Guide to Lucerne, the Lake, and Its Environs

Guide to Lucerne, the Lake, and Its Environs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: the little village of Maien, and in 11 hours across the Susten Pass (7421 feet) and through the Gadmental, amid glorious Alpine scenery, to Meiringen. Beyond Wassen the railway traverses a beautiful district, and displays to us the greatest triumphs of railway engineering in Switzerland. After circling twice round Wassen by means of spiral tunnels, and crossing the Maienreuss three times by bridges at different levels, the line crosses the Goschenenreuss and brings us to the village of GrOSChenen. The peaceful and pleasant landscape of the hills of Lucerne and Schwyz have given place to the bleak and rugged scenery of the high Alps, of which vastness and grandeur are the predominating characteristics. Goschenen, at the northern mouth of the great St. Gothard Tunnel, is the starting-point for many delightful summer excursions; in naming some of them we may remark that, as they take one day from Goschenen, they may easily be made from Lucerne in two days. First comes the magnificent tour to the Goschenenalp, demanding 3 hours' walking, the fatigues of which are amply repaid, however, by the scenery of this wild valley, in the background of which blue glaciers descend on all sides. The valley, which is famous for its crystals, is traversed by the Goschenenreuss, which half-way up forms a kind of cascade; here, too, a view opens of the wildly romantic Voralptal, and further on some copious springs of crystal clearness issue from the mountain close to the path. The Goschenenalp, where accommodation can be found in the newly erected little Dammagletscher Hotel, opposite the magnificent Damma Glacier, and where also plain refreshments can be obtained in the old Kaplanci (curate's house), presents a typical picture of the recesses of a secluded Alpine...
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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592107
  • 9781236592101