Luzern
July 2018
The Kapellbrücke, or chapel bridge, across the Reuss River in Luzern. My hotel is at far right - terrible location.
The Kapellbrücke was built in the 14th Century, though it has burned a number of times, catastrophically in 1993.
Mühlenplatz, in the old section of the city. The castle on the distant hilltop, Chateau Gutsch, dates only to the 19th Century, and is now a hotel.
The Spreuerbrücke, early 15th Century. On the hillside above, the old city wall and its towers.
The Zeitturm, or clock tower.
Another tower on the Museggmauer, the medieval city wall.
Boats on Lake Lucerne, seen from the city wall.
The waterfront along the Reuss.
Looking downstream on the Reuss from the Kapellbrücke.
The Kapellbrücke has panels illustrating events from Luzern's history.
Another Kapellbrücke panel.
The Kapellbrücke, seen from downstream.
The waterfront along the Reuss. The tower is the Altes Luzerner Rathaus, the old town hall.
The interior of the Jesuitenkirche, a baroque extravaganza.
A portion of the ceiling of the Jesuitenkirche.
The altar of the Jesuitenkirche.
The view from my balcony, with the Kapellbrücke in the foreground, the lake boat piers right of center, and the railroad station at far right.
Sunset on the Kapelbrücke with Mt. Pilatus in the background, my next day's destination.
The first stage of the cable cars to Mt. Pilatus, small four-passenger cabins, from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg.
The new "Dragon Ride" gondola from Fräkmüntegg to the summit of Mt. Pilatus.
The view from the top of Mt. Pilatus (2118m).
Mt. Pilatus. The gondola from Fräkmüntegg comes up from the left, and the funicular to Alpnachstad descends to the right, in the deep shadow.
View from Mt. Pilatus.
Mt. Pilatus. The trail along the opposite face leads to the Tomlishorn, which is actually the highest point on the mountain, at 2128m.
A long-lens look at Luzern from Mt. Pilatus.
Lake Lucerne.
Lake Lucerne.
The trail to the Tomlishorn.
The trail to the Tomlishorn.
A curious ibex.
The Tomlishorn.
A pair of funiculars ascend to Mt. Pilatus from Alpnachstad. This is one of the steepest cogwheel railways in the world, with an average grade of 42%, and stretches that are as high as 48%. Construction begin in 1889.
The descending car meets the acsending one, with a transfer table used for track selection, rather than a typical railroad "switch."
The ascending car.
The Gallia, a steam-powered sidewheeler, taking tourists around Lake Lucerne since 1913.
The Gallia.
The drive train of the Gallia, a wonderful gleaming contraption.
I took the Gallia to Vitznau, then the railroad to Rigi Kulm, the summit of Mt. Rigi, then walked partway down on a cloudy day.
The trail down from Rigi Kulm.
Along the trail down from Rigi Kulm, with occasional glimpses of Lake Lucerne below.
Between Rigi Klum and Rigi Klösterli.
The railroad station at Rigi Klösterli. I walked down to the station, then up again on the zig-zag trail to the right to Rigi Kaltbad, where I caught a cable car back down to lake level at Weggis.
The summit of Mt. Rigi, where I started my walk, from between Rigi Klösterli and Rigi Kaltbad.
Nearing Rigi Kaltbad, the view of the lake improved somewhat.
On the boat from Weggis back to Luzern, the threatening clouds finally produced real rain, driving everyone off the open decks and into the boat.
Sunset on the Reuss in Luzern. The Jesuitenkirche is right of center.