Today, Izabel begins in Lucerne a three-part post about her recent European vacation, Eyes Wide Open: The Trip of a Lifetime! Two weeks and five countries later, she’s here to tell us what we missed!
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” -Jawaharal Nehru
Lucerne – Exploring with Eyes Wide Open:
With that thought in mind, I began my trip of a lifetime! My first stop was Lucerne (Luzern), Switzerland.
Its environment offered a wealth of great days, beauty and recreational activities. Adding to the charm and beauty of the city was the amazing hospitality of its residents to visitors and tourists.
My first adventure experience in was to ride the “City Train.” This road-going tourist attraction offered all its passengers a 40 minute tour.
Not only did it treat the passenger to audio information explaining the history and the main points of interest in the city, it did so in eight languages.
The City Train was a wonderful way to explore the highlights of the city and to begin my trip of a lifetime.
There were historical monuments that have survived for centuries and could be easily reached on foot. The 14th Century Chapel Bridge and Water Tower were both moving and impressive.
Lucerne offered some of the best restaurants, hotels and recreational activities in the world.
The hotel I stayed at happened to be a celebrated festival hotel inspired by the various Lucerne Festival events.
It offered fine dining sourced from many exotic parts of the world as well as many local Swiss specialties.
Every room in the hotel offered a theme based atmosphere inspired by one of its well-known previous occupants. It was centrally located, close to shopping and restaurants, and gave us a view of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.
The surrounding Alps of Lucerne were just as fascinating as the city itself. I decided to take a tour up to Mount Pilatus.
The first leg was by tour boat on Lake Lucerne. The second was up the mountain by cog-rail train.
The cog-rail train is the steepest in the world and took me to the top of Mount Pilatus.
It was approximately 30 – 40 minutes up to 7000 ft. The third leg was a descent by cable car, followed by a short bus ride back to Lucerne Main Train Station. The views on each leg were wonderful
and provided stunning views.
At the end of my visit to this wonderful city, I went away with the thought that my visit to Lucerne, Switzerland was indeed unique and unrepeatable as all first time experiences are!
Lucerne is Switzerland: the city, the lake, the mountains! I don’t think I’ll ever again experience or find so much in such a small space.
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