Have you ever been to heaven? I mean Switzerland? Seriously this place is unreal. SO green…nothing but lakes and mountains and pretty flowers. If you love nature and outdoor activities, Switzerland is for you.
We trained into Zurich, Switzerland and stayed at a hotel near the train station. We got into the city really late, so we went to sleep right away and planned to go to Lucerne, Switzerland the next day. Lucerne is home to a famous, beautiful bridge called Kapellbrucke, or Chapel Bridge, and Mt. Rigi.
If you go to Lucerne, you have to go to Mt. Rigi. To get there, you need to take a boat, and then take a cable car up the mountain. If you have a Eurail Pass (Europe train pass), you can use it to pay for the boat ride and get discounts off the cable car.
The cable car is about a 15 minute ride to the top…there are a few stops so make sure you are getting off at the correct one (the last one). Watch the times the car goes back down too…you don’t want to get stuck up there. Check out the views from the top of Mt. Rigi:
There were also tons of cows up there. They all wear bells, and we were told its solely for the beautiful sound it creates.
After we got back down from the mountain, we took the boat back to the main part of Lucerne (near the train station). There are tons of shops and restaurants (we ate at the Pfister) around there you can check out. Keep in mind that Switzerland uses the Frank, which is a high exchange rate to the American dollar…in other words, everything is really expensive. Expect to pay at least $20 for a meal if you eat out. I tried to get my meals from the grocery store.
The next day we decided to visit Zug, Switzerland. There happened to be a local bike race going on, so there were tons of people out and about in the usually small, quiet town. We ate breakfast at a cute creperie called, Cafe Intermezzo Zug, that was actually not expensive at all. Delicious, great find. Like I said, Zug is a really small town. You can easily walk around the entire thing…there is a hill you can walk up on with a small garden and a great view of the town. If its warm out, you can rent paddle boards or kayaks and go out on the lake!
The towns we visited in Switzerland were gorgeous and I would recommend them again and again. We didn’t spend hardly any time in Zurich, the big city, but if you get the chance you should.
You’ll never regret a trip to Switzerland! Thanks for reading 🙂