Zurich
Half Day Tour Of Zurich
Day Trip To Lucerne and Mt. Titles

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We drove to Newark Airport for the flight to Zurich and met Mike and Charlene there.

Checked into the St. Gotthard Hotel. The St. Gotthard was a very nice hotel in a very good location.
St. Gotthard Hotel
Upon arrival we walked around the Old Town for awhile, then had lunch at McDonald's while we waited for our tour of Zurich.
We walked a short distance from the hotel through the Central Train Station to the bus depot for our tour of Zurich.

The first stop on the tour was the Fraumunster Church.

Founded in 853 by King Louis the German, this church with its convent was inhabited by the female members of the aristocracy of Europe. The convent enjoyed the patronage of kings and the abbess the right to mint coins in Zurich until well into the 13th century. Ownership of the church and convent passed to the city of Zurich after the Reformation.
St. Gotthard Hotel
The most stunning treasures of the church are the stained glass windows: those in the north transept are by Augusto Giacometti and the five-part cycle in the chancel and rosette in the southern transept the works of Marc Chagall, which we were not allowed to photograph. The cloister also reveals a series of frescos by Paul Bodmer.
After a stop along the lake to see a fountain and the Lion Of Zurich statue we drove south along the lake shore to a ferry. St. Gotthard Hotel
A short walk from the ferry takes you to the Felsenegg cable car which you ride to the top of the ridge line that parallels the shore of the lake.

There is a restaurant with the balcony overlook.

The views up and down the valley are stunning, including a good view of the Alps in the distance.
Back in Zurich we walk through the Central Train Station back to our hotel.

I was taken by the crowds in the train station.  Thousands of people going this way and that. 

Just so different from Wellsboro.
St. Gotthard Hotel
Next morning we were up early for an all day tour of Mt. Titlis

The first stop was at the Dying Lion Monument.

The Lion Monument in Lucerne the most sentimental of Swiss Monuments, commemorates the Swiss mercenaries who, serving the French King Louis XVI, lost their lives during the French Revolution at the Tuileries Palace in Paris .

Carved into the cliff face, the monument measures a 10 meters in length and and six meters in height. Captain Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen commissioned the Lion Monument which was designed by the Danish classicist sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsenwhilst. Lucas Ahorn carved the sculpture out of the limestone cliff face in 1820 and 1821.
Peggi posing before the Lion Of Lucerne. St. Gotthard Hotel
We had some time to walk around Lucerne and get some lunch before heading to Mt. Titlis.

The main site in old town Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge.

The bridge was constructed in first half of the 14th century as a part of the city's fortifications and named after St. Peter's Chapel, which is located nearby.
The paintings that were added in the 17th century illustrate scenes of Swiss and local history, including the biographies of the city's patron saints, St. Leodegar and St. Maurice. St. Gotthard
                Hotel
As we walked along the river Mt. Titlis came into view as the clouds began to break up.
The day changed from rain to blue skies on our way up the mountain. 

We drove through beautiful quintessential Swiss scenery like you see in all the movies.
St. Gotthard
                Hotel
A dramatic view of the mountains from the parking lot.
The first activity is to ride two cable cars to the top of Mt. Titlis.
Next was a walk across the Mt. Titlis Sky Bridge.

3,041 metres above sea-level. 500 metres off the ground, is a the spectacular suspension bridge.

The Titlis Cliff Walk is just one metre wide and 100 metres long. The views into the abyss below are breathtaking!

Mike and Charlene brave the heights and the swinging to get across the bridge.
Peggi and Bill pose on the bridge after returning from the other side.
Next was a ride on the Ice Flier chair lift which crosses the Titlis Glacier and into the canyon below before returning to the summit.
Charlene had fun in the snow.  All I could think was, "Where are my skis?  I'll meet you at the parking lot."
Another view of the glacier and the mountains on the way down in the cable car.
Back at the gondola station you can take a walk through the Glacier Cave. This was really a neat attraction.

The cave's 150-metre-long walkway branches out in several directions and descends 20 metres below the surface of the glacier. The hazy atmosphere is the result of tiny air pockets in the ice, and the blue colour is caused by the refraction of light.
Exploring the glacier cave is a cool experience. The temperature inside the cave remains a frosty -1.5 C.
Another view of the Alps from the cable car.
Peggi and Mike enjoy the view on the way down.

We rode down with a Chinese family; the younger adult spoke some English.  It was an interesting conversation and demonstrated that the Chinese are now entering tourism in a big way as are other Asian countries.
Another view of the Alps.  Well, they were pretty and spectacular.
We finished our touring of Zurich with another walk around the old city.
 
Mike and I had some luck with a couple of local girls.
A final view of Zurich before we took a cab back to a hotel near the airport to meet the Avalon River Tour.

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