Whenever we feel like going some place for the weekend, we just need to cross the Gotthard tunnel to find ourselves into a very nice region: Lucerne.
I love being in the heart of Switzerland. And Lucerne with its majestic lake and mountains is probably my favorite bit of Switzerland to visit on weekends.
At the Core of Switzerland
Lucerne is easily accessible from all over Switzerland, and there are plenty of outdoor activities and museums. So whether it is an adventurous cablecar to the top of Stanserhorn or a vintage Swissair plane, you will never run out of things to do! My family and I decided to drive around the lake, and I was impressed by the beauty of the apple orchards and the quaint villages.
And my family has a weird obsession for the Swiss Museum of Transport, which makes Lucerne our all-time favorite destination - even for day trips...
Here are some panoramic photos I took over the weekend... Just click on them for larger versions... And yes, I am the kind of person that takes panoramic pictures with her iPhone (and I get mocked a lot).
Visit the Swiss Museum of Transportation
For anyone who adores trains, the train hall at the Swiss Museum of Transport is a must. You can imagine my husband and my daughter going "ooohhh!" and "aaahhhh!" over the many trains on display. What's more, you can climb on some of the trains and feel like a train engineer from centuries past...
Take a Boat Ride on Lake Lucerne
It was a cloudy, cold, wet Sunday morning. I was dragged onto the ferry boat by my enthusiastic husband who longed for a trip on the lake. At first I was reluctant, but then I just appreciated the majestic view.
Altdorf: Go to the Heart of Switzerland
Altdorf is where you can find the official Wilhelm Tell statue! It is a perfect picture spot, so pull out your cameras and smartphones and pose for a picture next to this legendary Swiss hero. Even if you are not Swiss, it will make you feel patriotic. Plus, I love the relieved look on the son's face.
What are your favorite weekend destinations in Switzerland?
(Feature photograph courtesy Romeo Durscher, others Alessandra)
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