We’re finally nearing our end of stay at Lucerne. It was our last night in this beautiful city by the lake. We had just finished the Swiss Transport Museum, and were on our way back along the lakeside. There was still another place we have to see before we go.
The church of St Leodegar
As you can see, it was nearly in the late evening when we were there, the clock on the church was 10 minutes to 7pm. Surprisingly, there were not much tourists in sight. We were hungry as we did not have a proper lunch.
Recommended by some, this hotel-cum-restaurant is located within walking distance from the church itself. We were early and without reservations. I don’t know what we ordered as I lost the receipt. But here are the pictures.
Sausage with rösti
Sausage and fries
There are very few places which offer a view of the city itself and less so at a non-crowded place, so after a few searches online, I think I’ve found the right place for the occasion. Voila! Hugo’s On 6 at Western Premier Dua Sentral.
Hugo’s On 6
Located at the sixth floor, hence the name. It shares the swimming pool area with the hotel guests. But, it was the view that drew me to the place rather than the food. Getting a little skeptical? Let me show you.
The 6pm view.
You can see the old train station on your left, the KL Tower straight ahead and the Petronas Twin Towers a little to your right. What else do you want? Such views are best enjoyed during the setting sun and of course, clear weather. These photos were taken with my iPhone rather than with the digital camera so pardon the quality. It was my oversight not to bring along the camera.
Food-wise, there was nothing much to shout about. Unless you were there for the RM95 per person buffet, their a la carte menu serves only 3-4 Mediterranean styled dishes, including pizzas and burgers. I had to keep reminding myself that it was all for the view.
Photobombing is quite common when the view is so breathtaking.
Pizza and candlelight.
You can view the difference between this photo and the one previously as the surrounding buildings are bathe in the warm glow of the Malaysian sunset.
Photobomb-free at 7pm.
And to top it off, the night view as we were about to leave. It can be quite cold as the night starts to descend, so unless you’re planning to stay pass 8pm, please make sure you get yourself a coat. They do have inside dining arrangements but then that would have most probably spoilt the view.
(This is a graphic-intensive post. You have been warned.)
Our next destination is a well-known museum located on the outskirts of Lucerne. Accessible by tram and bus or even by boat if you are within the vicinity of one — Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. It’s a mouthful so I will give you the English translation: Swiss Transport Museum.
Swiss Transport Museum
Tip: Swiss Pass gives 25% off the admission fee.
With the Swiss Pass it’s only 25% off from the admission fee of CHF30. That’s to show how popular the place is and how much it’s needed to maintain the place. All other attractions covered by the Swiss Pass are free of charge except for this one. Even if it’s not covered, it’s highly recommended that you give this museum at least half a day. It will definitely change the way you look at museums and probably release the inner child in you!
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Having seen the wedding ceremony next to Spruerbrücke, it was time for us to cross over to the other side of Lucerne.
It is not as famous as its counterpart — Käpellbrücke but it does serve another purpose back in the days of yore. Anyway, those days are gone and these bridges are now part of the tourist must-do list. Kind of sad but if you did take the one-day tour with a guide, you will learn more about the history of these bridges and the role that they played back in those days.
Another interesting thing to do while you’re in Lucerne, in which we hadn’t had the time to do it, was to climb the old walls surrounding the city.
Old walls in the background. (click to enlarge)
As you can see from the picture above, it’s located just behind the bridge in the background. A climb from here and you could descent back new Löwenplatz, the site of the Lion Monument. So basically, the town of Lucerne is explorable on foot as you go to and from from one end to the other.
The Sammlung Rosengart
If you have an hour to spare, try to visit the Sammlung Rosengart, free with the Swiss Pass. It’s just a private museum made public when the Rosengart family donated their collection back to the city. Inside it, you will find various artworks and sculptures that after two visits and countless of museum entries, I have yet to be able to appreciate. This is really for those whose perspective towards art borders on the expert levels, those who can differentiate oil from paint, and those who describe yellows in shades that I have never been able to understand.
So with that, we end the half day trip in Lucerne, next up is the famous Transportation Museum.