Lucerne is hands down my favourite place in Europe that I’ve visited so far. I knew it was going to be beautiful from what I’d seen online prior to our trip, but seeing it in the flesh confirms its impressive reputation.

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After getting up crazy early and saying goodbye to Darryl’s family in Neunkirch, we got train number one of two on route to Lucerne. Passing through Schaffhausen, Zurich and countless other beautiful towns during the hour trip was as stunning as it sounds, and eventually the fog began to clear and turn into glorious sun and blue skies.

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After dragging our cases along the cobbled paths and pushing through the bustling market crowds, we checked into The Tourist Hotel. It turns out haggling for a river view is worth the awkwardness, because we were given the key to a top floor river/mountain view room. It wasn’t the best hotel we’ve stayed in, but the views of the town and Mt Pilatus was worth it. All checked in and ready to go, it was time to explore!

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With no real plan of action for the day, we spent the afternoon wandering in and out of chocolate shops, markets, tourist attractions and walking along the gorgeous river. We walked right the way down to the Swiss Museum of Transport, which we only entered purely to get a sneak peek at their Lindt shop. 

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Before dinner we decided to do ‘the wall walk’, which involved a lot of steps, but the result was a spectacular view of Lucerne beneath you. How can a town be so pretty?

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For our final meal in Switzerland we wanted to sample true Swiss food, but it really did come at a cost. One raclette meal and one cheese fondue cost around £50. 

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Despite having to heave ourselves out of our seats, desperately truing to keep our cheese food babies out of sight, we wanted dessert. We craved chocolate fondue but couldn’t find a table, so instead we sat beside the river eating a bar of Swiss chocolate while the sun set around us.

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This really was an incredible day, leaving me with extremely fond memories of Lucerne. I need to go back in the winter because I can’t even imagine how beautiful it would look then.

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