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// JUNE 2007
Up and down the passages…
Munich
Vaduz
Lucerne
Fribourg
Grenoble
Little Saint Bernard Pass
Leissigen
Leissigen
Zermatt
Andermatt
Chur
Innsbruck
Munich
Am see Haldensee
Feldkirch
Appenzell
Saint Gallen
Maienfeld
Walenstadt
Klausenpass
Murten
Saint-Ursanne
Payerne
Avenches
Jaunpass
Gstaad
Col du Pillon
Col de la Croix
Chamonix
Megève
Albertville
Pont-en-Royans
Col de Rousset
Die
Col du Lautaret
Modane
Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Aosta
Grand St. Bernard Pass
Bourg-Saint-Pierre
Verbier
Goppenstein
Kandersteg
Thun
Lauterbrunnen
Trümmelbach
Bern
Oberhofen
Lake Brienz
Susten Pass
Grimsel Pass
Ulrichen
Nufenen Pass
Saas Fee
Täsch
Täsch
Brig
Simplon Pass
Domodossola
Santa Maria Maggiore
Ascona
Locarno
Lavertezzo
Bellinzona
Gotthard Pass
Göschenen
Oberalp Pass
Splügen
Chiavenna
Maloja Pass
Julier Pass
Bernina Pass
Lago di Poschiavo
Tirano
Bormio
Bressanone
Brunico
Grossglockner
Fusch
Zell am See

Lucerne


21st of June 2007
Swiss magic!!!

We started towards Sankt Gallen and we had an intermediate stop at Appenzell
The day started with rain, but turned out to be a really summer day at that magic place, with its dollhouses and its impressive Cathedral. The village of Appenzell is situated at a beautiful landscape, surrounded by hills. The facades of the buildings were decorated with murals and the whole village had something of a fairy tale with its idyllic, free of cars, little roads and with its many little shops and boutiques.
After that stop, we continued our trip towards  Sankt-Gallen.





The reason why we could have never left it out, although it was not included in our scheduled course, was its baroque Cathedral, along with the Library of the Abbey, which hosts 170.000 muniments_ partly hand written_ for over a thousand years and it is a monument of Universal Heritage of UNESCO. The library has probably the most beautiful rococo parlor in the whole Switzerland, but unfortunately the use of the cameras is forbidden. We managed, though, to “steal” a small glimpse of it with our own cameras.

The enclosure of the Abbey was declared monument of Universal Heritage in 1983. Another characteristic of the town, worth mentioning, was the colorful, painted windows.

Next to our scheduled course, after our stop to Sankt Gallen, was Klausenpass. So, we started driving towards the Walensee Lake, passing by Maienfeld first.



This is another touristic destination at the Alps area, famous for its local wine and also very well known as Heidi’s picturesque village. (“Heidi”: childhood book written by Johanna Spyri and read by millions of children all over the world). Our next destination was Bad Ragaz and then we passed by Flums, where from we bought local wines. We arrived at the village  Walenstadt situated at the shores of the lake Walensee which is one of the largest lakes in Switzerland. It is also known as Walen or Walenstadt see.





Picnic with… wonderful wines!!!

At some point, while driving in parallel with the lake, we found ourselves at a quite high altitude and we saw, out of the blue, in front of as a bench. The view from above was magic, we had plenty of food supplies and the wine was also at the right temperature. So, the picnic was set without second thoughts. We will always remember it as one of the most beautiful places for picnic that we have discovered during our many journeys…



Well fed and lighthearted by euphoria, we started ascending towards Klausenpass under the sounds of animal bells, since at the roadside there were many cows and sheep grazing. We arrived at the passage (altitude 1952mt) under heavy fog, having covered a very popular course for bikers and motor bikers. This course is also part of the Alpine Route, the famous long distance hiking trail of Switzerland.



We started going downhill, while enjoying the view and feeling the chill on our skin, since the temperature had fallen rapidly to the 12 degrees of the Celsius Climax. After Altdorf, where, as the legend has it, William Tell split in two, with his arrow, the apple that was put on his son’s head, we took the road by the lake of Lucerne, which brought us to Brunnen It is situated at the shores of the lake and it has a quay which reminded us of the Italian lakes at the area of Lombardy.



We arrived, at last, in the early afternoon, at Lucerne. We had visited the city, before, in February of 2005, during the Carnival, but it was winter then and we couldn’t really enjoy it. Now we had the chance seeing it at its summer version and it looked to us very different. But, then again, it is always a beautiful city, regardless of winter or summer.
Situated at a privileged position, right in the centre of Switzerland, at the shores of the homonymous lake, it is surrounded by walls with quite a few remaining towers. We strolled at its historical centre and, mesmerized indeed, we lost ourselves to the narrow streets of the old city, where the squares succeed one another and you can’t really tell which building is more beautiful than the other.
We had many promenades by the lake and we crossed the wooden, covered bridge, the Chapel bridge, which is considered one of the oldest, if not the oldest, in Europe. We took many photos, we captured the beauty of the paintings at its walls and we enjoyed, under the pale evening light that was falling, another lake strolling, before going for beers to the Rathaus Brauerei and then to bed so as to rest.

 

 

Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
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Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12 days
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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