The Swiss Alps - Lucerne

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July 10th 2015
Published: July 10th 2015
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The girls have begun their separate adventures. Mary is off to meet with her tour group in Munich and will be riding motorcycles through Bavaria and Switzerland. Mom and Nancy are riding the trains throughout Switzerland...first stop Lucerne, in the heart of Switzerland. It ranks amongst the world's most beautiful cities.

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Lucerne, Switzerland

The Spreuer Bridge (Chaff Bridge). The oldest timber bridge in Switzerland (1408). Was a part of the town's fortification. This was the only place that chaff from cereals could be dumped into the river...hence the name.
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Lucerne - cobblestone streets

Old town is only for cars, but watch out for those bikes!
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Lucerene - pubs

New idea for a franchise concept...Daddy Day Care Pubs! Besides cafes and restaurants, there are a lot of pubs in Lucerene's Old Town.
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Lucerne - Stadtkeller Restaurant

Enjoyed a local 'swiss folklore' show at the Stadtkeller. Tasted local brew and food (thumbs up to the swiss cheese fondue!).
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Lucerne - Stradtkeller

Our meal also included stage performances - music, local instruments, folk dancing, and yodelling.
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Mount Pilatus - Golden Round Trip

Our adventure in Lucerne took us up and over Mount Pilatus - called the Golden Round Trip. Our journey begins with a boat ride on Lake Lucerne to the base of the mountain.
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Mount Pilatus

You can see Mount Pilatus in the background
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Mount Pilatus - cogwheel train

After arriving by boat, we next took a cogwheel train to the top. It is the world's steepest cogwheel train running at a 48 degree angle.
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Mount Pilatus

Along the way up, we could hear cow bells tinkling.
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Mount Pilatus - hotels

Mount Pilatus is 7,000 feet above sea level. At the top, there are two hotels. Not easy to get to and costs a mint ($400/night).
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Mount Pilatus

Besides hiking, hiking, and more hiking. Mount Pilatus is also know for mountain climbing and paragliding
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Mount Pilatus

The alpine horn was used to communicate in the alps. As we hiked around Mount Pilatus, we heard these horns from each side of the mountain.
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Mount Pilatus - view

From the top, the panoramic view of the Alps is breathtaking
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Mount Pilatus - hiking

We decided to take the less rugged trail around the top.
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Mount Pilatus

Mom looking at her map. Lost on a one way trail!
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Mount Pilatus - church

Can you believe it, there is a church even up here!
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Mount Pilatus - Gondola

Our journey ended with a Gondola ride back down the mountain (on the other side).
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Lucerne - dusk

Old town is beautiful at night

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