Medieval Luzern

Trip Start Mar 06, 2011
Trip End Apr 29, 2011

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Flag of Switzerland  , Lucerne,
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

After a great nights rest in our upgraded suite, we head down the mountain of Paradiso and explore lake Lugano.  It takes us forever to find a spot to park the car, as parking near the main town is limited as most of the cobble streets are for pedestrians.  We walk along the lake and take in the views, it's quite pretty but doesn't quite compare to Lake Como in Italy.  We arrive to the centre of the Lugano town, the kids have a few turns on a local merry go round and we look for a place to have a coffee/drink and stumble into a square full of restaurants.  It's lunch time and packed, we struggle to find a seat but eventually find a table in a pizzeria.  The pizza's look fantastic as they wizz past us heading towards other tables, so we order a few and decide to have lunch as well.    After lunch we do a little shopping nearby and then jump on the freeway and head towards our next town Luzern in the German part of Switzerland.  When we arrive, we notice it's another medieval town and our hotel is in the centre where no cars are allowed.  We go for a walk and check in and work out what options we have for parking, the lady at the desk tells us guests are allowed to drive in the pedestrian zone temporarily to drop off the bags and then gives me my parking alternatives.   The town of Luzern is great, it's old buildings are covered by paintings giving it a complete different look and feel to the other Swiss towns.  We head towards the main river in town, the first thing we see is the Kaperlbrucke (Chapel Bridge) which was built in 1333.  As we cross this old bridge, we  admire the many triangular paintings from the 1500s.  I explain the history of this bridge to the kids, they listen but then decide to use the bridge as a racing platform.  We continue taking our time to explore the streets and head to a restaurant picked by Zinije called the Old Swiss House first established in 1858, they are famous for there schnitzels which they cook right in front of you.  When we reach our restaurant, the kids say it looks like Hansel and Gretel's house and they were right.  We walk in and get seated to a table and immediately you can see they are experience at serving family's with young kids, they remove all the sharp metal cutlery from Lisiana and serve the kids water with plastic themed cups with dolphins, which the kids love.  They also bring out the kids meals first and while the kids begin to eat, the schnitzel making begins right in front of our eyes and wow, they use a lot of butter at least 250grams.  Eventually the schnitzel process is over and it has to be one of the best schnitzels we've had.  After our hearty meals, we enjoy the walk through town back to our hotel.
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