27.05.2015 - 27.05.2015
The weather in Luzern has finally cleared up and we woke up to a bright sunny day. After breakfast we headed to the train station to start the Golden Circle tour of Mount Pilatus. First, we took a boat across Lake Luzern to the bottom of the mountain.
Then we took a 150-year-old cogwheel train up to the top of the mountain. Each train compartment holds eight people and it takes about 30 minutes to reach the top.
From the mountain we saw these very exciting views:
We ate lunch in the cafeteria on the mountain. I had bratwurst (that tasted more like Polish sausage to me; it wasn't spicy like what we think of as brats) with french fries and apple strudel.
We then took the gondolas back down. You first go part of the way down in a large gondola. Then you get off and switch to a smaller one for the rest of the journey down. As soon as we went down a little bit we were out of the clouds. However, it was still hazy so the pictures from there didn't turn out. Then you take a bus back to the Luzern train station to complete the circle.
It was fun to take the train and gondolas but very disappointing that all we saw at the top of the moutain was snow and clouds. Oh well, we consoled ourselves with some ice cream when we got back into town. That usually works.
Tonight we are doing what is called the Night Watchman's Tour. It is part walking tour part ghost stories. Hopefully it is good. Then tomorrow we are on to Italy! Our time in Luzern went really fast. I must say, though, that I am ready to get back to a country where I know enough of the language to figure things out a little easier. So I will next talk to you from Genoa, Italy!