with my pass giving three days of free travel
and two at half price on the lake steamers
plus discounts on the local mountain railways,
I was able to spend all day enjoying the sights.
The steamers were a great way to sit back
and enjoy the scenery. Some were modern diesels
while others were old paddle steamers. I visited
the summits of Pilatus and Rigi and travelled
on rack-railways, funiculars and cable cars.
with all mountain regions, the weather varied
from scorching sun to cold rain. And of course
at the top of the mountains spring was only
just beginning, the cloud could come down
suddenly and the temperature drop like a stone.
I set aside a day to relax on a round the
lake cruise, a welcome rest from going up
and down the mountains. I also found time
to visit the transport museum and to take
a train ride to Zurich.
the evenings there was little to do except
go for a stroll or have a drink in the hotel
but wanting to make an early start in the
morning meant that was not a problem. The
holiday was over much too soon. On the last
morning I checked out of the hotel and left
my case at the station. I was booked on a
train leaving in the evening so I had the
But this was May 1968, the journey home would
be very different from the one coming down.
of the Rigi and
summit of Pilatus