7.22.14: Luzern + Mt Pilatus = OMG…bee-u-tee-ful!

A planned trip to Lucerne (Luzern), Switzerland had us up early. I’d like to say I slept through the entire night like a baby. Woke up once around midnight, crushed candy for a couple hours before I was able to fall back asleep for a few hours. I know, I know, big problems.

The plan: Walk around the (very old) city and get up to Mount Pilatus to check out the views. We heard that it was best to check out the mountain in the morning before clouds came through, so we headed there first thing. It was a beautiful train ride to the mountain, which we took a “cog” train up. At one point, it was at a 48-degree angle, which is remarkably steep. But when you looked back behind you, the views were incredible.

Once we were up at the top, it was a bit surreal, but something I’d seen before. There was a lot of cloud cover, which made seeing things a bit challenging, but in a way, it made you appreciate it all the more when the clouds did go by and you could see some absolutely amazing views. One gal on my team commented, “I feel like I’m walking around in heaven.” It kinda was like that. When the clouds were there, you really couldn’t see anything…like maybe 20 feet in front of you.

The birds up there were…friendly. They’d get really close to us, in the hope we’d drop some food or feed them something. While hangin’ with the birdies and hearing a “Ricola” guy toot his horn, we noticed some hiking paths, which we ended up hiking up. Wow, were the views incredible. There was a ledge we could stand on, sit on, etc. It was a bit trippy (there was a drop behind us), but the views were great.

We then made our way to the descent down the mountain via a gondola. At the mid-way point down there was an alpine slide and zip line. Unfortunately, the alpine slide was closed and no one was really interested in the zip line, so we headed the rest of the way down the mountain. The views going down were just as stunning going up. (Check out my Facebook page for some of the pics. They were too beautiful to just choose one!)

Once getting down the mountain, we took the bus back to Luzern so we could walk around. I’ve been to Switzerland a few times now, and I’ve seen some beautiful places, but Luzern is gorgeous. It really “came to be” in the 1400s. Today, two of the oldest covered bridges are still standing, along with parts of the original castle/village wall. If you’ve ever been to places like Germany, France, and Italy, you” likely see how much of the country was impacted by the World Wars, so it’s amazing to see how much here wasn’t impacted by it.

Twoof the prettiest focal points in Luzern is Lake Luzern and the Reuss River. The lake is narrow, but long, and you can see it from almost everywhere. It runs to the River, which is flanked by walking paths and gorgeous, quaint buildings. The river is green — but not in a bad way. It runs fast, it’s deep, and it’s crystal clear. A few of us walked the path and eventually found the old city wall (complete with turrets!) and walked on it to take in some absolutely fantastic views of the city

After meeting up with the crew, we grabbed some dinner at an Italian restaurant, where I instead opted just for dessert: a pistachio sundae. Afterward, we headed back to Zurich, which ended a very long, but very wonderful day.Two of the prettiest focal points in Luzern is Lake Luzern and the Reuss River. The lake is narrow, but long, and you can see it from almost everywhere. It runs to the River, which is flanked by walking paths and gorgeous, quaint buildings. The river is green — but not in a bad way. It runs fast, it’s deep, and it’s crystal clear. A few of us walked the path and eventually found the old city wall (complete with turrets!) and walked on it to take in some absolutely fantastic views of the city.

What I learned: GO TO LUCERN. And take in Mount Pilatus when you’re there. You’ll be glad you did!

Author: themostinterestingwoman

Travel enthusiast. Dog mom. Tall gurl. Super aunt. Career gal. Fitness junkie. Foodie. Vodka/IPA appreciator. Hella tattooed. Work to live.

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