Quiet Towns and Sleeping Lions – Morning Run in Luzern

Vierwaldstättersee Tiina Kivelä

I rarely do them, yet I have always liked to do morning runs. Especially in beautiful cities.

Tie the running shoes to my feet when the most of my surroundings still sleeps. Get to the narrow cobblestone streets and old towns, fortresses looking over the city, before most of the businesses open – while getting to smell the small bakeries and freshly ground espresso brewing  –  and especially before the crowds find their way to the same narrow streets and viewpoints.

 Luzern last week did not make exception.

The covid-19 restrictions have closed most of the businesses and international borders in Switzerland for many weeks now. Making even the normally very buzzling and busy (of bankers and tourists) Swiss boutique towns resemble sleeping beauties. And this – with the exceptionally warm for April morning sun and clear skies –  made my simple morning run in Lucerne simply great.

Like always, Vierwaldstättersee and Pilatus with the white swans and snows made an exceptionally nice background. It also happens to be the time for blossoming magnolia’s and cherry trees – a bit earlier than normally for the exceptionally warm winter and spring – and even the Sleeping Lion got a very long stare from this runner. For not being covered by the tourist masses.

Luzern Löwenplatz Tiina Kivelä

Luzern Morning Tiina Kivelä

Luzern Pilatus Tiina Kivelä

Magnolia Luzern Tiina Kivelä

You may wonder why I was here though.

Shouldn’t I stay home in the mountains, or at least in the home trails these weeks? Yes, I do that as much as I can.

Yet, despite the restrictions and cautious measures there is work to do – even and luckily for me too – and runs allowed in one’s everyday surroundings. And since my current Mary Poppins gigs bring me now to Luzern occasionally, I am spoiled with these morning runs.

Vierwaldstättersee Luzern Eggen Tiina Kivelä

Vierwaldstättersee Spring Tiina Kivelä

Luzern Kapellbrücke Tiina Kivelä


Where: Luzern / Lucerne, Switzerland (running views from Luzern, old town and by the lake, and Meggen.)