Our trip to Lucerne would have been memorable no matter what, especially with its buildings lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar, I mean snow. However, exploring the surrounding area and getting to go up the Alps really made our trip.
Our first full day we were determined to explore the Alps and use our winter Tell-Passes that came complimentary with our hotel, even if it was a little snowy. Rigi’s website has live cameras so you can scope out the visibly from the top of the mountain, which didn’t look promising but we decided to go for it.
We took a boat from Lucerne to Vitzau and then a train and a gondola to get up to Rigi Klum. I couldn’t see a thing! I could barely see ten feet in front of me much less breathtaking views of the lake and the Alps. The boat portion was still beautiful though and you could watch all the snowy Swiss towns dotted along the shore pass by from the warmth of the boat.
When we got back to Lucerne, we spent the rest of the day exploring the city. Along the river, you can’t miss the Chapel Bridge or Kapellbrücke. As you walk across one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe, be sure to look up to see paintings with scenes from Swiss history.
Along the way to the Löwendenkmal, we walked along the river, strategically passing by Max Chocolatier. Stop in the darling chocolate shop for unique flavors and decadent truffles.
As the day ended, we got a drink at the Storchen and it was full of local Swiss socializing. It had such a homey feel, like someone might have been walking home and decided to pop in for a drink when they happened to spot a friend through the window. Everyone seemed to be drinking white wine, so we ordered two glasses of Riesling before heading to the lovely Mill’Feuille for dinner. I’d recommend the beet risotto.
On our last day in Lucerne, we headed up to Mount Pilatus for unforgettable views. That day was a highlight of the weekend!
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