A survey shows that the Swiss consider Lucerne to be the ’most liveable city in Switzerland‘. The capital of central Switzerland has a lot to offer including theaters, music, cultural festivals and carnival as well as its unique location near Mount Pilatus with the proximity to the shores of Lake Lucerne. In Lucerne there is even the Children’s Parliament where kids can have their say.
The two landmarks of the city are the covered Chapel Bridge and the octagonal Water Tower. The wooden bridge was built around 1300 and was almost totally destroyed by fire in 1993. It has since been rebuilt as shown in MINILAND. The 14th-century Water Tower stands 34.3 m high from the lake bed to its peak. In its lifetime it has served as a watch tower, prison, torture chamber, municipal archive and guild hall.
Lake Lucerne is the biggest lake in central Switzerland and is a part of the cantons of Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Lucerne. Its water surface is 114 km² and in some places it is up to 214 m (702 ft.) deep. Mount Rigi (Queen of the Mountains), Mount Pilatus and the Burgenstock surrounding the lake make for beautiful scenery. In 1888, the world’s first electrical cable car went up the Burgenstock.
The revolving restaurant Piz Gloria on the Schilthorn became famous around the world thanks to a spy movie whose main character is known to all: James Bond. The Schilthorn is not actually located directly behind Lucerne but in the Bernese Oberland. It is a stony mountain that offers a great view. At MINILAND the mountain was not built out of LEGO® bricks but modeled with sprayed concrete, which makes it look very real. What would Switzerland be without mountains?
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The Alpine nation consists of 26 cantons and Bern is the capital. In spite of it being a small country, four languages are spoken, namely, German, French, Italian and Romansh. Above all, Switzerland is a wonderful holiday destination that offers unlimited possibilities.