Is it Luzern or Lucerne or something else? Depends what one speaks – German or French! Since I don’t speak any of them, I am free to use any of them here…… BTW, Lucerne is a small city in the heart of Switzerland and an ideal base to explore Mt. Pilatus.
Apart from offering the base for Mt. Pilatus, the city itself offers a bit of things to be explored:
* most famous being Chapel Bridge (right at the city centre),
* Old Swiss House,
* Gletschergarten Luzern (Glacier Garden) – it’s sort of a small nature park & has a historical museum,
* Lion Monument – the second most touristy thing in Luzern city (as one will definitely cross the Chapel Bridge to reach here),
* [Burp Alert] try out Coffee & cake combo @Heini
* And, take the Golden Pass Train trip – we actually took this to get to Interlaken from Luzern.
Lucerne was the first of the three destinations in Swiss we visited back in 2012 (the other two were Interlaken & Basel). As soon as we were in Lucerne, we took a Swiss Train pass – which allowed to us to travel anywhere in Swiss for a defined time period. Also during our travel time, the Swiss Rail were having an offer for couples – which made the train travelling a low cost.
We had booked our accommodation with one of the local family via Airbnb. The apartment had the nice view of top of Mt. Pilatus, visible from their living room window – that made us to plan our visit accordingly, so as to avoid the fog and get a nice view of the Pilatus, once we were up!
Being almost the winter times, the world famous cogwheel railway (world’s STEEPEST cogwheel railway) was closed. So, we had to take the cable car to get to the top of Mt. Pilatus. I am not sure what/how would have been the views from the cogwheel, but from the cable car, they were just stunning. There was a constant stream of cable cars going up and down, which meant that one doesn’t have to wait or share with others. The cable car would take up to a point from where one has to change to another cable car (this one is shared) to reach the top. The second part of the journey is quite adventurous and at one point where it goes from one pole to other – it feels like free fall for a second or two – enough for all oohhss and aaahhhs 🙂 JUST FEEL IT……
The views from Mt. Pilatus is extra ordinary. And if the weather is clear, the views are just perfect. The best way to describe is by showing some clicks:
There was also an old man who was playing Didgeridoo – a long wooden instrument. It was quite good actually.
[Burp Alert] The other thing is to sip in some coffee or have a quick meal at the Cafe on top – it’s definitely an experience to sit in a cafe 2128 meters above sea level.
To ascend Mt Pilatus, one has to reach a town named Kriens, which can be reached from city using public bus number 1.
At last – Luzern could also be considered as an ideal place to explore nearby locations such as Zurich – only 30 minutes by train! A great alternative to avoid expensive stay at Zurich. YES, we traveled to Zurich on our second day in Luzern, to watch Zurich’s evening streets!
Have you visited the city of Luzern? If yes, was it only for Mt. Pilatus or you did something more?