By now you must have an idea of just how much I love architecture in Europe, the old buildings, bridges, etc. I tend to choose my destinations based on just how different the buildings will be. Bring on Switzerland for reasons that has absolutely nothing to do with buildings or the age of anything. Bring on Switzerland for its pure natural beauty. There’s a reason why this country is rated as having the happiest citizens in the world. They’re in the top 3 to be exact. (TL)
When we drove into Switzerland from Italy our Tour Leader asked if we wanted to go via the scenic route to Interlaken, where we would be spending the night in the Swiss Alps region. Now there’s scenic routes and then there’s Swiss scenic routes. We were fortunate enough to have an extremely experienced bus driver because I’m not sure just any run of the mill driver could navigate those highland roads up the mountain which allowed us to see the most breathtaking views of the country. (AM)
We arrived at the Alpenrose Hotel, which was our home for the evening and to our wonderful surprise, discovered that the owners were South African! Click here for more on this quaint and cozy hotel
Immediately I decided to interview the owner, Ryan Kruger, for radio not only because he is a South African doing well abroad, but also because he was just so much fun!
I go to spend my free day searching for Heidi and Pieter ☺ (TL)
Whilst Girlfriend took a leisure day I headed up the 4000m high Jungfrau summit with the rest of the crew. She had already seen this on her previous trip to Switzerland. I’d like to tell you that we did this in a more hardcore manner, it was actually pretty stress free because there is a train that takes you from Interlaken straight up to te top.
TRAVUL TIP: Do not be late for any public transport in Switzerland. Every runs like clock work. If you are on time, you are probably already late.
The beauty of taking the train up besides the obvious, is that you still get to see the lovely views as you ascend and descend the mountain and theres even a midway stop to allow you to get off and take some more pictures. This railway line was built in 1912 and goes through a 7km tunnel through the mountain which took 14yrs to create. It really doesn’t even sound that long when you consider what a mammoth task that must have been with the equipment of that age.
At the top of Jungfraujoch which is the flat part of the mountain that connects Jungfrau and Monch peaks and is also a glacier. It’s very hard to describe these views as they really look like something out of a National Geographic book.
So once you get to the top, you’d think that it’s enough to just take in the views and chill but there’s actually quite a lot of activities and restaurants at the top including the highest Lindt Factory in the world because whats the point of climbing a 4000m mountain in Switzerland if you can’t have some Lindt chocolate when you get to the top. You can get on a zip line that takes you across the glacier or slide down the snow on one of those rubber rings. I didn’t partake in any of those however. Because snow. Because cold.
In case you hadn’t already figured it out Interlaken means “between lakes” in German and is located between the two lakes of Brienz and Thun. There are a number of other sights in the region besides Jungfrau. Trips to the lakes, waterfalls and other adrenaline sports are also available for those looking for slightly higher blood pressures. We were quite content with the relaxed options but each to their own. (AM)