Our bus arrived late in the evening to a snow covered Lucerne and all I could think of at that moment was “COLD”!
This was my first experience of a European winter, and it makes New Zealand winters look tame in comparison.
Getting There and Accommodation
The side streets of Lucerne were too small for our bus, so we had to walk to the hotel (dragging a 20kg Samsonite suitcase).
On arriving at the hotel, we discovered it was an old jail which was converted into a hotel (the JailHotel). Each room was an old jail cell. That night, there were free shots at the bar thanks to Contiki, and we also tried some interesting drinks.
Travel Tip: Some hotel rooms only have one power socket. Pack a multi box.
The next day, we braved the sub-zero temperatures and took a train up Mount Rigi. Seeing skiers hop on and off the train to get to the slopes made us a little jealous.
It was very cold at the Summit so I ordered a Glühwein (mulled wine) to warm up. The lady joked that I would be able to yodel after drinking it. After hanging around and taking some photos, we took a gondola back down the mountain.
We spent the rest of the day exploring central Lucerne, where we visited the Lion of Lucerne, shopped for Chocolate and had a look at Swiss watches.
Once my mind got over the coldness, I got to see how beautiful this Swiss city really is. There is so much history in the place, and I’m really glad we got to see it during winter.
Next stop: Monaco, and Nice, France.