Adventures By Disney Review: Italy & Switzerland | Day 6 – Lake Lucerne
Monday, September 5th, 2022 –
Good morning, good morning! Today is a travel day and we are heading to our final “home” of our Adventures By Disney Trip – Lake Lucerne!
It definitely was a lot to go to three places over an 8-day span, but thanks to Disney’s high-class service and organization, all we had to do was make it on the bus and they took care of the rest!
Our Bus Ride to Lake Lucerne
This morning, I finished packing up my suitcase and put it out in the hallway at the last minute. It was our final hotel breakfast at Mont Cervin but I was so full I just got some kiwi and some mint tea – which had actual fresh mint leaves! Delicious!
Then everyone got on the bus and we began our journey to Lake Lucerne! The ride was quite extensive – 2 hours, a break for lunch, and then 2 more hours driving through the windy mountains of Switzerland.
I have to say, today’s bus journey was a lot windier than the first one. Everyone seemed all worried about motion sickness for the first trip and then it ended up being pretty mild, but this portion of the drive was much more intense in my opinion. (and I don’t get motion sickness!) We were literally spiraling up mountains! Our driver was PHENOMENAL, though. It takes so much talent to be able to navigate a giant bus on those roads!
If you do go to Switzerland and experience motion sickness, it may be wise to bring those motion sickness bracelets. Lots of people on the tour wore those, including my Mom, and they were very much appreciative of them!
Dead Lake for a Picnic Lunch
After two hours of fun on the bus, we arrived at the Dead Lake for lunch. It was INSANELY stunning!! This is a strong contender for one of the coolest backgrounds of the trip.
Since the trip is now officially in the second half, I was becoming very aware that it was starting to wind down! I wanted to make sure I took initiative to get photos with some of the friends we made on our trip! (especially while we were out in places with cool backgrounds!) Don’t wait – take the photos and make the memories wherever you are! You’ll be so happy you have them.
Here’s us and the California/Buffalo crew! Erica, Shawn, Rob, Tyler, Veronica, and Kristin. And it was Erica’s birthday today (blonde girl next to me) so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ERICA! 🎉 What a place to be!
Disney provided us with a little picnic lunch – I had a ham sandwich, chips, apple, and chocolate truffle. (which was more like a pudding!)
Then we got back on the bus to finish off the journey. The views and curves were so hypnotic… I actually fell asleep because I was SO TIRED. Then I woke up when we made it to Lake Lucerne!
Arrival in Lucerne
Lucerne was definitely more of a city, whereas Zermatt was more of a town. So we had a little adjustment to make when coming here. There were cars and traffic here, unlike Zermatt, however Lucerne was a city set right on the lake and it was gorgeous! There was a ton of cute architecture too!
When we got to the hotel, our rooms weren’t ready yet so we did a 1-hour walking tour of Lucerne
We saw the sad lion statue, which is one of the most famous and controversial statues here. We also saw buildings with amazing, intricate Swiss paintings on them! They remind me so much of Fantasyland at Disneyland!
After the tour, we checked into our rooms at Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern. Each room was themed after a different famous music artist or era, which was really interesting!
We had 20 minutes before leaving for the Transportation Museum & Swiss Chocolate adventure! I got my period this morning so I was dying a bit and almost didn’t go. Like I literally had decided I was going to stay back and sleep.
But at the last minute, I decided to rally and got on the bus!! Who knows if I’ll ever be in Lucerne again!?
I’m so glad I went because this was really fun and honestly one of the highlights of our time in Lucerne.
The Swiss Chocolate Adventure
We had about a 15-minute ride to get there on the bus. We began our time at the museum with the Swiss Chocolate Adventure! This was an attraction where you are a “cocoa bean” and you get to learn about the process of making authentic Swiss chocolate. The experience was a combination of Hershey Park and a trackless ride system from Disney and I loved it.
At the end, they gave us Lindt chocolate. Were we aware Lindt originated in Switzerland?! I sure forgot! No wonder it tastes so good!
I swear, this was the BEST piece of Lindt chocolate I ever had. It was velvety. I feel like they were keeping these chocolate samples at the most meticulously perfect temperature for maximum enjoyment, because it just melted in your mouth.
Another fun fact – did you know Switzerland has four official languages? And English isn’t even technically one of them? 😂 They are German, French, Italian and Romansh.
Never fear, we were never in an instance with a severe language barrier. People are so good at picking up multiple languages here that most of them actually did know a lot of English!
At the Swiss Chocolate Adventure, though, they were able to give us a great foreign visitor experience by providing little ear pieces so we could hear the narration in English. That was super helpful!
Swiss Museum of Transport
After that, we walked through to the Swiss Museum of Transport! We saw planes, trains, automobiles, helicopters, boats, and more!
Miki and I played a little transportation quiz game and I kept getting the answers right even though I had NO concept whatsoever! 🤣 I had no idea transportation trivia questions were my secret talent.
The coolest part of this whole museum, though, was this room (maze) of mirrors. It literally tricked my brain because I would see Mom’s reflection and I wouldn’t be able to tell where she physically was! And then Dad and Jon followed us in there too so it was just a big room of confusion! Who are the actual people!?
We finished off by checking out the gift shop. It was a must to bring some chocolate home from Switzerland! But be careful when you’re traveling because chocolate melts so easily – I recommend getting some in a metal tin and keeping it in whichever suitcase will be in the most temperature-controlled environment! Not saying I’m speaking from experience but… 😂
Dinner in Lake Lucerne
After our grand adventure, the bus was ready to take us back to the hotel. We basically had no time, though, because soon we were heading to dinner! Along the way, I just kept admiring all of the buildings. They’re just so incredibly detailed!
We went to a restaurant the guides recommended, with more Swiss food and it was right on the lake. The restaurant was called Pfistern!
We got a table RIGHT on the water and it was really beautiful! We got one final fondue to share, Mom got eggplant, Jon got the cordon bleu, Dad got the veal, and I got the Luzerner Pastete Mit Karotten which was a delicious, authentic pastry! (mine was definitely the best) It was all very very good.
The best part of the dinner, though, was being able to watch the view go from day to night. The reflection of the buildings and moon on the water was as dreamy as could be.
There was even a little duck that came up to our table and I was like “omg it’s like Miki and Alica arranged a Donald Duck meet and greet for us!” My Disney brain truly never turns off. 😂
We walked back to the hotel, Jon went to the bar, and I took a bath and relaxed for the rest of the night. Tomorrow is already our last full day of the Adventures By Disney. I can’t even believe it!!
Stay tuned and come back next time to see what happens next. 🙂
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