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Lucerne (or Luzern in German) is located in central Switzerland and is the geographical, historic and spiritual heart of Switzerland. It was around this central part of the country where the communities of Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden signed a pact in 129, under which they came together under the title of Confoederatio Helvetica and vowed to remain independent of any outside powers or regimes. It is from this title that the abbreviation CH for Switzerland comes from.
Lucerne itself is located on the Western end of Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstattersee). The city physically grew up on the banks of the Reuss River which flows into the lake, but developed further along the shores of the lake as the city expanded. As well as the beautiful lake, Lucerne boasts stunning views of the Swiss Alps which form a stunning backdrop to the city.
The combination of tranquil lake and breathtaking snow-capped mountains
give Lucerne a special charm which is furthered even more by the medieval old town, famous wooden bridges and beautiful skyline.
According to Legend it was an angel who first guided Lucerne's first settlers with a light to the city's present location on the shores of Lake Lucerne. The city's name in German, 'Luzern' literally means 'city of lights', and lives up to it's name, especially on a bright sunny morning, when you can watch the sun rise over the Alps and Lake to give an almost surreal serenity and tranquility to the city. Indeed early in the morning is the best time of day to enjoy the city, when you can enjoy it almost all for yourself before the crowds of tourists arrive!
Lucerne has so much to offer to visitors to the city. Apart from it's stunning Alpine backdrop and beautiful Lake, the city has many other sights and attractions located in the city itself.
The most famous of all of Lucerne's central sights has to be Chapel Bridge of Kapellbrucke. This covered wooden bridge with its' ajoining water tower is one of the city's most unique and interesting sights and has become the iconic symbol of Lucerne. A walk across across the wooden bridge is not just a means of crossing the river but is like an art gallery with paintings depicting national and local history on the roof eves. The city can boast two such Bridges as the Spreuerbrucke is located further down the river and is also hugely impressive and also has a collection of paintings created in a storyboard style called 'The Dance of Death' along the bridge.
The cities Old Town is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets and contains many interesting medieval and historical sights, including the Jesuit Church, Franciscan Church, Frescoed Town Houses, Traditional Architecture, Old Town Squares and the beautiful Hofkirche on the northern shore of the lake.
the town also boasts a large collection of museums and cultural exhibitions including the Kultur Museum, Kunstmuseum, Picasso Museum, Sammlung Rosengart, Verkehrshaus, Historisches Museum, Naturhistorisches Museum, Wagner Museum and Gletschergarten Glacial Museum.
The area along the northern shore of the lake is also a popular loccation for visitors and locals alike who flock to the area especially on sunny days to relax along the Schweizerhofquai and Nationalquai. On the opposite shore of the lake is Alpenquai and Seepark which are also popular spots.
Overlooking the city is the old town walls and towers (Museggmauer) which offere fantastic views over the city, lake and on towards the Alps.
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