It is a beautiful ride from mundane Montreux with its vineyards, to Interlaken surrounded by three famous mountains: Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch.
Undoubtedly this was once a beautiful mountain resort, however now it has become a paradise for adventure seekers and the Disneyland of Switzerland. Nevertheless the scenery is still as beautiful as always and it is the perfect starting point to discover the beautiful area of the Bernese Oberland.
They certainly cater for tourists from the emerging markets such as China as there are many, many Asian restaurants. Chinese like the possibility to drink tea in their rooms so even in our cheap hotel there was a kettle. What Chinese tourists also love is watch shopping which they can find without a problem in Interlaken. Here they can be sure not to be fake watches.
That said we had a nice time. As always we walked away from the crowds and enjoyed the silence and the nature around us. We had dinner in the Goldener Anker, a restaurant that serves international food. They also have a large vegetarian selection so everybody was happy. Another restaurant that we passed and looked appealing is Benacus. We’ll keep that one for another evening.
Yes I still wear way toooo much pink
Restaurant Benacus in Interlaken
Trains passing in the city centre
Now the reason that we were in Interlaken was to see and hike some in this beautiful nature right? Next day we took the train to Wilderswil from where we boarded a 19th-century slow –oh so slow cog-wheel train over the Breitlauenen Alp to the Schynige Platte. The ride is pretty though and gives you the opportunity to take plentiful pictures. From there we hiked for a couple of hours and enjoyed the scenery of the mountains around us and the lakes below us. Next time in Switzerland we would love to spend more time in nature and find those more pristine places in Bernese Oberland. For now we were already happy to hike this easy trail and breath the mountain air.
Mike happy – even if we are not on the water
No time to waste once back in Interlaken we had a train to catch.
Next stop: Lucerne.
Photos: Mike & Véronique