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Winter/Spring in one image: Dual climates in Lucerne, Switzerland

Happy New Year Everyone!

I intended to take just a brief hiatus while I started a new job, but moving and settling in took much longer than expected. But now it’s back to blogging about traveling!

Today it’s going to snow much of the day, and this reminded me of my trip to Lucerne and the beautiful, unique view I had at the top of Mt. Riji. Come join me as we travel by train up a Swiss mountain!

Switzerland Lucerne Mount Rigi
Unique view at the top of Mt. Rigi

First stop, the train station where we board this cute cogwheel train up to the top of the mountain.

Switzerland Lucerne train Mt. Rigi

On the way to the top, the scenery was gorgeous!

The charming architecture against the shimmery blue Lake Lucerne was picture perfect that day, with clear blue skies.

Switzerland Lucerne train Mt. Rigi

Switzerland Lucerne train ride Mt. Rigi

Going higher on the mountain, the buildings became fewer but the greenery was so vibrant.

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

The train travels so close to some houses, it’s like you’re practically in people’s backyards!

Switzerland Lucerne train ride Mt. Rigi

Much fewer houses at this point in our journey, but the view is breathtaking!

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

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On the way up the atmosphere started to change from the vibrant green landscape to one that was snowy and foggy.

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

We passed by a sign showing both the winter and summer trails for walking at Mt. Rigi – I didn’t know yet that I’d get to see firsthand both climates from the top of the mountain!

Switzerland Lucerne train ride Mt. Rigi sign

Soon the air became so dense with fog that we couldn’t see past the side of the mountains anymore. The landscape that was serene and inspiring quickly changed to one that could be quite scary for those that hike on the mountain.

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

Switzerland Lucerne train ride Mt. Rigi

Switzerland Lucerne train ride Mt. Rigi

Switzerland Lucerne train ride Mt. Rigi sign

We’ve finally arrived at the top of Mt. Rigi! The views are back to being clear and the visibility is pretty good.

Switzerland Lucerne Mt. Rigi top

Looking out in the distance, you might even think we’re above the clouds.

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

Walking around the top of the mountain, I see the landscape that just takes my breath away: the juxtuposition of the snowy mountaintop against the bright greens and blues of the landscape below. Both beautiful and peaceful images, but striking in the feelings they invoke.

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

Switzerland Lucerne Mt. Rigi top winter summer dual climate
Unique view at the top of Mt. Rigi

If there wasn’t so much snow here, I’d like to sit on the ledge and just soak in the view of the lake and surrounding landscapes.

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

Paris in Boston Switzerland Lucerne

One last view before we board the train and head back down the mountain!

Sigh, Lucerne really is a beautiful place to visit, whether you travel there during the winter or summer. Sometimes, you are lucky enough to experience both seasons!

Switzerland Lucerne Mt. Rigi train ride

I hope you enjoyed visiting Lucerne! Have you visited before? Let me know about your trip in the comments!

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