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Unterlachen - Tribschen

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  • Day46

    Lucerne

    July 14, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Lucerne Post

    First of all, yay celebrity post! This one brought to you by Anna. So, I’m focusing on our day in Lucerne. Upon arriving at Lucerne, we met up with our guide, Roli, at our hotel. Roli lives in Lucerne and seemed to love living there. After that, we made our way to the museum of transportation, but not without first stopping to take in the beautiful sites of the Alps and the lake. There was no shortage of swans and ducks swimming around in the very clear waters of the lake. When we arrived at the museum, we realized we were not going there for the transportation, we were going there for chocolate! After all, there are not many things better than chocolate in life :) We first got chocolate from Lindt chocolatiers, where we tasted original milk chocolate truffles After that, we tried various type of chocolate as well as liquid chocolate. Then, we got into a cargo shipping box that was likely used to transport cacao beans that would take us to the the chocolate experience! We got into a round rollercoaster-type car that would take us on a chocolate journey from where the cacao beans were grown and picked to the ingredients in different types of chocolate. We learned many things on the chocolate journey, but most especially that pralines can make you weak in the knees! We also got chocolate at the conclusion of the chocolate experience—yum! After the chocolate experience, we took a boat ride to begin our mountain adventures! The boat showed us picturesque views of the surrounding Alps, as well as little towns along the lake. We got off the boat at the base of the cog train that would take us up Mount Pilatus. Before going up the mountain, we stopped at a cafe where we grabbed some lunch. The cog train was extremely steep—it actually is the steepest and longest cog train in the world! Yay! Views were breathtaking going up the mountain. We saw many people hiking up the mountain, which I would DEFINITELY do next time I go to Lucerne. The trip up the mountain took a little while, and Michael fell asleep...but it was super cool to see the differences as we changed elevation, so it seemed like it flew by for me. Once we got to the top the views were breathtaking! We climbed up a bunch of steps (I told us to count the steps—but alas we forgot) to see even more amazing views! There were a few people paragliding too which looked like it would be tons of fun! Definitely going on my bucket list. Roli mentioned to us about the option of “tobogganing” (not sure if that is a real word but I’m using it) down part of the mountain. So, us being curious, we checked it out. It turned out being so much fun! We even found an extra ticket so Roli could do it with us! We got close to cows and also got to see even more mountainous views of the Swiss Alps. Then we took a cable car down the mountain, which was also pretty cool and fun. We got down the mountain and then took a walk around the town of Lucerne. It was very cute! We saw and walked on a famous bridge, Kapellbrücke, that is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe! It almost all burned down a few years back, but it was able to be restored. On the inside of the bridge, there are many paintings, and you can tell where the bridge was destroyed because there are no paintings there. We continued our stroll around the town, and then at the end of our tour, Roli brought us Swiss wine and cheese, which were both delicious! We concluded our day with dinner on the boat, Wilhelm Tell. Overall, great day in Lucerne! Definitely worth a visit!
    Thanks Emily for asking me to write a post, it was fun!
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