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Leaving Daniel & Gerda’s lovely home was difficult but it was something that we had to do. We found ourselves back at Zürich HB by 9.10am, well in time for the 9.35am departure for Lucerne.
The seats were noticeably more worn than the Zürich S-Bahn trains that we had been taking.
Despite that, it was right on time like any other Swiss trains that we took.
50 minutes after leaving Zürich, we arrived at Lucerne. The first thing that we did was to look for lockers to store our bags and they could be found near Platform 4.
The day use of the medium-sized locker cost 7 CHF and it could fit both of our 60-liter backpacks.
There was a carnival outside the station although admittedly it was rather quiet so early in the morning.
Our first sight was Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge. It is one of Switzerland’s most famous tourist attractions and is known for the paintings dated from 17th century. The 1993 fire destroyed many of these paintings and the ones that we saw were restorations done after the incident.
There were many Chinese tourists who took advantage of their National Day Golden Week holiday.
We took the walk down the left bank of River Reuss and took in more sight along the way.
Not too sure how the needle dam works exactly; we were too distracted by the irritating flying insects along the river.
We crossed Reuss on Spreuerbrücke and found the right bank similarly empty. The only place which seemed to be bustling was Heini.
Since it was close to lunch time, we decided to grab some food on-the-go and our choices (15.80 CHF) tasted awesome.
The funny thing was that we didn’t get spoons for our pennecotta and had to improvise with the packaging.
After our meal we walked in the direction of Löwendenkmal.
Mark Twain had called the sculpture “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world” and it wasn’t hard to see why.
The Chinese tourists didn’t seem to dwell on the sadness behind the story of the sculpture; they were busy photographing one another doing incredulous poses. That must be the latest craze in China now…
With the afternoon still ahead of us in Lucerne, we decided to visit the Swiss Transport Museum or Verkehrhaus der Schweiz, touted as the best museum in Switzerland.
More about it in the next post!