Cool breeze, multi-colored leaves, roasted chestnuts, great views, and live music make for a perfect fall day. I spent my ideal day in the center of Switzerland, the German-speaking region, exploring the medium-sized city of Lucerne (or Luzern). Lakeside, with a river flowing through the center, covered bridges crisscrossing this river, the snow-capped Alps providing the background and thousands of beautiful historic buildings, Lucerne easily makes you appreciate the region.
We started our day in Lucerne by visiting the elegant, 19th-century Château Gütsch which stands over the city offering spectacular views.
We then checked out the what the rest of the city had to offer – and we soon realized: bridges! Many bridges. If I remember correctly, there were 4 bridges that crossed the river that ran through the middle of the city. Two of these are historic covered bridges. They are very beautiful and add a warm, swiss charm to Lucerne.
One of the city’s other historic attractions is found in a small city park. The dying lion monument commemorates the six hundred Swiss soldiers who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. It was described by Mark Twain as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world”.