Luzern Culture

Day 5 18.5.10

We woke up with the intention of heading immediately north to the Lion Monument and the Glacier Park.  But, we HAD to walk across the Chapel Bridge again before starting the day.  When we walked to the south side of the hotel, we were pleasantly surprised to see a huge open-air food market.  Think glorified Hay Market…

Luzern Farmer's Market...What a great surprise!!

Our "Cheese (and yummy meat) Guy"

We decided dinner for the night would be “home”-prepared in our hotel room.  We bought fresh tomatoes, avocado, basil, bread, cheese and cured beef.  After a pit-stop to drop our goodies off at the room, we headed up to the sites.

It was sunny on our way up.  The Lion Monument was much more impressive than I was expecting.  Very moving.  According to Switzerland.com & travelguide.com:

The Dying Lion of Lucerne was hewn out of stone on site and commemorates the fallen Swiss guardsmen who died in 1792 during the French RevolutionThe Monument was inaugurated on August 10, 1821.  The latin inscription  [above the lion] HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI means “To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss”.   Furthermore you’ll find the engraved names of the dead and of the saved officers of the Swiss guard as well as the death toll among the Swiss soldiers (DCCLX = 760) and the number of surviving soldiers (CCCL = 350).

Lion Monument

Those eyes...I could feel the anguish.

And another little tidbit from travelguide.com:  Mark Twain, well known American author, called the Lion Monument “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.”

Immediately up the hill was the glacier museuma geological phenomenon left over from the Ice Age with giant glacial potholes is a prove that Lucerne was once covered by glaciers (lucerneguide.ch).   The glacier was  disovered by accident in 1872 by Josef Wilhelm Amrein-Troller while his crew was building a wine cellar on this site.  A-MA-ZING.  I highly recommended clicking here for more about it.

Both were very cool sites.

When we exited the museum, it had started raining.  We stopped at a COOP to grab a bottle of wine for dinner, and then Matt came down with the hungry horrors ( :-0 ) so we stopped in a very Panera-type sandwich shop in Luzern.  Once he refueled, we walked over to the other sied of the bridge to grab a coffee outdoors.  We sat and people-watched on the river at the KKL building, which was built between 1995 and 2000, and is said to be one of the most spectacular modern buildings in Switzerland.  From there, we went back to our side of the river (Old Town), and I shopped a little while Matt cruised around snapping some more photos.  

Beautiful facades

Famous clock

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We stopped in a little bead shop on our way back to our room and decided to go back in the morning to make our own necklaces.  Up at our room we relaxed, watched a little CNN, uploaded the photos and browsed the library of the trip thus far. 

As planned, I prepped dinner in the room.  We enjoyed our in-room, classy meal with red wine.  Sometimes those are the best meals.  Very relaxing. 

YUM

In-room dining

 Another walk on the bridge followed.  Dorks.

We may have been slightly obsessed with the bridge.

A fire burned part of the bridge in the 1990s. Although several were burned in the fire, as you walk through, the panels tell a story about Lucerne's history.

That was it for the day.   We decided there was not much left to do in Luzern the next day, so we would take the boat part-way to Zurich to catch our flight to Prague.

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