A Recap of Zurich and Luzern
When my friends and I planned our trip to the Swiss Alps, we got flights into Zurich. But wanting to optimize our travel time into the mountains, we opted to spend the first night in Luzern, an hour away by train.
The Zurich airport has a train station on the bottom floor, which made it easy to zip into the city (15 minutes to the central station). Wanting to see a little bit of the city before heading off to Luzern, we followed Rick Steves' self-guided walk to see the city viewpoint, riverfront, churches, and Lake Zurich.
We managed to quickly complete this brief overview of the city in an hour before our train to Luzern departed.
To me, Luzern was a little more picturesque than Zurich, and I'm glad we chose to spend the night there. I enjoyed our dinner at a bratwurst cart and a leisurely stroll around the city as evening set in. And I definitely sampled my fair share of chocolate. Be sure to try my favorite, Cailler while in Switzerland.
Two of the most popular places in Luzern to see are the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. The Chapel Bridge is wooden and if you look closely, you'll see the different shades of wood after a portion had to be rebuilt due to a fire. The colorful paintings and flower boxes on the bridge make it quite charming.
About a 10 minute walk from the old part of town is the Lion Monument, carved directly into the cliff by Thorvaldsen.
Due to jetlag and the need to get on our way the next day to the Alps, it was off to sleep!