Lucerne, lights on the Reuss river
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Lucerne, lights on the Reuss river

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A: Lucerne, the mouth of Reuss river in the lake

by Roberto Scavino, less than 10 meters away

Lucerne, the mouth of Reuss river in the lake

B: Luzern, Switzerland, at dusk

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, less than 10 meters away

Panorama taken in the historical city center of Luzerne (english: Lucerne) in Central Switzerland. Th...

Luzern, Switzerland, at dusk

C: Rosengart place

by Markus Matern, 20 meters away

Rosengart place

D: Christmas lights in Luzern, Switzerland

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 70 meters away

This photo was taken right after a spectacular sunset over Luzern (English: Lucerne), in Central Swit...

Christmas lights in Luzern, Switzerland

E: Kapellbruecke

by Willy Kaemena, 150 meters away

Lucerne Kapellbruecke is the oldest  covered wooden bridge  from 1332

Kapellbruecke

F: Sunset over Lucerne, Switzerland

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 170 meters away

Beatiful sunset over Lake Luzern in Luzern (English: Lucerne), Switzerland.  Under the right, clear, ...

Sunset over Lucerne, Switzerland

G: Boat landing at Luzern

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 170 meters away

Winter photo at the boat landing in Lucerne, Switzerland. From the dock, you can see the old city on ...

Boat landing at Luzern

H: Luzern Kapell Brücke

by Willy Kaemena, 170 meters away

Luzern Kapell Brücke über die Reuss

Luzern Kapell Brücke

I: Luzern - Switzerland

by Attila Farkas, 180 meters away

Svájc legszebb városa este

Luzern - Switzerland

J: Kapellbrücke, Lucerne

by Roberto Scavino, 200 meters away

Kapellbrücke, Lucerne

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Europe

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