The third country that we visited on our European adventure was Switzerland! And wow, the Swiss Alps are so incredibly beautiful.
We went to three cities in Switzerland; Zurich, Geneva, and Lucerne. Out of the three, Lucerne was definitely my favorite, Zurich coming in second, and Geneva last.
We stayed close to Lake Zurich and it was so pretty. They have such a pretty lakefront with a bunch of restaurants along it. So many locals (and tourists) hung out there. It was a great place to relax and people watch (my fav ;)).The World Opera House is located in Zurich; we didn’t go inside but our hotel was right next to it so we stopped by to see it. We walked along Bahnhofstrasse Street which is a street in Zurich with extremely high end shopping. We didn’t go in any of the stores. Quite honestly, they probably wouldn’t have let us in. 🙂
Lucerne is a smaller city with a beautiful river flowing through the center of it and surrounded by the Swiss Alps. We celebrated my 24th birthday in Lucerne, which made it extra special! We ate dinner along the river front and it was the perfect atmosphere; an amazing meal, cooler evening, and a golden sunset. One thing we wanted to do was see the Swiss Alps (of course). We bought a ‘trip’ to go to Mt. Pilatus through the hotel we stayed at. It consisted of a cable car and gondola ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus, a cog train to get down the mountain, and a boat ride back to where we started. The cable car ride was so fun, the cog train… not so much (haha). The view at the top of Mt. Pilatus was breathtaking! It was one of my favorite things we did the whole trip.
I don’t know what I was expecting in Geneva, but it was just okay in my opinion. It probably doesn’t help that it was rainy the day we got there. And our hotel wasn’t in the best part of town. I would definitely stay in ‘old town’ Geneva if we ever were to go back. We visited the United Nations headquarters, which was cool to see. My favorite thing we did in Geneva was climb the two towers of St. Pierre Cathedral. There are quite a few steps and it’s a little claustrophobic but there was a great view of the city at the top.
Cities we visited:
Zurich, Lucerne & Geneva
How long we stayed:
3 1/2 days
Best thing we ate:
K: Swiss Chocolate T: Fondue
What we did/saw:
Zurich: Hung out by Lake Zurich, Walked along Bahnhofstrasse Street, World Opera House
Geneva: Jet D’Eau, United Nations HQ, Climbed both towers St. Pierre Cathedral, Reformation Wall
Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus tour (cable car, gondola, cog train, boat ride package), Chapel Bridge & Water Tower, Lion’s Den, Market on Saturday morning
Our favorite thing we did:
K: Cable car to the top of Mt. Pilatus T: Hiking in the Alps
Our favorite memory:
K: Celebrating my birthday in Lucerne with a river front dinner
T: The view at the top of Mt. Pilatus
What we would do differently next time:
Skip Geneva and spend more time in Lucerne, visit Lausanne (a small town we passed on the train that was later recommended by locals), visit a few of the museums in Zurich