7.17.2012

264. Lucerne | Snapshots

Breakfast at my hotel on the second morning in Lucerne, Switzerland. I came here for the first time in 2007 on my previous Eurotrip, and this city was my absolute favourite during that trip. I still remember the feeling I got when I saw Kapellbrücke for the first time. But when I came again a couple months ago, I didn't enjoy it for a few different reasons:

1. Somehow it slipped my mind until 2 days before that I still needed to book a flight or train to Paris, so I got really stressed by that. Don't want to get too much into it but I spent hours searching until I finally got my ticket. I swear during my 2 days in Lucerne I spent the most time at their train station!! (But I won't complain. Swiss boys are cute/good people-watching)

2. I was REALLY REALLY looking forward to staying at the Villa Honegg - I got such a nice room booked too..but unfortunately I had to cancel it as I had no way to get there. It's a bit outside the city so the transportation there would've cost too much time and money (train with all my luggage, taxi, then having to go back to Lucerne to catch my Paris train, etc). Originally I thought my friend (with a car) was going to come with me to Lucerne, but then he wasn't able to..so without a car it was too inconvenient. I really regret not going there now. THIS WOULD'VE BEEN MY ROOM!! ugh. I think it would've been worth it. The hotel people were so nice though - they let me cancel my room, free of charge, even when I called them less than 24hr to do it. I will most definitely stay here next time I come to Lucerne.

3. The first night here I stayed at the Balances Hotel, which was AMAZING. I'm going to do a full review on it in a later post - I loved it a lot. They were fully booked the second night (the night I was supposed to be at Villa Honegg) so I had to do a last minute booking at some other hotel..after extensive searching I chose Hotel Monopol, (pictured above) which was a big mistake. Maybe I'm too picky with hotels but I didn't like this one at all. It was my least favourite out of all my others this trip..didn't really seem like a 4-star =\ The only good thing is the location - directly beside their train station, so at least I was able to catch my train to Paris on time..

4. I came to Europe by myself and went around all the cities by myself (for the most part), and for the first time during the trip I started feeling really lonely when I came to Lucerne. There wasn't much to do here, everything closed early, I was too stressed out, and this was right after I visited Munich (where one of my friends from Germany spent those 3 days with me) so I had to adjust to being by myself again. In all the other cities I loved going around by myself because it was a lot easier to meet locals and there was more to do, but Lucerne was different. Oh & the Monopol Hotel charged a ridiculous fee for the Internet, so I wasn't able to use it..which made me feel even more cut off from the world.

Ahhh this is like the most depressing post so far. I'm going to stop writing about the negative things now because I DO love this city and I love Switzerland. I went to Zurich as well, then Paris for 6 days afterwards and had the BEST time there. Really, the best time of this entire year probably :) hahah. So that made up for anything else I didn't enjoy in the other cities. I think I'm writing too much in this post - is anyone still reading up to this point?! I'll just end with some more random photos..









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  1. Sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience in Lucerne. I have never ever been to Switzerland (other than connect flights) so I can't really voice an opinion. It looks like a nice place though. xo

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    1. You should go sometime..Switzerland is beautiful :D
      The reasons I didn't enjoy it this time didn't have much to do with the actual city..I'd still love to return in the future!

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  2. ahhh! That breakfast looks amazing! That place looks amazing, I just wanna escape from LA for a while and go to place like that...


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    1. Switzerland is perfect to "escape" to if you want some relaxation!

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  3. Sucks that you didn't get to fully enjoy the place because of stress but your photos are gorgeous, no signs of stress at all lol and I'm glad everything worked out in the end! I hear a lot about high charges for internet fees in Europe so I was so happy that my hotel had it free lol

    I think that's so cool you have friends around the world =D and how sweet of them to take you around!

    P.S No, I don't think you write too much in this post, in fact I'd love it if you wrote more hehehe

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    1. aw thanks so much hahah..I always think I write too much then worry it gets boring since I tend to ramble at times

      yea I was there and remember thinking to myself "why do I feel so stressed in a place that's so calm and peaceful?!" ALL my other hotels had free internet except that one =\

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  4. hello, great post. Sorry to hear about your bad experience. I love the pictures. It is so nice to visit your blog and see all these amazing places. I don´t travel often, so I really enjoy your lovely posts:)

    xx chris

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  5. Gorgeous photos!

    I went to Lucerne in 2003 with my family and loved it! I wish I could have gone back when I was in Europe last year but I didn't have enough time - there's so many wonderful places to visit in Europe!

    Jess xx

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  6. great photos. I love Switzerland and have quite a few good friends there. normally I go to Basel for the ART Basel in June. this year has been the first in ages that I couldn't make it. sigh. I miss it. and the food. it's soooo good. and the chocolate....

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    1. I stopped at Basel briefly to switch trains on my way to Paris..spoke to a man there who told me I must visit Art Basel sometime so it's on my to-do list!

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  7. im so glad you still had a lovely time. i'd definitely say you're a great inspiration to people who have wanted to take a trip like this for a long time but don't have anybody to do that with. and that view in Lucerne!! oh my god! so fabulous!

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    1. thanks so much! travelling alone is really a great experience. I prefer it over travelling with others now

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  10. beautiful photos Tiffany! They made me want to be there too!:) Kisses!

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  11. Nice shots darling seems like you're travelling so much lately !

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  12. that bridge reminds me of the sleepy hollow!!

    love all of them :D

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  15. absolutely amazingly gorgeous!

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  16. Mmm your breakfast looks delicious! Gorgeous photos.

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  17. Your pictures are fantastic. I think it is so brave to travel around the world by yourself. It would be so nice to do what you wanted when you wanted to.

    *Erin

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  18. Oh I LOVE Zurich...it's one of my fav places in the world!

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  19. Wow all the sites and buildings are so pretty. So much different from where I live. Wish I can go here someday

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  22. so beautiful photos..thank you for visiting me..! xxx

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  24. Hey ! thanks for your comment

    Looks like a nice city, what a tiny breakfast though, but I love strawberries

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    1. it was a buffet breakfast ;]

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  25. Stunning pictures!!!^^

    xoxo

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  26. yes, it's a beautiful city! I was there a couple of years ago. gladly traveled back together with your beautiful photos!

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  27. woww so BEAUTIFUL!! it looks like a fairy tale :D :D

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  28. Such beautiful photos- I would love to go there someday. X

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  29. Hey !
    The photos are so beautiful !
    Your breakfast looks delicious by the way :)

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  31. oh my goodness...I'm totally blown away, what a truly beautiful place!!!

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