The day before we had to fly out, we moved to Luzern so it would be easier to fly back from Zurich as there was direct train leaving from Luzern to Zurich Flughafen every hour. We checked out our lovely airbnb in the morning and took the train to Luzern. It was a beautiful 2 hour journey along Lake Brienz. Lake Brienz has the same beautiful color like Lake Thun. I felt so lucky we got to see both lakes.
View from the train
From Luzern train station we walked to Ibis Budget hotel. It was 900m from train station and the walking area was flat.
Achita was very cooperative after I told her firmly that we had to use her stroller to put some of our bags and she would have to walk. She walked with us and let me use her stroller to carry stuff. Checked in process in Ibis was swift and we were given free bus card for the 2 days we are staying. I think all Hotels in Luzern are giving the free bus pass. There were also buses passing our hotel to train station and city center. Hotel location was very convenient too, not far from the city center. After dropping our bags in the room we took the bus to see the chapel bridge. We could actually walk but as we got the free bus pass we may as well used the bus.
Luzern, which is often called the gateway to central Switzerland is sited on Lake Lucerne and has an impressive mountainous panorama. It is also often used as a base for the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn. Its medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centre piece of Luzern’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. A further landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception only of one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state.
As we strolled around Lake Luzern Achita got really excited seeing swans and ducks floating on the lake and she wanted to spend times observing them 😁
Chapel Bridge and Water Tower
Luzern is especially well-known for its wooden bridges. Today, the Chapel Bridge runs from the New Town on the southern bank of the Reuss to the Rathausquai in the medieval Old Town, zigzagging as it passes the impressive Water Tower. Chapel Bridge is also considered to be Europe’s oldest covered bridge. It was built in 1332 and was originally a part of the city fortifications. The pictorial panels, which were incorporated in the 17th century, contain scenes of Swiss history as well as the Lucerne’s history, including the biographies of the city’s patron saints, St. Leodegar and St. Maurice.
Lucerne’s water tower is a powerful yet attractive construction. This octagonal tower – over 34 meters high (111.5 ft.) – was built around 1300 as part of the city wall and used as an archive, treasury, prison and torture chamber. Today, the middle floor is home to the headquarters of the Lucerne Artillery Association. Meanwhile, a colony of Alpine Swifts has been roosting under the rooftop for decades. When these black and white birds return from their winter home in Africa, they bring springtime back to Lucerne.
Luzern Old Town
We had a good stroll in the old town and climbed up to the garden where the clock tower was located to see the view of Luzern from above. Locating the garden was tricky because there was no signage and the church gate was locked. We had to walk a bit further from the church to finally saw a path leading to the garden on our left.
We came back to hotel when it started to get dark. That was our last night in Swiss and we had to fly home the next day. Luzern was the last city in our 2 weeks summer trip. Overall we only spent 5D4N in Switzerland, too short really. The country is so beautiful and really nice in the summer. I hope we can return one day when Achita is bigger so we can do some hiking.