Switzerland might just be the most beautiful place on Earth. The views are breathtaking and the options for adventure are endless. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
The wedding and honeymoon are officially over but there’s no shortage of excitement and upcoming change over here. Apartment showings are being scheduled and we are off to find our new Colorado home in less than a week. (Eek!)
But before I move on to the Rockies, lets talk about the Alps…because they were seriously amazing. And while Slovenia, Croatia, and Germany were beautiful, the natural sights of Switzerland were nothing short of mind-blowing. The Swiss Alps offered up something unlike anything I had ever seen before. The last time I was this blown away was probably the day I landed in Paris and experienced Europe for the first time seven years ago.
Our trip began in Interlaken, where we stayed in a small bed and breakfast that was equipped with a beautiful view (below). Interlaken serves as a gateway to alpine villages, especially within the Jungfrau region of the Alps, where we were heading. We used the city for exactly this purpose, giving it a quick tour before resting up for days ahead.
Breakfast offered by our host was pretty typical of what we experienced throughout Europe. An assortment of freshly baked breads, marmalades, honey, butter, cheese, boiled eggs, and cured meats. Considering that dairy products are somewhat of a staple in Switzerland, strict vegans or anyone with a lactose intolerance would be wise to plan ahead a bit.
After breakfast, we hopped into our rental car and got moving. We spent our first full day in Switzerland touring small villages nested in the Alps just above Interlaken. Our first stop was near Lauterbrunnen (we just drove “up” until we could drive no further), where we were surrounded by quiet hiking trails and (more) incredible views.
The hike was steep and admittedly had my legs burning and lungs gasping for air in no time…but it was all easily worthwhile in order to surround myself with nothing but waterfalls, cloudy peaks, green trees, and, of course, my new husband(!)
The next stop was near Grindelwald, located just over the peaks from Lauterbrunnen. Here we explored one of the first European chair lifts and boulder-hopped along streams before stopping for a much-deserved beer at a nearby hotel. (Post-hike beers are just better, am I right?)
From Grindelwald, we drove down to the lakeside town of Iseltwald before setting off on a white-knuckled ascent through Grimsel Pass and finally arriving at Betten Dorf, the village that would be our home for the next three nights.
We lucked out and found an amazing apartment in a 500 year-old house with a private apartment and terrace on Airbnb. The views were like nothing else in this world (the below photo was taken from our bedroom window).
We first attempted to explore the village by bike but the hills served as a quick reminder that I was, most certainly, not in Chicago anymore. I opted for
walking climbing around town instead.
While I could have explored Betten Dorf’s hills for days, we knew that a trip to Aletsch Glacier was an absolute must while in the Betten-Bettmeralp area. The largest glacier in the Alps, Aletsch spans 23 kilometers (14 miles) and is accessible by cable car.
There are no words…so, photos:
I wish I could say more about veg food in Switzerland, but this was one part of the trip that was definitely less focused on what we ate. We were fully satisfied with the simplest of fares as we took in all that the sights Switzerland had to offer and mostly cooked from our Betten Dorf home. We had coffee on our terrace in the mornings and prepared simple dinners like pasta or pizza with a bottle of wine in the evenings. Then, time for cribbage.
Fellow travelers…have you ever been to Switzerland? Did I leave anything out? I want to hear all about your adventures in the comments below!