Experience in interesting and diverse ways the development of transport and mobility by road, rail and water as well as in the air and outer space – yesterday, today and in the future.
Technical achievements enable us to be mobile and shape our lives. It is only the mental agility of tinkerers, inventors and explorers that has made people as mobile as they are today. The fascinating history of transport and its vehicles together with their socio-political effects on our culture are the key themes of the Swiss Museum of Transport.
More than 3000 objects displayed in an area exceeding 20,000 m² are witnesses to a moving history in the most literal sense and point to future challenges in the field of transport and mobility.
This spot just near the bridge is slower moving water. Upstream a few hundred yards the flow is extreme and gushing over with white caps. It is a picture to behold. No, I do not know what happened to ours. The swan take hand outs. The Reuss River is fairly large and swift. I have seen it at times where you would most likely not be able to swim across due to the current being so fast.
Some of the best scenery that we saw was from the train that took us from Lucerne to Interlaken, reason for which and depending on your route, I would suggest to take a train to be able some very good sights, this fantastic country has to offer. I have posted 5 pictures with different views to get you just a small sample of what is left for your senses to enjoy during your trip to Switzerland.
to see a nice mountain-place I recommend you to go to Engelberg from where you can go to Mt.titlis, in winter you can go skiing (alpin and nordic way) and in summer hiking/walking and cycling
Engelberg: the largest and - the most beautiful as we are convinced - winter sport area in the centre of Switzerland. Get your skates respectively your skis or your board on and enjoy 82 kilometres of ski runs. You will never be bored as you can also join various activities off the slopes. You surely won't regret spending your holidays here!
Doing some research into this carving on one of the sides of St. Peterskapelle I found some interesting Biblical implications but first a little information about the Chapel itself. The Chapel is located right next to the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) which is the famous covered bridge synonymous with Lucerne and as you can deduct the Chapel Bridge refers to St. Peter's Chapel. The current Chapel is an 18th century chuch that was built over its 12th century predecessor.
On the exterior walls of St. Peter's there are several interesting works of art. The one we took a picture of is an alabaster carving of the Mount of Olives which remains from the previous church building. Other works of art on the exterior include the fresco of Brother Klaus which dates from the late 19th century, and the painting of St. Christopher which is from the early 20th century.
Now onto the Bible lesson. I thought it was very appropriate that one of the articles I read about the Mount of Olives stated that if Jesus Christ had some favorite places during His earthly life, the Mount of Olives was certainly one of them. It is mentioned numerous times in the New Testament. "He often traveled over it on His way to Bethany to visit His friend Lazarus. His famous Olivet prophecy is named after it (Matthew 24:1-51). The Triumphal Entry of Jesus riding on a Donkey and her colt into Jerusalem took place over and down the Mount of Olives (Luke 19:28-44). Jesus prayed with His disciples there just before His arrest That Fateful Night (Luke 22:39-46). Jesus was arrested there, during which Peter struck the servant of the high priest with a sword and cut off his ear (Luke 22:49-51). Jesus appeared to the disciples on the Mount of Olives after His Resurrection, and He ascended into heaven from there (Acts 1:1-12)."
The 2 mile (3½ kilometers) long Mount of Olives is a flattened ridge series located just a few hundred yards (meters) east of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It rises over 200 feet (60 meters) above the Kidron Valley which separates those two very significant places. Now if I ever get there I can appreciate the setting just that more.
Sue and I just enjoyed walking through the busy part of old town Lucerne which had no vehicle traffic. These are a couple of pictures of some unique ways that sculptures or whatever they are can advertise a business.
As we did our walk in the Chapel Bridge , we spotted that there are market stands at the Kappel/Hirschenplatz. It is the monthly market, held every first Wednesday of the month from March to December. You could find stalls with different kinds of things to buy from toys to ready made wears, foods, special teas and many more.
While the Stadtkeller building in Lucerne's Old Town is in fact a traditionally Swiss themed restaurant with traditional food, music, song and dance, I was less interested in my stomach and more interested in the beautiful frescoes adorning the buildings walls. I did have a look inside but the noisy tour groups inside enjoying their lunch sent me running out the door.
The restaurant has daily shows based around Swiss Tradition and Folklore.
I found that the best place to enjoy views out over the city and lake are from the Museggmauer but the view from Chateau Gutsch are also meant to be spectacular but the funicular up to the hill was closed during my visit.
The eastern parts of the Museggmauer City Walls are impressive but your view can be impeded from the walls by tress and buildings while the towers have grills in the windows or blurry Perspex. Therefore I would recommend the Mannliturm for the best views. This is the second tower of the city walls from the west and has an open rooftop from where you can enjoy unimpeded views out over the city, lake and surrounding mountains. On a clear day the views are spectacular. From this tower you have a 360 degree view all around the surrounding areas and across to Mt. Pilatus to the south.
You can only reach this tower from the west by climbing the hill behind the last tower (which crosses over the road below ( St. Karli Quai) The city walls are not continuous from east to west. You must do them in two seperate sections.
Apart from the beautiful town of Lucerne itself visitors to Lucerne are also drawn to the area due to its ideal location on the mountain ringed shores of Lake Lucerne.
Walking along the shores of the Lake is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Lucerne. You can take boat trips out onto the Lake itself but walking along the shores and enjoying the views is just as an enjoyable way of admiring this placid lake.
The northern shore of the lake is the most scenic walk along Nationalquai and onto Carl Spittelr Quai. You can continue on to Luzernerquai and Lido. Mt. Pilatus can be seen overlooking the lake as well as the Swiss Alpine mountain range which stretches out into the distance to the east and south.
On the south shore line the town becomes a little more industrial but you can still enjoy views of the lake, mountains and town from areas such as Inseliparka and Seepark.
Lucerne is a great base from which to explore the surrounding countryside including the Lakes, Mountains and small towns which encircle the area.
Excursions include Lake Lucerne Boat Trips, Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Titlis, Mt. Rigi, Jungfrau and Scenic Rail Journeys.
I chose the Stanserhorn excursion, mainly due the fact I was stuck for time and it is located close to Lucerne (half an hour to Stans)
The trip was quite simply amazing and made all the better due to the beautiful clear sunshine I enjoyed during the trip. The trip consists of a return train to the town of Stans, a return funicular half way up the mountain and a cable car to the top.
The views from the summit of the Stanserhorn mountain are breathtaking, looking out over the Swiss Alps and Lakes of central Switzeland and beyond. Great views of Rigi, Titlis and Pilatus can also be enjoyed. There are also miles of marked pathways around the mountains and countryside of a variety of lenghts and difficulties.
Trip costs CHF 59 and tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Office or Bahnhof Ticket Office (If you buy your ticket at the Bahnhof it will cost CHF 69 but you can go earlier and you get a compilmentary drink at the rotating restaurant on top of Stanserhorn) Tickets can only be purchased in the Touorist Office on the same day as travel.
I would highly recommend any visitor to do one of these excursions especially. the day-long excursion to the Lake and Mt. Pialtus was very tempting - If only I had had more time :) Follow link below for a list and descriptions of all excursions from Lucerne.
BTW If you decide on the Stanserhorn trip don't forget to have a look around the town of Stans. It's nice and peaceful and has beautiful surrounding countryside. (My Stans Page will be created soon)
Don't really get this restaurant building and why it's advertised in Lucerne city guides as a 'typical Swiss country House'. I have yet to see a 'typical' Swiss house with big white letters sprawled across its front spelling "Old Swiss House' and set in the middle of a busy town ;-) Anyway I suppose I'm being a bit critical of this building. It is a beautiful construction but I would prefer to see my 'typical' Swiss houses in the countryside or in a less 'touristy' and commercial sense.
The building does have an interesting history which can be read on their website (link below)
The inside of the building is apparently well preserved but I was put off entering due to the untimely arrival of three or four busloads of tourists who were assaulting the premises ;-) To be honest I think this is what put me off this building so maybe at a quieter time the building would have appealed to me more.
The area in and around Franziskanerplatz turns up some great hidden gems of Lucerne. The architecture around the area between the Franziskaner Church and Kasernenplatz is beautiful and is generally quieter than the northern banks of the river and Old Town areas. You can get a real feel for the city in peace and quiet and without having to battle your way through crowds of visitors and tourists. Some of the buildings in the area are stunning (check my pics for a selection)
Lucerne's 'Needle Weir' or 'Nadelwehr' is one of Lucerne's most unique features. The function of the weir is to regulate the water flow of the River Reuss. This is achieved by lowering and raising the wooden 'spikes' of the weir into the water. This is done by hand. The Needle Weir was constructed in 1860 but this was not the first time the water was artificially regulated. Before the weir was built the flow was regulated by channeling the water over the 'Reuss Steps' of the city mill. The regulation of the water flow was important for the cities water transport system.
The Haus Zur Gilden is located on the northern bank of the River Reuss and is the last building on Rathausquai before the river flows into the lake. The most impressive part of the building is the round tower with pointed spire. The building was home to the Zur Gilgen family and many famous people have stayed here over the years including Victor Hugo and couriers of the Pope. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1495 but was rebuilt between the years 1506 and 1510.
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