The old medieval town of Lucerne, Switzerland

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Coming back to the moment when I crossed the Kapellbrucke you start visiting the old city of Lucerne, which is the most interesting part, surrounded by the Musegg Wall.

Once crossed you get to Kapellplatz, or Chapel's square,

with two landmarks: the oldest church of Lucerne, St. Peter's church, built in 1178,
and the Fountain of Fritschi, a Carnival's character.
Then on the right you find Schwanenplatz, the square of luxury hotels and jewelries that gives you another nice sightseeing point.
Following the Schweizerhotquai you get to the Hofkirche, the most important Renassaince church building in Switzerland.
The area of altars is impressive as you can see:
The area between the Hofkirche and the Dying Lion has some typical houses and nice foreshortenings.
and some "Swiss cows".
Well after having visited the Musegg Wall area I jumped again into the old district of Lucerne
with its decorated houses
around Hirschenplatz
or close again to Kapellplatz with the Carnival symbol, the Fritschi.
In a little street I found this incredible foreshortening to the Wasserturm:
Then along the Reuss river you find the Rathaus, the old Town Hall,
Look at the precious building close to the Rathaus
around the Kornmarkt
and then in the Weinmarkt
and finally the Muhlenplatz
with that leads to the Spreuerbrucke with this nice view:
Crossed again the river you have another beautiful picture spot, where you can see towers and walls of Musegg Wall
and then you find the Nadelwehr,or Needle Dam, that serves to regulate the water flow coming from the lake.
Following the Pfistergasse you have other nice picture spots
and along Bahnhofstrasse you got to the Jesuitenkirche, built around the 17th Century, with its Baroque style.
and from this another sightseeing point:
The trip to the old medieval town of one of my top travel destinations of the road trip July 2012 came to an end when i visited the last landmark, the Franziskanerkirche. This church was built in the 13th Century and has a Gothic style
with its decorated flags that represent Lucerne's conquests in the Middle Ages
and with many frescoes from the period between Renaissance and Baroque.

After this I drove back to the hostel where I would have slept that night, the Youth Hostel Luzern.

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