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January 22, 2016

My First Time In The Swiss Alps


Alright, let’s all admit it – if you’re like me and have been bit by the travel bug, you probably also have the Swiss Alps on your bucket list. I know I sure did, and I was lucky enough to get to cross it off this past summer on my Europe trip with EF College Break! And I can assure you, it was nothing short of a magical day.

Swiss Alps

Engelberg, Switzerland

We stayed in a ski resort town about 40 minutes outside Lucerne, Switzerland. The town was nearly deserted because we were visiting in the off-season, which made it one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been! Our hotel was surrounded by some of the largest mountains I’ve ever seen; not a bad way to spend a couple of days.

We drove to Lucerne in the morning and spend the morning exploring the city and soaking in the cool, sunny weather. Lucerne is one of the cleanest and prettiest cities I have yet to visit; it sits right next to Lake Lucerne and The Reuss river runs through the city. It’s not very big and you can easily see everything in a couple of hours, so we got to relax and enjoy it instead of feeling rushed. The only downfall is that Switzerland is very expensive, so we had to stick to grocery store items for our meals!

Luzern, Switzerland


Luzern, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Next, we boarded a ferry across Lake Lucerne towards the Alps! Riding across the lake with the sun shining and the mountains surrounding us was such a dream. We actually ended up getting on the wrong ferry and had to go across the lake twice, but it was so beautiful that none of us were mad about it.

Lake Lucerne

Nope. Nothing pretty to see here.

Lake Luzern

Once we arrived at the base of the Alps, we took a train up to the top of Mt. Rigi. When I say train, I mean the type that looks more like a toy than an actual train. Riding it up the mountain was slightly terrifying, but with every foot we climbed, we became more and more amazed at the sights around us!

Swiss Alps Mt. Rigi, Switzerland

And then we got to the top. Cue angelic music.

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To make this day even more epic, we found out we were riding a cable car down instead of taking the train.

Mt. Rigi, Switzerland

Mt. Rigi, Switzerland

Seeing the Swiss Alps is definitely something everyone should do at least once! Even though we were only here for a couple of hours, it’s an experience I’ll never forget. Next time I’m there, I’ll be sure to try paragliding!

Swiss Alps Travel Guide

Have you been to the Swiss Alps? Comment below and share your experience!

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  1. Molly says:

    Switzerland is by far one of my favorite countries in Europe. My first trip here was back in 2007 after I graduated high school and we had a stop over in Luzern. We got there at night so there wasn’t much to see, but that next morning when we opened the door to our hotel room my jaw hit the ground. I knew in that moment I wanted to make a trip back to Switzerland. It is because of my that trip that I chose to study abroad in Switzerland in the smaller southern town of Lugano. If you ever make it back to Switzerland you should definitely try and get over to Lugano and the neighboring town of Bellinzona!

  2. Florence says:

    Hi Sunny Traveler 🙂
    I used to go to the Italian Dolomites when I was a child and because I am a “sunny traveler” too, I always go to “sunny” or “almost-sunny” places now… I have to admit, that seeing your pictures I would like to take a mountain trip sometime soon …
    Ps: Let me know, if you want to join ! 🙂

  3. Pretty cool photos! I really like Switzerland, especially going to the Swiss Alps and spending time hiking and exploring nature. Hardly anything can beat the stunning landscape of the Alps. Keep up with great work.


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