Lucerne & Mürren - Travel Highlights - Day 8
We began day eight of our European vacation at Lucern’s Lion Monument. This stone carving pays tribute to the Swiss guard who died protecting King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. The Swiss guard are known for their protective forces. Right by that monument is a tourist mecca with plenty of cowbell magnets for sale.
Then Carolyn and I walked to the old city walls. We climbed up one of the towers for an elevated view of Lucerne.
It was time to head to the train station and begin our journey to the high alps of the Berner Oberland. Our train zipped past lakes and mountains while heading to a transfer in Interlaken. Notably we passed lake Brienz where my parents vacationed decades before my time.
I appreciated the design of the Swiss rail clocks displayed throughout their train stations. In Interlaken we transferred to the Berner Oberland Bahn that pushes into the Lauterbrunnen Valley. After a 15 minute ride we arrived in Lauterbrunnen. This train station provides view of waterfalls and massive cliffs.
Across the street from the train station we hopped into a cable car. What a view! Our hotel rests on the edge of a cliff. After the cable car ride we transferred to a train at Stechelberg that grinds along the cliffs past cabins with valley views. We exited the train and walked to our chalet.
We dropped off our bags and went out for a stroll around Mürren. Carolyn pointed out the native eldeweiss flower. The town furnicular ascends to the village of Allmendhubel. We watched clouds roll in in this valley of 72 waterfalls.