Switzerland…words cannot express how much we loved this country. The scenery, the people, the food…we were in love!
We flew in to Zurich and immediately caught a train over to our ‘base camp’, Luzern. Luzern is a smaller city adjacent to a massive lake up in the mountains, and is quite central to most places in Switzerland. We headed straight to our apartment and were supremely delighted to find that not only was the apartment adorable (and massive!), but was also located in a square and building that was one of Luzern’s landmarks. It was built in 1529, and Luzern’s oldest wall was right at the base of the building. I took great pleasure in waving at tourists from the window whilst they were taking photos of the building throughout our stay. Haha.
Unfortunately, this also meant that there were four flights of steps to GET to the apartment…poor Brett was not to thrilled after being traumatised by our stay in Positano, Italy a few years back (where we had 264 steps to climb every time we wanted to get to our front door). Ha!
We headed straight out to the lake and immediately fell head over heels in love with Luzern. Not only was the city absolutely gorgeous, but the lake was just beyond magnificent…crystal clear waters, snow-capped mountain surrounds, and best of all, filled with majestic SWANS gracefully swimming around. I mean, really?! PERFECTION.
The next day was spent wandering the cobblestone streets checking out local shops, exploring landmarks, and eating delicious Swiss pastries and goodies. It was such a gorgeous day that we decided to head out in the afternoon for a ferry cruise around the lake. It was absolutely mind-blowingly gorgeous. We found ourselves putting the camera down and just taking it all in as much as possible. I don’t know if we’ll ever find another part of the world more breathtaking than this beautiful country. It was also absolutely FREEZING, so on the way back, we decided to take in the view from inside the boat, armed with a delicious hot chocolate 😉
The next morning we headed off bright and early for a trip to the Jungfrau region. We decided on Grindewald as our destination for the day…a teeny tiny village nestled way up in the mountains. This part of Switzerland is rumoured to be the most gorgeous, and it did not disappoint. I mean, LOOK AT THIS.
Bah! When we finally stopped flipping out about the scenery (which took quite some time), we realised we were starving and headed off to a good local restaurant for some Swiss food and beer. We both ordered sausage, sour kraut, and rosti…as Swiss as it gets. It felt like a brick in your stomach when you were through, but was straight up gloriously delicious.
After lunch we went to explore and marvel some more. To my complete and utter delight, we stumbled upon a herd of cattle coming down the main village street! It pretty much made my whole life.
After a bit more wandering, and trying desperately to capture this majestic beauty in the camera (which turned out to be impossible), we boarded the train for a stunning trip back to Luzern. One of the most beautiful trips I’ve ever been on, hands down.
Our last day in Luzern was a bit low-key. We did a bit of shopping, a bit of exploring, ate a GLORIOUS lunch at a locally renowned Swiss restaurant (which was completely adorable), and chilled in the apartment. What a fabulous fabulous Switzerland visit. I’m already looking forward to next time 🙂
Next stop, Italy!! 🙂