Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

The fifth leg of my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Pilatus 'The Dragon Mountain'; a massive hill towering some 2,128m above Lucerne in the Swiss Alps.

Photograph of Mount Pilatus, Switzerland

I spent the whole day doing the round-trip, reaching the peak via cable car and hiking various cliff-edge paths and tunnels. The highlight of my day was listening to a group of Americans discussing the varying quality of french fries they'd encountered during their trip to Europe, referring to it as 'the cuisine'.

Photograph of Mount Pilatus, Switzerland

After guzzling the biggest Bratwurst I'd ever seen, I caught the cogwheel train down the other side of the mountain to a ferry waiting at the bottom. By the time we chugged across Vierwaldstättersee lake to Lucerne, it was late in the afternoon and the sun was low, which made photography pretty tricky but ultimately rewarding.

Photograph of Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland

This is spectacularly beautiful part of the world, that seems to fill my heart at every corner. My photos can never really do it justice.

Photograph of Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland

After half an hour or so, windswept and sunburned, I dismbarked the ferry and caught a bus back to Kriens, where my trusty Triumph Bonneville was waiting.

These pictures were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary in medium format, 35mm film and digital.