July 2017 (TR#17)
For a change, the highlight of the trip was not about the beauty of the Switzerland but a family reunion ! Four of us traveled from all 4 different cities from 2 continents to meet at a central place, which is happened to be Switzerland !
We had planned a 5D/4N trip with 3 nights in Interlaken and 1 night in Zurich. Instead of renting a car, we decided to use the Swiss Pass which can be used on any mode of the public transport, which is considered to be one of the best in the world. The trains were amazing – clean & on time. The google map was so helpful in identifying the trains and its connections to reach to the destination.
We stayed in the Hotel Rössli in Interlaken. We had booked it based on the excellent reviews and it turned out to be better than expected! Really enjoyed the breakfast.
On the first day, we took a cruise from Interlaken to see the Alps and experience the cruising in clean & blue water. We got down at Spiez and came back to Interlaken by train. For the dinner, we tried the signature dish of the Switzerland – “Cheese fondue”.
We spend the second day visiting jungfraujoch ! It is at the elevation of 3,466 metres (11,371 ft) above sea level. The Jungfraujoch railway station, at an elevation of 3,454 metres (11,332 ft) is the highest in Europe. The view from Jungfraujoch was amazing! After photos, coffee and adventure sport ( rope slide), started for return journey via Kleine Scheidegg. We had a great lunch at the restaurant in Kleine Scheidegg. While coming back, we choose to return via Lauterbrunnen. It is a very small cosy city with breath taking views of the Alps. We strolled in the city and then returned back to Interlaken after having a nice coffee.
The third day was spent in visiting Schilthorn. At 2970 metres, the Schilthorn attracts visitors with a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of the “Swiss skyline”. We have to go Schilthorn via Cable Car from Lauterbrunnen. On the way, we stopped at intermediate stop to have a “Thrill walk”. The Thrill Walk is 200-meter-long steel and glass bridge that clings to the side of the rock at Schilthorn before swinging under the observation deck. It is absolutely thrilling, true to its name !! While coming back, we had a “Swiss Lunch” at the homely restaurant in “Murren”.
We spent the last day of our trip visiting Zurich. We took a nice walk on the most expensive shopping street in the world. We also saw the “Eth University”, the top university in the Europe. After having dinner at the cafeteria at airport headed back to our Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, near the airport.
The next day, all of us took early morning flight from Zurich to two different continents and thus comes to an end our short, sweet and memorable trip !