Façade of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne. Photo credit: @lerichti
At Radisson Blu we like to inspire people. And be inspired. So what better way than to organise an «Instameet» with a small group of Instagrammers. For us to showcase some design highlights at our Swiss hotels, for them to show us the beauty of Switzerland as a country in a creative and inspiring way. And with our paths crossing, magical visuals were being created and shared with the world. Welcome to the second part of our Instameet blog post. (You can find the first part here.)
#WhereRadissonBluTakesUs – Day 2
KKL – Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre: reflections
The Culture and Congress Centre in Lucerne (or KKL, for Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern) is a multi-functional building with a concert hall that is esteemed for its high-profile acoustics. It was built according to the plans of the architect Jean Nouvel and was inaugurated in 1998 with a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado.
Symbol of the city of Lucerne, the Kapellbrücke (literally: Chapel Bridge) is a covered wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss River. Named after the nearby St. Peter’s Chapel, the bridge is unique because it contains interior paintings dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with most of the centuries-old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently restored, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. Also, it is the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge.
Photo credit: @lisa_l
Both the KKL and the Chapel Bridge are at a few walking minutes from the glimmering Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne. Here, our tellingly day was rounded off by a chef-prepared regional menu at the in-house LUCE Restaurant.
#WhereRadissonBluTakesUs – Day 3
In the early morning of day 3 of our Instameet, a one-hour boat trip across Lake Lucerne took us from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus. The fourth largest lake in Switzerland has a complex shape, with several sharp bends and four arms. A stunning journey through nature with one surprise after the other.
Photo credit: @beautelicieuse
Mount Pilatus: breathtaking panoramic view
Maker of weather, dragon’s lair, home to giants and grave of rulers: Lucerne’s very own mountain, Pilatus, is one of the most legendary places in Central Switzerland. And one of the most beautiful. On a clear day the mountain offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks. Many myths have grown up around the history of Pilatus: A dragon rock supposedly fell from the sky in 1420. The Roman governor Pontius Pilatus might have been buried in Lake Pilatus. Legend has it that a petrified man stands guard in front of a cave. The mountain massif of Pilatus, which towers above the region with its 2,132 meters in height, indubitably captures the imagination. Even today Pilatus is a source of mystical discoveries and is home to places of natural beauty that are steeped in legend and lore.