After a few nights to relax on Hinderfeld Farm, where the only sounds that broke the silence were birds and animals (and us laughing after too much wine), we were ready to head into Lucerne (Luzern), a small city that sits amid snow-capped mountains on Lake Lucerne.
The city was only a 15-minute bus ride from the farm. We left Spycher mid-morning, walking up the road to the bus stop. The walk took twice as long as it should, because of the many stops we made to admire the beautiful scenery and say hello to all the animals we saw along the way.
We eventually made it onto the bus, and soon pulled into central Lucerne. We wandered along the bank of the Reuss River, hungrily eyeing up the delicious food and colourful flowers on display at the markets. As it was Easter Sunday the following day, a lot of people were stocking up on food and decorations for the celebrations, and the stalls were bustling.
From this side of the river, you could look straight across the crystal clear water at the beautiful painted buildings on the bank of the old town.
After the boys got themselves a spinach and feta pastry, we crossed to the other side of the river, via the very pretty covered footbridge, Kapellbrücke.
Once under the roof of the bridge, you walk beneath a series of interior triangular frames, painted with scenes from Lucerne’s history. There were originally 158 paintings, however a fire on the bridge has left it with just 33 restored paintings, which are dotted along the interior of the bridge as you wander further along the walkway.
We arrived in the busy Old Town of Lucerne and, to escape the crowds, walked up the hill to the Museggmauer; an old city wall featuring 9 towers, including one large clock tower, built in 1535.
From up here, you could properly admire the beauty of Lucerne, including the stunning snow-capped mountains that stood all around us.
We climbed up into the clock tower and walked along the wall, before descending down the stairs and back along the river.
Strolling past the façade of a crumbling house with green-painted shutters, covered in beautiful springtime wisteria…
…and onto our lunch spot!
I had booked us into riverside restaurant Mill’Feuille, and we were sat at a table with a view out to the river.
The stylish restaurant served all-day breakfast and brunch, plus an unusual pan-European menu. We opted for some mixed mini-smörrebröd (rye bread covered with delicious toppings like cream cheese & chives, salmon and tzatziki with tomato) to share.
For our mains, I couldn’t go past the knusperli (as I’d never heard of it before); slices of trout in panko breadcrumbs, served with homemade fries and sour cream. It might not look like anything special, but it was incredible and the fries were so crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
After a filling and tasty meal, we were all feeling a little sleepy, and walked back to the bus station, via the river, for our final night in Switzerland.