I had been dreaming about the beauty of Swiss alps for years, finally we set foot on the Swiss soil this past month. It was even prettier than I had imagined!
We divided our day in Lucerne into three parts: the city walk, Lake Lucerne boat ride and Rigi Mountain.
Lucerne is very walkable. You can cover a lot of ground in the city center in an hour. We started our walk from Lucerne Bahnhofplatz, the central train station.
The following were our favorite cites in the city:
- Chapel Bridge
- Jesuit Church
- Lucerne’s Lakefront around St. Peter’s Chapel
- Lion Monument
- Bourbaki Panorama
The boat dock for Lake Lucerne was conveniently located by the train station. The ride from Lucerne to Weggis where we supposed to take a cable car up the mountain, lasted about an hour, enough time for us to eat lunch and relax.
When we arrived at Weggis, we found out that the cable car to Rigi summit didn’t run for the day because of scheduled maintenance.
So we hopped back to the boat to the next stop, Vitznau.
From Vitznau a cogwheel train, the oldest one in Europe (since 1870), chak chak us up to the Rigi summit, Rigi Klum.
The view of ascending was magnificent!! Make sure to sit on the left of the train for the best views!
You would have a chance for the birdeye view of Lake Lucerne as shown in the beginning of this post. Make sure to have camera ready as it pass by very quickly.
Although Mt. Rigi was only 5900 feet in altitude, it was covered in snow in mid-May! And the temperature dropped from comfortable 55F to near zero. To make it worse, the Sun was gone too!!
To our surprise, there at the summit of Rigi stood a giant basalt rock labeled “Mt. Emei”, a famous mountain in Southern China. How miss leading!:) As it turns out that Mt. Rigi and Mt. Emei are sister mountains. This stone was shipped from China in 2015, weights 8 tons; and a similar stone from Rigi was shipped to Mt Emei a year earlier.
To save time, we didn’t take the return cruise, instead we rode cogwheel train down Rigi to Arth-Goldau, then regular train back to Lucerne.
Tips: All the transportation and museums mentioned above and in the future posts of this trip were covered y Swiss Travel Pass. A great deal!