|Chapel Bridge - 14th Century|
The covered Chapel Bridge crosses the Reuss River, it's highlight of the city because of the historical importance and age alone. Views from the bridge are one of a kind. Definitely recommend walking through this relic. Be transported back in time as you admire the paintings on the wooden beams. The water rushes past below you - the clarity, force and intensely blue color of the river is amazing. Can you tell I love water?
There are many cultural, historical and natural outdoor sights to see in Lucerne and the Lake Lucerne area. We spent three days walking around the whole city taking in as much as possible. I must mention that Hannah was super well behaved the whole time with the exception of Saturday evening, but the explosive poo that ensued on Sunday morning lent complete credit to the previous evenings torments. All-in-all, she did really well.
|Beautiful buildings along the Reuss River|
-Walk around the lake and enjoy the vistas from Lucerne
-Visit the Lion Monument (truly beautiful and peaceful)
-The Glacier Museum (right next to the Lion Monument)
-Admire the murals on the buildings (including the one below)
-Eat Fondue, Eat Any Cheese
-Venture up Mount Pilatus - We took the boat from Lucerne to the base of the Mount Pilatus, then the cog wheel train up the mountain, had lunch, took the gondolas down the other side of the mountain, stopped to check out the summer terrain park, then took a bus back to Lucerne.
-Walk through the Chapel Bridge
-Take the ferry even if you do not want to go up Pilatus - the views are awesome with the crystalline water against the Alps.
Life is not cheap in Switzerland. One of our cheapest meals - sharing a pizza & salad, one beer, and one tonic water - was around 60 francs if my memory serves me correctly. Actually, the meal at the top of the Pilatus was surprisingly cheap in the cafeteria I believe it was around 40 francs. I can not express enough how wonderfully delicious the cheeses are - a must taste.
|World's Steeptest Cog Wheel Train|
The steepest cog wheel train in the world goes up & down the side of Mount Pilatus and is one of the modes of transportation used in getting to the top. We figured this would be a great test for Hannah to see how she did with the elevation changes - she slept most of the way as I sat ready to nurse, bottle feed, or offer a pacifier. From the train the views were steep & stunning - over looking part of Lake Lucerne and the Alps. I highly recommend making this trek. We saw a couple people hiking, which looked like fun, but maybe when Hannah is older.
|Almost to the top of Mount Pilatus|
And of course, the trip would not have been complete without hearing and seeing Alpine horns. From my (small town girl) perspective it is pretty awesome that my 5 month old daughter has been on boats, up mountains, in air planes crossing oceans and time zones all before she is even one year old. Compared to me - I was 24 years old before I ever left the country (Canada doesn't really count as we say in Michigan). I have lots of hopes and wishes for her and one of them is to be a competent traveler, open to other peoples and cultures with an adventurous spirit.
Water, boats, mountains, architecture and fresh air - life does not get much better than this really.