Fun things to do in Lucerne

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Schloss Hotel Guetsch

    by Maryimelda Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    This lovely white castle is built high on a hillside overlooking the River Reuss. It was built originally as a holiday home for Queen Victoria. It is extremely eye catching and gives Lucerne yet another fairytale touch.

    For many years it served as a luxury hotel (Hotel Guetsch) but sadly is no longer operating. It can be reached by funicular but the building itself seems to be closed to the public (or at least it was when I was there). For this reason and because time was at a premium for me, I did not go up to see it firsthand. I would imagine the views would be spectacular.

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    KASERNENPLATZ - STOP 17

    by balhannah Written Nov 14, 2011

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    The Kasernenplatz is where in the middle ages, the small town (left shore part 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 Museum's.

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    FRANCISCAN CHURCH - STOP 15

    by balhannah Written Nov 14, 2011

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    We have come across another Church which looks pretty plain on the outside. We saw a nice fresco over the door and that was all!

    Building of the Franciscan Church began in the 13th century, and it wasn't completed until the 17th century. As it took so long to build, there are a few different styles of architecture in the Church. It did start out in Gothic style, and then later, Renaissance and Baroque styles completed the construction of the Church.

    Inside we went, not really expecting to see anything really special. Well, We were pleasantly surprised, because it was quite beautiful inside!

    There are many woodcarving's, incredibly well done, and they date to the 15th century. Take a look at the Pulpit, beautiful! ......And there are more carving's in the Church to view!

    Then I noticed the Flag's painted upon the upper wall's and wondered......why?
    They date from the 17th century, when the church doubled as a city hall. They represent locations where Swiss mercenaries fought and won.

    Inside, the pink theme was in this Church too, and I wondered whether it was fake or real marble?

    Then there was a sculpture of angels on the walls, these signify the beauty of architecture in Lucerne.

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    SCHWANENPLATZ - Stop 1

    by balhannah Written Nov 13, 2011

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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 wall's, 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 Mountain's in the background, and Swan's in the foreground, it's rather nice!

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

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    Railway Portal

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 9, 2011

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    Standing tall and proud in front of the Hauptbahnhof is the city's historic railway portal. This was salvaged from a fire which otherwise destroyed the railway station in 1971. It is this feature which I feel, makes even the Train Station in this beautiful city look good.

    It looks even more imposing when viewed from a boat on the River or from the main traffic bridge which spans the river a very short distance from the portal.

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    Zyt Tower

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 9, 2011

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    To my mind, the Zyt Tower is perhaps the most well known of all of Lucerne's Nine Towers. It is easily recognisable because of its wonderful colourful clock which still functions perfectly today. It is also the clock which has the honour of being able to chime the hour one minute before all of the other clocks in the city. The clock was constructed by Hans Luter in the first half of the 16th century and is approximately 4 meters high. The tower itself was probably built in the latter half of the 14th century as some of its walls are known to date back to 1386.

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    Noelli Tower

    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 29, 2011

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    As I walked across the bridge from the Hauptbahhof to my hotel on my arrival in Lucerne, one of the first sights I noticed (after Kappellbruecke, that is) was the Noelli Tower, which is located in pride of place, right on the bank of the River Reuss between Kappellbruecke and Kappellplatz. It is the headquarters of the Safran Guild. Stands 28 meters high, it is cylindrical in shape with a pointed tower. It was constructed in 1513 and today houses the archives of the Guild.

    I found it to be quite striking in appearance and would have loved to see the view from the top which I believe is excellent.

    In the Main Photo you can see part of the Musegg Wall rising up the hill behind the tower.

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    Vierwaldstättersee, Lake Lucerne

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 26, 2011

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    There are many historical and geographical facts that I could rattle off here about Lake Lucerne, like its the fourth largest lake in Switzerland, but all that sort of data pales into insignificance when it comes to describing this magnificent and breathtaking body of the bluest of blue water surrounded by mountains and villages and the greenest grass, trees and foliage that one could ever see. There are no words, it has to be seen to be believed.

    Naturally the best way to see it is from a boat and perhaps the most time efficient way to see it, if you have only a short time in Lucerne, is to combine your Lake cruise with a visit to Mt Pilatus. So much beauty all in one day defies description. Take my word for it and just do it.

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    Street Art

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 26, 2011

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    My travel pages here on VT are liberally sprinkled with wonderful contemporary street art sculptures. I have a penchant for them. This one I found in Lucerne right outside the Luzerner Theater. I have no idea who the artist was or what the story is behind this wonderful piece. All I know is that I love it. I guess the mystery surrounding it is part of its attraction for me. Or maybe its just that it is very appealing in its simplicity.

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    Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern) KKL

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 18, 2011

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    This is an ultra modern Congress Centre which was built from 1995 to about 2000. It was first opened in 1998 with a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. It is a multi-functional building designed by Jean Nouvel and is reputed to have the finest acoustics of any such building in Switzerland. Probably best seen from the River the Centre can be found very easily as it is right on the River Reuss almost adjoing the Hauptbahnhof. It is a favourite spot for outside dining as it affords the most wonderful views of the City, the River and Kappelbruecke etc.

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