Mountains & Fondue

Tuesday morning we sprouted out of bed, well rested and ready to take on the day.

We spent a bit of the morning in our room, lounging in soft fluffy robes and enjoying a few pieces of fruit as we watched the sunrise over the lake.
Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland review

Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland reviewPulling back the curtains, and letting the fresh air pool in.
Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland review

IMG_7276.jpgThen, with stomachs grumbling we put on some comfy clothes and headed down to check out the breakfast buffet.

The room itself was covered in vintage themed wallpaper, with green plants and cozy chairs surrounding each table.
Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland reviewThe buffet table was loaded up with fresh fruits, cereals, pastries, baguettes, and a whole whack of juices and champagne for all your mimosa needs.

Upon loading up our plates, we sat back down and ordered a few fresh dishes from the kitchen.
Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland review

Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland reviewA ham and cheese omelet, with flecks of fresh herbs.
Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland review

Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland reviewAnd a stack of pancakes, with nothing but icing sugar and the sweetest pure maple syrup.
Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland review

IMG_0681.JPG Cheerfully, we ate as the sun glowed on our faces through the window, and the sweet aroma of fresh tea and coffee filled the air.

After stuffing ourselves, we headed out for a quick walk to the Lion Monument.
IMG_7285.JPGThe giant carving of a dying lion lays above a tranquil pond, paying tribute to all the soldiers who lost their lives serving French King Louis XVI.
Lucerne, SwitzerlandThe engraving, “To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss”, stands above the lion and gives the park a solemn feel.
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After paying our respects, we headed up the stairs and along the city wall to explore the outskirts of Lucerne. Along the way, we passed what seemed like a research centre, with a few fluffy beasts roaming in the grass fields.
Lucerne, SwitzerlandWe got as close as we could, without touching the electric fencing, and remarked about just how swiss the scene felt.
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Lucerne, SwitzerlandWe peered down below on the colourful houses, filling every crevice of the valley, and surrounded by glorious mountains and lush fields of grass.
Lucerne, SwitzerlandContinuing along the wall, we made our way around the city, ending back at the centre bridge.
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, SwitzerlandNext on our list, was a trip to Mount Pilatus. Peering down on us from above, it’s the highest peak in the area and was supposed to offer some great views.

Unfortunately, the gondola was closed so we hopped on a train and took it to a tiny little town called Alpnachstad, where we could catch the funicular.Mountain pilatus Luzern Switzerland After a purchasing two round-trip tickets (at a pricey 70 euros each), we grabbed a seat on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, and headed up through green meadows, into alpine forests, and past giant rock faces.

All before arriving at the top of the peak where we were let loose to explore.
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Mountain pilatus Luzern Switzerland We took turns peering over the edge and down into the valley. Spotting tiny mountain villages and massive twinkling lakes.
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Mountain pilatus Luzern Switzerland

Mountain pilatus Luzern Switzerland

Mountain pilatus Luzern Switzerland With the cool wind blowing in our hair, we climbed up to one of the peaks – before getting a little spooked by the height and heading back down to the main area.
Mountain pilatus Luzern Switzerland

Mountain pilatus Luzern Switzerland

Mountain pilatus Luzern Switzerland

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Mountain pilatus Luzern Switzerland Where we tried our best to get a few good panos.
IMG_0737.JPGIMG_0740.JPGAfter an hour or so, we grabbed a warm drink at the hotel perched on top, then headed back down the mountain – resting our eyes on the way. The trip takes about 40 minutes, and the calming sound of the cogs ushered me into a little afternoon nap.

By the time we reached the bottom and hopped onto a train back to Lucerne, we were in need of a warm and hearty meal.

Grabbing another recommendation from the hotel concierge, we headed out to Zunfthausrestaurant Pfistern for a night of cheese fondue. As it was quite chilly outside, we walked past the large outdoor patio and into the bar area. There’s a fancier restaurant upstairs, with a bunch of different types of broth fondue – but, we figured when in Switzerland, you go for the cheese.
IMG_7312.JPGWe spent the rest of the night dipping chunks of bread and potatoes into a melted concoction of swiss cheeses and white wine, scooping up every last drop.

Once the last morsel of cheese was gone, we headed back along the river to our hotel, where I took advantage of the big bath tub and fancy soaps to treat myself to a little bit of relaxation.
Grand National Hotel Lucerne Switzerland reviewThen, it was back to bed where we nestled into the smooth sheets, pulled up a warm blanket, and headed off to dreamland.

Before heading out the next morning, we popped into a Starbucks to grab another mug for our collection and, of course, hopped into Laderach for a few treats. Upon realizing they were the source of those sweet morsels on my pillow each night, we grabbed a selection and a slab or two of chocolate bark before driving away.

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