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    Tower 5: Zytturm

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 13, 2015

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    The Zytturm Tower or oftentimes just called "Zyt," is the most colorful of all towers. Two colorful giants are featured on the face of the only tower having an outside clock. The clock arms face the City of Lucerne.

    The Zyt Tower clock has had the privilege for hundreds of years to be the first clock in Lucerne to chime every hour. I listened at noon and found that the Zyt clock starts chyming at least a minute before the other clocks in town go off. The Zyt Tower clock has to be wound daily to keep accurate time. A watchmaker is charged with the responsibility of making certain that the Zyt Tower clock keeps time. The previous Zyt watchmaker, who retired in 2011, collected a series of nine clocks from the country, representing the nine towers, The clocks are now housed in an exhibit inside the tower on a series of platforms. The huge Zyt working clock mechanisms are also on display in the tower, There is no admission charge to view the Zyt clock or the smaller clock exhibit.

    The Zyt Tower is located on a rampart that runs from Tower 4 to Tower 6. There are some great views of the town from the rampart.

    Zytturm Clock Tower   source Wiki Steps Up The Zyr  Tower City Views From The Tower

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    Tower 4: Wahctturm

    by TooTallFinn24 Written May 12, 2015

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    Wahctturm was built as one of the towers to guard over the city with its viewing windows located high on the tower. However in 1701 a huge lightning strike induced an explosion of gunpowder stored in the tower. The tower was completely obliterated. Watch over this section of the wall passed on to Tower 3 (Luegislandturm) for nearly 100 years after.

    Wachtturm is at a point on the walk where you can descend and walk along the ramparts for many meters to the Schirmerturm (Tower 6). The rampart walk offers great views of the City. Unfortunately while Towers 5 and 6 are open for viewing, the Wahctturm Tower is not.completely open but does contain a placard with information on the tower.

    Rampart Between Towers 4 and 6

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    Tower 3: Luegislandturm

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 11, 2015

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    The Luegislandturm is the third and one of the highest towers at over 52 meters with its big steeple roof. The tower remains nearly unchanged from its original construction in 1370.. The only major modification was made in the late 18th century to the design of the roof

    Walking along the outside trail of the towers from west to east you will come upon a cage of llamas. There is also a barn structure that apparently houses more of the Scottish Highland Cattle. Tower 3 is not open for internal viewing.

    Tall Luegislandturm Llamas outside of the Tower

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    Tower 2: Mannliturm Tower

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 11, 2015

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    Mannliturm Tower is sometimes referred to as the "little man," tower. I was not able to find the reason for calling it this. The tower appears suddenly as you climb the outside path along the wall. The walk toward it will lead you past a small group of Scottish Highland Cattle. The cattle with their long hair over their eyes are raised by the Scottish Highland Cattle Society. Be careful not to touch the electric fence that not only keeps the cattle in but protects them from tourists who have the urge to stick their hands over the fence to pet the big animals.

    The second tower is significantly higher than the first tower. The tower was renovated in 2014 and is now open to the public with steep stairs leading up it. Be careful climbing because of the limited lighting in the tower. During the recent restoration it was determined that the exact date of the original construction of the tower could not be determined.

    Little Man Tower Scottish Highland Cattle View Looklng Out From the Tower

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    Tower 1: Nolliturm:

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 11, 2015

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    Located closest to the Reuss River, Nolliturm Tower is sometimes referred to as Nolli Tower. It is the only tower that has a cutaway to allow pedestrians and cars to travel beneath it. The tower that is visible today is actually a replacement for the original tower and was rebuilt between 1516 and 1519. It is also a much larger tower than the original one. While I could not find any access to the upper level of the tower that was open to the public the most admirable feature I found was the circle of windows near the top that must have served as a viewing post to detect arriving armies. There also appears to be a cut out of the stone about one third of the way up the tower.

    Next Tower; Tower 2 : Mannliturm or Little Man's Tower

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    Nine Towers of Lucerne: Great Walk and Views

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 11, 2015

    This May of 2015 we returned to Lucerne. The most delightful activity of this two day stay was walking along and exploring the nine towers of Lucerne. During the Middle Ages many Swiss towns built massive walls and towers as fortifications and defense against attack. Over the years many of the walls and all but a few of the towers have been destroyed as towns grew.

    Lucerne has done a most admirable job of preserving the towers along its medieval walls. The towers are known Museggtume in German. They were built between 1350 and 1408. Three of the nine towers are actually open to public view offering incites as what it was like to work in one of these fortifications hundreds of years ago. In addition to the towers being open there is a great rampart to walk along offering some great view of Lucerne.

    The walk, depending on what you wish to see, can take up to two and a half hours if you wish to see all and climb to the top of the open towers. There is no fee to take the walk or to enter any of the open towers. The towers are open however from noon to sunset only after Easter to the end of October. Some of the stairs in the towers may be too difficult for children or seniors to navigate, so be aware, There are apparently tours of the towers but we could not find any information about them at the Information Center.

    A good pair of shoes and an umbrella is recommended for this hike given the unpredictable but generally rainy weather we have encountered in Lucerne on two trips.

    What follows in the following pages is a little information about each of the towers. Some with many pictures and others with just one.

    Scottish Highland Cattle Along the Walk Flowers Add to the Beauty of the Walk
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    Check Out the Weinmarkt

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 9, 2015

    Just to the west side of the river is the gorgeous Winmarkt Square. The square has some very prettu and interesting frescoes on the walls of the building. There is also a gothic fountain in the middle of the square. A four story Coop department store is also located on the far side of the square. The beauty of this little square should not be missed so spin around completely to take in the essence of this square.

    Fresoces and Wrought Iron Balconies Late Gothic Fountain Impressive Frescoes Attractive Blade Signs

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    See the Portal of the Old Lucerne Train Station

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Mar 20, 2015

    Standing between the new shiny Lucerne Train Station and Lake Lucerne is what little remains of the old Lucerne train station. An all encompassing fire in 1971 completely destroyed the beautiful old train station that was originally built in the last decade of the 19th century. All that remains is the old portal that stands as a symbol of the old station.

    A new train station was completed for Lucerne in 1991. Its transparent and massive form fits well alongside other buildings in the area.

    Old Portal of 1896 Lucerne Train Station New Sleek Train Station Exterior View

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    KASERNENPLATZ - STOP 17

    by balhannah Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    The Kasernenplatz is where in the middle ages, the small town (left shore of the town) ended at this place, with the Spreuer Bridge bridgehead and the Baslertor [Basel Gate] as fortifications.
    It is here where you will see some Swiss half timbered houses and the Nature & Historical Museums.

    Historic museum
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    SCHWANENPLATZ - Stop 1

    by balhannah Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    Schwanenplatz or Swan Square is where we are going to begin our walk.

    It was easy to find as it is situated on the right or north shore of Lake Lucerne and the River Reuss, next to the main highway bridge.
    Long ago, this was the City border and entry was through a Gate in the fortification walls or by the famous wooden Chapel Bridge. The Chapel Bridge and the second part of it leading over water to Hof Church, were both part of fortification's. Today, there is only one tower left at Schwanenplatz, and that is the one in my photo.
    Looking towards the River, we move over there to take some photo's of Chapel Bridge with the Mountains in the background, and Swans in the foreground, it's rather nice!

    It is quite busy with traffic, so we soon move on our way.

    Lucerne Chapel bridge
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    Alpineum 3D Alpen Panorama

    by Maryimelda Updated Jan 2, 2013

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    This is a musem opposite the Lion monument which features a huge mural painted well over a century ago by a father and son team, Ernst Hodel Snr. and Ernst Hodel Jnr. It depicts the famous Swiss mountains. You can feel like you are actually walking amongst Pilatus, Rigi, Jungfrau, Monte Rosa, Gornergrat, Breithorn, Matterhorn and the ascent to Mt Blanc. It is an illusion extraordinaire.

    The diorama which is responsible for the 3D effect, dates back to before cinema and television, somewhere around 1900. It is described as a "virtual experience in diorama".

    It is an amazing experience and can be seen for half price with a Lucerne Pass.

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    Stansstad

    by Maryimelda Updated Feb 26, 2012

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    Stansstad is a picturesque town on Lake Lucerne which is home to approx. 5000 people. It has over 50 business in operation and an unemployment rate of less than 2%. It can be reached by ferry from Lucerne and for anyone who has the time I would suggest stopping off there for lunch enroute to Mt Pilatus.

    Here you will find a museum of medieval fortifications and the medieval Schitzturm (Tower) which can easily be seen on the foreshore as you sail into Stansstad. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Medieval Schnitzturm Boat terminal Boat Harbour Popular spot for Sunday lunch Stansstad foreshore
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    Schweizerhof

    by Maryimelda Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    The Hotel Schweizerhof is one of the grand old ladies of the hotels of Lucerne. Built in the 1850's it was sold to the Hauser family in 1866 and is today being run by the fifth generation of that same family. It has been host to kings and queens, politicians, movie stars, you name it and it is renowned for its excellence in the field of hospitality. In recent years it has been completely restored to its former authentic glory with the added feature of a state of the art infrastructure embodying all the necessary technology that is required by such an institution today but without taking away from its famous old world charm.

    Another truly historical building in Lucerne.

    Grand old lady of Lucerne
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    Old Swiss House

    by Maryimelda Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    The Old Swiss House near the Lion of Lucerne is a truly historical building dating back to 1858. It was turned into a restaurant by the Bulholz family in 1931and that same restaurant remains in operation today and can boast a list of celebrity diners ranging from Richard Nixon to Neil Armstrong to General Norman Schwarzkoff to Frank Sinatra and so the list goes on.

    The Swiss House has an enormous wine cellar housing 40,000 bottles of finest grade wines. When you enter the restaurant you will see by the door a display of Chateau Mouton Rothschild which is amazing.

    It is now run by the third generation of the Bulholz family.

    As a restaurant it is a bit beyond my travel budget but as an historical and very beautiful builing it was certainly worth a look.

    The Old Swiss House Historical old building
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    Flowers in the street

    by Maryimelda Written Feb 23, 2012

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    If you go for a ride on the little blue and white train/bus you will go past this wonderful display of floral art in the centre of the city at one of the major crossroads. Who thinks up these thing, I wonder. Who cares, they are a delight to see and are yet again, another of the attractive features of Lucerne.

    Floral masterpiece
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