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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A long weekend in Lucerne – PART I

Hello ladies and gents!

I hope you are well. I am happy because the days are lengthening and getting warmer which is ideal for long walks in my beautiful city and lovely getaways around the country.

In April, we went on a long weekend to Lucerne and I thought of documenting our stay.

Lucerne is a city of superlatives. It is therefore not surprising that it is in the top 20 of the world’s best cities. I am a lover of this splendid town, which is known as the city of water. Water is everywhere, lake, fountains, streams…

The secret of its beauty is an azure lake ringed by mountains, a well-preserved medieval Old Town, a reputation for making beautiful folk music, a breath-taking covered bridge, sunny squares, candy-coloured houses, waterfront promenades, gorgeous hotels and restaurants and a great ambiance due to its welcoming locals.

Lucerne is simply stunning - if you haven’t visited yet, add it to your list of “must visit” places in Switzerland. You can come here in any season of the year because this city shines and there is a certain magic in the air.

Without further ado, here is my album specially made to whet your appetite.

Stay tuned for PART II and my review of a boutique hotel designed by the great French architect Jean Nouvel.

WATER IS EVERYWHERE…



We started our weekend with a simple but nice lunch at Valentino Pizzeria (Metzgerrainle 3)

CHAPEL BRIDGE
Constructed in first half of the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications. The paintings that were added in the 17th century illustrate scenes of Swiss and local history, including the biographies of the city’s patron saints.


WATER TOWER
This octagonal tower - over 34 meters high - was built around 1300 as part of the city wall and has been used as an archive, treasury, prison and torture chamber. It is Lucerne’s landmark and the most frequently photographed monument in Switzerland.

LION MONUMENT
“The dying Lion of Lucerne” is one of the world’s most famous monuments and one of the saddest and most moving pieces of rock in the world. It was carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792.

OLD CITY SQUARES
Weinmarkt, Hischenplatz, Kornmarkt, Kapellplatz
Beautiful fountains...historical buildings clad in frescos border the Old Town on the right bank of the River Reuss in a few picturesque squares.


FACADES TELL STORIES
Weinmarkt, Hischenplatz, Kornmarkt, Kapellplatz
Beautiful façades fascinate with their stories of magic and customs, trade and guilds.
Stroll along the houses with an alert eye and become acquainted with the artists and their works.



TOWN HALL
Built between 1602 and 1606 by Anton Isenmann in the Italian Renaissance style and covered with an overhanging roof. The open arcades facing the Reuss are still used today as a weekly marketplace.


KKL LUZERN
The Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne at Europaplatz is the work of the Parisian architect Jean Nouvel. The concert hall (1800 seats) is one of the finest concert halls in the world. The Lucerne Hall, the Convention Centre with the auditorium, and the Museum of Art - the fourth largest in Switzerland - are also part of this sensational construction.





Tourist information was partially sourced from:  www.luzern.com

48 comments:

  1. It looks like you had an absolutely stunning time in Lucerne - I really want to go after reading your posts and have to confess it wasn't really on my radar before! Your pictures are SO beautiful.

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    1. I'm so glad I made you consider it Rebecca. There is so much to see and do, and the food is always so good! Thanks for your compliment on my photography.

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  2. Coucou ma jolie ! Lucerne est une ville dont la beauté nous va droit au cœur. Il y a de l’élégance, de la grandeur et de la douceur de vivre... Je me régale d'avance de voir la 2ème partie. Gros bisous <333

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    1. Salut Chantal ! Comme tu le dis si bien "Lucerne est une ville dont la beauté nous va droit au cœur". Bises et à vendredi pour la 2ème partie.

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  3. What a stunning first photo! So much beauty here.

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  4. Beautiful! What a pity we are so far away. BTW, I think I inadvertently deleted your comment on my blog. Sorry about that.

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    1. It's indeed a beautiful city, Arthur.

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  5. Hermosa cuidad, te mando un beso

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  6. I like the squares with the fountain in the middle of european cities. And Luzern has one too.
    Perfect matching : the color of your sunglasses' frame and that of your coat. Beautiful!

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    1. I'm glad you found it beautiful, Duta.

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    1. Muito obrigada pela sua visita, Francisco.

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  8. Well, your wonderful photos have convinced me that I need to visit. I am particularly intrigued by the ancient machinery used to control the water in the lake. The town looks delightful.

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  9. Amazing place!!
    Your blue scarf goes well with the scenery!!
    I love your blog, and just followed <3

    akiko
    www.akikohiramatsu.com

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    1. It really is an amazing city, Akiko. Actually, my scarf is green... hahaha. Anyway, thank you for your interest in my personal blog.

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  10. These are wonderful pictures. In particular The architecture is very impressive It looks like you had a great trip.

    I would very much like to visit Lucerne some day.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you very much for your compliment on my photography, Brian.

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  11. That looks like an absolutely stunning getaway. I love the Old Town – very grand. Sounds like you had a fabulous trip. Lol

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    1. Yes Charles, we had a fab time!! We did so much on our long weekend in Lucerne that I had to split it into two posts. Friday, I'm back again with the final part of our gorgeous weekend.

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  12. Sem que estivesse a contar, acabei de dar um passeio por Lucerna!!!
    Excelente partilha desta maravilhosa foto/reportagem, desta forma vamos conhecendo à distância aquilo que nem sempre temos oportunidade de ver por perto e muitas das vezes nos serve de incentivo para colocar na agenda!

    PS . Posso perguntar o teu nome? :)

    Beijo

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    1. Contente que tenha gostado desta visita virtual, Rui. Obrigada pela sua visita.

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  13. Very interesting post my dear, I had no idea that Lucerna is so beautiful. Wonderful photos <3

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  14. It looks like the setting for a fantasy novel! I like how the windows reflect the blue of sky and water.

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  15. lucerne seems lovely and it looks like you had a great visit! i've always wanted to go and see that lion monument! xx

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    1. The Lion monument is really impressive...I hope you can make it to Lucerne one day, Laura.

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  16. How many wonderful and colourful photos dear!
    I like a lot the places are you showing us and you look so pretty and elegant! I've never visited Lucern but if I've the occasion I would like to! A big hug

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    1. I hope one day you will visit Lucerne!
      Thank you for your kind words, Marghe.

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  17. this post is so lovely and the pics are so mesmerizing..
    xx

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  18. Just hearing/saying Lucerne gives me this dreamy feeling. What fabulous pictures and a wonderful trip. It looks like a beautiful place. So happy for you to be able to enjoy so much beauty. : )

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  19. What a great place, love all the photos!

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  20. Boa tarde, maravilhosa fotorreportagem da bela cidade de Lucerna que não conheço, as belas fotos mostram na perfeição os detalhes para serem apreciados.
    Bom fim de semana,
    AG

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    1. Contente que tenha gostado desta fotoreportagen de Lucerne. Bfds.

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  21. Cool and interesting post, Honey! I really like the photo <3
    I'd be happy Friendship Blog (Subscribe to your Blogger) ♥
    Julia Shkvo

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  22. Thank you for the wonderful tour of Lucerne. I will definitely put it on my list of must-see places to visit. I especially like the Chapel Bridge .... wow what a neat structure! I'd love to walk it.

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    1. You are welcome, Susan! Lucerne is indeed a wonderful place - definitely worth a visit :)

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  23. C'est décidé, il faudra que je me rende à Lucerne à jour ! Les maisons sont tellement sublimes, cela me rappelle l'Alsace donc c'est tout ce que j'aime ! Merci pour ce voyage en images ! Bisous :)

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    1. Merci pour ton soutien et pour ces mots gentils, Caro. Bisous.

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  24. De facto, uma cidade maravilhosa, que adorei descobrir um pouco mais, através desta sua incrível publicação, RT!
    As imagens estão espectaculares... Apreciando tudo novamente ao detalhe...
    E grata por mais esta extraordinária partilha!...
    Beijinhos
    Ana

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  25. Sim, Lucerne é uma cidade linda e bastante agradável. Fico contente que tenha gostado, Ana. Beijinhos e boa semana.

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