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27 Jan 2008

Luzern - Attractions Guide

List of most of the attractions in Luzern with quick information:

SL05 City: Luzern
Name of Attraction: Spreuerbrücke
Details: The Spreuerbrücke is the city's Mills bridge. It's an old covered wooden bridge located by the water spikes on the Reuss river - and somewhat similar to the more famous chapel bridge in terms of architecture. The Spreuerbrücke, however, is much shorter. It was built in 1407 and restored in the 19th century. There are many gables in the bridge, and they are painted with the Dance of Death, a mural by Kaspar Meglinger (17th century) to commemorate the people who, at that time, were swept away by the plague.
Meglinger's paintings portray various conditions of men and women, priests and warriors, princes and men of learning, the young bride, the devout nun, the lawmaker, the hunter, the miller, even the artist himself, are all depicted at the mercy of Death, with his mocking smile and his ever-changing garb. These paintings, suitable for a Benedictine abbey, are seen by every inhabitant of beautiful Lucerne who crosses the river via the Spreuerbrücke. It has a small chapel in the middle that was added in 1568.

SL04 City: Luzern
Name of Attraction: Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Details: Since the city of Luzerne straddles the Reuss River where it drains the lake, it has a number of bridges. The most famous is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a 204 m (670 ft) long wooden bridge originally built in 1333, although much of it had to be replaced after a 1993 fire.
Swans of Lake Lucerne
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A tourist (the story blames an American) was smoking next to the bridge, as there is no smoking allowed on the wooden structure. When he finished, he flicked his cigarette, which landed on a nearby German Shepard. Feeling something burning on its back, the dog freaked out and ran onto the bridge. After it shook the cigarette off it ran back to its master. Shortly thereafter the middle section of the bridge burned down. This is why there is a sign at the bridge's entrance that does not allow German Shepard's or smoking.
Partway across, the bridge runs by the octagonal Water Tower (Wasserturm), a fortification from the 13th century. Inside the bridge are a series of paintings from the 17th century depicting events from Luzern's history. The Bridge with its Tower is the city's most famous landmark.

SL06 City: Luzern
Name of Attraction: Gletschergarten Glacier GArden
Details: outstanding natural monument from the Ice Age 20,000 years ago, and a fun hall of mirrors

SL03 City: Luzern
Name of Attraction: Löwendenkmal
Details: Löwendenkmal, Lucerne's Lion Monument , which honored the 700 Swiss guards who died in 1792 defending King Louis XVI and his family, not knowing that the royal family had secretly escape .
The "Dying Lion of Lucerne" is one of the world's most famous monuments. This compelling sculpture was carved out of natural rock to honor the Swiss mercenaries that died at the Tuileries during the French Revolution in 1792.
Designed by Danish sculptor Berthel of Konstanz, the 19th century wonder is a simple, stirring image of a dying lion. The Latin inscription translates: 'To the bravery and fidelity of the Swiss'.
Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as "the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world".

SL01 City: Luzern
Name of Attraction: Pilatus Trip

SL02 City: Luzern
Name of Attraction: Titlis

SL07 City: Luzern
Name of Attraction: Transport Musuem

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