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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Day 3 - Switzerland

We left Zurich for Mount Titlis, Engelberg early in the morning by coach which took about an hour.

Engelberg is an alpine town in central Switzerland where the station for the cable cars going up to Mount Titlis is located.

The scenic ride to Engelberg was breathtaking. Storybook chalets and the snow-capped Alps unfolded at every turn! The vista was just like a page right out of the Heidi classic I grew up on. It made me want to yodel!

Because I have anemia and was at risk of high altitude sickness, the three of us decided to hop off at the Trübsee middle station while the rest of the group took the cable car ride all the way to the top of the mountain.

No regrets!  Not going up to the summit  meant more hours of frolicking in the snow at the Trübsee Snow Park!

We experienced snowtubing for the first time and it was super fun!  More photos and videos in my upcoming post.

Love, love, love this photo of us.The peaks of the Alps make such a postcard-perfect backdrop.


Reaching 10,626 feet above sea level, Mt. Titlis is Central Switzerland’s highest peak.

O ho lay dee hee!!
Mt. Titlis
After Mt. Titlis, our coach shuttled us off to Lucerne.

LUCERNE

Lucerne is a lake city in central Switzerland known for its charming medieval architecture. Its old town (Altstadt) is amongst the prettiest in Switzerland.

Our group photo at the sad Lion Monument.


More photos and explanation of this poignant sculpture in an upcoming post.

ALTSTADT (OLD TOWN)

Many of  Altstadt's  buildings were constructed in the Middle Ages, with the chapel bridge (Lucerne's icon) built circa 1300.
The Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) is a wooden pedestrian bridge that spans the Reuss River.
It is named after the nearby St. Peter’s Chapel. Built in 1333, the bridge is one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe.

Paintings on the interior of the covered bridge.
Two thirds of the  paintings were destroyed in a fire in 1993. Out of the original 158 paintings, only 30 were fully restored and are on display today.

Swans around the lake lend a fairytale charm to this beautiful city.


We spent the rest of the evening meandering the cobbled pedestrian streets, seeking out the numerous hidden squares in the old town.




Wandering around this old town was like walking into a medieval movie set!

You can see murals like this painted on the ancient buildings.

We loved the little squares with the beautiful fountains.






A wefie with the Swiss Pinocchio in front of the Casagrande.

Inside one of those quaint souvenir shops.

You don't have to go far to see a Swiss flag; they are everywhere!

There are a few things that are quintessentially Swiss and cheese fondue is one of them.
Our visit to Switzerland wouldn't be complete minus a fondue!!

Our very first Swiss fondue at the Fritschi Restaurant.



Best rösti ever!!!

The raclette was amazing too. Yummmmm!



You can't go all the way to Switzerland and not buy a Swiss watch!

Unlike what we thought, the prices of branded Swiss watches over here were just about the same as those back home.

Just because...

A Rolex or even a Tag Hauer is way out of our league so we settled for a Swiss Military Watch for my son Josh who couldn't join us on this trip.


Musings Of A Tired Mummy

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18 comments:

betty said...

Such beautiful scenery and buildings! I love fondue; that looks so delicious! I'm sure you will remember this trip for a long time!

betty

Mary (cactus catz) said...

wow! Lucerne looks wonderful. It's sad about the fire on the bridge destroying the paintings but the ones they restored look great. the food pics are making me hungry, lol.

Lin said...

WOW! I need to travel...I am really missing out on this beautiful world. Thanks for sharing!!

We make fondue all the time at home....it is very easy and FUN!

Sandee said...

You've a great looking family and what beautiful places you travel. I will tell you the food looks out of this world. I'm hungry now.

Have a fabulous day and week ahead. ♥

stevebethere said...

I enjoyed your post what a beautidul place nice photos I want some of that food heheh!, glad they were able to restore some paintings :-)

Bellissimamma said...

Switzerland is top 1 on my travel bucket list! I even follow #switzerland on Instagram. I have only been inside the Zurich airport for a stopover but I was already impressed with what I saw outside the window. Lol. I also had the chance to fly over the Swiss Alps...omg so amazing. I need to step out of the airport and see all the amazing places you have been to. #globalblogging

An Apel a Day said...

I love the buildings! I want to go there now! I bet you had so much fun!

bamaluthor.me said...

So beautiful! Lucerne is just the way that I remember it from my visit many years ago.

pilch92 said...

Those are all beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing them.

Kippi O'Hern said...

Wonderful trip I would love to take this trip someday too.
Happy Easter,
Kippi #kippiathome

Claire's World said...

You captured some beautiful photos here. Looks like a great trip. Thanks for linking up.

Kinga K. said...

I like its buildings :)

ERFmama said...

Breathtaking photos! I especially loved the lion omg! <3
The food looked really good as well! I'm now hungry... haha

#KCACOLS

Lydia C. Lee said...

I loved Switzerland - I'd go back in a flash, except $$. The people are wonderful too. Just beautiful

Mummykind said...

Stop it! I've just come back from NYC and am gasping for another break already haha! photos look amazing #KCACOLS

Ann Hickman said...

We absolutely loved Switzerland but didn't manage to stay for very long. It looks like you had a wonderful time there too. thanks so much for linking to #kcacols and hope to see you again next time.

Lana Pummill said...

Beautiful pictures, as always! It looks like you guys had a blast. The food looks amazing and is making me hungry! #KCACOLS

Sensational Learning with Penguin said...

Your trip gets better and better! The alps are looking beautiful and your family photo with the mountain as background really is lovely!
I'd love to go snowtubing, I've never tried that.
Lucerne looks amazing too, and reminds me quite a bit of Basel :-)
#KCACOLS