The world is bigger than we could ever possibly imagine, and it’s scary to think we will never even scratch the surface in this lifetime. Even if we do travel to the same places, we see the world through different eyes, creating a unique experience. As I dive head first into travel, I am inspired by each of your adventures and am starting Sonderlust Secrets as a series showcasing this. Interested in being featured?Some places you visit, and after you leave you feel like you’ve “done” that place – that if you never had a chance to return you would feel grateful that you got to experience it that one time and that’s okay.Switzerland is not that place. Switzerland is the kind of place you could visit 100 times and never feel “done”.
Hand on my heart it is the most naturally beautiful place I have ever been, or possibly ever will go to. Switzerland in winter is particularly magical (especially for those of us who live in places where there is no snow) and somewhere like Lucerne is the perfect place to experience some of this magic because it is in the heart of the German part of Switzerland and Germans love Christmas.So, let’s talk through my perfect winter’s day in Lucerne, first though remember to have your camera charged and ready to go because you will want to take a million photos. Firstly, we’re getting up early – before sunrise in fact. Now before you freak out remember that it is the middle of winter, so the normal sunrise time is later than normal – around 7:00 or 7:30. Why are we doing this? So we can go down to the lake and watch the sunrise because this is what the lake looks like at sunrise.Next we’re going to head back to our hotel and getting ready properly for the day before going to have breakfast (and even more importantly, coffee). Appropriately attired and caffeinated it’s time to head out for the next adventure. In short, it’s time for the Christmas markets which should be just opening down by Old Town. We’re going to go and get some gluhwine (hot mulled wine) – don’t panic that it’s 11:00 AM, it’s always 5:00 PM somewhere and it’s not about the alcohol, it’s about the experience.
We’re also going to grab a wurst (sausage) and people watch for a while. Christmas markets are a huge deal in Europe; they’re everywhere and everyone seems to go to them at some point or another so it’s a lot of fun to just watch people wander by. Also if we can find them we are definitely having Czech/ Hungarian crepes. They are nothing like French crepes – they’re more like pastry arm cuffs coated in sugar and cinnamon and they are insanely delicious.With your stomach satisfied (for now anyway) it’s time to get walking again and explore the Old Town further by walking across the famous Chapel Bridge and towards the lake proper to enjoy the Christmas tree market. Actual, live Christmas trees that you can buy for your house and smell amazing (can you tell I’m Australian yet? These are a total novelty to me).
Right about now it’s probably about time to stop for lunch – and if that point you’re wondering how lunch is even a thing after the wurst and the crepes let me remind you that I am a food writer so food is sort of what I live for. Don’t panic though – if you aren’t hungry I won’t hold it against you if you decide to retreat to your hotel to have a bath and listen to Serial. Those of us who want to eat first will be joining you soon.Now that you are well rested it’s time to rug up to go for a night time walk along the river before dinner. For dinner – might I suggest the Shamrock pub? Yes it’s a British pub in Switzerland but the atmosphere is perfect for a cold night. The food is very affordable, the beer is free flowing (last time we were there we drank 2 LITRES of beer easily) and it feels cozy and welcoming. After a day of adventures it’s the perfect place to unwind. Though don’t be surprised if you end up stumbling into your hotel room at midnight because you couldn’t resist trying the schnapps.
Meghann is a food and travel writer with a passion for living awesomely. After growing up in the land of wine (South Australia) she followed her heart (and her then boyfriend now husband) to Queensland. These days she balances her time between her degree in marketing, her website, her husband (and cat) and her real life job. You can follow along with her adventures on Instagram and Twitter.