My A to Z journey takes us back to Europe today:
L is for Luzern (Lucerne in English), Switzerland.
In August of 1996, a few months after we’d gotten stationed in Germany with the US Army, my husband and I booked a “3 Countries” bus tour. We drove all night, stopping in the Black Forest and going on to the Austrian Tyrol region, which has probably some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen in my entire life!!
Our tour ended in Luzern, Switzerland, which is my featured city of the day.
Luzern is located in the Swiss Alps on Lake Luzern. It is a very popular tourist destination.
The wooden chapel bridge (above) was first built in the 14th century; it is considered the oldest covered bridge in Europe.
Bertel Thorvaldsen‘s famous carving of a dying lion (the Lion Monument, or Löwendenkmal) is found in a small park just off the Lowenplatz. The carving commemorates the hundreds of Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when an armed mob stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
The German composer Richard Wagner built a home on a peninsula on Lake Luzern (glimpses above) in the district of Tribschen. He lived here from 1866 to 1872 with his second wife and their children.
I have mentioned that we were on a 3 country tour and only told about the Austrian and Swiss Alpine regions. Lastly, we also stopped in the tiny principality of Liechtenstein, nestled between the other 2 countries.
Liechtenstein is only about 62 square miles in area. It is an incredibly wealthy country and its population’s literacy rate is at almost 100%. It is also entirely in the Alps and is an incredibly beautiful location.
The capital city of Liechtenstein is Vaduz. The ruling monarch of Liechtenstein resides in the Vaduz Castle (currently it is Hans-Adam II). Liechtenstein does also have a parliament. It was the last country in Europe to allow women the right to vote – in 1984!!
So, today is a 2-for-1 deal … I wish I could scan every picture I have from this trip because the Alps in this area are just about as idealistic as one could imagine them being!!
(source for some information: wikipedia)