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29 Oct – Luzern

Another big train day. Didn’t get to catch up with South African brother which is a real bummer 🙁

We got our train from Munich and arrived in Karlruhe on time, only for our train to be running 30 minutes late. So that threw our connection right out the door (we had an 8 minute connection and this time would have made it). So our train arrived and we made it across the border to chocolate land (Switzerland) without a border check only to discover that for today our train wouldn’t be going any further. So we jumped off the train checked our next departure – not bad a no change train with two stops to Luzern in about half an hour.

We arrived in Luzern about half four, walked to our hotel, down along the very Swiss looking very pretty river/canal with duckies and swans paddling happily away.

Our room was pretty good with pretty reasonable waterfront views.

Having dumped our bags we headed to the hill opposite and the funicular railway to get a higher look at Luzern. Its very pretty sitting nestled in a valley with a lake at one end and the river running through the town on the other side.

There are a number of bridges connecting both sides of the town two of which are wooden – the Chapel Bridge and the Spreuer Bridge, with wooden roofs and along the outside in little windows type boxes grow these multi-coloured flowers that look really fantastic.

The Chapel Bridge was constructed in the first half of the 14th century as part of the city’s fortification, named after nearby St. Peter’s chapel, and on the roof supports/trusses (the triangle bit that makes the roof slope – come on I’m not a carpenter) are paintings added in the 17th century illustrating Swiss and local history. The Spreuer Bridge was completed in 1408 also as part of the city fortification and between 1626 and 1635 67 paintings were added that represent the “dance of death”. It is called spreuer because it is where the chaffs of wheat were thrown into the river.

On the hill above our hotel is the Musegg Wall, part of the old rampant walls and towers which are almost entirely intact dating back to about 1386, with oldest city clock built by Hans Luter in 1535 is on the Zyt Tower and has the privilege of chiming every hour one minute before all the other city clocks.

It was dark now so we headed back into the town area to look for food, which we quickly worked out was very expensive! We ended up getting some pretty decent pub grub in an English bar, and even got to see some football – the soccer and gridiron type.

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