This summer I spent 2 incredible weeks in Switzerland with one of my girlfriends. It was my first time there, and I can honestly say Switzerland is one of THE most beautiful places I’ve ever been. We went to Lucerne, Zurich, Zermatt, Montreux, and Geneva. You might have already seen my post about Geneva! :)
To get anywhere we wanted to go in Switzerland, we used the 15-Day Swiss Travel Pass from Rail Europe. With the Swiss Travel Pass, you get unlimited travel on the Swiss Travel system including trains, buses and boats.
You also get free access to over 490 Swiss museums and other travel bonuses including free or discounted access to various mountain excursions.
Regional trains in Switzerland do not require reservations. So if we decided to go somewhere one day, we could just hop on with our rail pass and take any open seat!
Traveling in Switzerland was so convenient and so efficient. The Swiss Travel Pass is a must for traveling in Switzerland!
Everywhere we went was astonishingly stunning, but Lucerne absolutely took my breath away. I highly, highly recommend adding Lucerne to your bucket list.
Take a look below at this charming city… Here’s what all you need to see! :)
The Chapel Bridge is a covered wooden footbridge across the Reuss River. It leads from one side of the river directly to St. Peter’s Chapel.
It’s the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.
The bridge is unique because of its interior paintings which date back to the 17th century!
The flowers over the water are so beautiful!
A little further down the river is another covered bridge, the Spreuer Bridge.
Definitely check out the view of the needle dam from this bridge as well!
A large portion of the fortification wall built in 1386 surrounding the city of Lucerne is amazingly still almost entirely intact to this day.
The wall and the four towers are freely open to the public.
You can walk along the wall for a breathtaking panoramic view of Lucerne from all angles.
Be sure to climb the towers as well!
Definitely a great way to spend the afternoon.
The tower pictured above (Nölliturm) is the only one with an open viewing platform, so if you’re only going to go up one tower, make it this one! :)
Above is a view of the wall and the towers.
Another great place for a beautiful view of Lucerne is Château Gütsch. You can ride the funicular up to the hotel, which is fun all by itself! :) It would be a great place to have a drink or a meal, or just go for the view!
Lucerne is small, it’s impossible to get lost.
Definitely spend some time just wandering the streets!
Ohh, and the lake…
The sunsets over the lake are unreal!
The color of the water is just incredible.
We stayed right on the lake at the Hotel Palace Luzern. More on our hotel in the next post!
Loved waking up and going to sleep every night with a beautiful view of the water. Such a gorgeous place.
Until next time!! xoxox
Definitely enjoy this post, keep up the good work!
Wow! Such lovely pictures
Hi can you let me know a nice place to stay in Lucerne…TripAdvisor is quite overwhelming. Thanks for sharing here.
I just stumbled upon your blog when researching for an upcoming trip to Switzerland/Paris. Your pictures are incredible and make me even more excited for our trip! Thanks for sharing!
You’re pictures are STUNNNNNING! We’re headed there soon, and your posts have been very informative! Hope our pictures come out half as nice, although I think it’s too early for flowers on the Chapel bridge! :(
I’m Ruhayah from Malaysia. I’ll be travelling to Switzerland this April? How many days should I stay in Lucerne
I am so ready to go to Switzerland right now – I didn’t realize how much until I started looking at your photos.
Any chance of removing the ads on the photos? They are really distracting and cheapen/block your beautiful work.
LOVE these pictures! I was in Lucerne this past September but it was cloudy and rainy the whole time. I am glad to relive my memories (like walking the Nine Towers) with a better view of the mountains. Always love your travel photography and recommendations.
Lucerne is BEAUTIFUL!! I can’t wait for more posts on your trip to Switzerland!!
Thanks for sharing.
I follow you faithfully! I was excited to see this post because I’m heading to Lucerne next December as part of a Viking pre extension tour. I would love to read more about food, restaurants and shopping.
Thank you KevinAmanda for all these beautiful pictures
Enjoy ur vacation
Your photography definitely brought back of the life the almost nine years in Germany. I live on the border of Germany and France, later of the border of Germany and Austria. Venice and Verona were only four hours away. I loved my dream come true life. During those years to almost all in the Europe. Including Russia.and the United Kingdom. Were belonged to the attend the Chelsea Flower Show and belong to the Royal Horticultural Society . We retired and moved home to Pensacola. We hope to retired some time maybe next year. We also are planning to Visit Fatima and Portugal.
I was lucky enough to see Lucerne (and Lausanne) Switzerland (and Paris, too) when I was a high school almost-senior. 21 years ago (ahhhh). I remember being blown away by Lucerne – amazing. And I loved being in the Swiss countryside. Beautiful. We’ve since been back to Paris, but not Switzerland. I’d love to go back!