Switzerland: part 1

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Switzerland, as I quickly discovered, is a country of breathtaking scenery. My first stop was Lucerne, the biggest city of central Switzerland, situated along the shore of Lake Lucerne opposite the Swiss Alps. Luckily I had clear weather so it made for a wonderful day out on the lake. I took the ferry from Lucerne to Vitznau where I caught the Rigi-Bahnen up to Mount Rigi. The Rigi-Bahnen was the first mountain cog railway in Europe. Rigi, also known as “Queen of the Mountains”, is a popular skiing destination and the highest peak is the Rigi-Kulm at 1797.5 meters. Coming from Australia I’d never seen mountains as big as this, but Rigi was nothing compared to the rest of my week in the Swiss Alps.

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In Lucerne something worth seeing is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke in German). This wooden footbridge was first built in the 14th century and contains paintings from the 17th century inside. Also to see is the carving of the dying lion (Lowendenkmal) in memory of the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution.

P.S. Lucerne is beautiful at Christmas time. The perfect winter wonderland.

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3 Responses to “Switzerland: part 1”
  1. Will be there in January… Excited! Thanks for the info and images!

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