Luzern and the Road to Interlaken (3/4)

March 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

We left Zurich in the morning via our tiny little rental car (a Volkswagon Up!), and made our way westward to Luzern (Lucerne).  We found Luzern to be a beautiful city despite the hazy fog and cold. Luzern, Schweiz

Luzern straddles the Reuss river where it drains into Lake Luzern. Luzern, Schweiz

The town's most famous landmark is the Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge), a long, wooden, covered bridge originally built in 1333.

Kapellbrücke, Luzern On the Kapellbrücke, Luzern On the Kapellbrücke, Luzern Luzern is interesting in that while most towns became Protestant in the wake of the Reformation in 1520, including Zurich and Bern, Luzern remained Catholic, and does to this day. Despite the early morning fog, it was realy a charming city. We would have liked to see some of the other sites around Luzern, such as the Lowendenkmal, or a day trip to Mt Pilatus, but didn't have much time. Also, it was cold.

Kapellbrücke, Luzern Kapellbrücke, Luzern So I got a few pics of the Chapel bridge and we were on our way. We headed west, driving along several picturesque lakes along the way. Unfortunately it has been an unseasonably cold late winter. The phrase I kept using over and over to Lindsay was, "you should see this in the Spring or Summer." During the summer, the land is all green right up to the rocky mountain slopes.

Brienzersee, Switzerland The weather didn't quite do the landscape justice, but the snowy mountains were still pretty magnificent. We stopped at this pretty little church off the road in a village on one of the lakes.

We arrived in Interlaken at about noon, and had to take a little jetlag nap at the hotel. Our view from our room:

We walked around town a bit and grabbed some pizza for dinner.

Then we drove out to the village of Grindelwald, which in summertime, when all is green, is probably the most beautiful place on the planet. For us, it was a snowy village in the mountains. It lies beneath the 3 tall peaks of the Bernese Alps, the Jungfrau (below), Monch, and Eiger. We could see people skiing the streets where one would normally drive or walk.

Back in Interlaken, i got a few shots of the town at night.

Unterseen, Switzerland Unterseen, Switzerland Unterseen, Switzerland

 


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