Switzerland has not fought a foreign war since it was established as neutral under the Treaty of Paris in 1815. It is the oldest neutral country in the world,
It’s been a five years since I visited Lucerne, in the German speaking portion of Switzerland with Contiki but I recently rediscovered the photos I took there.
The Lion Monument
The mortally wounded Lion sculptured into the rock commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.
Lake Lucerne Cruise
It was foggy as we boarded our boat and spent an evening cruising the lake but the beauty of the historic buildings still shines through.
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
One of Lucerne’s oldest landmarks is this historic wooden bridge was built in the 14th century, destroyed by fire in 1993 and subsequently restored.
Not in Lucern but just over half an hours drive away is the Stanserhorn. You take a vintage wooden cable car which has been in action since 1893 up through the grass hills before changing to a modern cable car for the second stage of the trip.
You feel as though you’re on top of the world amongst the snow at the top.
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