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A day of breathtaking beauty in the Swiss Alps

  • March 31, 2017
  • By Christina
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A day of breathtaking beauty in the Swiss Alps

If variety is the spice of life than Switzerland is the only spice you need. This country offers a smorgasbord of terrain, from the glassy calm waters of Lake Lucerne to the rugged peaks and valleys of the Swiss Alps to the Alpine slopes showered with yellow wildflowers… it’s a visual spectrum that just keeps changing the more you explore it.

When in Switzerland, it’s absolutely necessary to take a trip up to the mountains, whether it be skiing, parasailing, hiking or just cruising up for an unforgettable view, summiting the Alps should be on every traveler’s bucket list.

Overlooking all of Lucerne is Mt. Pilatus which provides impeccable views from the top, and an exciting journey to get there. I highly recommend taking the Golden Round Trip.

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Golden Round Trip Itinerary

  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne – there is an option to take a train instead of the boat which gets you to the base of the mountain quicker, but to me it was a no-brainer… looking out from the boat I felt like I was in a Bob Ross painting, surrounded by glassy water, rugged hills and “happy trees”.

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  • The worlds steepest cogwheel railway – first of all, before this trip I didn’t even know what a cogwheel railway was! It was thrilling to summit the mountain at a 48 percent slope while watching the town and lake below minimize as we pressed nearly vertically up into the mountains.

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  • View from the top – We packed a picnic with us and ate sandwiches at an open plateau surrounded by clouds and snow capped mountains in the distance. Find a secluded area to sit, listen to the wind and watch the birds and parasailors fly through the clouds. At 6,982 feet the air is so fresh and crisp and you’ll be in utter peace.

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  • Toboggan (not included in Golden Round Trip but an absolute must!) – Steel track winding through the hills and you control the speed with your own brake. Need I say more? Literally one of the most thrilling and fun adventures I’ve ever had! Check out the full toboggan ride here. 

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Gondola Ride down – To cap off a perfect day you take a gondola down the mountain to a cute little town called Kriens where you’ll catch a bus to take you back to Lucerne.

This trip is a yin-yang of sorts. The cogwheel ascent and the toboggan are thrilling! The boat ride and the view from the top of the Alps provide indescribable peace. It’s exhilarating and peaceful and all-together a perfect day. My only regret was not parasailing which you have to book in advance if you want to do. When I go back to Switzerland it will be at the top of my list!

Other adventurous options at Mt. Pilatus: There is a rope park, parasailing, hiking and much more. For more info check out the Mt. Pilatus activities page.

Can’t get enough of Switzerland? Say Swiss without a smile. Or read about sightseeing in the charming city of Lucerne!

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