I have now visited Lucerne twice and can say it is an exceptionally lovely place to visit. It was a wonderfully outdoorsy side trip when I was staying in Zurich and a laid back start to our Grand Tour of Europe this year. 

Reasons to love Switzerland:

  • Snowcap peaks
  •  pretzel sandwiches
  • Fondue
  • clean, clean water
  •  explosives in bridges just in case they get invaded
  • chocolate
  • great public transportation (though kinda pricy)

Reason to not love Switzerland:

  • No AC

Photos from the Train between Switzerland and Italy