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Published: June 21st 2017
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After breakfast we headed to the boat station of Lake Lucerne to board our cruise to Vitznau. As we had the Tell Pass, today was to be our second free day, so we didn't need to pay for the cruise. Once on board we opted to pay the small fee to upgrade to first class. I think it was around 6 CHF each, but can't remember for sure. First class placed us up on the top deck – far more comfortable and far more peaceful than in the very busy second class cabin below.
The lake cruise was spectacular, there is really no other words for it. As we cruised we could see Mt Rigi in the distance and it looked beautiful under a slightly cloudy blue sky.
After leaving the boat at the little town of Vitznau, we immediately boarded the red cog wheel train for the ride up to Mt Rigi. The train was also included with our free day on the Tell Pass. As the train rode higher and higher the views because even more spectacular. Unfortunately though, the weather clouded over and suddenly the view became totally invisible ☹. By the time we reached the
top it was snowing heavily and you could not see more than five metres in front of you.
Unfortunately the weather became so cold and snowy that it was impossible to enjoy Mt Rigi in any way. We headed inside the Rigi Kulm Hotel for a quick lunch of Goulash Soup and rolls.
After lunch we took a few photos and decided to head back down and cruise back to Lucerne. There was no view whatsoever and it was freezing cold. We caught the cogwheel back down to Vitznau to find that we had an hours wait for the next boat. We popped into a local hotel with a great lake view to while away the hour with hot coffee before boarding our boat for the ride back.
Our final dinner in Lucerne had been pre-booked a few weeks before at the Old Swiss House. We all had their signature dish of Weiner Schnitzel cooked at the table. Wow, wow, wow, it was amazing. I am totally surprised we didn't have a heart attack after the large amounts of butter used. They brought the veal schnitzels and containers of egg wash and breadcrumbs to the table. They dipped the
veal into the eggwash mixture, which the waitress said also had parmesan cheese in, then into the bread crumbs. They then cooked the schnitzel incredibly slowly in virtually an entire packet of butter! I have always cooked schnitzel quickly, but this took over twenty minutes on a very low heat. Once the schnitzel was finished they tossed the remaining breadcrumbs in with the remaining butter and tossed the whole lot with spaghetti. Never had schnitzel with spaghetti before, but the whole dish was delicious and unbelievably rich.
We finished off with a beautiful chocolate mousse (more fat!) and heavy cream. Again, totally delicious. Unfortunately I later woke in the night with a massive case of heartburn – that's what you get from all that butter ha ha.
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