Lucerne was love at first sight. We love charming small towns. We also love the atmosphere and architecture of Swiss towns. We love mountain and lake views. Lucerne has it all, but still I’m not sure whether any of these are the real reasons we love it so much. But we do, and though we visited Basel and Zürich on the same trip and found both of them amazing, too, still they are nothing like Lucerne for us.
Is the case with places similar to the case with people? If you truly love them, you don’t really know the reason, but you don’t even need a reason. You just love them because they are who they are. So we just love Lucerne. From the first moment we’ve taken a look at sparkling Lake Lucerne in the sunshine.
Getting inside a postcard
I’m a planner, I’ve already told you that, so we always have an agenda. But Lucerne is one of those few places where we just ignored our agenda. Because the city center is really not so big that you need a list to make sure you get everywhere and also because the whole town is just so beautiful that it doesn’t matter where you go.
Stepping out from our hostel, we bumped right into the lovely riverside panorama of Lucerne Old Town. We walked through Spreuerbrücke – not that we wanted to get to the other side of the river, but it was such a nice bridge. The covered pedestrian bridge is made of wood and has colorful interior paintings.
Does it sound familiar? Maybe you think of Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), the most famous bridge in Lucerne. It’s also a covered wooden pedestrian bridge with interior paintings, quite a unique piece of architecture itself. Mount Pilatus rising above it in the background makes the whole scene perfect. We got there soon as Spreuerbrücke and Kapellbrücke enclose most of the fairy tale streets and riverside of Lucerne Old Town.
Walk on the lakeshore
Taking a long walk on the shore of Lake Lucerne around sunset was another activity what we could happily get used to. The end of the lake which is close to the old town was vibrant and busy, and as we walked further there was fewer and fewer people and the scene got more serene.
Here should come a couple of sentences to praise all the shades of blue and green of the lake and the river, but this time I’ve collected my best pictures to actually show it to you instead:
Moreover, the lake is enclosed by the snowcapped peak of the Swiss Alps. Oh, the Swiss Alps! I better shut up now, because this post is supposed to be about Lucerne. 🙂 But the high peaks of the Swiss Alps are quite majestic even in the background.
Lion Monument: just a statue?
The only place we’ve intentionally searched for was the Lion Monument of Lucerne. Usually we wouldn’t care that much about a statue, but since we actually had an agenda, we knew that everyone recommends to visit this statue. We were too curious not to do it. And do you know what is so special about it? This is the first statue that made me feel something. This dying lion is just full of emotions, full of pain. A different specialty is that the 10 meters long and 6 meters high statue is carved into the cliff face. And it’s in the middle of a quiet and calm small park.
We’ve spent 2 days in Lucerne, but that stay included two longer hikes in the already mentioned wonderful Swiss Alps which left the afternoons and evenings for exploring Lucerne itself. That was enough to walk around everywhere in the Old Town. Enough to find our favorite sunset spot. Enough to discover the best views and the most colorful streets. Enough to fall in love with Lucerne.
Do you have a favorite town? Would you visit Lucerne?