Europe 2014 - Lucerne Switzerland

16 February 2015

18th October – Lucerne Switzerland
What an AWESOME day!
Our Motel provided a complimentary breakfast which was delicious…so we were up early… fed and raring to go.

We caught the water Ferry from Lucerne to the base of Mount Pilatus – it was a 90 min insanely scenic.. most postcard worthy trip I've ever done. I swear I wouldn't have been surprised to see Heidi skipping down the mountain.

We lunched at the base of Mt Pilatus and then caught “the worlds steepest Cog Wheel railway” up to the top 2070mts.

The cogwheel first opened in 1889 but I’m guessing its had many upgrades since then.
We spent a few hours at the top… it was the clearest day imaginable so we could see for miles and miles. 

We walked to a couple of the lookouts for even greater views.  We all commented on the amount of people wandering the mountain…it seems like it may be a favorite pastime of the Swiss.

This evening Donna..Ian and I had the dining experience of a lifetime. 
We dined at “The Old Swiss House
We weren't prepared for  just how 'swishy' it was... nor were we prepared for the way our meal was cooked.
This restaurant is famous in Lucerne... built in 1858 and turned into a restaurant in 1931... and now passed down to generation after generation of the same family.
It is apparently stocked with 40000 or so bottles of rare vintage wines and has a gallery wall of photos of famous diners from all over the world... I don't think we made the wall.

So Ian and I ordered their famous schnitzels (and Donna ordered a beautiful pasta dish) .. next thing we know they have brought the frypan and crumbing to the table....and they cooked it right there in front of us.
It was delicious!! ...and yes... it was cooked in almost 500g of butter....eeeeek.

 I think we rolled into bed that night.

The following morning we took in the last of the sights before heading to the train stop for Zurich.

Took a walk across the Chapel Bridge with all of its paintings some dating back the 17th century.

 The Lion Monument ..commemorating the massacre of Swiss soldiers during the French Revolution in 1792.

 What a beautiful place....
Love love love loved it... hope to come back again one day.


  1. I am loving your holiday snaps. I am going to be sad when they come to an end.

    1. Karen that is the loveliest comment....I have been so worried everyone might be tiring of them....I just so badly want the entire trip recorded though..
      Thankyou so much for taking the time to let me know.
      Mardi x

    2. Hi Mardi. We also took an extended family holiday last year and we had the most wonderfullest time. I was going to record it in my blog and after reading yours I think I am going to do that. It doesn't matter if it was some time ago but I think its important to record it.

    3. Oh yes!!! you must Karen. It is a bit of a task to get it all together to blog....but its so worth it. I would LOVE to read about your trip is my most favourite thing. Where did you go?

  2. I too am loving your recount and beautiful photos of your wonderful trip. This last stop looks so picturesque. How do you know where to visit first and how to get there. Did your travel agent book it all?

    1. Thankyou so much Sue.. I really appreciate your comment. We visited so many amazing places..and this stop in Switzerland was one of our favourites for sure. We had a fabulous travel agent who made this entire trip possible. We initially chose the cruise through the Mediterranean... then giving Peter our agent an idea of how much we were prepared to spend...and the length of time we could be away we asked if he could squeeze in a few more locations. London and Paris were on our list but some of the others were his suggestion. We couldn't have been happier. We also traveled with our best mates ...Donna researched and planned every stopover...every tourist attraction....every we pre-booked many things in advance to take advantage of each stopover as much as we could. My advice would be to find a really good travel agent ... have a budget guideline...and your dates and see what they can come up with.
      Mardi x