Luzern / Hergiswil, October 19-20, 2015

Monday morning I hopped on a train for Lucerne / Luzern, Switzerland. My goal was to see Luzern again, with its bridge across the lake, and to go back to the Glasi at Hergiswil, about a 10-minute train ride from Luzern. The Glasi is the only glass production facility in Switzerland.

Leather protective mask for workers in the glass shop. In order to work with free hands, the workers held the mask on with their teeth.

The iconic bridge in Luzern

The old part of Luzern is right out of a picture book — except for the hordes of Japanese tourists. This must be vacation time there.

I wandered around the old part of town and just took a lot of pictures.

Luzern

Luzern

Luzern along the lake

Luzern along the lake

Jesuitenkirche / Jesuit Church in Luzern

Jesuitenkirche / Jesuit Church in Luzern

 

A little humor by an optician's shop in Luzern

A little humor in front of an optician’s shop in Luzern

The next day I went to Hergiswil. Thanks to the train ticket I had, I didn’t have to pay to get into the facility.

The home of the Glasi in Hergiswil

The home of the Glasi in Hergiswil

The visit began with a well-done tour through time of glass blowing in Switzerland and Hergiswil, ending in the glass blowing area. After watching for a few minutes, I wandered over to the part where visitors can blow their own Christmas ball. This, too, was included in the train ticket (otherwise, it would have cost CHF 20).

Bar in the Glasi, with top and side out of glass

Bar in the Glasi, with top and side out of glass

The Glasi also has a small bar/café, with glass stairs, a glass-topped and glass-sided bar and, of course, a glass lighting fixture. It’s next to one of the two shops where visitors can buy vases, plates, bowls and other items created by the artisans.

Glass sculptures by the lake at the Glasi in Hergiswil

Glass sculptures by the lake at the Glasi in Hergiswil

Like Luzern, the Glasi is on the Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne). It offers a variety of visitor-operated fountains plus some glass sculptures on a patio outside the bar/café. There’s a small science section for children and a labyrinth, created with the company Glas Trösch (a friend used to work there), and a second, much larger shop with firsts and seconds. You can spend a lot of time there, and I did.

Then it was back to Luzern. I found these stained glass “windows”, an ad for a bank, in the underground passageway near the train station.

Stained glass ad in the underground passageway at the train station in Luzern

Stained glass ad in the underground passageway at the train station in Luzern

Stained glass ad in the underground passageway at the train station in Luzern

Stained glass ad in the underground passageway at the train station in Luzern

The next day I happened on the market, on the path by the lake.

Market in Luzern

Squash at the market in Luzern

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