Somehow I am in love with Switzerland and just can’t get over the heavenly beauty of this picture perfect country. Although I dint had the opportunity to explore it in detail but whatever I came across of this heaven was enough to left me spellbound.
Like I mentioned in my previous blog My Swiss Travel Diary though it was an official trip, I could manage to explore some of the near by surroundings. However as my trip was coming to an end I thought it would be worthwhile to visit atleast one of the popular places. So I decided to visit Lucerne, which was nearest to the Place from where I was staying. Thanks to my friendly and helpful colleague Nicole, who helped me and coordinated with two of my office colleagues, who joined me to Lucerne for that evening.
I must say I was looking for some company. My friends, Romana & Dominik made it a fun and truly memorable evening for me, guiding me through the city!
We reached Lucerne in the evening. It was still bright & Sunny. Unlike the Cham (where I stayed during my trip) Lucerne is a popular tourist center, buzzing with lot of action. Surrounded by the breathtaking snow clad Alps with Lucerne Lake in the center and sitouts by the side of the lake, Lucerne is as charming as it can get.
Well not only the natural beauty, this quaint town also has a rich history and preserved medieval architecture to boast.
I had an opportunity to take a walking tour of the city with 2 of my friends
Here’s taking you through the glimpses, mostly through pictures!
After parking our car, we walked a little further and came across Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) & water tower, which are the landmark of Lucerne City. Built in 14th Centuary across the River Reuss, this is the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world.
Moving further towards the shopping street near the lake, my friends suggested that we should stop by at Max Chocolatier as they are one of the best and serve handcrafted chocolates. Being Easter weekend, they had lot of special varieties to offer. One we picked up was something with mint, though I was not sure by the look of it, but the chocolate tasted out of the world. A must try for all!
The main street also has many other souvenir shops as well as famous swiss watch showrooms!
Next pitstop was Church of St. Leodegar, which is a 17th Century roman catholic church with rich architecture and distinctive Gothic twin bell tower.
After spending some time at the church admiring its beauty, we moved on to visit yet another famous monument in Lucerne, The Lion Monument.
While walking towards the lion monument, I came across really beautiful and bright buildings!
The Lion Monument – The wounded Lion carving on a huge rock with a wish pond in front, commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. Many tourists crowded this place.
Finally it was time to admire the beauty of Lake Lucerne. We sat by the lake which looked splendid with many cruises and lights on them.
By this time we were already hungry, so we sat by the lake at Hotel Grand restaurant. The evening was followed by lots of happy chitchats, jokes, laughter, wines and some of the mouth-watering delicacies.
I must say that a short time spent with 2 of my lovely friends from Switzerland and one of the most memorable evenings of my entire trip. Looking forward to exploring more of this beautiful city soon!