It was aweing to look at the Swiss Alps through the train window on the ride to Lucurne. We rode along mountain sides where we looked down upon small villages that had houses with steep rooftops like you see in fairy tales. It made me feel like I was looking down on the little train village that my dad used to set up around the Christmas tree. It was a rainy day, so a thick layer of steam was coming off of the mountaintops and there were waterfalls spraying off of the edge of the cliffs. Below us there were roaring rivers with green meadows alongside them and lakes would appear every so often. I could have spent a whole day riding a train through the Swiss Alps – it was THAT beautiful.
Lucurne was an incredible city. Well, incredibly expensive, but totally worth it in the end. The city is on a lake surrounded by the Swiss Alps. There are wooden bridges that cross the lake and white swans that swim beneath them.
The architecture of the buildings is German inspired with the Cedar-style houses that are often decorated with medieval paintings. I found that the Swiss are quite quirky with their art and I can see how fairy tales were inspired from it.
The first night that we got there we tried the Cheese Fondue. The idea of a bowl of cheese with bread and potatoes to dip in sounds incredible, but it is really not. It is a waste of a lot of money and it does not make your stomach happy in the end! I guess you have to try it once in your life though, right? (Don’t try it – not worth it).
However, the disappointment of the Cheese Fondue was outdone by the Swiss Chocolate. Words cannot describe the rich, creamy goodness of fresh Swiss Chocolate. My sweet tooth went wild in Switzerland.
The next day it rained and was really cold, so we visited the infamous Lucerne Lion Statue and the Glacier museum in the morning. The Glacier museum was really informative about the geology surrounding Lucurne. I really enjoyed it.
In the afternoon, Liz and I took a stroll in the rain up to the gardens of the Lucerne Music Academy. It was absolutely beautiful and we got a lovely view of the lake after it stopped raining.
We spent our nights visiting the Irish pub around the corner. I have found that local Irish pubs are always a safe bet because they serve Guinness and there are always English-speaking people found there. The Swiss language is a weird mix between German and god knows what. Liz and I would drunkenly entertain ourselves by trying to pronounce the foot-long words found on Lucerne street signs.
The Farmers Market was held the morning before we left for our next destination. It featured things such as Swiss cheese, home-made sauces, fresh produce, flowers, and even Swiss cowbells.
We collected ingredients from the farmers market to make a fresh salad for a picnic for lunch. You always need a good salad when traveling, especially after eating obnoxious (slow moving) cheese fondue.
The morning before we left I woke up early and took a run around the Lucurne Lake. It was the first run I had done in 2 months and I thought it would be hell, but the beautiful views of the mountains inspired me to keep going so I could see what was around the corner. Surprisingly, the air was also extremely fresh and cool. Switzerland apparently starts its fall at the beginning of August. The combination of the views and air made me feel like I was flying. To all you runners out there: If you ever get a chance, go to Lucurne and run around the Lake because it was one of the best runs I have ever had in my life!
I unfortunately did not get a chance to go hiking this time, but next time I visit Switzerland it is a must. I would love to be able to spend more time there. Maybe another workaway is in store for me in Switzerland. Horses in Switzerland? Sounds like a dream.
…..and we will end the blog with one of the “Obnoxious Katie and Liz Photos.”