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Travel Blogs from Lucerne
We left Karlsruhe in Germany heading for Switzerland. The drive took us through the black forest - made famous by both cuckoo clocks and cake. Watch your mailboxes. We bought clocks for everyone! (just kidding).
After getting to Lucerne we saw the jesuit church and the 600 year old bridge. We walked across it to the main square and then …
We stayed in a small town called Tirano because we needed to take a special train called the Bernina Express all the way to Lucern. It was a cool train that went up and down and up and down the mountains on winding tracks.When we got to Lucern we stayed at a very fancy hotel right on the lake. There is pool inside that has a sauna and …
... Stanserhorn at 8am. Totally fogged in in Lucerne but Calvin had a friend already with a group up the mountain and he said it was crystal clear up there. So we shivered ourselves warm arriving at the railway station. Cute little train up to the Cabrio Cable Car....going up through mist. Then onto the most amazing 2 storey cable car...the upper deck is total open. And I went on the top deck, in front, standing staring down 6300 ft....both on the way up ....and on ...
... and in dried fruit. On the near side, stalls selling arts and crafts, herbal remedies, and then there were more stalls spilling out through the open area below the old Kaufhaus or Merchants House. These were mainly artists of varying talent, selling paintings, prints, painted stones, figurines made from wire and steel and pottery. Our favourite were a couple of small statues crafted out of clay, a man and a woman of mature years, in ...
... chatting to a nice couple from Australia, Luke and Rhianna. We ended up spending most of the afternoon with them.
Our first cable car was a four seater, lasting about 15 minutes. As we climbed and chatted with Luke and Rhianna, it became evident we all had something in common. A cynicism of most people yes, but more relevantly, a fear of heights. Not the most comforting heading up to a height of 3239 metres. Soon enough we climbed out of our small cable cars and onto giant 80 ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center