Lucerne in October - Part 2

Now we are going to glimpse parts of the old town of Lucerne.
The water which separates two parts of the old town
is called the River Reusse which joins the lake.

Here is a close up of Chapel Bridge with colourful flowers arranged along the whole length.

The well-known tower attached to the bridge.

The building with the arcades underneath is the Town Hall
with the clock tower behind.

This is the view that I had from my hotel room.
It's a very old pharmacy with lovely stonework and an exciting turret.

The small fountain which can also be seen from my room.

Looking towards the other end of the River Reusse at the opposite end to the lake.

After crossing one of the bridges,
there are beautiful decorated house facades to be seen.
This is one of my favourites.
It's part of the Waage Hotel which is steeped in history
which dates back to 1199.
The famous facade murals are among the most photographed in Lucerne.
I love the coloured tiled roof as well.

Here is a close-up.

I've shown this particular red and white building several times,
but taken from different points of view.
It was particularly lovely on this sunny day with deep blue reflections in the water.

This is the Jesuit Church which can be seen on several different photos
on my visit to Lucerne last December 2018.

This is the interior of the church in the Baroque style.

More architecture with turrets and an old lamp

Another interesting detail.
Maybe you can just read the words below the middle window:
"Festina Lente"
which means: 'Hasten slowly'!

The sky was so pretty here
The saying goes: "Mares' tails and mackerel scales."
In the days of large sailing ships, these kind of clouds in the sky meant
a storm would be approaching soon and the sails should be lowered to protect
from accompanying high winds.

A close up view of the reflected flowers.

On our last evening, I left the dinner table right after the first course
to catch the setting sun.
We can just see details of the fortified wall leading up to the tower.
Next time, I'm going to walk up there!

An old lamp against that sunset sky.
It was a lovely stay in a beautiful town on the lake.

Lucerne in October. Part 1

This is our boat named 'URI'
Last time we came to Lucerne in December 2018,
we said we would return with warmer weather and that our priority 
would be to take a steam-boat cruise on the lake.
As soon as we arrived, we bought tickets for the earliest boat ride on the same day.
We just had time to drop our cases off at the hotel.

We're just leaving the town of Lucerne to do the long three and a half hour tour
of the big lake with lunch included.

This is Mount Pilatus
the iconic mountain which is 2.128 metres high.
I think it would be lovely to take the cogwheel train and then a cablecar and gondola
and to be able to see the whole lake from the top.

Before going any further, I should explain a little history.
On the map, we can see the whole of the lake which is quite a complex shape
with many bends and four arms.
On my notepad, I wrote down the names of all the different stops.

One of the stops was Rütli.

"For all Swiss people, Rütli is synonymous with the founding history of Switzerland.
Nourished by the impressive drama of "William Tell" by author Friedrich Schiller,
it is for many people the historic place where in 1291, 
the oath of the Swiss Confederation was sworn.

On August 1st, 1291, now celebrated as the Swiss National Holiday,
the three original cantons: Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden united and founded
with a loyalty oath the Confederation at the forest site."
Text taken from here:
The canton of Lucerne (or Luzern) was added to the other three mentioned above.

The lake is called the Vierwaldstättersee
which means The Lake of Four Cantons.

The views are beautiful all along the way.
It's very mountainous with green pastures below.

The weather was perfect

All the views are different and always interesting

Sparkles on the water

A Baroque style church perched above the lake

There are several small safety boats around the steam boat.
You can see the name Uri on this one.

A sailing boat crosses our path

This is the cobbled pedestrian square which is in front of our hotel.
People were still sitting on outside terraces, thanks to the warm October temperatures.

After dinner, we walked around the pedestrian area of the town
where our hotel was situated.
I like the welcoming entrance to this historic hotel.

This is where we stayed: 'Hotel zum Wilden Mann'.
We stayed here last December when it was beautifully decorated for Christmas. 

I took so many photographs during this trip,
that I'll be posting Part 2 next week.