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Berne, Switzerland – Eurotrip

17 Nov Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

Berne, Switzerland

How could I come to Switzerland and not visit its capital, Berne? Berne or Bern or Bundesstadt, is a German speaking city in Switzerland’s cantons. So, here’s a glimpse of the beauty of Berne sans too many pics on monuments and heritage sites.

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

Bundesstadt, Switzerland

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland, Weltpostdenkmal Bern, Weltpostdenkmal an der Kleinen Schanze in Bern

Weltpostdenkmal Bern

Beautiful house in Berne, Switzerland

Beautiful house in Berne, Switzerland

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland, yellow bell-shaped flower

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland, red tulips, tulips

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland, green garden

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

I am in awe of Berne and its natural beauty. Unfortunately, I couldnt spend much time here.

Lucerne’s Ornamental Signposts

20 Jul

Luzern's ornamental signposts

Luzern's ornamental signposts, Switzerland

Decorative signposts of Lucerne, Ornamental signposts, Switzerland

Decorative signposts of Lucerne

Ornamental signposts, Lucerne's decorative filigree signposts

Ornamental signposts, Lucerne

Lucerne's Ornamental Facade, Switzerland's beautiful shopping lanes

Lucerne's Ornamental Facade, Switzerland

Rolex showroom signpost, Lucerne's Rolex watch signpost

Rolex showroom signpost, Lucerne

Filigree signpost

Filigree signpost for Hotel Krone, Lucerne

Elaborate metal filigree signpost, red signpost, signpost with emblem

Elaborate metal filigree signpost, Lucerne

Read more about Lucerne and Switzerland here.

Facades of Lucerne: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/facades-of-lucerne/

Lucerne: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/lucerne-swiss-eurotrip/

Mt. Titlis: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/mount-titlis-swiss-eurotrip/

Engelberg Beautiful Homes: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/engelberg-swiss-beautiful-homes/

Broc: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/broc/

Gruyere: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/gruyere/

Montreaux: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/montreaux/

Lausanne: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/lausanne-swiss-eurotrip/

Morges: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/morges/

Geneva: https://paisleysandindianink.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/geneva-eurotrip/

Lucerne, Swiss – Eurotrip

17 Jul

Lucerne, view of the city Lucerne

Lucerne City

View from Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, lakeside view of mountains in Switzerland

View from Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Located in north-central Switzerland in the German-speaking county, Lucerne, capital and city, is a charmingly beautiful haven for tourists with historic sites, landmark buildings and a getaway to some of the best hill resorts – Mt. Titlis, Mt. Pilatus, Rigi on the Swiss Alps and Stanserhorn. The Lucerne Railway Station has a beautiful cupola entrance that leads to Lake Lucerne and an underground tunnel that connects to the Culture and Convention Centre, which also houses the Kunstmuseum Luzern (Museum of Art, Luzern).

Cupola at Lucerne Railway Station, Lucerne, Switzerland, Lucerne Railway station, entrance to Lucerne Railway station

Cupola at Lucerne Railway Station, Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne Bridge, Lucerne, Bridge on Lake Lucerne

Lucerne Bridge, Lucerne

Cruising on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, Lake Lucerne, cruise ride,

Cruising on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Chateau Gutsch, Lucerne, Switzerland, Hotel Gutsch

Chateau Gutsch, Lucerne, Switzerland

Sited on Lake Lucerne and imbedded within the impressive panorama of mountains, Lucerne offers a fascinating view of the medieval city with the iconic Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) on River Reuss, the city walls with nine watchtowers and its chapels and facades. The historic wooden Chapel Bridge was built in 1333 and restored in 1993, has a number of attractions including many 17th century paintings and an octagonal water tower.

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland, River Reuss

Chapel Bridge on River Reuss, Lucerne, Switzerland

Octagonal Watch tower, Chapel Bridge, Switzerland

Octagonal Watch tower on Chapel Bridge, Switzerland

Houses and Shopping complexes on River Reuss, River Reuss

Houses and Shopping complexes on River Reuss

View of the surroundings in Lucerne, Switzerland

Octagonal Watch Tower on Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

View of the Octagonal Watch Tower on Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

More upcoming blog posts: Facades of Lucerne

Other links:

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/destinations/holiday-destinations-in-switzerland/lucerne.html

http://www.luzern.com/en/welcome.cfm?CFID=36451264&CFTOKEN=30785787

Mount Titlis, Swiss – Eurotrip

22 Jun

Titlis Mountain in Engelberg

Mt.Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland

Awesome and breathtakingly beautiful, Mt. Titlis is a heaven abode earth. Truly mesmerising is its beauty that one marvels at God’s creation and feels bestowed.

Sneak peak at Mt. Titlis

View of Mt. Tilis from Engelberg

View of Mt. Titlis from Engelberg

Sneak peak at Mt. Titlis

Located at 3,238 meters above sea level in the Urner Alps of Switzerland, Mt. Titlis forms borders between the cantons of Obswalden and Berne in Switzerland, overlooking Engelberg. Connected through Rail Europe from Lucerne, Zurich, Basel and Berne, Mt. Titlis can be reached via the famous rotating cable car, Titlis Rotair.

Mt. Titlis Cable Car

Cable cars to Mt. Titlis, Switzerland

Rotating Cable Car Rotair on Mt. Titlis

Titlis Rotair

Cloudy view of the mountain peak

Picture of myself in Titlis Rotair

That's me in the Titlis Rotair

Snowy Glacier and vegetation

Vegetation of the snowy glacier in Summer

Moon Space Station lookalike

Space Station of Moon Lookalike

This particular image above fascinates me as it gives that feel, as if I were on an imaginary planet, maybe the Moon and this was a colony with Space Stations; a truly futuristic feel.

Weather Tower

Communications & Weather Tower atop Mt. Titlis

This so-called Space Station is actually a Communications & Weather tower atop Mt. Titlis which offers a panoramic view of its snowy surroundings. The mountain top offers a stunning view of the glaciers from the “Stotzig Egg – viewpoint”. Not to miss among the various attractions are the Glacier Cave, the photo studio and world’s highest watch showroom at the mountain peak.

Glacier Path

Dressed colourfully atop Mt. Titlis on the Glacier Path

One of the largest ski and snowboard destinations in Switzerland and a place for snow activities such as snow tubing, sledge at Titlis Glacier Park, this place is a summer and winter abode for tourists from worldover. The Titlis IceFlyer Chairlift is one of the major attractions, dropping tourists back and forth to the Titlis Glacier Park.

Iceflyer on Mt. Titlis

Titlis IceFlyer Chairlift

Ice Flyer Chair Lift atop Mt. Titlis

Titlis IceFlyer Chairlift

Glacier Park on Mt. Titlis

Titlis Glacier Park

Snow tubing

Snow tubing at Titlis Glacier Park

After an adventurous snow ride, I headed back to Engelberg to catch my next train to Lucerne. Although, the surprising aspect of this trip was the poster of Shah Rukh Khan (Indian actor) and Kajol (Indian actress) from Dilwale Dulhaniya Lejayenge movie put right at the entrance of Mt. Tiltis and even more amusing was to watch all the Indians posing happily right next to it (P.S. not me).

DDLJ poster of Shahrukh Khan & Kajol

DDLJ poster of Shahrukh Khan & Kajol atop Mt. Titlis

Happy ending!!!

Engelberg, Swiss – Beautiful Homes

15 Jun

Mt. Titlis, Titlis mountain peak

Mt. Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland

Mt. Titlis, the journey started with a train ride from Lucerne to Engelberg. What a stunning view, Switzerland is truly heaven on earth.

train ride on Swiss Rail

Train ride to Engelberg, Swiss

Beautifully crafted houses, churches and barns adorn the farmlands where the cattle grazed on lush, green grasses. Each house is different and unique in its make from the other lending itself a wonderful countryside charm and warmth.

Farmlands of Swiss

Scenic view of the farmlands, Swiss

Switzerland Church

Church on the way to Engelberg, Swiss

Countryhouse Switzerland

Beautiful Country Homes, Swiss

Resorts in Switzerland

Resort & Spa, Swiss

Beautiful country houses

Country Home, Swiss

Ladder of country houses

Hilltop Country Homes, Swiss

Country Homes in Swiss

Thatched roof country home, Swiss

Country Home Lodges

Country-house style Hotels in Swiss

White house in Swiss

Beautiful white house with a barn, Swiss

Engelberg downhill countryside

Passage to Engelberg, Swiss

Barn

Small barn, Swiss

Engelberg uphill journey

Uphill to Engelberg, Swiss

Engelberg, in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland, is a beautiful village overlooking Mt. Titlis with breathtaking views, stunning landscape and mountain scenery. An ideal dream destination for spa-lovers, skiers and honeymooners from India. It is also an attractive filmshoot location for popular Indian movie song-dance sequences wherein the actress dances on the snowy terrains in skimpy chiffon or georgette sarees (poor thing must be freezing in the cold) and the actor (main hero), all geared up in winter-wear, is all set to romance her. Nevertheless, Switzerland has thus, become a dream destination for Indian tourists which has increased the tourism revenue for Swiss government, I am sure!!

Train station house Switzerland

Beautiful train station, Swiss

Village of Engelberg

Engelberg, Switzerland

Riverside Engelberg

Riverside scenic beauty at Engelberg, Swiss

Peaceful, serene, calm and refreshing… my search for Nirvana was complete at Engelberg.

Gruyère, Swiss – Eurotrip

9 May

Gruyère, a small medieval picturesque town at the foots of Pre-Alps, known for its famous ‘Gruyère Cheese‘. I arrived at Gruyère after an hour-long journey, a slow train ride along the mountain side with an astounding view of the farms, cliffs, snow and coniferous trees. I have no words to describe the beauty of Switzerland.  Every image gets registered in your mind through the lens of your eye. Your camera cannot do justice to this marvellous natural beauty.

Gruyère

Gruyère Cheese Factory – La Maison Du Gruyère

La Maison du Gruyère, situated right behind Gruyère station is one of the culinary landmark of Switzerland. The ‘Gruyère Cheese’ has its own unique ‘geographical indication‘ and La Maison du Gruyère demonstrates the great ‘cheese-making‘ history of this place.

Inside La Maison Du Gruyère - History of Gruyère Cheese

Traditional methods of Cheese Making

Modern machines for churning Cheese

Cheese kept for setting

Cheese Storage Area

Cheese on display at La Maison du Gruyère

I guess that’s enough Cheese for today!!! Moving on, I took a walk along this beautiful countryside making my way to the 13th century medieval castle situated on the hill-side. The ‘Gruyère Castle’ hosts great restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and a museum.

Gruyère Castle

Way to the Gruyère Castle

View of the town from Gruyère Castle

Inside the Gruyère Castle

Inside the Gruyère Castle

Inside the Gruyère Castle and more

View of the Alps from Gruyère Castle

View of the Monastery and Cemetery from Gruyère Castle

Say Cheese!!!

Lausanne, Swiss – Eurotrip

24 Apr

Lausanne Capitale Olympic, Switzerland

Lausanne, the Olympic Capital of the World, located in Romandy in the French speaking part of Swiss was my next destination. Although, as usual I missed out on the sports part of it during my sight seeing, I got to see the beautiful natural beauty of Lausanne. I was not so keen on seeing every museum, but my main purpose in Switzerland was to see the scenic beauty.

Lausanne Capitale Olympic

Saint-François church, Lausanne, Switzerland

Saint-François church, built in 12th and 13th century and now standing amidst modern day banks, post office buildings and retail stores, was my first pitstop at Laussane. This church was reminiscent of the medieval times even amongst the bustling traffic filled street and busy shoppers.

Window display of a chocolate shop, Lausanne

Louis Vuitton store, Laussane

The Swiss are known for their watches, chocolates and love for luxury, clearly visible on the high street, in the shops and through their luxurious and extravagant window display.

View of Lausanne Cathedral, Lausanne

Built by medieval architect Villard de Honnecourt, the gothic-styled Lausanne Cathedral, also known as The Cathedral of Notre Dame had a beautiful view from across the bridge. Splendid facades, intricately carved statues and vividly painted stained glass windows are the prominent features of this internationally renowned medieval church.

Intricately carved church entrance, Lausanne Cathedral

Carved statues, Lausanne Cathedral

Church Interior, Lausanne Cathedral

Church top view, Lausanne Cathedral

Church top, Lausanne Cathedral

Stained glass window, Lausanne Cathedral

Place de la Riponne, Lausanne

Place de la Riponne, Lausanne

Palais de Rumine, Lausanne

The Florentine styled Palais de Rumine, next to Cathedral Lausanne, presently hosts one of the four sites of the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne. Additionally, it contains the following museums: Cantonal museum of fine art, Museum of Archeology and history, Numismatic museum, Geological museum and the Zoological museum.

Palais de Justice, Lausanne

My last stop was the Palais de Justice in Montbenon, Lausanne which had a beautiful view from its garden that faces Lake Geneva and the Alps. The view was breathtakingly beautiful and stunning.

Garden near Palais de Justice, Lausanne

Morges, Swiss – Eurotrip

22 Apr

Day-time in summers in Europe are pretty long. The sun sets only at around 9pm. This gave me a chance to not only cover Geneva but also Morges on the same day in Swiss. Lucky for me, Morges was having its ‘Tulip Festival’. Beauty beyond words, I will be not be writing much in this blog. I shall let the photographs speak for themselves.

Geneva – Eurotrip

18 Apr

Heaven, Switzerland

I went to Switzerland for the second time during my Eurotrip. Although, exactly a year back, when I visited Swiss for the first time, it was like being in heaven. The summer of 2010 was the most blissful and relaxing period of my life.

My first solo trip to Switzerland and my first pit stop being – Geneva. I tried covering Geneva in a day, but couldn’t visit the Red Cross and the UN Palace of Nations. Yet, my camera caught the beautiful blooming moments of Geneva Spring.

Jet d'Eau, Geneva, Switzerland

Brunswick Monument near Hotel Le Richemond, Geneva, Switzerland

Jardin Anglais facing Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Fountain at Jardin Anglais, Geneva, Switzerland

Jardin Anglais, Geneva, Switzerland

Flower Clock, Jardin Anglais, Geneva, Switzerland

Place de la Madeleine, Geneva, Switzerland

Merry-go-round, Place de la Madeleine, Geneva, Switzerland

This 15th century church, Place de la Madeleine, restored in the 17th century, is a beautiful landmark in Geneva’s Old Town with wodden horses, merry-go-round and flee shops selling antique jewellery.

Old Town, Geneva, Switzerland

Colourful blossoms, Old Town, Geneva, Switzerland

Cathedral St. Pierre, Geneva, Switzerland

The Cathedral St. Pierre offers a panoramic view of the city and the overlooking Lake Geneva. Its beautiful interiors, stained glass windows, elegantly carved architecture  and neo-classic façade makes it a popular tourist attraction.

Interiors, Cathedral St. Pierre, Geneva, Switzerland

Grand Theatre de Geneve at Place de Neuve, Switzerland

Promenade des Bastions, Geneva, Switzerland

Giant Chess Boards, Promenade des Bastions, Geneva, Switzerland

Reformation Monument, Promenade des Bastions, Geneva

Blossoms, Promenade des Bastions, Geneva

Promenade des Bastions, Geneva, Switzerland

Delft – Eurotrip

11 Feb

Christmas Lights, Delft

So, after having a wonderful time at Brussels, we left the same day for Delft, Netherlands. It was a rather tiresome journey in the snow. Next day, we had a walk-a-tour of Delft – looking at the graffiti chalked streets to the beautiful frozen canals.

Canals of Delft, Netherlands

Graffiti on subway, Delft

We wandered about the town square where the Christmas decorations were being put up. The Renaissance-style City Hall built in expensive limestone and beautiful architecture emblazoned with the Coat of Arms was prominently visible in the Market Square at Delft, Netherlands.

City Hall, Delft

Another prominent structure in the Market Square is the ‘New Church’  (Nieuwe Kerk), the landmark Protestant Church in Delft, present exactly opposite to the City Hall.

Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

Not to miss among the best attractions of Delft Market Square is the ‘Blue Heart of Delft’ situated to the north-east of the main Church entrance. The beautiful heart cut in sapphire (fake) stone is a marvel to look at, symbolically representing the Blue Pottery of Delft.

Blue Heart of Delft

Hand-painted Blue Delftware, Delft

Wooden shoes, Delft

I am still curious about the wooden shoes sold as souvenirs in Netherlands. Have to find out more!!

Nevetheless, among the old structures the Eastern Gate (Oostport) still stands as one of the remaining city walls in Delft.

Oostport (The Eastern Gate), Delft

Although, it was freezing, the yummy,  hot, ‘Stroopwaffles’ compensated for it. It was beautiful to watch the sunset and the moon rise over the canals of Delft, making it a very memorable experience.

Sunset at Delft Canal

Moon rise over Delft

We made our way to the ‘Tu Delft’ university with the campus spread over 3 acres. We had a wonderful bird’s eye of the city atop one of the tallest university buildings.

Delft City View

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