A Breath of Fresh Air in Lucerne

Trip Start Sep 08, 2012
Trip End Sep 18, 2014

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Flag of Switzerland  , Lucerne,
Friday, September 14, 2012

Our bus ride to Lucerne was incredible. The mountains ranges are strikingly tall, and capped with snow. The bodies of water were a shade of blue that I have never seen before, almost like a teal.
I couldn't stop taking pictures of the scenery (side note, weather or not you plan on sleeping on the bus, bring a neck pillow!!). We stopped in Milan at a rest stop, soooo I guess I can say I have been in Milan.  The TM told us that we would be passing lake Como, so he told us when to take our cameras out...and it was pretty exciting getting to see the lake from the highway up above. It was jaw dropping!

Our first main stop in Switzerland was a trip up the Stanserhorn mountain. We all got into a wooden funicular that took us up to the Gondola station. The gondola's were bi-level, so you can stand inside and see the scenery through a window, or go up top and enjoy it all from outside, which is the best option (unless you hate heights). the gondola ride was about 15 minutes long I think. The top of the mountain was amazing. There wasn't any snow like I had thought there would be, but we were closer to all of the snow capped mountains. There was a restaurant on top of the mountains, and lounge chairs outside if you are lucky enough to get one. There is also a look out point where you walk out and take really great pictures. the peak of the mountain is another 15 minute hike upwards, so a bunch of us went up there to take even more great photos.

We arrived in Lucerne in the early evening, and were dropped around the lion monument. It seems really small in pictures, but is actually very large and striking! It was beautiful and commemorates Swiss guards who were in the French Revolution.

I can't recall the order of events, but soon after we were wheeling our suitcases over the chapel bridge, and to our Jailhouse "hotel." Lucerne is breathtaking!!! So fresh, clean and beautiful. If it weren't so expensive I would consider it as a retirement destination.
This hotel was more like a hostel, and it was actually used as a jail many years ago. The doors look as though they were the same doors that were used while it was a jail, and had a funny code system in order to unlock them. The room is tiny with two little beds, a sink and a make-shift bathroom for the toilet and tiny shower. Again, amusement for us.

I needed an ATM so I ventured out to the left of the hotel into town in order to find one. I think there was one right next to the hotel but it was not working or the bank was closed for good?? I kept asking around and finally found one in the back of a store. I am glad I had to find the ATM because I enjoyed my stroll around town. We showered and got dressed up for the Lake Cruise and our night out in Lucerne (finally, a "fancy" night), and went down to the included dinner. Our meal consisted of salad and pasta with meat sauce. Now, I'm sure others were disappointed but I actually thought it was really tasty! At home I usually eat whole wheat pasta with low sugar pasta sauce...so this meal was a treat for me haha. We noticed that there was a nightclub attached to the hotel, but it was closed for renovation. It looked like it could have been fun, but I am sure would be no match to our bar/club crawl. The boat ride was amazing. We drank wine and beer as we sang along to pop music, and watched the sun set over the never ending mountain range. We were surrounded on all sides! When the cruise was [sadly] over, we met up with our bar crawl tour guide, Dominic, and set forth on foot to the first bar. The intensity increases with each place you go to, and ends at a dance club. There are drink specials and free "shots" at each place. the first place was very low key, and we sat at tables in the back just chilling. The second was pretty crowded. I knocked over my glass here, and the line for the bathroom was very long as there was only 1 stall. The third place was a club called Pravda, and we danced the night away while the DJ spun both house music until closing. PS, we had 2 tour songs. One song the TM would play on the bus to let us know that we had arrived at our destination (Carly Rae Jepsen Call me Maybe). The other song was our wake up song was our day song (Rihanna We Found Love), and our TM would play it in the morning every day. So you can imagine how excited we were when the DJ played it in the club. There seemed to be a lot of young locals there, some of which had a VIP table right next to us. So, it makes me think that the club isn't that touristy...but who knows. It was walking distance from the hotel, and all we had to do to make our way back was find the chapel bridge.
The next morning we had some free time to walk around the town after a Swiss army knife demonstration. I bought a white one for my dad, and had his name engraved on it. Apparently you can only get the white ones in Switzerland...but I am not so sure about that. I wish I walked around the town, but rather Ilena and I found a cafe to settle our stomachs from the night of drinking. We went into the first cafe we saw next to the knife store, and ordered the most expensive eggs ever. we had PLAIN omelets/scrambled eggs and coffee, and our bill came out to around $30. They were good eggs though. They still use the Swiss Franc, and everything in Switzerland is just overly expensive because people make more money in general.

What a beautiful place! Another magical city...
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