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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.

Zurich, Swiss – Eurotrip

20 Sep

Zurich, Zurich canton, Switzerland

Zurich

My halt at Zurich was just  for an hour. Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland and located at the north-western tip of Lake Zurich, is a German-speaking city. I couldn’t spend much time since it was raining quite heavily. Yet, I managed to capture some beautiful sights. Here they are.

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich's Shopping district, Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich's Shopping district

Marc O'Polo , Zurich, Marc O'Polo store, Switzerland, Marc O'Polo store window, mannequins

Marc O'Polo, Zurich

Zurich shops, quirky shops, Zwitzerland

Zurich shops

Zurich shops, quirky shops, Switzerland, Zurich shop's window display, paintings, wine

Zurich shop's window display

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’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/

Façades of Lucerne

18 Jul

Facades of Lucerne, Switzerland, Lucerne, painted facades of Lucerne

Facades of Lucerne, Switzerland

Straddling alongside Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) and River Reuss, Lucerne offers an attractive tour of the 16th century decorative painted facades, created with immense passion on buildings such as hotels, restaurants and houses.

Painted facade, Lucerne, facades of Lucerne

Painted facade, Lucerne

Elaborative facade, Lucerne, Painted facades of Lucerne

Elaborative facade, Lucerne

Elaborative facade, Lucerne, Painted facades of Lucerne

Decorative facade of Lucerne

Painted facade, decorative facade, painted facade on the riverside

Riverside painted facades, Lucerne

Row of painted facades, painted facades in the shopping district of Lucerne

Row of painted facades, Lucerne

Decorative painted facades in Lucerne's shopping district, painted facades of Lucerne

Decorative painted facades in Lucerne's shopping district

Intricately painted facades, Lucerne's painted facades, painted facades

Intricately painted facades, Lucerne

Ornamental facades on windows, Lucerne's ornamental painted window facade

Ornamental painted facades on windows, Lucerne

Painted facades of shopping complexes, Lucerne's painted facades in the shopping district

Painted facades of shopping complexes, Lucerne

Baroque gold ornamental painted windows , Lucerne

Baroque gold ornamental painted windows , Lucerne

Painted facades , Lucerne's elaboratively painted facades

Painted facades , Lucerne

Ornamental painted window facades, Lucerne's painted facades

Ornamental painted window facades, Lucerne

Blue painted facade, Lucerne's blue painted facade

Blue painted facade, Lucerne

Row of ornamental painted facades, Lucerne

Row of ornamental painted facades, Lucerne

Read my previous blog posts on Lucerne and Switzerland:

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/

 

 

More links:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31941729@N02/4110313262/in/photostream/

http://www.luzern.com/en/navpage-CityExperienceLU-CityToursLU-340003.html

http://isharethese.blogspot.com/2010/07/facades-of-lucerne.html

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-photo/clarf/1/1292354151/painted-facades-of-buildings.jpg/tpod.html

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!!!

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!!!

Montreux – Swiss, Eurotrip

26 Apr

Montreux, Switzerland

Nestled at the foot of the Alps and facing Lake Geneva, this ravishing beautiful and vivid town of Montreux gets encapsulated into minds of the traveller forever. Montreux Riviera is filled with scenic beauty, culture and wine, gastronomical delights, casinos, yachts, leisure, entertainment and music for the soul.

Lake Geneva & the Alps, Montreux

View of the Alps, Montreux

Lake Geneva at Montreux

The flowers, mainly tulips, were in full bloom at this time, growing in vivid colours and changing the look of the place.

Tulips, Montreux

Tulips, close-up shot, Montreux

Vivid flowers, Montreux

Baazars were set up on the lakeside to entertain the flock of tourists with small flea shops selling Kashmiri shawls to antique jewellery, Red Indians playing musical instruments and people selling dry fruits.

Flea shops, Montreux

Flea shops, Montreux

Red Indians playing music & selling candles, Montreux

The statue of  British icon ‘Freddie Mercury‘ (born Farrokh Bulsara), the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band, Queen, stands at the main tourist attraction spot facing Lake Geneva. Every September since 2003, Montreux celebrates Freddie Mercury’s Montreux Memorial Day.

Statue of Freddie Mercury, Montreux

I took a long walk along the beautiful lakeside upto Chateau de Chillon, capturing every beautiful view in my camera and in my mind. Switzerland gives you that relaxation, peace and being one with nature feeling, Nirvana, as one might call. I happened to see some of the amazing things on my long walk such as a circular platform on Lake Geneva where people can read books or chat, children playing in the water, the flower gardens with hay sculptures of ‘Madagascar movie’ animals, creepers, vines and tulips near Lake Geneva, beautiful yachts, people sun-bathing at the luxury resorts of Montreux,  a long over-bridge built on the mountains at Veytaux and the stunning sight of the beautiful Chateau de Chillon.

Platform on Lake Geneva, Montreux

Platform on Lake Geneva, Montreux

Children playing in the water, Montreux

Hay sculptures of Madagascar Movie animals, Montreux

Hay sculptures of Madagascar Movie animals, Montreux

Creepers, vines, flowers and yachts on Lake Geneva

Veytaux, Switzerland

View of Chateau de Chillon, Veytaux

The historic castle of Chateau de Chillon, 3 km from Montreux, is Switzerland’s most visited monument. Since the roadway is lodged between Lake Léman in the commune of Veytaux and the cliffs, there is no way to get around Chillon. In the modern times, the Castle is known for having inspired Lord Byron’s poem, The Prisoner Of Chillon (1816).

Chateau de Chillon, Veytaux

Chateau de Chillon, Veytaux

And there ends my journey of this beautiful lakeside of Switzerland, Montreux, whose every moment is etched in my memory forever.

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.

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