THE CITY OF MANY CHARMS – LUCERNE. SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is a rich country not only economically speaking, but also due to its many touristic atractions. In our desire to see as much as possible in a short time, we arrived at Lucerne. Lucerne is a city in north-central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of that country. Due to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne (der Vierwaldstättersee), within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps, Lucerne has long been a destination for tourists.

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One of the city’s famous landmarks is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge first erected in the 14th century.

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Since the city straddles the Reuss River where it drains the lake, it has a number of bridges. The most famous is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a 204 m (669 ft) long wooden covered bridge originally built in 1333, the oldest covered bridge in Europe, although much of it had to be replaced after a fire on August 18, 1993, allegedly caused by a discarded cigarette. Part way across, the bridge runs by the octagonal Water Tower (Wasserturm), a fortification from the 13th century. Inside the bridge are a series of paintings from the 17th century depicting events from Lucerne’s history. The Bridge with its Tower is the city’s most famous landmark.

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One of city’s places I recommend to visit is The Museum of Pablo Picasso. There you can se some pieces of his artwork and lot of photographies. Nearly 200 photographs by David Douglas Duncan create a captivating picture of the last 17 years of Picasso’s life with his family in their Cannes home.

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When in Lucerne, don’t miss the Glacier garden and museum.  Built around a glacial pothole that has survived since the Ice Age, this museum also displays artifacts from throughout the town’s history. Right there also the famous Dying Lion of Lucerne is situated. The Lion Monument in Lucerne is a giant dying lion carved out of a wall of sandstone rock above a pond at the east end of the medieval town. It was designed as a memorial for the mercenary soldiers from central Switzerland who lost their lives while serving the French king Louis XVI during the French Revolution.

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But lot of fun is granted if you attend the mirror labyrinth and distorting mirrors.

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