Lucerne, Switzerland in a Nutshell (+ vlog!)

Lucerne, Switzerland in a Nutshell (+ vlog!)

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Put it on your list: Lucerne, Switzerland.

I was absolutely wowed during my visit – so clean, charming, and incredibly scenic! The town along crystal clear Lake Lucerne is dazzling and the surrounding Alps put the icing on the cake in terms of not only views but endless outdoor activities.


Alpermagronen – Comparable to mac and cheese but with the added flair of oozing Guyere cheese. Often served with a side of apple sauce!

Raclette – Small grills are placed tabletop to maintain a nice molten consistency for the raclette cheese. Similar to Guyere, it’s a bit nutty but wonderful when paired with veggies, bread and potato skins. 

Rosti – A potato dish somewhat comparable to a flatten hashbrown served with bacon, onion, and cheese.


Explore Lucern’s Old Town – walk along the water, visit the famous Lion monument, walk the Kappelbrucke and enjoy views from the medieval wall, all of which are in close proximity.

Hike nearby Rigi Mountain – an easy and efficient way to enjoy a day in the Alps! Dial up Rene from ECHO Trails for a great guide!

Ferry across Lake Lucerne – ferry boats depart regularly from near bus station and provide not only transportation across the lake but are a fun experience in themselves.

Hop the Stanserhorn Cabrio Cable Car – the world’s only open top double-decker (!!) cable car flies up the mighty Stanserhorn providing stunning views and a great restaurant on top!

Other suggestions: Verkehrshaus Museum (Highly acclaimed museum of Swiss Transport), Cogwheel train up Mount Pilatus, Stroll the Saturday market


Hotel Des Balances – I absolutely LOVED my stay and gushed all about it here. Located right on the river with an amazing breakfast included, not sure what else you could want!

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  • You are just the best! Loved this and your vlog, makes me just want to take off on a solo adventure!

    • yay! So Dan’s folks just had a layover your beloved Iceland yesterday. They said it was sleeting and snowing! You stay warm up there girlfriend! 😀

      • Yes! Yesterday for like an hour or two there was a crazy storm with sun, snow, hail, rain, then back to sun. Typical Iceland style. Today it is all clear blue skies and sunshine thankfully!

        • oh hallelujah! just in time for the weekend! enjoy! 🙂

  • The slow pace

    I love it when you blog! 🙂 Lucerne looks beautiful! I’ve never thought about visiting, but hey, it looks fantastic!

    • I think you meant ‘vlog’? Or maybe you did mean ‘blog’? Either way, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      I think you should go Lucerne.. this weekend. Sound good? 🙂

      • The slow pace

        I meant vlog, ups! But I obviously love your blog too 😉
        Lucerne does sound good! But we are heading to Hamburg tomorrow! 🙂

        • ah! have an amazing time! I’m sure you will!

  • Love your vlog 🙂 I think I will have to go on a solo adventure soon!

    • Oh girl, you must! I honestly had a really great weekend… but don’t tell Dan. ha

  • Awe love your vlog! Did you use your Canon for the videos? Lucerne looks gorgeous! I think it’s time I treat myself to a solo trip 🙂

    • Yeah, I sure did! In some of the pans of Lucerne you can kind of tell that I need to clean my lens. Shame on me! 🙂

      You’ve got my vote on that solo trip!

  • Your pictures are so gorgeous! Love the video 🙂

    • thanks so much dear! it was honestly pretty fun to make, you should try it! 🙂

  • Lucerne was a place i had to skip because i didnt have enough time in switzerland! Thank you for letting me live vicariously through you! Lucerne is such a beautiful city! Love your video and the way you end it haha!
    Also, yes! Cheers to solo travel, you do really get to learn a lot from travelling by yourself (though traveling with your significant other is definitely just as fun!)

    x, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

    • ha, thanks so much Carina! Glad you liked the video, it was honestly pretty fun to make albeit a little awkward talking into the camera with the other hotel guests sitting in the balcony behind me. oh well! when you do get the chance to visit Lucerne I’m sure you’re going to absolutely adore it – if it’s not obvious, I certainly did!

      • At least they didn’t turn around and stare at you the whole time 🙂 gotta gv them that haha! Hope to see more of your videos soon. <3 your blog! 🙂

  • gorgeous! i spent some time in switzerland last year, but never had the chance to venture out of geneva. a return trip is high on my list of travel priorities!

    • there you go! I’d absolutely recommend it. did you love geneva? we only passed through en route to Annecy but it did look really pretty being right there by the Alps. 🙂

  • umm I think I need to visit the Swiss Alps like ASAP Lucerne looks so pretty!

    • it is incredibly dreamy! I would absolutely recommend you head over there – how about this weekend?! 😀

      • it’s around 100 eur p/p to get there so we will have to do it some other time!

        • ha, I appreciate your spontaneity and the fact that you actually checked. I love it! 😀

          • it’s a three day weekend, going somewhere should be a must, and we didn’t have a plan so checking was a good choice 😉

  • Lucerne is awesome. YOU are awesome. Loved the video and I’m inspired to travel solo!

    • ha, Daisy you totally made my day! Glad you liked the vlog (I felt like a complete weirdo recording myself, if it’s not obvious) and extra glad I gave you a little inspiration to get out there solo! 😀

  • super cute! loved the vlog! 🙂

    • NO… YOU are super cute. Forget Lucerne! ;D


  • Kari Guastella

    Lucerne is so amazing! It’s been ages since I’ve been there. I would love to go back!

    • I’d go back in a heartbeat too! Let’s! 😀

  • I can’t get over how beautiful it is! Love vlogs btw 🙂

    • thanks so much gal! i think the thing that gets me is how lame “vlogging” sounds. ha… maybe it doesn’t sound lame but I’m having a heard time embracing the idea of being a vlogger. it sounds like disease?

  • emilygrapes

    I absolutely loved your vlog, it was perfect! and heck, use the mirror next time. haha Talk about arms burning. 😉 I’m tellin’ ya, this is on my list! Thanks for all the tips and suggestions!!

    • ha! thanks for not judging me on my weird sense of humor. I was definitely cracking myself up as I was making this video. watch, next time I’m going to get the bright idea to make the whole thing via mirror! 😉

  • I love everything about this post!

    • haha, thanks so much Kristina!

  • Oh my word, if your photos of Lucerne look this nice, I can only imagine how the pretty the city is to behold in person. The background for your vlog was sooo dreamy! I think traveling solo would be so much fun. I’d be able to see what I want, when I want without worrying about what someone else wanted to do haha.

    • haha! you should definitely do it then! whenever things get awkward out to dinner just pull out a book or a brochure! ha!

  • Luzern is probably the prettiest city that I have ever visited! Your photos make me miss the place so much!

    Nat | Dignifiable

    • Sounds to me like you got to live there! You lucky duck, you! 😉

  • Nydia

    I’m a new reader to your blog and I am hooked! I’m a Spanish teacher in Texas and you’ve inspired me to organize a student trip to Europe! Thanks for sharing the world with us! <3

    • oh wow, Nydia that’s so wonderful! If you need any help planning or organizing the trip please let me know! 🙂

  • Julia

    Margo these photos are amazing!! One day we have to run into each other during our European travels and go on a photo crawl 😀 I LOVE the way you edit them, and you just have the most incredible eye 🙂 And, Lucerne is just a perfect European dream 🙂

  • gorgeous photos and video recap! we just visited Luzerne in May and during our visit it was rainy and gray… it was still charming, nonetheless. wish i had found your blog sooner so we could’ve tried the foods you recommended. great post!

  • Eva

    What kind of camera do you use for your photos and vloging?

  • Julia McCurry

    Hi! I love the way you travel! You experience destinations, like this trip in Lucerne, just the way I enjoy! How many days did you stay in Lucerne? Or how many would you recommend? thank you for sharing your travels.