Having arrived from the USA on an overnight flight to Zurich, we immediately grabbed our bags and headed to the train station within the air terminal to purchase Swiss Travel Passes and board a mid morning train to Luzern.
Arriving in Luzern about noon, we walked the few blocks from the train station in search of our hotel a block from the Chapel Bridge. The tower guarding the Chapel Bridge was the first sight seen after exiting the hotel and turning north. Spectacular! We experienced a bright sunny day in late April as a bonus.
|Reuss River and Luzern|
The Lion Monument is a striking sight and measures 33 feet long by 20 feet tall. The sculpture honors the Swiss mercenaries killed or executed defending the French king during the French Revolution. The engraving, difficult to read in the photo, reads, "Helvetiorum fidei ac virtuti." That inscription translates to "To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss." Moving stuff. Luckily, we had the park to ourselves so unobstructed views were achievable.
The museum is housed in an old three story building on the riverfront. The collections are an eclectic mix of stained glass, furniture, uniforms, arms and armor, paintings, tourism posters, and even a display of antique toy soldiers. "Depot" is a fitting term for this museum. No finely created artifact displays. A real industrial look to the whole concept. This seems to be a storage place for artifacts not having a permanent home yet too interesting or historical to throw out. Many of the items are either behind glass or bars making photography and careful study difficult. An interesting display easily worth a forty-minute browse.
After spending sufficient time investigating the Depot Museum, we followed the river down to the waterfront for a look at the lake before heading back to the hotel.
|Stained Glass with two Renaissance soldiers|
|Napoleonic era cuirass|
|Stacks of pike|
|Antique toy soldiers|
Next time, we travel to the Berner Oberland with a two-day base at Lauterbrunnen.