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A Visit to Zurich & Lucerne Switzerland

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Switzerland

Switzerland

I have been fortunate enough to visit Europe many times with plenty of charming cities catching my eyes and heart. Still, my last visit to Switzerland, especially to Zurich & Lucerne, undoubtedly compelled me to feel that Switzerland is a place where beauty gets its meaning. It’s a small country located in the centre of Europe bordering countries like France, Germany, Austria & Italy. Still, due to its majestic beauty, it is a dream destination for everyone with wandering lust. I have an undoubted belief that Switzerland really does have something for everyone.

I visited this beautiful country in June July 2019 while being on an educational trip to visit different universities and colleges in Europe. My flight was from India to Warsaw in Poland, from where I reached Zurich, and then I boarded a train to reach Lucerne.

Somewhere in surrounding of Lucerne

Somewhere in surrounding of Lucerne

Day one in Lucerne

Lucerne is one of my favourite cities I have ever visited. The city's beauty is so awesome that you don't find enough words while trying any description. My host from IMI Switzerland, Ms Greta Frey, came to pick me in her car. I was really amazed to see the beauty and magical ambience everywhere, in nature, in architecture, in monuments, parks, and all public places. Three large mountains touching the shores of Lake Lucerne surround City. It makes you feel like standing in some beautiful painting. So many ancient churches add more value to their beauty. Chapel Bridge is a popular landmark connecting the centre of Lucerne. Chapel Bridge is the biggest wooden covered bridge in Europe, dating back to the 17th century. On the walls of the bridge, so many paintings depicting Lucerne’s history and culture are fixed. In 1993, the bridge was burned, and many paintings were destroyed in the fire.

Chapel Wooden Covered Bridge

Chapel Wooden Covered Bridge

Another View captured from Bridge

Another View captured from Bridge

After checking in to my accommodation at IMI College, I wasted no time settling out my evening and nighttime. The friend’s group I was a part of during this visit added more unforgettable memories to the trip. We all friends planned to visit an open traditional market, shop craft shops, snack on ice cream, and enjoy eatables and drinks. It was really a lifelong experience sitting with friends, having chilled beer and other drinks as few of us were not having beers. We spent almost a long evening enjoying ourselves together. There was an open cultural show that made our visit really mind-blowing and unique.

Mt Pilatus is Lucerne's landmark

Lucerne’s best things are its proximity to nature, beautiful lake, and mountains surround the city. Mount Pilatus is Lucerne’s landmark with an incredible panoramic view where you can spend as much time as you wish. There are so many activities that you can enjoy in the snow. As we had limited time, we couldn't enjoy every activity, and I feel there are so many such things that give reason to visit there again.

Mt Pilatus

Mt Pilatus

Lucerne Lake attracts you

Lucerne Lake attracts you all the time, whether it’s early morning or late evening. So many nature-loving people, swimmers spend time on the beautiful banks of the Lake. I spent more than a week in this beautiful city, and the lake was my favourite place to spend my evenings. So many memories filled with nature’s beauty are still fresh in my mind, and I feel I can’t ever forget those scenic & peaceful moments.

View of Lake from the terrace of IMI Institute

View of Lake from the terrace of IMI Institute

You feel like sitting in the lap of nature

You feel like sitting in the lap of nature

The beauty of the Lake is awesome, and while standing on the edge, you can't stop saying, what a beautiful place to stay few more moments! Crystal clear greenish-blue water with a backdrop of mountains makes a majestic panoramic view that relaxes your mind and soul.

Visitors enjoying at Lake

Visitors enjoying at Lake

Greenish Blue water is beauty of Lake

Greenish Blue water is beauty of Lake

Hospitality Options in Lucerne

Switzerland has many things on its list like chocolates, Cheese, banking, majestic natural beauty, punctual trains, and finally, hospitality management education. It is home to the world’s top-ranking institutes for hospitality & leisure management. Switzerland is called the ‘home of hospitality, a welcoming destination for tourists since the 18th century. Natural beauty and amazing landscapes made it a must-see destination worldwide. The very first hotel schools were started during the late 19th century.

IMI Institute of Hotel Management

IMI Institute of Hotel Management

Campus IMI Institute

Campus IMI Institute

In Lucerne, I visited two hospitality schools. Both are running various courses from Diploma to Master degrees. In the curriculum, students learn every detail of all departments and every role. As the IMI Institute of hospitality arranged my stay, I observed their teaching method more closely and met students studying there. Another institute I visited was BHMS. Almost the same courses are offered, including MBA in Hospitality management. Different programs on food & beverage services, reception, room management, cookery are available in these Institutes.

BHMS

BHMS

Campus BHMS

Campus BHMS

Campus BHMS

Campus BHMS

...another city I visited: Zurich

Another beautiful city that I visited during my trip was Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, which is also the social and cultural hub of the country. Rich in history, natural beauty, and notable architecture, Zurich is also known as the country's financial capital. Lake Zurich and the Limmat River add more beauty to this beautiful city. The charming streets of the old town make you feel awesome with its stunning scenery. So many gorgeous places you can’t miss visiting include Beautiful Oldtown, where while walking you will get everything like monuments reminding your city’s history, restaurants, medieval houses, Old Churches. Lake Zurich is the perfect place for boating, swimming, and other activities to make your trip worth it. A boat ride can help you to get a full view of the city’s surroundings. The city has so many other things to pamper you.

Train route from Zurich to Locerne

Train route from Zurich to Locerne

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jaspal Singh

Comments

Bhawana Bhawana on January 16, 2021:

Jaspal very beautiful country with love everywhere.

And u are surely a nature lover.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on August 05, 2020:

Lee Barton. Thanks for sharing your valuable comments and appreciating words.

Lee A Barton from New Mexico on July 26, 2020:

Beautiful photos! I enjoyed reading your article and envy you your visit to Switzerland.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on July 05, 2020:

Liza. Thanks for adding experience of your husband. It’s certainly a beautiful country. You must plan visiting Switzerland.

Liza from USA on July 03, 2020:

Lovely pictures of Switzerland. I always wanted to visit Switzerland but, I haven't had luck yet. My husband went to Switzerland about four years ago for work. He took some beautiful photos of Lucerne and Zurich whilst he was taking a quick tour before returning back to the work plant in Germany. Thanks for sharing your beautiful visit to Switzerland, Jaspal.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on June 05, 2020:

Lisha, Thanks for adding your valuable comments. Lucerne Lake is beautiful place to visit. You can’t stop yourself without admiring natural landscape there.

Lisha C on June 04, 2020:

Thanks for the great article. I have seen so many incredible images of Lake Lucerne. Hopefully, I will get a chance to visit someday.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on May 30, 2020:

Chitrangada Sharan. Thanks for adding valuable comments. Keep visiting my hubs in future as well.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on May 30, 2020:

Prantika Samanta. Thanks for your appreciating comments. It’s really a beautiful country. Lucerne is also must see destination. I wish you plan your trip.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 30, 2020:

A well written, informative article about a beautiful place. It’s on my list, let’s see when.

Wonderful pictures, and related details. Thanks for sharing this.

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on May 29, 2020:

Switzerland is one of my favorite vacation destinations and is already there in my bucket list. In the wake of COVID, my travel plans have gone for a toss. However, once everything falls in place, I would love to visit the place at the earliest. The beauty is indescribable and your article has increased my interest level. The lovely pictures are enticing.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on May 29, 2020:

Dear CV Singh, Thanks for appreciating words.

C V Singh from India on May 29, 2020:

Good description of spots visited supported with beautiful photographs.

Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on May 28, 2020:

Dear Liz, Thanks for adding your valuable comment. It's really a must see destination so you must plan visiting this beautiful place. Never miss adding Lucerne.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 28, 2020:

I have not been to Switzerland for many years. Your interesting article reminds me of what I am missing. It is a very scenic and beautiful country.

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