12 Cafés in Lucerne

Here is a list of Cafés that I have visited so far in Lucerne, each and every place has its own flavour and atmosphere, some are also restaurants while other even offer co-working spaces, include a shop or can be perfectly combined with a visit of a Museum or the Cinema next by (in alphabetical order):

Alpineum : https://www.facebook.com/alpineum/

Next to the Löwendenkmal. A small but cosy place. Can be crowded in peak times (lunch time, afternoon tea time, apero time) but

 

Bistro-Bar Bourbaki : http://www.kinoluzern.ch/bar-bistro/info.html

A drink or coffee can be perfectly combined with a movie at Bourbaki Cinema or the Museum in the same building (http://www.bourbakipanorama.ch)

 

Café de Ville – Schwanen : http://www.cafedeville.ch

Noble and traditional Café, lots of magazines, terrazza was in renovation when I went there, beautiful views (also soon again from the terrazza).

 

Café in the Museum of Arts : https://www.kunstmuseumluzern.ch/cafe/

This Café is located on the 4th floor of the famous KKL building next to Lucerne’s main Station. Can be perfectly combined with a visit to the Museum of Arts. Offers a nice ambiente and beautiful views to over the bay and lake.

 

Café Lokal : http://www.cafe-bar-lokal.ch/

A tiny place but apparently well known and frequented by locals, that’s probably somehow the hint for its Name. Next to Museum of history and nature. Reuss-river view.

 

Café Sowieso : http://www.cafesowieso.ch/home

Social Enterprise with arts Exhibition in the Café/Restaurant. Local seasonal cuisine.

 

Chez Cassis : www.chezcassis.ch

A colourful and cosy place. Combines coffee and a shop and they also organize concerts.

 

Heini : http://www.heini.ch/content/14-standorte

A number of traditional (“tea-room style”) Cafés invite for a coffee/tea with a nice Piece of cake or salty dish.

 

Mardi Gras : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mardi-Gras

Friendly Service, nice and arty place. Cakes, magazines. Attracts a mix of People.

 

Mill’Feuille : http://www.millfeuille.ch/

Offers a beautiful view onto the Mühleplatz and river Reuss. It is also a Restaurant. Nice atmosphere.

 

Neubad Bistro : http://neubad.org/Bistro

It used to be a bath that has been transformed into a creative and collaborative space. It has a nice coffee/restaurant place, work spaces, Shops inside and different Events are organized.

 

World Café : https://www.kkl-luzern.ch/de/your-visit/dinieren-logieren/world-cafe

I like the atmosphere, most beautiful and irrestistible deserts. Offers also finger Food and international wok dishes.

 

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Beauty of autumn – filling us with wonder

This autumn is teaching me again to marvel, to be astonished, to wonder about the beauty of nature, the beauty of transformation. And, it is inviting me to feel the beauty of being in the present moment – in the here and now.

I would stop in front of a tree and look up into its crown, watch the leaves dancing in the wind, catch falling leaves or simply watch their dance until they reach the ground. Appreciate the light and colors and the unique shape of each tree and leave.

When we sharpen our awareness, we soon discover that autumn has a little gift for each of our senses – the colors and the light (eyes); the crackling of leaves under our feet and the crinkling of the brown leaves on the trees (ears); the smell of sun-warmed dry leaves; the early morning smog and still some warming sun rays on our skin; seasonal food and drinks such as nuts (incl. the chestnut), pumpkins and apple juice that fill our taste.

Wishing you inspiring autumn days with some of my impressions:

Arts under my feet

Today, I set out on a walk in the rain. An autumn walk, that turned out to be a walk on a path of nature. A walk through arts. Arts made by nature. Walking on different tones of colors, on different shapes of leaves, through different light and arrangements. Enjoy some of my impressions!

Setting out for new horizons: Lucerne to Flüelen

Today, I start my adventure at the World Cafe in Lucerne’s bay. 

After a strong and tasty espresso, I embark on the boat Stadt Luzern.

Off we head, straight through the morning mist that still lays over the town and the lake – a misterious start…I would say.

Different tones of grey in competition. Eventually, the darkness of the water is unbeatable. Until, suddenly, I can spot a little light of hope far out on the horizon. 

The closer we come, the more the door opens. Wide and wider.

Until – magically – we get into the sunshine – blue sky – mountain scenery – autumn colors. Stunning! 

Beautiful – natural beauty and surprising play of nature! 

If this boat journey from Lucerne to Flüelen is the omen for my new professional adventures at the doorsteps, then, I am ready to go through the misty phase – full of confidence – brightness, sun and colors are just around the corner 😉

A new season – a new place: Lucerne

I discover the first SIGNS OF AUTUMN in Ascona,

signs of an ending and a new beginning,

it’s TIME TO MOVE ON

from the South right INTO THE HEART of Switzerland

to LUCERNE.

The NEW SEASON brings

a NEW place,

new DISCOVERIES.

A moment where all good things come TOGETHER,

urban MEETs rural,

tradition meets STATE-OF-THE-ART,

the SWISS meet the World, the WORLD meets Switzerland,

dynamic places are COMPLEMENTed by peaceful, silent ones,

MOUNTAINS meet LAKES,

old trees SURROUND US here and NOW.

Once upon a time…

Outdoor laundry. Walking along Ascona‘s lungolago, I come across this testimonial photography. In a time not too long ago, women were washing clothes in lakes and rivers even here in Switzerland. It brings back memories of many other places in the world, where I have seen women (and even men) doing their “outdoor laundry”.

The history of a valley. The Onsernone Valley (Valle Onsernone) is a special place. It has somehow an attraction on me since I visited it for the first time, I have come back more than once; it has lush and tropical green forests covering steep hills, palm trees, flowers, an old charming architecture and a peaceful tranquility – it is wild and beautiful. Currently, the museum in Loco tells 50 years of the museum’s history and with it allows insights into the valley’s story. What impressed me is the fact that from more than 3’500 inhabitants, nowadays there are only 715 left. People were mainly farmers and stone-made stables that are fallen apart are a testimony of it. You can come across stables while walking along any of the hiking paths that lead through the forest. And then you might wonder – where are those meadows? This place is also one on this planet, that has never seen more surface covered by trees than today.

Isole di Brissago – Brissago islands: Two days ago, I finally visited the Brissago islands. I can see them when sitting on the sofa in my little apartment. The islands are located in the Lago Maggiore. There are two and I went to the bigger one. An enjoyable boat ride brings me in about 15 minutes from Ascona to the island. I hop off and as I read the slogan – I smile – “Around the world trip – on an island” 🙂 Sometimes you don’t have to go too far to immerse yourself into different places of this planet – be it on a botanical level. Then that is what the island offers: a beautiful botanical garden with plants from all over the world. And compared to the other smaller island that was already gaining autumn colors, this one was still totally green – tropical. It felt like being in a different world, as if time stopped for a while, and everything became quiet. It was then also to no surprise that people who purchased the island in 1885 found ruins of a monastery on the island.

A more intimate sunlight

“Here the sun shines more intimately…”

“Hier scheint die Sonne inniger…”

…wrote the most famous German author Hermann Hesse about the Ticino where he lived for more than 40 years.

I just found this quote and I think it suits very well the pictures I started putting together. Pictures from the past weeks, taken during dawn and dusk, sunrise and sunset from Ascona. Enjoy the impressions.

Postcard from Ascona

Buongiorno da Ascona!

Ascona is a sunny, calm and colorful place in the Southern Part of Switzerland, in Ticino. It spreads a peaceful atmosphere with an artistic flavour along the lungolago – circus artists, painters, actors and musicians brighten up the scene during the evening hours. While meandering through the narrow alleys you can visit cultural heritage, galleries, the modern arts museum, enjoy coffee and icecream or a meal in one of the many restaurants. Stroll along the lake side or climb the Monte Verita to walk in the shade of trees or spend a silent moment in the zen tea garden.

Enjoy below a selection of photos (taken with my mobile phone) of what I call “beautiful little corners” or photographic still life:

 

 

A little bit of Myanmar in Locarno

Spending days in the beautiful Ticino allows me to discover Switzerland’s South during summertime. It’s wonderful. There are plenty of things to do and see and a bit of dolcefarniente to live. In a very spontaneous moment, I look at the program of the international film festival in Locarno and discover a perfect movie for me, starting in one hour. This means, quickly finishing lunch, grabing my stuff and jumping on the bicycle to get there on time. I am lucky and get one of the last tickets, only a few minutes later the event begins.

It starts with a short introduction of the movie called The Monk and the film maker The Maw Naing from Myanmar as well as a reference to the Democracy without Borders initiative from the Swiss Department for Foreign Affairs. Then the room gets dark and the movie starts. The film maker has chosen beautiful photo-like scenes, the rhythm in the country side is perfectly reflected in the slow and calm way of using the camera and by using little dialogue. But he also shows the challenges and the movement of the youth to the big city, the attraction of Yangon for a potentially better life and more opportunities. Which though, not all know to take or find and some get lost in the fast pace of a growing city. Even a young woman breaks up with her traditional role, courageous she ventures into the city to make her way with a business. All the scenes come together in the main leading story about the monk Zawana, the monastery and the future of the monk and the monkhood in general in Myanmar.

At the end of the movie, there is a round table with the film maker, a journalist from the Yangon Times and the Head of Swiss Development Cooperation in Myanmar. It is an interesting discussion around the political and social transformation process in Myanmar and about the future of the country. It is a very open and honest Q&A, the speakers do not shy away to stand the truth – the transformation, the change, will require time but at the same time nobody would wish to turn back the wheel and everybody hopes for a peaceful future for Myanmar. As I am leaving, at the open doors, I grab another spontaneous moment to congratulate the film maker and the journalist in person and thank them for bringing a little bit of Myanmar to Locarno. I am glad and touched. Since my time in Laos, even these pictures from Myanmar feel a little bit like home.