Dear Annika, Arno, Slowpoke & MySwissAlps
Thanks a lot to all of you. I have just returned back from Europe. We stayed three days in Lucerne. We reached Lucerne from Paris via Basel. We had 3-day Swiss Travel Pass. We arrived in Lucerne in about 4 o'clock. After checking in our hotel, we got out to see the local sights. But we did not see all, particularly Swiss Transport Museum, as it was in the other side of the town. After the walk, we came to Bachmann shop and tasted some icecream.
Next day, in the morning, we started for Pilatus. The weather was not particularly good. So we did not try for Titlis. We reached Alpnachstad by lunch and then took the world's steepest train. Excellent journey. We reached Pilatus. At that time, for some time, the sun came out. But not for long. We had a great look of surroundings. But the fog came down. We met one old couple with big flute in the roof of the restaurant. After spending some time, we came back to Lucerne via Kriens. It was about 4 pm. We could go to another place. We had a debate where we could go, 1) Rigi, 2) Rhine falls, or 3) Interlaken. Rigi was rejected, as weather would not be good there. Then Rhine was rejected, as there are many great falls in India ( Sorry, don't mind). But, Interlaken was the last choice. We took the seats by the window in the right side, as you advised and reached Interlaken. We took the same train in return. The scenery was superb. We enjoyed the train journey both ways. After Pilatus, we were tired, but we did not feel any tiredness in that train journey. We returned to the hotel for rest.
Next morning, we started for Titlis. Weather was brilliant. We were always thinking how the weather would be. We reached Titlis via Engelberg. We enjoyed every bit of Ice Flyer, Glacier cave and the bridge. Everything was crystal clear. Actually, we had to take sunglasses for the reflections and brightness in snow. Superb, marvelous. We enjoyed every bit of seconds there. We took our lunch in the restaurant at Titlis.
After returning to Lucerne, we went to see Swiss Transport Museum. One important fact. The entry fee to this museum is reduced to 15 Euros from 4 pm to 6 pm for all, in place of normal 30 Euros. And KKL museum. We returned to the hotel for rest.
Next day, we started for Venice. We boarded the train at 8.46 hrs, which was to reach at Milan at 12.50 hrs and the next train to Venice from Milan was scheduled at 13.05hrs, only a 15 minutes gap. I told you of this matter in this forum. We were really anxious whether we would be able to catch the Venice train. However, we reached Milano Centrale at about 13.02 hrs. There was announcement in the train that our train was arriving at platform no. 10 and the Venice train was at platform no.9. We hurriedly took our luggages and started running with those to the next platform. Luckily for us, the train for Venice waited about 9-10 minutes more. When we boarded the train at about 13.08 hrs, we were fully exhausted. Please note that I am 61 and my wife is 60. My son carried the maximum luggage. Thanks to Trainitalia. Though this portion was not the part of Swiss tour, still I shared it with you.
We like to post some photographs we took. Please advise how we can do that.
Please don't mind. I'm saying some words. I am an Indian. I traveled some places in India. There were many many important and great places and things to see in and around India, which is impossible to see in one's lifetime. India is very rich in flora and fauna, also in history. There are many beautiful hillstations in India, which are more than 7000 ft in height. Many great waterfalls.
But, this is the first time, we traveled real so far and we really enjoyed.
A lot of thanks to Switzerland and to all of you. The trains and buses are running in time, all are clean. Plus the excellent train journey to Pilatus and scientific marvels in Titlis. A really Fantabulous ( my term - fantastic + fabulous) experience. Thanks again to all of you and Switzerland. It will be great if we can go there again, but probably, it will not to be.
Best wishes to all Swiss people.