Arrival and tour of the Lucerne Old Town area. Following the path of the Lucerne city guide tour, it took me most of the remaining day to go through the main sights, from the Water Tower and the Chapel Bridge, right up to the Musegg Wall, and back down to the Renaissance-styled Hof Church to the Glacier Garden where the dying lion of Lucerne rests.
I was surprised at how compact the old town of Lucerne was. Although the sky was hazy, there was no sign of the bad weather back at the Jungfrau, thus enabling me to concentrate more on doing the city tour.
For the first leg, starting from the main station, the city tour goes through the Jesuit and Franciscan Church, through the Spreuer bridge and the medieval squares before heading off to the Musegg Wall. During my walk through the ancient squares, the weather had started to clear. This meant clear views from the Musegg Wall of Mount Pilatus and Rigi Kulm, famously known as the "Queen of the Mountains", as well as the city and its clear blue lake.
To finish off, I walked back to the town centre, passing the unmistakable clocktower of the town hall and through the Chapel Bridge, viewing the paintings that were mounted under the roof. As I walked past Schwanenplatz square and towards the massive Hof Church, I could not help admiring the clear blue colours of Lake Lucerne and the relaxed attitude of the locals.
Finally, I ended up at the Lion Monument in the Glacier Garden. It is actually a dying lion carved into the rock and is meant to pay tribute to the death of Swiss Mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. With trees surrounding the monument and a large pond in the centre, it looked like an appropriate setting for a dying lion, as it dies in peace away any kind of distraction.
Canon EOS 300V with 28-90mm USM and 75-300mm USM lenses. Kodak Portra NC 400 film.
Lucerne - official site