Swiss Bliss Day 11 (Bahnhofstrasse)

We have now arrived at Zurich. A two-hour train ride from Lucerne. Switzerland is really a very small country with a really good transport system. Imagine having able to travel the length and width of the country in just under 6 hours. We could have a weekend at some small Swiss village and be back in town for work on Monday. That’s really life.

Zurich is NOT the capital of Switzerland, Bern is.

Contrary to popular belief, Zurich is NOT the capital of Switzerland, that moniker falls to Berne. The only accolade that made Zurich so popular is that it IS the largest city in Switzerland. And it is also the first place that a tourist would arrive at. Hence the mistake.

Another well known fact is that Zurich has been ranked at the top of the highest living standard city in the world for a few consecutive years. This makes it a better known area rather than Berne itself.

Most expensive street in the world.

Most expensive street in the world.

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Swiss Bliss Day 10 (Part 4)

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

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.

Zum Rebstock

Rebstock

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.

Rebstock Steak

Rebstock Steak

Sausage with rösti

Sausage with rösti

Veal

Veal

Sausage and fries

Sausage and fries

 

Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

(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

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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Swiss Bliss Day 10 (Part 3)

Having seen the wedding ceremony next to Spruerbrücke, it was time for us to cross over to the other side of Lucerne.

Spreuerbrücke

Spreuerbrücke

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)

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.

Sammlung Rosengart

Sammlung Rosengart

The Sammlung Rosengart

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.

 

Swiss Bliss Day 10 (Part 2)

Being the early birds in Lucerne helped as we managed to beat the tour groups that were coming in. While we were having our photos taken at Löwendenkmal, a few buses stopped. But by then, we were on our way to the next attraction which is just adjacent to the Lion Monument. The Swiss Pass covers entrance into the Gletschergarten and the Alpineum.

These two attractions are basically a trip towards the time of the Prehistoric Ages, showing how the area was once a huge big slab of ice which slowly eroded through time to give the area a place to build the city of Lucerne.

“Kind of boring.”

“Not really if you’re interested in the history.”

Once upon a time

Once upon a time

Actually, not much have changed to the Old Town of Lucerne as it was boxed in by the old castle walls, there’s even an old map to prove it.

Map of Lucerne

Old Map

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Swiss Bliss Day 10 (Part 1)

Lucerne or Luzern (in German) is a very small city that attracts plenty of visitors. Most of them will use Lucerne as a base to visit the mountains of Mt Rigi or even Mt Pilatus. But that doesn’t detract the value of Lucerne as a place to visit on its own. So after our ‘mountain’ excursion yesterday, it was time to give the city of Lucerne a trip that it deserved.

Lucerne landmark - Chapel Bridge

Lucerne landmark – Chapel Bridge

“Nothing says more about Lucerne than the famous Käpellbrücke or Chapel Bridge.”

“We need to wake up early for it.” I said.

“We saw it last night.” came the reply. True, but there’s a distinct difference between the sunset/evening view and the morning view.

It was only 8am in the morning and that was the best time, there weren’t that many tourists around and we had the place all to ourselves.

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Swiss Bliss Day 9 (Part 4)

We left Zug before the sun set. Heading back to Lucerne for dinner and maybe some evening stroll along the Reuss.

“Where are we having dinner?”

“Wirtshaus Galliker.”

And for the first time, we were left wanting. No reservations and the place was packed. I never knew that people here had their dinner before 7pm. Back home, our dinner time was a little around 8pm. Anyhow, that was a lesson learnt.

‘What lesson?”

“Make reservations if you must have dinner at a particular restaurant.”

Tiny Lucerne

Tiny Lucerne

 

In the end, we settled for dinner at a Chinese restaurant located behind Wirtshaus Galliker. We had authentic Hong Kong dishes since the parents wanted something that was much closer to home than the Swiss food we were having previously.

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