Nestled in the heart of Switzerland amid the Swiss Alps, the city of Lucerne is famous for its breathtaking lake.
Humans have been controlling the water level of the lake for more than 150 years using an ingenious Needle Dam developed by Charles Poirée.
The water level of the lake is still regulated manually by the removal or insertion of the dam’s “needle” timbers.
The crystal clear water provides an idyll home for water fowl, including these beautiful swans.
But the most famous creature in this lake city is a lion made of stone.
The monument of a dying lion carved into a giant rock commemorates Swiss soldiers who died defending the Tuileries Palace in Paris during the French Revolution.
Yet, the lovely Lucerne has much more to recommend it than the courageous lion and the elegant swan. Wonderful frescoes adorn the facades of buildings in the Old Town squares.
Of course the city features beautiful churches…
and the Ritterscher Palace, but one of the most intriguing structures is the Spreuer Bridge.
The timber bridge was built in 1408, making it the oldest in Switzerland. Inside the covered bridge are 67 paintings depicting a Dance Macabre which were added between 1626 and 1635.
The views from inside the bridge put the paintings to shame.
Lucerne is a jewel. The man made objects in the city and around the lake are stunning…
but it’s the lake itself, cradled by snow-capped mountains, that is the real masterpiece.