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Lucerne is at the outfall of Lake Lucerne, on the Reuss river. Its most famed sight is the Kapellbrücke, a covered wood bridge. The baroque church in the background is the Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church), which is quite beautiful inside.

The bridge was built in 1365, but most of it had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1993. The old bridge had paintings between the roof beams along its entire length, a number of those could be rescued before the flames but those lost weren't replaced.

A bit further, there is a weir on the Reuss, and a second covered wooden bridge, the Spreuerbrücke. The current construction dates to 1566 and has paintings between the roof beams, too.

Looking upriver from the rail bridge (with both the Spreuerbrücke and the Jesuitenkirche in the distance), there is the second most famous landmark, the Museggmauer: a 600-year-old section of the old city wall with nine bastions that each have a unique design.

Earlier on Lake Lucerne, a gull settled on a pole for mooring ships.

The German name of Lake Lucerne is much more poetic: Vierwaldstättersee (Lake of Four Forest Cities). The view over it was also poetic when the clouds began to lift. (I actually waited for that bird to enter the picture.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Mar 21st, 2014 at 07:08:22 PM EST
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