through woods so not the best option we thought) From Stockalp you can take a gondola down and then a bus a short ride to Seelisberg. Our choice though was a good 2 hour hike along mountain path and tracks to Niderrickenbach. Fairly easy path, undulating until you get the option of a short climb to Musenalp for a gondola ride down to Niederrickenback or a bit of a drop down the other side of the hill and round to this place - our option and what lovely views we had en route too as you can see from the pics.
Brunnen is a lakeside resort further down the lake from Vitznau towartds Fluelen at the end of the lake. Not a place I would choose to stay as a base - its more of a town than a village but it does have more cafe and bars to enjoy in the evening if you want a bit more night life.
Lovely views from the lakeside promenade - please enjoy the pics :-)