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Private Guided Day Tour to Mount Rigi from Lucerne with Boat Ride and Cogwheel Train
"Your tour itinerary is completely flexible and can be arranged with your private guide in advance. Below is a sample itinerary to give you a few ideas!Example tour itinerary:Begin your tour by meeting your guide at your hotel and make your wa your tour guide will board a boat to take a cruise on Lake Lucerne with you. Enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and look back towards the city before arriving in Vitznau after an hour on the water. Across the boat station your tour guide will lead you to the cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey takes you from 1440 ft (438m) above sea level to the top of mount Rigi at an altitude of 5900 ft (1798m). During the steep ride enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.Once you and your tour guide arrive at the top walk up within 5 minutes to the panoramic platform where you can see Swiss scenery all around. The guide is available
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Mount Rigi Day Photography Tour
"The journey begins with a lovely trip through the beautiful Lake Lucerne towards Vitznau. Switch to Europe's first ever mountain railway up to Rigi-Kulm. You will be overwhelmed by the incredible Swiss Alpine Landscape around you!Ride back with the g and will discuss its history and traditions and we will enjoy the finest local meals (not include). This full day tour is available throughout the year.We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than at Mount Rigi!""""You will discover some of the most remarkable landscapes in Central Switzerland. Prepare to be amazed at unbelievable vistas rugged mountain peaks and dramatic skies. Mount Rigi day photography tour is a paradise for photographers no matter what your skill level is it will capture your senses and amaze you. At times
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4-hour Lucerne City Tour with Private Guide Including Boat Trip on Lake Lucerne
"Your tour itinerary is completely flexible and can be arranged with your private guide in advance. Below is a sample itinerary to give you a few ideas!Example tour itinerary:Begin your tour by meeting your guide at your hotel and make your wa the concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel is located. Enjoy the fantastic panorama to the city center across the Reuss river and the surrounding mountains. On the walk with your tour guide you'll continue towards the wooden ""Chapel bridge"" a 200m long pedestrian crossing bridge. Get informed about the history of the bridge with it's paintings. You'll continue the tour discovering the car-free innner city circle and the old town. Your tour guide will give you information about the houses and the former importance in 16th century. Walk across the ""Spreuer bridge"" the second wooden bridge and take a coffee break along the ""Reuss"" river. After the break the walk will continue along the city wall
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Hofkirche - Church of St. Leodegar Tips (25)

Court Church of St. Leodegar

Along the Hills of Lucerne near the main Street of Haldernstrasse are two prominent tower spries of the Roman Catholic Church of the Court Church of St. Leodegar, which is the most important church and a landmark in the city of Lucerne. The Church was built in 1639 AD upon the ruins of a previous roman church which was destroyed in 1633 AD and the church survived the destructive thirty years way between the catholics and the protestants (1618-1648) in Europe and of the the only remains of the old church are the Only the towers, St. Mary's altar and a few religious objects remain.

Admission is free and the church is open to the public from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and there are masses done in Swiss German for worshippers.

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Nov 17, 2015

Hofkirche/ Church of St Leodegar

On the site of the eighth-century Benedictine monastery of St. Leodegar is the twin-towered Hofkirche, which was rebuilt in 1634-39 but preserved the 1525 towers of the previous church. It is considered the most important Renaissance church in Switzerland. On the north tower is a Late Gothic sculpture depicting the Agony in the Garden. Inside, the carved pulpit and choir-stalls are from 1639, and in the arcades surrounding the church are the tombs of members of old Lucerne families. Although the overall interior is simple and fairly plain, this just highlights the exuberant baroque gold altars. In the summer, recitals on the church's famous organ are held here.

I love the interior, especially Death of the Virgin's Altar and The Soul's Altar both decorated in ornate gold leaf.

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black_mimi99
Nov 11, 2015

Noticed from far distance

With those high spears Hofkirche is noticeable from far distance and is part of many my photos from Luzerne. It gives special look to this charming town. I was visiting town on two occasion but on short time and didn't enter yet there but it is familiar sight in city. It cannot be missed!

Later I found out that is considerate as one of most beautiful renaissance-church in Switzerland.
On Luzern online presentation of Catholic churches and community in city you can download and
- "The Hofkirche in your pocket: This church guide will explain the history of the Hofkirche and its attractions in the immediate surroundings." I post link here to application - Audio guide to Hofkiche It is available on English and German language and it free as well and enter to church. Great pick for tourist in usually expensive country.

It is open every day from 7.00-19.00.

You can find several good guides online.

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Odiseya
Sep 26, 2015

Not quite so twiddly.......

....but still architecturally interesting and definitely worth seeking out.

Lucerne's Hofkirche (the church of St Leodegar) is not particularly old. Most of it was built in the mid-1600s, after a fire in 1633 destroyed all the previous building apart from the two towers on its frontage.

But the site on which is stands is much more ancient. A monastery was first constructed there in the 8th century (the 700s) and the buildings which replaced it in the 12th-century (1100s) were those destroyed by the fire. The existing Hofkirche still acts as a monstery church.

The wooden doors are very impressive, depicting saints Leger and Mauritius...but they have a disconcerting tendency to open all by themselves as you approach!

The interior decoration is pretty much the same as it was when the church was first built; unlike most European churches there have been few later additions, removals or changes. So you can see the original wooden pews, their ends beautifully carved...those for the most important and wealthy citizens are divided into individual seats by armrests, though ordinary folk had to fit in as best they could on the undivided pews. These pews are the oldest still in existence in Switzerland.

I particularly liked the 'Death of the Virgin' altar, to the left as you look at the main altar. It dates from around 1500 and somehow managed to survive the 1633 fire. I like the way the Virgin Mary is depicted propped up in a very-1500s bed, with very-1500s hair and clothing. :-)

The other side-altar dates from 1640. Its creator, Niklaus Geisler, managed to include part of a much earlier Pieta rescued from the 1633 fire.

There are cloisters to the side of the church which contain memorials to and the graves of many of Lucerne's most powerful families.

Definitely somewhere to include in your visit to Lucerne. Open Saturday to Thursday 10-12 and 2-5.

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Jul 06, 2013
 
 
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Hofkirche

Built on the site of Lucerne's first monastery (which can be traced back to the 8th century) and which was gutted by fire in the 12th century, the Hofkirche is the one with the twin spires which can be seen from far and wide around Lucerne. The beautiful Romanesque building was also burnt down in the year 1633. Miraculously the twin spires survived the blaze and are still standing. The rest of the church was replaced by a Renaissance style design which, looks a bit strange between the spires but in its own way is very beautiful as well.

The remains of many Patrician residents of Lucerne are interred in the graveyard at Hofkirche, which is still in operation right now.

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Maryimelda
Oct 27, 2011

Hofkirche - Cloisters

The Hofkirche is located on the site of a former Benedictine monastery and so it comes as no surprise to find that the church has a cloister area to the north side of the church. The cloisters contain the graves of many important figures from Lucerne's religious history.

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pure1942
May 08, 2008

Hofkirche - Interior

The interior of the Hofkirche is hugely impressive especially Death of the Virgin's Altar and The Soul's Altar both decorated in ornate gold leaf. The interior is created in the Renaissance style and dates from the 17th century having undergone significant restoaration after the disastrous fire of 1633. The imprseeive high altar is made of black marble with gold leaf and is crowned by a huge crucifix. The carved wooden pulpit located half-way up the central ailse was created by Niklaus Geissler as are the choir stalls on the altar. On the left is the beautiful Death of the Virgin Altar and on the right is the stunning Soul's Altar. Also worth noting is the huge organ and gallery.

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pure1942
May 08, 2008

Hofkirche

The Hofkirche is located in the northern area of the city just across the Seebrucke and its' tall spires can be seen overlooking the lake. The church is located on the previous site of an earlier Benedictine monastery dating from the 8th century. The church is dedicated to St. Leodegar. A Romanesque Church replaced the monastery in the 12th century but was destroyed by a fire in 1633. The only part of the church which survived were the churches tall twin spires. The church was rebuilt in 1645 in the Renaissance style which explains the odd clash of styles between the towers and central facade. The wooden doors of the church are interesting and its' carvings depict St. Loedegar, on hte left, who was blinded by the drill which he is holding in his left hand! The other carving is of St. Maurice.

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May 08, 2008
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lovely houses behind Hofkirche

Dont miss to take a walk through this scenic quater just behind of Hofkirche. You might get the feeling to be in a small village in the swiss countryside instead of the centre of a large town. It starts with that wooden building on my 2nd picture and it will continue with these great halftimbered houses, there are almost no cars in that area, that seems not to have changed in the last 350 years.

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globetrott
Jan 12, 2007

a beautiful Renaissance-church

Hofkirche is - at least according to some guidebooks - considdered to be the most beautiful renaissance-church in Switzerland. In any way it looks very special already from outside with its 2 significant towers and a beautifully decorated building between them (see my 2nd picture !) Take a closer look also at the ornate woodcarvings of the large entrance-gate (my 3rd & 5th picture).
There are various great altars, all of them beautifully decorated and of course you may enter Hofkirche freely and without restrictions during the day !
Around the church you may see a small cemetery and next to the Hofkirche you may get the feeling to be in a small village in the country-side - see my next tip

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globetrott
Jan 12, 2007

A city landmark

The Hofkirche stands on the North side of the lake and can easily be seen from many places due to its twin towers (not to be confused with the Jesuit church which also has twin towers). The architecture is that of Renaissance style. The building is both remarkable on the interior and the exterior. Some steps lead up to it, but they are not a major climb. The doors are also worth a look.

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sswagner
Jun 26, 2006

Hofkirche

This well-known church is Luzern's main cathedral. It dates back to a Benedictine monastery on the grounds in the 8th century. Destroyed by fire in 1633, the church was then rebuilt in 1645. In a country more noted for natural beauty than buildings, the Hof church is considered to be the most important Renaissance church in the country.

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Oct 13, 2005

Things to Do Near Hofkirche - Church of St. Leodegar

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Mount Rigi

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Mount Pilatus

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Kapellbrücke - Chapel Bridge

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Bourbaki Panorama

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Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument

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Glacier Garden Museum - Gletschergarten

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Getting to Hofkirche - Church of St. Leodegar

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St. Leodegarstrasse 6, 6006 Luzern

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  • Sunday 07:00 to 19:00
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