It had been about 20 years since I last visited Lucerne and it’s still just was beautiful as I remembered. This time the streets were snow-lined and the air crisp rather than filled with summer blooms, and still a great great city. Here are some images of famous landmarks.
This is the 8-sided tower adjacent to the snow covered Chapel Bridge, which is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. There are over 100 hand painted panels on the inside that were completed in the 17th century. According to my guide book, this tower has served as a lighthouse, prison and treasury.
Another snowy view of the Chapel Bridge and tower.
There is a beautiful medieval wall that goes along the north side of the Old Town which was built to fortify the city. The towers are impressive as are the views of the city from atop the hill.
I love how all the tops of the towers are different. Photo by Jake.
Another view of the wall and foreground foliage.
A view of the neighborhood and city.
The Lion Monument is a tribute to the Swiss Guards who gave their lives while guarding the Tuileries Palace of Louis XVI in Paris in 1792. Taken with a flash, this photo captures the afternoon snow fall.
This photo is just to show you the scale of the monument.
And lastly, Lucerne at night. At the center of the photo is the Jesuit church.
(Lucerne, Switzerland | December 2010)