Weggis, Switzerland

 

Flag of Weggis, Switzerland

 

Map of Switzerland. Weggis is located near Lucerne

GEOGRAPHY:
Weggis is located in the heart of Central Switzerland, near Lucerne, on the shores of Lake Lucerne, approximately 435 miles above sea level. It can be reached by paddlesteamer from Lucerne, or via lakeroad Küssnacht-Brunnen by car or bus. Weggis has a very mild climate, protected from cold winds. It is surrounded by fertile agricultural land. Magnolias, palm trees, chestnut trees and fig trees grow here. In the past it was known as "Lucerne's vegetable garden." Wine-making was common here from as early as the 11th century.

Zoomed in view of Weggis - indicated by the red star. Luzern is the German name for Lucerne

 

Another zoomed-in view of Weggis, located on the lake


HISTORY:
The old chronicles refer to Weggis as "Quatigiso". Over the years the name was changed to Guategiso, Wetgis, Wäggis, and finally, Weggis. In 1359, Weggis joined the Swiss Federation as an independent member. At the beginning of the 19th Century, the Rigi and Weggis, became world famous. The renovated Parish Church with its tower dating back to the year 1200 is the oldest building in Weggis. 17th Century frescos can be seen in the chapel at the Unterdorf. Famous visitors to Weggis have been: Queen Victoria, Emperor Karl I, Ludwig II, Otto v. Bismarck, Prime Minister Lloyd George, Alexandre Dumas, Paul Lincke, Emile Zola, Mark Twain, Sergej Rachmaninoff and Edwin Fischer. In the city, there are monuments in memory of Mark Twain and Sergej Rachmaninoff.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

The Weggis Chamber of Commerce
http://www.weggis.ch/tourismus/e/index.html

Flag of and Information about Luzern Canton. (Weggis is in the Luzern Canton) http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/ch-lu.html

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