On the first day in Lucern we went on a Golden Round trip, to see the amazing panoramic views of the Alps! The ride involves a boat trip on Lake Lucerne, then a ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to – From Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. Then you take the aerial cableway and panorama gondolas down to Kriens, where a five-minute walk brings you to bus no. 1 for the trip back to Lucerne. You can, of course, do the Golden Round Trip in Lucern the other way round.
Here are a few photos from our Golden Round trip in Lucern
The kids really enjoyed the trip! We stopped at a farmers market and the Chapel bridge on the way. The Kapellbrücke (or Chapel Bridge) is a covered wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss River named after the nearby St. Peter’s Chapel. The bridge is unique since it contains a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with most of the centuries-old bridge in a 1993 fire. It has been restored, Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe as well as the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge.
We stayed at the Grand Hotel National with amazing views of Lake Lucern. The kids to this day cherish the hot chocolate mug and little stuffed sheep that they were given when we checked in!
After stopping at local markets near the hotel selling fresh flowers and fruits to stock up, we went on our way to go on the boat ride around the beautiful lake. We loved all the beautiful chateau and villas perfectly perched on craggy rocks around the lake.
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