How could I forget Switzerland?! I started to write a post about our anniversary trip about four weeks ago, but when I read it back it sounded soooo boring. And Switzerland was anything but boring! I think a little outline here will suffice and then I’ll let the photos tell the story. The map below is roughly the route of our trip, except we connected the dot at Lucerne and spent a day there before ending up back in Zurich.
NL train – Sittard to Amsterdam, KLM flight – Amsterdam to Zurich, Regional Swiss Rail – Zurich to St. Moritz. We stayed in a 3* hotel that overlooked the St Moritzersee and surrounding mountains.
Glacier Express from St. Moritz (through Chur, Disentis and Brig) to Zermatt. The Glacier Express has panoramic cars so you can see above and side to side. We sat with a nice Dutch couple from Hoofddorp. It was eight hours of one beautiful sight after another and the weather was better than expected with sunny skies all the way. We took another train up to the Gornergrat from Zermatt to see the Matterhorn as the sun set and clouds rolled in. I actually got very emotional up there (yes, I cried) because, wow, the grandeur of it all was overwhelming!
Regional Swiss Rail – Zermatt to Lucerne (through Brig, Spiez and Berne). We then took the Golden Roundtrip to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne: boat trip across Lake Lucerne, steep cogwheel railway up and then cable car and gondola down. I think that adds up to 5 modes of transportation in one day! We hiked to the very top of Pilatus — breathtaking views. In Lucerne, we strolled around town, had dinner al fresco and enjoyed an outdoor music festival.
We had a half day to finish our exploration of Lucerne: covered bridges, fortified wall/towers, Lion monument, cathedral and a very quiet old town where all the shops were closed. I love the ambience in old, narrow, empty cobbled streets! Regional Swiss Rail – Lucerne to Zurich. KLM flight and NL train back home.
Okay, now go look at the pictures and enjoy the scenery! https://smidtriptoholland.shutterfly.com/pictures/1553