Monday, April 21, 2014

Lucerne, Switzerland

We started our full day in Lucerne with a trip up Mount Pilatus. It took us about 35 minutes to take the ski lifts up the mountain. The elevation was 7,000 ft! We were so lucky to have a clear, sunny day and we had perfect views of Lucerne and the lake.

{view of the mountains}

{view of Lucerne}
After the trip up the mountain we had the rest of the day free. We took this time to walk the Nine Towers of Lucerne. The Nine Towers were originally built in 1386 as a defensive fortification for the new town of Lucerne and consist of a giant stone wall and nine lookout towers that are still completely intact. We started at the tower closest to the river, and when we visited the first two were under renovation so we weren't able to go in them or get any pictures. 

{view from one of the towers}

{view of the city and lake from the towers}

{all nine towers and their locations}
After roaming around the towers and town taking pictures of the Chapel Bridge and Jesuitenkirche we were a bit tired so we made our way back to the hotel for a short rest and then we were back out again for some dinner, ice cream and an evening walk around the lake. Matt said he enjoyed Mount Pilatus the most on this trip...but he is an outdoorsy person. 

{Chapel Bridge}

{Chapel Bridge and Jesuitenkirche}

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