The third and final installment of our Switzerland trip in June was traveling from Montreux to Lucerne on the train. The Golden Pass train is a rail line in the Swiss Alps which connects Montreux to Lucerne. We had about 2 changes before we got to Lucerne. The Swiss railroad engineers have engineered all the connections to run like a Swiss watch 🙂 The scenery with the mountains and lake being viewed through the panoramic windows, was a sight to behold. The train lazily climbed the mountains, affording us many photo opportunities. Little alpine villages dotted the vast green landscape. Cowbells and wild flowers were evident throughout the journey.
And so the show begins. Sit back and enjoy the ride. From one breathtaking view to the next, this is positively a photographer’s and artist’s dream come true. I’m neither, but I sure appreciated these gorgeous vistas.
Picture postcard quality wouldn’t you say? 🙂
The panoramic view from the train.
How lucky for us train travelers and tourists to be one with nature on this trip- but I always can’t help but wonder if the folks in these beautiful cottages feel the same way with the train tracks?
After about five and a half hours of wall to wall scenery like the ones above, we finally arrive at our destination. Lucerne is a compact city in Central Switzerland known for its medieval architecture which sits amid snow capped mountains on Lake Lucerne. This is the German speaking part of Switzerland. It’s quite interesting how German, French and Italian are spoken in various parts of the country. After resting and unpacking we took in some of the sights close to the hotel.
The following day after a good night’s rest, we took the bus to the base of Mt. Pilatus. We were about to embark on a city/lake/mountain exhilarating adventure.
Taking another type of cable car with windows from top to bottom allowing you an aerial view and feeling like you are in a cockpit. These images will be burned in my memory forever.
At the top there were some restaurants and even a few bars. It was pretty cold at the top. This particular restaurant offered blankets on arrival 🙂
The world’s steepest cogwheel train brings us down these steep mountains. It was pretty scary. For those going up, you will find the greenery changing to rocks, and then from rocks to snow at the very top.
Back on land and I feel safer all of a sudden 🙂
We took a boat back to Lucerne. The sun is setting, what a beautiful day immersed in nature!
Another account of an online diary on our trip to Switzerland. I enjoy re-living and bringing back some of those memories when I recall the trip details for my blog. I hope you enjoyed this part of the trip as much as I have bringing it to you. Don’t forget to check Parts 1 and 2 on Switzerland in the TRAVEL section of my blog. The last 2 days spent in Switzerland were in the capital, Bern. We stayed with some German friends who we knew in the US – they were transferred to Switzerland. It’s wonderful to rub shoulders with the locals and pick up a lot about the culture, traditions, food etc. I’d definitely visit that wee country again in a heartbeat.