On Friday, shortly after Peter and I went to the market in Uster, my cousin Werner arrived at the door. He packed my luggage into his car, and we went to Lenzburg, located about 35 miles to the west of Uster on the other side of Zurich. The previous day Werner had driven my Ohio cousin Gail and her husband Wes to Lenzburg at the end of their guided tour of Austria and Switzerland. Lenzburg is just down the road from our ancestral village of Othmarsingen, and upon Werner's recommendation, we had booked rooms at a hotel there.
We are staying at the Hotel Krone, which is a part of the European Accor chain of hotels. The hotel has a modern wing (in which we have rooms), but the old part of the hotel has been a landmark in Lenzburg for more than 200 years.
Werner said that our ancestors, even if they might not have been able to afford to eat there, would have certainly been familiar with this establishment.
The old-style decoration on the corner of the building clearly shows the meaning of the hotel's name. "Krone" means "Crown" in German.
The hotel is located on the edge of Lenzburg's "Altstadt", Old Town. On the hill above the hotel is Schloss Lenzburg, Lenzburg Castle, one of the oldest and most important castles in Switzerland. The earliest record of the castle goes back to 1077.
The castle is now a museum. I had visited the castle on my first trip to Switzerland, but Werner took Gail to see it when they arrived in Lenzburg the previous day.
My hotel room is small, typical of European hotels, but it is clean, comfortable and functional.
I have a small balcony. I does not look out over the Old Town, but it is a pleasant view.
So, now that we are settled into our Lenzburg accommodations, we will spend the next few days exploring the region of our Swiss ancestors and getting together with even more cousins.