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LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne's famous Chapel Bridge leading into the Old City
Lucerne's famous Chapel Bridge and stone Water Tower leading into the Old City
Lucerne's famous Chapel Bridge leading into the Old City
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne's famous Chapel Bridge and stone Water Tower leading into the Old City
Another bridge over the Reuss River, leading into the Old City
Catching a drink from one of the many public fountains scattered all over the city
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Fresco painted houses in the Old City
Lovely old architecture in the Old City
Fresco painted houses in the Old City
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Fresco painted house in the Old City
Fresco painted houses in the Old City
Fresco painted houses in the Old City
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Beautiful old buildings along the Reuss River in the Old City
Beautiful old buildings along the Reuss River in the Old City
The Town Hall reflects into the Reuss River
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Beautiful old building with castle turret in the Old City
The Town Hall clock tower
The Town Hall clock tower
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Local residents perform on the Alpenhorn at the Town Hall courtyard
Reuss River water level is controlled with a series of wooden water spikes, which are hand-raised and lowered each day
Half of the river is diverted  to a placid canal, while rapids mark the other half  on its route down
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Enjoying a picnic lunch on the steps between the canal and the Reuss River rapids
Looking back toward the Jesuit Church, with the water spikes open to create rapids on the Reuss River
Rapids of the Reuss River, with the Stone Water Tower in the background
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Up above the water spikes on the Reuss River
On the Spreuer Bridge, with its lovely hand-[painted murals overhead
The twin steeples Hof Church from across Lake Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Pipe organ at the Hof Church
The Hof Church
Interior of the Hof Church
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
The Jesuit Church from across the Reuss River
Inside the Jesuit Church
Pipe organ at the Jesuit Church
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Franciscan Church, unassuming on the outside
Franciscan Church, spectacular on the inside
The Dying Lion of Lucerne, carved out of solid stone
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
The reflecting pond at the Art Museum, with the Hof Church in the distance across Lake Lucerne
Fountain at the Art Museum creates a spectacular rainbow in the late afternoon sun
Fountain at the Art Museum creates a spectacular rainbow in the late afternoon sun
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Resting beneath the fountain at the Art Museum
Lucerne's Banhof - the main train station
Bikes stored at the Banhof while locals travel
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
One of the many ferries plying Lake Lucerne
One of the many ferries plying Lake Lucerne
Distant Alps lord over sailboats on Lake Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Ferry and paddleboat on Lake Lucerne, with Alps in the distance
Alps tower over Lake Lucerne
Lucerne's famous Mount Pilatus is the back drop for the town
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lovely architecture abounds outside the Old City as well
Lovely architecture abounds outside the Old City as well
A city street in Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
A portion of the well-preserved Musegg Wall - the original city fortification - seen at the end of a city street
The Musegg Wall up close
A portion of the Musegg Wall with one of its towers
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
A portion of the Musegg Wall with one of its towers - this one was open to the public and accessed the upper ramparts
A portion of the Musegg Wall with two of its towers
Walking the ramparts between two towers on the portion of the Musegg Wall that is open to the public
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland

The view of Lucerne and Mount Pilatus from the very top of the Musegg Wall tower

Climbing aboard a paddlewheel steamboat for the first portion of the Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus
The steam engines that provide power to the paddlewheels
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Sailing on Lake Lucerne during the first portion of the Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus
Sailing on Lake Lucerne during the first portion of thy Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus
Steep cliffs and green hills rise from the shores of Lake Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
The village of Dorf on the shores of Lake Lucerne
The village of Hergiswil on the shores of Lake Lucerne
The village of Stansstad on the shores of Lake Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
After hydraulically lowering the mast and flags, the steamboat nears the bridge separating Lake Lucerne from Alpnachersee
Crossing under the bridge to the Alpnachersee with little room to spare - this is the only steamboat on the Lake Lucerne that can cross into the smaller lake
Sailing in the Alpnachersee, on the way to our destination of Alpnachstad, at the very end of the Alpnachersee
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
The Mount Pilatus cog railway entrance in Alpnachstad
The Mount Pilatus Cog Railway, with a grade of up to 48%, it is the steepest cog railway in the world
The Mount Pilatus Cog Railway
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Engineer moves a portion of the lower track from one side to the other, allowing the cars to pass one another
Headed up the mountain in a cog railway car, looking back at our ferry boat, docked at the end o Alpnachersee
Headed toward the first in a series of tunnels on our way up Mount Pilatus
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Climbing Mount Pilartus, with another red rail car seen in the far distance
Looking back over the valley and snow-capped Alps
The track rises steeply, quickly leaving trees behind and entering grassy plains and scrub vegetation
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Soon even the grass and shrubs give way to rugged rock
The view from the rail car as we climbed along the impossibly narrow, knife-edge of the mountains
The view from the rail car as we climbed along the impossibly narrow, knife-edge of the mountains
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Arriving at the top of Mount Pilatus, where people sunbathe, despite crisp mountain temperatures
The Mount Pilatus cog railway station, with tram wires leading down the other side of the mountain
View of an Alpen church from one of Mount Pilatus' walking trails
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
View down to Lake Lucerne from one of the hiking trails at Mount Pilatus
View down to Lake Lucerne from one of the hiking trails at Mount Pilatus
Walking along the mountain ridges on one of the trails at Mount Pilatus
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Walking trail at Mount Pilatus
Walking trail at Mount Pilatus
Rough steps cut into stone on a Mount Pilatus trail
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Looking sown on the cog railway station and the Mount Pilatus Hotel from the top of the trail - the highest trail of all is the hill behind the train station and the next one I climb
Just to prove I was actually there....
View of the snow-capped Alps from the top of the trail, showing the cog railway line on the left and the zigzag walking trail down the mountain on the right
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Descending back to the cog railway station, headed for the trail to the top of the hill behind the rail station
Put these two photos together to get an idea of the panoramic view from the top of the trail - Lake Lucerne is at the left and the Alps are on the right, with two tiny rd cog railway cars climbing the steep rail line toward the barn on the right-hand side
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
A lone red cog railway car slowly makes its way to the top of Mount Pilatus
A cable car leaves the station, headed down the back side of the mountain
Lake Lucerne from the highest trail, above the rail station
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Looking down on Mount Pilatus Hotel from the trail above the rail station
Looking back at the Alps from the top of the trail above the rail station
The cable car that carried us down the back side of the Mountain to Lucerne completing the Golden Circle Round Trip
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Paragliding from the top of Mount Pilatus
Paragliding from the top of Mount Pilatus
Paragliding from the top of Mount Pilatus
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Paragliding from the top of Mount Pilatus
Paragliding from the top of Mount Pilatus
Paragliding from the top of Mount Pilatus
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