We moved to the Interlaken area today, but decided to go back to Luzern to walk around Old Town before we left. The first three and the 5th picture shows Luzern’s most famous landmark the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) which is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. The bridge is unique since it contains a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century (2nd picture).
We read several things that said Luzern is the storybook image of a Swiss town and this is very true. Several buildings in Old Town were painted on the outside and had medieval signs (10th picture). We also went into several churches that like most churches here are quite beautiful inside. We walked around and around in circles trying to find the Lowendenkmal (Lion monument – last picture). We were following the signs, but kept missing it. Thankfully a large tour group walked by us and we decided to follow them figuring that was their destination. The monument was made in 1821 to commemorate the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution.
We are staying in an apartment in a farmhouse in Grindewald (near Interlaken). We have our own kitchen and enjoyed a yummy cheese fondue dinner made with the cheese from the local farmers. Our hostess gave us eggs from the neighbor’s chickens and offered us fresh milk from the cows which they were getting ready to milk (which we declined). We are at the base of several mountains in the Alps, including Jungfrau which is 13,452 feet high, but alas we cannot see them through the clouds. It is supposed to snow tonight, so our cozy apartment, heated by a wood stove, is the perfect spot to be.