Archive for the tag 'Lucerne'

The oldest city clock built by Hans Luter in 1535 is on the Zyt tower.  This clock is privileged to chime every hour one minute before all the other city clocks.  Unique collection of old tower clocks (1526 t0 1820) is in Lucerne’s clock tower.  Experience the huge clock face and rhythmic movements of the [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Dec 17th 2013

Part of the rampart walls that were built in 1386 survive almost entirely intact.  Three of the wall towers are open to the public.

16 Comments CherryPie on Dec 16th 2013

Built in 1859/1860 following the clever style developed by Poiree, the Needle Dam is a unique attraction in terms of both technology and history.  From 2009-2011 the facility was renovated and the city’s flood protection was improved.  Even today, the level of Lake Lucerne is regulated by hand through the removal and placement of the [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Dec 14th 2013

History of Spreuer Bridge
The original Spreuer Bridge was erected around 1400 (first mentioned in 1408), but destroyed by storm in 1566, and rebuilt in 1568. The small chapel on the bridge also dates back to 1568, it has been renovated in 1889. An older small bridge at the location connected Mühlenplatz [Mill's place] with the city mills [...]

14 Comments CherryPie on Dec 13th 2013

Paintings under the roof of Spreuer Bridge
Under the roof of Spreuer Bridge, 67 paintings dating from 1626 to 1635 represent a “Dance of Death”. Death, represented as a skeleton or as the “Great Reaper” urges everybody to dance with him, i.e. to die. Death makes no difference between old and young, churchmen and laymen, rich [...]

18 Comments CherryPie on Dec 12th 2013

…from the Swiss Transport Museum.

4 Comments CherryPie on Dec 11th 2013

From information signboard:

Rotary snow-plough Xrot m No 100 Rotary Gotthard Railway GB 1895
The snow-plough body contains the boiler and a twin-cylinder steam engine driving the bucket wheel, which is nearly 3 metres in diameter.  The cutting blades were adjustable to cope with the varying hardness of the drifts.  The jet of snow that was hurled [...]

15 Comments CherryPie on Dec 9th 2013

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