That morning the clouds played hide and seek with my multicolored dreams. I was hoping that the scent of flowers would cradle my hair, as I took the road to a village just 35 kms from Lucerne. I also imagined the blue sky would dazzle me as it often does in a Swiss summer. But instead the mist changed the mood and created a romance that makes village life so unabashedly idyllic. My escape to Lungern couldn’t have got more indulgent.
LUNGERN IS MEADOW FRESH. UTTERLY CHARMING
When on Swiss roads I often let the cool cool breeze kiss my skin and gape wide-eyed with the window down. And I was amply rewarded. In just under an hour of leaving Lucerne, I got a glimpse of the tiny village with just 2000 residents. Delight waltzed with excitement as the first flush of colors hit me. No exaggeration here. My friend who hesitantly agreed to be the chauffeur for just a 2-hr stopover at Lungern, decided to make it his forever summer hideout at that very moment.
It was love at first sight.
What else do you expect, when turquoise turns to teal to emerald and then you are lost in the silence. Lake Lungern blew my mind. Perfectly balanced by pretty houses laid out almost faultlessly on a lush green blanket, it seemed magical. I once again had that Alice in wonderland feel.
DON’T SLIP IN AND OUT. STAY OVER
Well I wish I had done this trip differently and did not zip in and out that very day. I had made Lucerne home for this stay and getting to Lungern for a day was part of the Swiss experience. Scratch that out when you plan your trip here and just chill out for a week maybe. There aren’t tons of things to do. In fact very little and that’s what makes it an artist, book lover and photo lover’s, dream stop over. 2 hours turned into 4 and just that little bit more before we headed back to Lucerne.
I know just a few hours in a village however tiny is never good enough. And yes, Lungern is all about nature and people living in harmony. But I am throwing in some ideas that I managed to pluck out of my afternoon there. Pack it all into a day or over a few more if you decide to stay a bit longer. Hope the pictures inspire you to take the plunge.
Katholische Kirche (Roman Catholic Church)
From a distance the spires make their presence felt as it is atop a hill. A beautiful church, it seems almost similar in its structure to the Lourdes & is neo-Gothic in style. I could only catch it from the outside, but the view of Lake Lungern and the homes around it once you climb the church steps are quite a sight.
Hang out by the lake or go boating, kayaking…
It doesn’t matter what time you get there. There are things to do be it summer or winter. When I was sitting by the lake, hot chocolate in hand, I saw a couple of people kayaking and wished I’d planned the day in advance. You can also get onto the bicycle trails around the lake, to enjoy the shades of color.
(A wanderer’s favorite hotel)
Lungern – Turren – Schönbüel by Cable Car ~ Aerial View of the Valley
There is a cable car that I couldn’t take, as midway up the clouds had descended making visibility almost nil. But I’ve heard that the view of Lungern, really the valley and the lake is unmissable from the top. We were there in summer still the skies didn’t give me the bluest shade. Hikers though will love the trails as there are on a good day, many species of butterflies that dot the walkway. As a part of the canton of Obwalden it is centrally located in the Swiss Alps and a much coveted winter destination too for skiing.
A drive out of the village into the mountains gave me another vantage point and a glimpse of the scenic delight of the Lungerersee (Lake Lungern). Double WOW! What a great place to unwind. Wished it were closer home, so I could slip into this land in just a few hours for a yearly siesta. For now though I’ll make do with curated images on my mobile travelogue. Sigh!
Our drive back was just as enchanting. There is something about all of Switzerland and I noticed it just this time. It is made for all who seek serenity, lightness and striking aesthetic moments. Every now & then we do need to come to a space that is utterly fairy-tale like and surreal no?! I’ve heard the best way to stay awestruck is to take the Swiss Travel Pass. That way many magical moments can be savored every day. I’d say, up and down you go. In cable cars, trains and the best for a Swiss holiday, 4 wheelers (road trips rock).
So what’s your favorite memory of Switzerland?
I am discovering Switzerland in slices and it has never ceased to surprise me. Sharing all my wonder moments on Instagram @pebblewalks . Do drop by. Would love to meet you there.