(Oops this post is like 1.5 years belated HAHA I just found it in my drafts. It only covers Bern & Interlaken, we also stayed in Lucerne for 1 night and went to Geneva which was pretty chill and nice. Zan and I also did tandem paragliding in Interlaken!!! No motivation to write about them in detail now lol so I’m just gonna post this.)
On to the country that I was most looking forward to and that looking back, was my favourite part of the trip. The country where the grass seems greener and lakes are always amazing shades of blue. Switzerland!!!
I can’t remember why but we stayed a day in Bern although it’s a very small city and doesn’t have many attractions. Saw the clock tower and bear pit, then randomly walked around the area a bit. Fun fact: Bern is the capital of Switzerland and the word Bern means bear. Their city mascot is a bear and they have a “bear pit” (that’s literally what it’s called) in the middle of town.
We were just chilling by the river while Nick flew his drone, and once in a while we’d randomly see a group of people floating down the river! Cool stuff, like the lazy rivers at water parks but 100 times better.
At Interlaken, we stayed at Balmers Tent Village because it was the most affordable accommodation there. And affordable means ~50sgd per person to sleep in tents! Big canvas tents with bunk beds inside, not the camping kind. It was a bit cramped and the second night when it rained some bugs crawled into our tent lol. But overall I found it pretty okay, wouldn’t mind staying again given the price in comparison to other places. They had bbq pits too so we bought stuff from the supermarket across the road for our bbq dinner there!
We got the Swiss pass and one of the activities covered was a boat ride in one of the lakes, so we figured why not?
The boat journey turned out to be quite long (it goes one round around the lake with multiple stops) so we decided to just get off at the first stop and take a boat back in the other direction. But before going back, we took a super refreshing dip in the water first 8)
After that we went to Harder Kulm, the tallest mountain in Interlaken which isn’t actually that tall. But it has a cool lookout point where you can pretty much see the whole of Interlaken and its two lakes!
This wasn’t included in the Swiss pass but it wasn’t too expensive, worth it for the great view and the rollercoaster-ish ride up and down xD
The next day was the big day, to go up the real mountains~ One of the main reasons why we got the Swiss pass is to cover the cable car up the Schilthorn, otherwise it’s really expensive on its own. If I remember correctly, the journey was like: bus to Interlaken train station, train to Lauterbrunnen, another bus to the cable car starting point, and then a couple of cable cars to finally reach the top. But all the public transport is v on time and efficient (the buses are timed to sync with the trains) so getting around was relatively painless!
There’s a revolving restaurant at the top, and everything is James Bond themed cos one of the movies was filmed here. It’s quite cool having the theme song being played as you go up in the cable car xD Honestly for these kind of places, I think photos can never do the place justice because it’s the 360degree view + the nice weather and windy-ness + the feeling of being on top of the world that makes it special! And with photos you’re only capturing one part of the view. But I still tried anyway hahaha, here’s my pano of the surroundings:
The second-highest cable car stop has this adventure walk around the side of the mountain which was funnn. But not for the faint-hearted or those scared of heights!
After that we headed over to Grindelwald to do the Pfingstegg Rodelbahn aka toboggan ride!!!!
Dark clouds were starting to gather as we did the toboggan ride, but it was so much fun that we all decided without hesitation to go for a second round! Luckily we were just in time too, they stopped the booth after we bought our tickets. This was one of the highlights of the trip for me heh :DD would definitely recommend it if you’re going to Interlaken or around the region.