On a recent layover to Zurich, a few of the crew and I decided to rent a car from our hotel and go for a little road trip. The hotel offers an electric BMW for just 50 Swiss Francs, and we made sure it was fully charged so could head out to nearby Luzern, without needing to recharge.
I was actually rostered a Frankfurt flight, but someone sent me a swap for Zurich, and I’m very glad I accepted it, as we ended up having a lovely day out!
It was around an hours drive to Luzern, and our first stop was the Lion Monument.
The Lion Monument is tucked away in a huge piece of rock, and was made in 1820. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, and is apparently one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland!
We wandered around the town, passing by so many pretty buildings along the way. I picked up a magnet and postcards (to send to my grandparents and parents!) – many crew pick up the habit of buying a magnet in each new destination, and even after nearly 7 years of flying I still collect them!
The four of us strolled down to the waterfront, admiring the lake and the pretty views. It was a little bit foggy in the distance, so we couldn’t appreciate the full view of the mountains, but still beautiful!
Next we crossed over to see the Chapel Bridge – or Kapellbrücke. It’s a wooden bridge named after the nearby St Peter’s Chapel, and contains a number of interior paintings which date back to the 17th Century.
It’s actually the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe…and in summer it was also covered in gorgeous colourful flowers!
From the bridge you can admire all of the pretty buildings perched along the waterfront, and we eyed up a few restaurant possibilities for lunch.
After crossing over the bridge, we had a little walk around the other side of town, stopping off at my favourite chocolate shop, Läderach, to pick up some of the best chocolate in the world. When in Switzerland! (Sorry, no pictures….I ate it all.)
The buildings which are not at the waterfront are just as pretty – if not more, in fact. Lots of them are covered with intricate paintings and murals.
Starting to feel ready for some lunch, we strolled back towards the water, and picked a restaurant with outdoor seating to admire the view.
We shared some flatbreads and salads, and sat with blankets on our laps to warm up from the cool winds!
Eventually it was time to make the drive back to our hotel in Zurich to be in time for the wake up call.
All of us had a great day out exploring Luzern, and thoroughly enjoyed the scenic drive through green pastures and pretty Swiss villages along the way.
Until next time, Switzerland!