It’s not often that one gets to visit a typical village in a different country, so while visiting Lucerne when a friend invited to his village of Safenwil, we were more than delighted.
A tiny village/town, the first settlement here was in the Roman era. This village has old rock carvings, The Eberkopf (Boar’s head), dating back to 893 AD.
We reached Safenwil on a rainy, sleepy day, and easily located our friend. It was already lunch time and we were famished from the morning walks in the meadows around Lucerne. So we headed out for a classic Swiss lunch at Gasthof St. Urs und Viktor, Urs Schwander. A not-very-small restaurant in the village, we weren’t sure what to order. So the friend and the restaurant staff helped us choose a menu as Swiss as possible.
After lunch we headed out to the woods behind the village. Although it was cold and drizzling, the thick canopy in the forest enabled us to keep walking until we reached a small man made canopied clearing, complete with a picnic table. The surrounding natural rocks have old carvings, perhaps from the era of the world wars…
Our small half a day trip to Safenwil was coming to an end as we had a long drive ahead to Paris. Bidding goodbye to our friend, we moved on, with the resolution to come back to Switzerland with more time.
When to visit Safenwil: Summers would be a good time to visit. If you want to visit for Winter season, try January- February. April-May is low season, as the snow is melting, it’s generally slightly wet too. July/August is summers and high season again. October is low season and December is Christmas!
Where to stay in Safenwil: Safenwil has some very beautiful quaint hotels, as well as an affordable youth hostel, The Zofingen.