Before jumping into our last stop in Switzerland, I failed to mention our visit to the famous Lion of Lucerne monument on Tuesday. The stone carving commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 protecting King Louis XVI near Tuileries Palace during the French Revolution. We made sure to allot plenty of time knowing there would be crowds, only to discover no lines or crowds and the monument covered completely by scaffolding – it’s currently under repair!
Now on to our final destination in Switzerland; we left for Zurich via train Wednesday morning after saying an early goodbye to Becca. We arrived to a cold, windy, wet day in Zurich and made our way to our hotel (Hotel Storchen). After getting settled, we ventured out to meet our guide for our one-hour highlights tour via a Tuk Tuk! Normally these types of tours, while cheesy and touristy, can often end up being fantastic. Unfortunately, this was not one of those times! We knew we were in trouble when our tour guide stopped to show us a logo his son, the graphic designer, developed. Not the Zurich sights we had in mind! The bone-chilling cold made matters worse.
We spent the rest of the afternoon trying to warm up, and then ventured out for a fantastic dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant nearby.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of pics of Zurich due to the poor weather and how short our visit was. That said, it’s a charming town and one we will definitely visit again!
Our time in Switzerland came to an end on Thursday as we made our way to Munich via a private car. The route actually took us from Switzerland to Austria and then to Germany, so we were in three countries over the course of an hour! Our driver included two interesting stops along the way.
The first stop was in the town of St. Gallen. We only had about an hour to spend here, so we decided to visit the Abby of St. Gall, a Carolingian monastery founded in the 8th century. In addition to its beautiful and ornate interior, the Abby also features the third oldest library in the world. The library contains precious manuscripts, including some from as early as the 7th century, and the earliest-known architectural drawings on parchment.
Further into our trip and once we crossed into Germany, we enjoyed our second stop at Lindau Island – a lovely small harbor town on Lake Constance near both the borders of Austria and Switzerland.
Luckily it was a gorgeous day, and we enjoyed walking the narrow streets through the town and along the harbor. The giant lion sculpture and lighthouse (Bavaria’s only one) mark the harbor’s entrance.
Once we arrived in Munich, the final destination of our trip, we settled into our hotel and then made our way to Marienplatz and on to Hoffbrauhaus. As luck would have it, our dear friend (and hubby to my college BFF) Jeff – who is a Delta pilot – had a layover in Munich that coincided with our trip. So he joined us for dinner!
Tomorrow we begin our Munich adventures! Guten nacht!