Lucerne, or Luzern in German, is about one hour’s train ride away from Zurich. It is said that one should definitely travel around the country by train, to experience the comfort and punctuality. The ticket prices are substantially lower at weekends. Inside a car, there is a tiny playground. I watched two young kids immediately become friends and spend the hour on the slide and in a wooden toy car, instead of yelling or annoying other passengers. Lucerne is a small town on Lake Lucerne and the Reuss River. It is so clean, you can see the bottom! The most popu;ar tourist attractions are easy to find. The Church of Leodegar, first founded in 795, can be seen from practically anywhere, with its twin towers dominating the view. It is very richly decorated inside. Having snapped some pictures of the old half-timber houses, one can walk to the park with the famous Dying Lion created by the celebrated Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1792 to commemorate the Swiss Guard who perished in the French Revolution. Very wisely, the monument is separated from the eager spectators by a body of water, so that nobody is tempted to leave some graffiti on the rock wall. From the park, one can walk down following the signs to the old town. It starts with the rather ancient wooden Chapel Bridge, with baskets of flowers lining its sides, and wonderful paintings showing the town history inside. There are plenty of old buildings, churches and lovely views all around. The predominantly white structures make it a sight to behold on a sunny day. On a high hill, one can see the Chateaux Gutsch Hotel; one can spend a night there for about 300 euros, breakfast included. All along the quay, there are lots of cafes and restaurants offering any cuisine. The prices are rather steep, but after a long walk it is extremely pleasant to just sit outside under an umbrella, enjoy the surrounding view, the fresh air, the river with flocks of swans, geese and ducks on it, and the majestic Alps. Do not forget to use the facilities at a café before you go back on the train.








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