Oct 8, 2019 - 12:29 AM
First, a very big THANK YOU to all of the amazing moderators and experts and folks who travelled before me! My spontaneous and quickly planned trip would not have been near as perfect had it not been for this forum! So, thank you for all of your expert advice.
I travelled solo for 14 days. I bought a 15 day Swiss Travel Pass and it was worth every penny—I hopped on many, many trains, public busses, cableways and entered several museums without paying an additional fee. The STP made perfect sense and made travel throughout the country seamless and so much fun!
Day 1—I arrived in Zurich just before noon and headed straight for the train to Luzern. Swiss trains are incredibly efficient and so precise. The train station in Luzern is exquisite with a gorgeous archway welcoming you to the city. The first thing I noticed was the unbelievable number of bicycles! I loved that Luzern is a very active city. I checked into the Hotel des Alpes (recommended by Slowpoke) and had a magnificent room that overlooked the Reuss River. The Chapel Bridge and Jesuit church were just outside my window. The view of Mt. Pilatus was mesmerizing. I arrived on a clear, sunny Autumn afternoon so I took full advantage and wandered the Old Towne & checked out all of the neat little boutiques and watch stores. Many of the building facades are painted with frescoes and the cobblestone streets lend such charm.
I visited the Lion Monument in the afternoon and again around midnight (it is open 24 hrs). The two visits were entirely different experiences (see photos)—both very moving; however, my time there at midnight after all of the day tourists had gone was really powerful and evoked a lot of emotion. For nearly 20 minutes at midnight, I was the only person there.
I enjoyed a late dinner at the Hotel des Alpes’ restaurant. I sat outside next to the river where swans and ducks floated by and the lights of the Chapel Bridge provided a spectacular backdrop. The food and wine were delicious and the service top notch.
I retired to my room after my midnight visit to the Lion Monument and slept soundly in my lovely room—Swiss linens are simply the best!
*I’m not sure why my photos aren’t attaching to the post. They are less than 1MB and I tried adding each one separately without success. Any suggestions?!