I have decided that once a week I am going to train to a new city and explore it for the day while Jeff is at work. This week I went to Luzern, because Switzerland has four national languages (german, french, italian and romane) some cities have many spellings and pronunciations. This can be thought of as confusing, but I prefer to think of it as a liberation of spellings! Unfortunately the day I went was very cloudy and foggy, so I’ll have to go back, because Luzern is surrounded by mountains, any Google image search will show you. I had a fine time moseying around though.
Luzern has a river running through the middle of it like Zürich (Limmat) and Basel (Rhine). Because of this, Luzern has many bridges (brücke) crossing over its Reuss river. The most popular of which, and is commonly visited by tourist, is kapellbrücke (chapel bridge). It was originally built in 1333 but a fire in 1993 forced a reconstruction. In the supports beams for the roof of the bridge, images or historical events and Swiss mythology are painted. When looking at these, you come across some of the original beams of the bridge, because they are the ones that look like they have been lit on fire.
Another sight to see is the Lion Monument (löwendenkmal), meant to commemorate the 100’s of Swiss guards that were killed in 1792 during the French Revolution. I saw pictures of this monument before I went, and was expecting a smallish sculpture, but actually, its pretty darn big. There is a 40 meter stone wall and it is just carved into the middle of it. The emotion in the lion’s face is pretty spectacular.
Along with the bridges, the churches are also a point of interest in Luzern. Hofkirche is a church located not far from the lion monument that was was originally built in 735, and its towers are still original from that time. I feel like having structures and history that far back gives a greater significance to the last millennium and time itself. We can’t really grasp that sort of concept of time in the states. The Jesuit church was pretty spectacular inside, with paintings covering the ceilings and walls.
Okay, and the last thing I’ll bore you with is Musegg Wall. It was built in 1386 and it was part of the protective walls of the city. Most of it is still in tact. Today, it is used as a back drop for the resident highland cattle.