Wow. What a blessing this Switzerland Trip was. Where to even start. I made this trip because I have been bringing together a bunch of landscape photos to eventually sell in a book. I was on my way to a Wedding Photographer conference called Way Up North. It was actually cheaper to travel through Zurich (which is something I would encourage people to look into when traveling to Europe). I had 8 days total, and within that 8 days I probably saw the most anyone could have ever seen. The first day and a half was spent on a airplane and train. the flight was not too bad, but just a bit longer than I have been use to. I trained down from Zurich to Interlaken where I would stay my first day and a half. Since I had a red eye flight (overnight) I was able to get down to Interlaken with time to train and Gondola up to the first destination…Mannlichen. The scenic views were absolutely amazing. Going through the clouds for the first time and seeing a new world that was above was amazing. Most every location I visited in Switzerland was very easily accessible by Train/Cable car/Gondola lift. I had a nice pop/soda on the top of the mountain. Mingled around for a bit before heading back down for the night. I got back down to Interlaken where I ate at The 3 Tells. The food was great, plenty of liquor options and of course…beer…lots of beer.
The next day I made it to Schilthorn which is known for its iconic 007 set. It is also known as Piz Gloria. It has a revolving restaurant as well as a 007 display/small museum. The views were just as rewarding as I went up above the clouds and looked across the horizon of clouds as mountain peaks jetted out like islands. It was an unreal feeling. Like a Fairy Tale. I have not seen something like this in any of the other places I have been as of yet. I was graced with a circular rainbow. I took a bit of a hike down the trail that leads down. I ended up in Murren which is absolutely amazing to see. To come through the clouds and see the tall wall of a mountain. Incredible. The fall colors just had turned.
Next I made my way via train/cable car to Jungfrau. To clarify on my trip I used the Swiss Pass to get to pretty much any city I wanted to via train/bus. In order to get to the mountain tops without hiking I took cable cars and Gondola lifts up that costs 40 Swiss Franc. Its pretty expensive but it saved me time of having to hike to get to the top (something I normally love). The trip to Jungfrau was quite a bit more expensive though. You see the lifts cost 40 Swiss franc because I got a discount with the Swiss Pass. However…the most expensive was the trip to Jungfrau…at a whopping 130 Swiss Franc. The top of Jungfrau was more touristy and westernized. Lots of fun stuff for the kids, zip lines, tube rides (at an additional cost). Not something I normally am attracted to, and wouldn’t go back alone. I would definitely go back if someone else hadn’t gone because it is definitely something to see for the first time.
I then took a Gondola Lift up to Harder Kulm. It is at the top of Interlaken. Very easy access…again 40 Franc with an amazing view of both sides of Interlaken. The weather was a bit chilly so I moved inside to eat my meal at the top.
When I came back from Sweden I had quite the eventful day. I trained up to Rhine Falls where I took an amazingly beautiful 1.5 (if I guessed right) walk on a path around the Rhine Falls area. It was beautiful as the colors just turned. The only downside is that I was carrying everything I had with me in two backpacks. I could have rented a locker but that would take extra time. The falls were neat…I didnt pay to get on the middle of it as I already spent a lot on lifts by then and rather had a nice walk.
By the time I made it to Zermatt that night it had snowed!! The first snowfall of the year! It made it extra hard to find the hotel I needed, but when I got there I had an amazing meal at the Best Western Zermatt. You will find most hotels have all the restaurants and that it is hard to find restaurants other than those. This made for an interesting hike up the 5 Seenweg. I was warned multiple times not to go but I believe you will agree that the payoff was great for it. One of my bucket list things was to see the Matterhorn and I finally did! I Hope you appreciate this. I plan to go back under normal conditions and see all 5 lakes as I cut it short due to the weather. I hiked to the furthest lake and back. I will try to get the videos