We start our trip with a quick stop in Lucerne, the largest city in central Switzerland, located on Lake Lucerne with the scenic Reuss River flowing from the lake through the town. We head over to the river to view the sights, starting with the Chapel Bridge, a wooden bridge first built in the 14th century.
Along the Reuss River
Along the banks of the river, market stands sell fresh flowers, meat, and produce and offer food and drinks for consumption on the spot.
Away from the river, we wander through the streets of shops and homes, finding something new and interesting around each corner.
Streets of Lucerne
We stop for a brief lunch of vegetable pizza and pepperoni soup, then head over to Lucerne's medieval city walls, dating from the 13th century. The walls have been restored as a walking path and provide access to several of the nine towers built in the wall, providing spectacular views of the city and the surrounding countryside.
Pepperoni soup, vegetable pizza
City wall towers
Views from the city walls
Descending back into the city, we cross the river at a bridge near Muhlenplatz, where Lucerne's flour mills were located, powered by the water of the river which later drove the city electric plant on this site.
Afternoon in the park
Pizza and risotto
We've had great first day and are looking forward to more of Lucerne tomorrow.