Once I stepped into the most populated city in the Central Switzerland, Lucerne, I immediately fell in love with the city. The ancient town mixed embedded within breathtaking mountainous panorama. The culture is more laid back as the locals value the quality of life.
The most recognisable landmark in town is the Kapellbrücke, or known as the Chapel Bridge. The covered wooden footbridge bridge is one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges and it was built across the Reuss River. The bridge is connected with its Water Tower (Wasserturm). It was not functioned as a water tower, but the name came from the fact that it is standing in the water.
In the evening, the neighbourhood surrounding the river transformed into an exciting hang-out place. The restaurants and bars along the river side are always crowded by the locals and tourists who have their dinner or simply have a drink while enjoying the view. The whole settings slightly reminded me of Singapore’s Clarke Quay.
Switzerland is about watches, swiss army knives and chocolate… The city centre is located just behind the river. There, shoppers can find the famous high-end Swiss branded watches (such as Tag Heuer, Rolex), boutiques, souvenir shops or cafes.
Another famous landmark is The Lion Monument. The dying lion statue was carved out of natural rock to honour the Swiss soldiers who were massacred during the French Revolution in 1972 at the Tuileries Palace in France. The Lion Monument is described by Mark Twain as the saddest and most moving rock monument.
Just before you reached the Lion Monument, you will pass by this Old Swiss House, which is the most expensive restaurant in Lucerne. It is a family-owned Swiss restaurant that looks like a cottage from the outside but boasts a lavish decor inside. According to the review, their specialty, must-order menu is Weiner schnitzel.
Lucerne is stunning, a center of Swiss history and legend. It is a friendly and safe city, when you compare with other cities in Europe. Women can move almost anywhere at night free and carefree, adding another reason why the city is one of my favourite Europe destinations.