Switzerland is a place where they don’t like to fight, so they get people to do their fighting for them while they ski and eat chocolate. – Larry David
Switzerland is a country my family and I had talked about going for a while…and all was made possible when I decided to study abroad at Sciences Po! The plan is to head to Luzerne, Grindelwald, then Bern, and conclude our trip with a visit to Colmar, France.
At Luzern, we stayed at a place outside of the main town called Merlischachen. The entire area is practically owned by a group called “Schloss Hotel.” I stayed in a room with a great view of the lake at “Swiss-Chalet.” Although the weather was a bit gray, but goodness…the view of the lake was amazing! We ended our night with a delicious and traditional Swiss dinner at the Swiss-Chalet restaurant.
Other than being a charming old town, Luzern is known for Mt Pilatus. To get there you have to take what is presumably the steepest cogwheel in the world to get to the top. The ride is incredibly beautiful, though a bit slow. Depending on the weather, you may also have a pretty boring ride. Luckily, we were able to avoid fog and rain! Once you are at the top, there are a lot of peaks you can visit (lots of stairs, though). Each offers a different view, but again, if it’s foggy, you literally see nothing.
Okay…so I have a thing for markets. I was lucky enough to bump into the town’s morning market that happens twice a week. I love seeing all the food on display! Since you’re in Switzerland…watch out for all the different types of cheese! The HUGE blocks of cheese!