Switzerland

Summer 2014

Day 1

We began our journey in the small village of Lauterbrunnen, tucked in the Jungfrau (Bern) region of Switzerland. Located in the middle of a small valley, its surrounded by stunning mountain ranges which make for an incredible view wherever you look. Our first adventure was a hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. Upon reaching the top, we had lunch with some fancy cheese.

After our lunch break, we took the train to Eigergletscher station, and then hiked down to Alpiglen. It was a moderately difficult hike. There is a waterfall along the way that is breathtaking and made every single step worth it.

Day 2

At the crack of dawn, we took the train to Wilderswil. This was where we took a small cogwheel up to the Schynige Platte. From the top, we could see unique views of the mountain ranges of the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau. We could also see the expansive lakes scattered along the Swiss landscape. From a single point, if you turned in a circle, all the lakes and mountain ranges of central Switzerland would come into view.

Day 3

The Sphix, one of the highest observatories in the world, is almost 12,000 feet above sea level. The only way to reach is by a train which climbs the steep mountain sides. At the top, there is an amazing view of the surrounding areas. More than the view, there are also many activities. On a sleigh, two huskies pulled me across a windy route along the top of the mountain, which was an exhilarating experience.

For lunch, we went to the Lobhorner Hutt, where I enjoyed hard cider, soup, fresh bread and raclette, right in front of a beautiful view of the Jungfrau. After, we went down a simple one-hour trail around the base of Mönch to the Mönchsjochhütte. Because of the thin atmosphere it was difficult to breath, and so we had to take many breaks along the way. Even so, the views along the hike made it all worth it.

Day 4

For our relaxing day, we took a cable gondola to roam Grindelwald. From there, we hiked a little bit to the top for a view of the lake. We then took a gondola to Aare Gorge.

Day 5

We took a cruise across Lake Brienz from Interlaken to Brienz. It was beautiful to see the buildings along the coast, and castles perched up in the trees right by them. After, we went to the Open Air Museum. We then visited Brienz by boat, which showcased fine woodworking and a beautiful view of Giessbach Waterfall.

Day 6

We took a train to Bern, where we visited the Rosengarten. The scenery from the train was beautiful. On the ride, I soaked in the unique environment and landscape and forgot about the rest of the world. From there, we walked to Bear Park and Altstadt.

Day 7

We took a cable car from Schilthorn to Gimmelwald, where we had a delicious lunch at Pension Gimmelwald. From Trümmelbach falls, we took a small cable car to Grütschalp. We then went to Murren, where we walked through the village and explored a little bit of the culture. After, we went up to Schilthorn, and then hiked to Grütschalp in the Jungfrau region.

Day 8

We went to Brienz, where we saw the Chapel Bridge and explored the old town. In the afternoon, we took a boat ride on the lake.