Imagine a cobalt blue lake skirted by a picturesque city, rustic and medieval in its appeal, peppered to everybody's likeness with old bridges and new, street markets and delicious food, swans and ducks, bustling markets and brightly colored houses, and astonishingly graceful waterfront esplanades. Lucerne is this and much more. Lying peacefully in the heartland of Switzerland, it was the last city I visited back when I had stumbled upon an opportune and once-in-a-lifetime visit to three breathtaking cities of Switzerland. Switzerland is not just Alps, rather an ensemble of the most stunning and bright villages and towns. I hate flagging favorites, but this little town did make my heart flutter!
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One of the most popular cities of Switzerland, this small quaint town situated 50 km away from Zurich is direct out of a painting. I thought this kind of beauty can exist only in the famous landscape paintings of Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley. You can endlessly walk around the city feeling the cool winds and cheerful sunshine. The landscape, the lakes, quaint Swiss chapels, vintage cars and sculptures will infuse a unique kind of energy in you. You can also opt for lazing around at the famous lake Lucerne for hours with nice sip of beer or simply stare at the beautiful Chapel Bridge praising its incredible architecture and spotless beauty.Chapel bridge
Standing tall above the Reuss River in the Old Town, the Kapellbruke has increasingly become the symbol of Lucerne, especially when it glows at twilight and makes for a pretty picture. This 14th Century water tower was completely destroyed by a massive fire in 1993 and had to be rebuilt. The panels on the roof of the oldest bridge in Europe contain paintings by Heinrich Wagmann depicting the glorious history of Switzerland. Make sure you cross this bridge when you get there.
'The saddest and the most moving piece of rock in the world' according to Mark Twain, the Lion Monument was designed by the Danish sculptor Berthel Thorwaldsen and carved by Lukas Ahorn and is nothing but a heart-wrenching depiction of a dying lion. It commemorates the Swiss guards who lost their lives while defending Louis XVI of France during the French Revolution. The 'Lowendenkmal' is located in Denkmalstrasse, about a kilometre from the Chapel Bridge and perfectly walkable.