Guide to Lucerne; The Lake, and Its Environs, with Numerous Illustrations -- Plan of the City, Map of the Lake of Lucerne, Road Maps, Etc

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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. 1908 Excerpt: ...by precipitous granite rocks devoid of vegetation; as we proceed they approach nearer to each other and become steeper and steeper. Gothard Troup In winter-time at Andermatt destructive fire, the Russians turned the almost impregnable position held by the French at the Urnerloch, and compelled them to retreat. The niche is 92 feet in height, and the arms of the cross are 39 feet in length. The pedestal, hewn out of the living rock, is 26 feet high and 39 feet wide, and bears a Russian inscription to the following effect: "To the brave fellow-combatants of Field-marshal Prince Suvaroff, Count Rimnikski, Prince Italinski" This monument was unveiled on September 26, 1898. After passing through a gallery built to protect travellers from the avalanches, the winding road brings us to the Teufelsbriicke (Devil's Bridye), thrown boldly across the turbulent river, which here forms a fine waterfall; some feet lower are the remains of the old bridge. The scene is truly awe-inspiring, and the absence of every form of vegetation renders it sombre to the extreme. A short distance further on, and about an hour's walk from Goschenen, the tunnel (75 yards in length) known as the Urner Loch, opens, and on issuing from it the grassy meadows of the pleasant valley of Urseren lie before us, embedded between rocky mountains, and all the more beautiful from the contrast it presents to the desolation of the Schollenon. This valley is situated at an altitude of nearly 5000 feet above the sea. Soon we reach the famous health-resort of 4nderniatt. It lies at the junction of three of the most important Alpine highways, and also forms the key of the fortifications of the St. Gothard, which are in part visible from the valley. The Devil's Bridge In the valley of Urseren four g...

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