On July 20th, 2017; I explored Lucerne and Engadine Mountains.
Lucerne sits below the mountains at the northwest corner of Lake Lucerne, (pictured below).
The town’s main defense is now its main attraction.
Europe’s oldest wooden bridge, the Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge), built in 1333 and extending diagonally a little over 650 ft. across the Reuss river.
Towards its southern end is the octagonal, tile-roofed Wasserturm (water tower), which has served as a prison, a torture chamber and the treasury, (pictured above).
Lucerne is unique in that its three wooden pedestrian bridges, the 14th-century Hofbrücke (now destroyed) and Kapellbrücke and the 16th-century Spreuerbrücke, all are painted on the interior triangular frames, (pictured below).
The paintings, dating back to the 17th century and executed by local Catholic painter Hans Heinrich Wägmann, depict events from Lucerne’s history. Of the original 158 paintings, 147 existed before the 1993 fire. After the fire, the remains of 47 paintings were collected, but ultimately only 30 were fully restored.
Later that day, I traveled through the Engadine Mountains, Switzerland towards Austria. In the photograph below, I’m standing in front of the near-impassible Piz Buin, the highest mountain in the Silvretta Alps. Over time, this barrier has led to the isolation of the Romansch area, which through a short distance away, has become culturally distinct from the Austrian Tyrol.
The region has many ancient villages and hamlets, glittering lakes and undulating alpine meadows which, if you look closely enough, are covered with tiny flowers.