Our final stop in Switzerland was the city of Lucerne, in the heart of the country. This was quite a difference experience compared to the rest of Switzerland that we’ve enjoyed, in that Lucerne is a relatively large city in a country where most of the attraction is nature, open spaces, and landscapes. I suppose it compares to touring downtown Vancouver versus spending time camping in rural BC.
But that’s not to say that we didn’t enjoy Lucerne — it’s an interesting and friendly city with more nature nearby. We spent a day at Mount Pilatus, which included some time at a high ropes course (we paid for it with sore arms the next few days), and an awesome summer luge track that you can go down on a custom sled (note that helmets were neither provided nor required).
The top of Mount Pilatus has excellent views, of course, and it’s unique in that you can ascend it two ways (well, three if you include hiking, which I don’t): cable car or train. The train is particularly impressive — it’s a 48% incline, making it the steepest railway in the world.
On our second day we visited the Swiss Transport Museum, which was impressively big and interesting if a bit nerdy. The girls liked that you could go from one building to the next using freely available scooters. With some hotter weather here again (32°C) we tried to keep in the shade and air-conditioned indoors.
We also spent some time walking through the city and touring a ‘glacier garden’ which chronicled the history of the region going back to the last ice age and how the glaciers developed the current landscape. With Rachel having done a geology course last year, this was right up her alley.
And so that ends the major portion of our trip in Switzerland — we have all really enjoyed this country and would certainly come back. Next up is a single day at the EuropaPark theme park in Germany before heading to our final city of Prague.