On Saturday morning we skipped breakfast and went directly to pick up our rental car. I rented the car from Sixt because it was the same price as other options and had a pick-up point in the city and not only at the Zürich airport as most of the car rental agencies. Car costs for four days were 297,93 CHF, which included full insurance with no personal liability and tire and glass protection. The lady at the counter really tried to sell me a better car “for a very good price” and roadside assistance service. Apparently the only car left was Smart for Four and according to her, it was absolutely awful to drive. 😀
There is a reason why I prefer to choose everything online and I was actually hoping for a Smart, so that is what we got and it was very easy and nice to drive. Of course it is not a BMW, but it worked really well for us on small Swiss roads.
Our first stop was in a town of Stein am Rhein, which was a cute super small town with really awesome painted houses.
But first things first. We needed to get something to eat! A quick google search pointed us towards La P’tite Creperie Stein am Rhein, where we had one sour crepe each and then split a sweet one. They were super helpful and even made the sweet crepe 50/50 with the fillings each of us liked.
We also enjoyed the show of some tourists on the terrace trying to take a perfect selfie, which probably took closer to 30 attempts. 😀
After breakfast we walked around and admired the buildings. This town is very small, but the main square is very fancy.
After Stein am Rhein, we continued to Schaffhausen and as a first thing we decided to climb the million stairs to the Munot Fortress.
We finally got to the top being out of breath and then noticed that there is a second entrance, which can be reached by a car. 😀 Well, daily dose of exercise was now done.
It has really really nice views in every direction from the top. The day was a bit foggy, but we still got a nice view of the city.
Schaffhausen was a bigger town than Stein am Rhein, but you can see the main sights in about an hour. Bay windows are something of this city’s feature and some people are getting creative with them. 🙂
After Schaffhausen we continued to Rheinfall to see the waterfalls. After such a dry summer, the level of water was very low, but there was still a good amount of water in the falls.
It was a surprisingly hot day and it felt great to be near the water.
I never managed to figure out how people got on that one rock in the middle. Maybe by boat somehow?
After Rheinfall we drove to Seeburg Swiss Quality Hotel near Lucerne. We got a good-sized room and breakfast was included in the price (128,95€ + a few euros in city tax). The hotel was on the shore of Lake Lucerne, but of course our windows were not facing the lake. 😉
We headed to Lucerne to have dinner and well, I thought that Lucerne would be much much smaller. It turned out that it is in fact a big city with big city traffic. After searching for a parking spot for like 20 min, we gave up and decided to park in the nearest parking garage and just walk. We found one of the last spaces in the parking garage and luckily our car was small enough to fit into it as the car next to it was so huge that it barely fit into their parking spot.
After that we started walking as I had researched a couple of restaurants for us. As I had no idea at what time we would be in the city, I didn’t book anything and that turned out to be a big mistake. First we tried Zur Werkstatt, which was fully booked and then a couple of other restaurants in the 1 km radius with the same results. We finally stumbled upon STERN Lucerne, which is a hotel restaurant and managed to get a table at the bar. It was super cozy and the staff was nice, but the food unfortunately was not that good. I also didn’t try any wine as I was worried about getting out from the tight parking spot and didn’t want to have any alcohol because of that. Normally I’m fine to take one glass of wine with dinner when I’m driving.
We managed to snap a couple of pictures while walking back to our car after dinner.
And of course we just had to take a photo of the Kapellbrücke, which is like the most famous thing in Lucerne. 😀 It was actually very nice and cosy in the dark.