City Hopper: Lucerne, Switzerland
My next stop brings me to what I think could quite possibly be the most beautiful city in Switzerland – Lucerne. It’s located in north-central Switzerland in the German-speaking portion of the country. The population of the city of Lucerne is around 76,200 and it’s a popular destination for tourists.
Lucerne’s most famous landmark is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) which is a 14th century wooden bridge. Part of the bridge was damaged in 1993 due to a discarded cigarette but that part has since been rebuilt. As you walk across inside the bridge are a series of paintings from the 17th century depicting Lucerne’s history.
Another interesting attraction is the stone carving of a dying lion (The Lion Monument) in a small park just off the Lowenplatz that commemorates the hundreds of Swiss Guards that were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution in Paris.
Lucerne is located on the aptly named Lake Lucerne and has great views of the alps. Also, in 2010 Trip Adviser voted Lucerne as the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world.
If you’re looking for something to do in Lucerne they frequently have festivals and events throughout the year including a few blues festivals, a classical festival as well as several carnivals so make sure you check out their events calendar in order to plan accordingly.
And don’t forget all the lovely cafes and beautiful architecture to be seen around the city as well. Everywhere you look you feel like you’re experiencing a postcard moment. Stroll around town, have a coffee and a bite to eat while sitting in an outdoor cafe, sun yourself by the lake and just breathe in the beauty that surrounds you.