Luzern + Mt. Pilatus

17.07.2016

On a sunny Sunday morning we caught a train to Lucerne to visit the top of Mt. Pilatus. This is the northernmost branch of the Alps that stretches through Lake Lucerne. Mt. Pilatus stands 2,218m high and is the home to the world’s steepest cogwheel railroad. We elected to ride an areal cablecar (called the Dragon Ride) to the top. There are many legends and stories surrounding the mountain. Many involve tales of dragons with healing powers that lived in the rugged clefts and crevices of Mount Pilatus. We did not see any dragons but did enjoy the stunning panoramic views.

 

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View from the Kapellbrüke (Chapel Bridge, a wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss River in Lucerne)

 

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View of Kapellbrüke with its Wasserturm (water tower) (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

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First segment of the cablecar ride up Mt. Pilatus

 

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Halfway there!

 

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Making the final ascent

 

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Klimsenhorn Chapel at 1,864m high

 

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Parker was reminded of his fear of heights.

 

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Overlooking Lake Lucerne

 

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A jumping off point for paragliding.

 

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Exploring the caves of Mt. Pilatus

 

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Walking along the ancient city rampart walls (built in 1386) in Lucerne with Mt. Pilatus off in the distance.

 

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Musegg Wall (photo courtesy of luzern.com)

 

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Switzerland is filled with public drinking water fountains. There are over 1,200 in Zürich alone fed by spring water pipes.

 

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It was National Ice Cream Day after all…

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