Voted as the 5th most popular tourism destination in the world by Tripadvisor (in 2010), Lucerne or Luzern is the most populous city in Central Switzerland. For it’s unique location surrounded by swiss Alps, on the shore of Lake Lucerne – this is one of the prettiest place to be in. I went there last year with my parents and my younger sister and needless to say, as all the other cities of Switzerland even this one left me spellbound.
The town’s landmark is the Chapel Bridge constructed in the 1st half of the 14th century as a part of the city’s fortications. On it lies the most frequently photographed monument in Switzerland – the 34mt high octagonal Water Tower. It was supposedly used as an archive, treasury, prison and torture chamber when functional. But there is no shades of terror. It’s a calm deep blue lake with beautiful white geese playing on it, over which stands the bridge with lovely flowers decorating it’s wooden pillars and there is the blue sky above and far away you have a perfectly awesome glimpse of the Alps. It is simply amazing!
The little Swiss city is full of many spectacular monuments- the Sacral Baroque church, the Gothic Franciscan Church and the old city squares featuring the beautifully painted Town Hall. But the one I loved the most was the Dying Lion of Lucerne, which Mark Twain has described to be the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world. Carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792, it remains one of the world’s most famous monuments.
How a small little city can leave such a strong impression on someone’s heart – I wonder!!