I’ve just arrived in Prague after a restorative week in Luzern, Switzerland. Rainy days encouraged the slow pace, however, the goal of the week was to simply rest, eat right and relax on a level not quite possible in hostels – and it was achieved. I’ve been feeling a bit worn down from travel, having an erradic sleep schedule and not eating as well as usual. Getting the right variety of nutrients had been an unexpected challenge during constant travel.
The luxury of having free time meant home cooking every meal and making sure to eat well. Of course the week involved plenty of treats! After a few tries, I figured out a decent pancake breakfast by converting an American recipe to metric measurements. Math was never my strength but I’m a bit ashamed of the disasters I created my first two attempts. A nectarine pie made for another sweet treat near the closing of the week. I must confess though that I didn’t intend to bake a pie at all but was forced to when I realized the pizza dough that I bought was actually dessert dough!
Aside from wonderful tastes the week offered amazing sound as a music festival was on at the lakefront. Free shows and art performances took place every night bringing out all sorts of people and providing an excuse to walk around after dinner.
Luzern is a wonderful base for challenging mountain routes and public transportation makes it easy (but not cheap) to reach trailheads. Only the final full day of the stay was clear enough to for a day hike and I chose Pilatus. The mountain looms over the city and the dragon tales associated with it made it seem like the perfect Luzern experience.
The hike began at Alpnachstad, an uncomplicated place to reach from Luzern while being less than an eight hour round trip. Alpnachstad is the start of the famous cogwheel railway which goes to the top of Pilatus and drops passengers off at viewing platforms and a cafe. I would have to really work for my coffee and walked the route starting behind the cogwheel rail station. The six kilometers up is very steep, winding through forest, pasture with happy cows and then a series of rocky switchbacks.
After gaining almost 1,700 meters, at the top I felt a mix of awe and relief. To the west and south are views of beautiful snowy peaks; To the east is glistening Lake Lucerne. I wish there had been another day for exploring the network of different trails around the mountain and beyond but I’m very happy with how the week progressed.
Now I’m a bit sore, still hungry and planning a few days exploring Prague!
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