Today, no snow or rain, but still cloudy, so no point in trying to go up to Rigi. We’re going to ‘walk the wall’ except that during winter, you can’t actually go on the wall due to the danger from ice. But you can certainly walk all along side it.
Like most medieval cities, Luzern had a protective wall, with 9 towers. The wall was built in 1386. Historians regard 1178 as the year of the birth of Lucerne, because it was then that the parish was transferred from the monastery to the city.
We started down at the lowest, first tower, near the river. The ‘gate’ through the wall is actually a street, has a stoplight, as it is one lane wide.
Some history of the wall and city.
Lunch near the Lowendenkmal, and on we go.
The swans are on patrol for any potential meal and woe be to any gull or duck who may get in their way, including other swans. As you walk along the quai, you may get a sense that you are being followed. And you are, by a swan…
Near the Schwannenplatz, there’s a swan who has staked their claim to part of the sidewalk, waiting for some foolish person to feed them; there are inevitably some who do, at their own peril. Because as beautiful as they are, they can get aggressive when it comes to food, especially if they think you are taking it away.
Tomorrow is a long day, as we will be leaving Luzern to travel to Paris. But, if things go as hoped, we’ll be back to Luzern in May.
Photos on Flickr.