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LAKE of LUCERN, or Lake of the 4 cantons. SARNEN.
Hotel de Ville.
Library of Capuchins.
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Miles. other side by the Lake of Lucerne, or continue your mountain journey to Sarnen; or if you are not disposed to ascend the mountain, you may take a boat; and after walking about a mile, arrive at the 25 Lake of Luzern, where you engage another boat which will take you direct to the Town of Luzern; or if the day is before you, traverse the lake previous to reaching the town. The carriage you take to Zug, (if you have one) must meet you at Luzern ; Hotel de Cygne.
The scenery on this lake is superb, the bridges are curious, and the town is altogether worth seeing it contains a monument erected to the Swiss who fell in the first French revolution; and in the library of the Capuchins is the celebrated plan of Switzerland, in high relief, by the late General Pfyffer.
Someville is a retired country place, surrounded with luxuriant land, where there is good accommodation.
25 The drive to this place is through a fine, fertile and hilly country. The Lake of Thun is very beautiful, and the Town is a very striking object. From this place commences some of the finest scenery in all Switzerland.
As its name implies, is situated between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz, near the old romantic town of Unterseen, which is watered by a rapid river running between the two lakes. Besides the Hotel there
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are several Boarding-Houses, which cannot by law take you for less than seven days. The charge is 5fr. per diem. Horses, donkeys, gigs and boats, are kept for the visitors; the number of English residing here at a time being very considerable. The Glaciers are magnificent, and you can drive there and back in one day, which I have included in the above distance. Indeed, I know of no place where a few weeks may be spent more agreeably than at Interlaken. There are also excellent Hotels close to the Glaciers, both at Grindlewald and Lauterbrun, where you may revet amidst mountain scenery of the most sublime description,-adding as it were a key-stone to your stock of awe.
18 The very best town in all Switzerland, with houses built on arches. The Hotels are good. The walks round the town afford many fine views, particularly from, the terrace near the cathedral, commanding a view of the Aar. The Cathedral is worth visiting, as is also the Hospital. The Arsenal contains the arms of William Teil.
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18 A very old, romantic town on a high hill on the Saane or Sarine. The side towards Berne is truly extraordinary, being perpendicular in many parts, and surrounded by the river. The Cathedral and Jesuit's College are worthy of notice. There is a good hotel.
Charmingly situated on the Lake of Gen
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La Maison de
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eva, the descent into which for several miles affords good views. It is an agreeable place for residence, as provisions are cheap, and there is good society.
12 This ancient fabric is immortalized by Bonnivard, and the British Poet who sang his doom. Approach it poetically or not at all-stone and mortar else have no charm. The drive to it is by the Clarens of Rousseau, through vineyards by the side of the Lake.
21 May be taken by steamboat. It is pleas-
Les Bains St.
Mer de Glace
Miles. Its port, harbor, and warehouses indicate
A pleasant town with valuable baths.
A place of great antiquity.
The château of Necker and Madame de
The château of Voltaire-out of the car-
33 At the end of the Lake of the same name. The Alps, Mont Blanc, the Jura, frown along the horizon: while the near hills, which rise on either side of the Lake smile with verdure. The ramparts are pleasant walks, commanding fine views. There are several excellent hotels, generally crowded with company; the 'Bergues,' is one of the largest and best in Europe; and at a distance of one mile is the Hotel Sêcherons, much frequented by the first families, consequently not for a travelling bachelor. Diligences go from Geneva to all parts. Rousseau was born here, as were also Bonnet and Necker.
60 A small village, in a charming valley at the base of Mont Blanc, supported by travellers. There are two comfortable hotels where the company generally meet at table d'hôte. Start early on your ascent, and reach Montanvert to see the Glaciers, which is a fatiguing operation; but, by the assistance of a guide, and if you are not a pedestrian, by a horse, part of the way, it may be well accomplished; indeed, if you go alone, two guides will be necessary, but
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St. Bernard and the Simplon to Italy.
Miles. each person must have one at 6fr. each, and 3fr. for a horse; and if ladies are of the party, it may be advisable to have a chaise, à porteur, for which you pay 20fr. A whole day must be devoted to this excursion, which I need not assure you will amply repay fatigue and expense.
You have now to cross mountains covered with snow, for which purpose you engage mules and guides from Chamouni. Stop at the Convent at the top of Mount St. Bernard, and there sleep. You then descend to Martinach in the Valais, (Wal40 lis,) where you join the great road to Simplon from Geneva. You could now get into Italy over the great St. Bernard by Cite d'Aosta and Ivrea tỏ Turin. The Val d'Aosta is surprisingly beautiful.
Col de Balme
[Note. If you are not to go Italy, see the route from Martigny to the north of Switzerland and Germany in the second part of this work, where the Swiss tour is reversed.]
The drive through the Valais is very pleasing. The road through the valley of the Rhone or Rhodan, which extends to Brieg, being along the banks of that river, which it crosses near Riddes, and again at Sierre, amidst fine mountain-scenery. Sierre or Siders is replete with antiquities. From this place the Simplon may be said to commence. It takes nearly a day to cross it; and by starting from Sierre very early in the morning, you reach Domo d'Ossola on the Italian side, about five in the afternoon. Or, if you like to remain