About two weekends ago Rob and I went to Interlaken, Switzerland. All I can say is wow, just wow. I have never been surrounded by such beautiful nature in my life. It was incredible, and I still can’t believe it was real.
We went to Switzerland with the company Bus2Alps. The company planned our accommodations and transportation for us, which helped a lot. The staff members were really helpful and knew a ton about the area, which was also nice.
We took an overnight bus from Prague to Interlaken Thursday night. We left at about 8 p.m. and arrived in Interlaken at around 6 a.m. the following morning. I know it sounds crazy long, but it actually wasn’t that bad of a bus ride. Rob and I are used to traveling 5+ hours ever time we head to or from our home university, so long car rides don’t bother us very much.
Once we arrived in Switzerland its beauty amazed us, even when it was raining the first day we got there.
The company we chose to travel with offered a bunch of activities that you could do while staying in Switzerland. Some of these included night sledding, snowboarding, paragliding, skydiving, and things similar to that nature.
Rob, our friend Elise, and I opted to go kayaking on one of Switzerland’s famous lakes. This was definitely a big chunk of change but I am so happy we actually decided to do it. It was absolutely amazing.
We kayaked for about 3 hours on lake Brienz. It was so calming, and the whole time we were surrounded by breathtaking views of the mountains. The water was almost 100% clear and sososo blue. The pictures don’t do it much justice.
Midway through our yakin’ adventure we stopped to have tea and biscuits on one of the “beaches” on the lake. This was more like rocks at the shoreline of the lake, but still incredible. If you are going to splurge on one major thing in Switzerland, I would recommend kayaking 100%. Our guides were so insightful and took us to the best views of the lake. They genuinely cared about how we were doing, and I really enjoyed talking to them during our journey.
We also opted to do the free walking tour while we were in Switzerland. This was totally worth it. Our tour guide took us on a hike, and showed us some of the best views of Switzerland. He was funny and very personable.
Something to keep in mind about Switzerland is that it is crazy expensive. I’m talkin’ 20 dollars for 1 small plate of mac and cheese!!!! Most meals were 20+, even if they were as simple as a burger and fries.
Because of this, we packed a lot of our own snacks. We really only spent money on dinner the two nights that we were there and some chocolate because duh, chocolate. The first night we grabbed dinner at a local Irish bar. Like I mentioned, we all paid $20 for burgers, but the meals were good! I would not say they were worth 20 dollars but the staff was very nice and the atmosphere was fun.
The next night we got dinner at another local restaurant. To be honest, I’m not even sure what the name was but the staff at this place were absolutely horrible so it’s probably best if I leave the name out of this post anyway. We came to this restaurant because we wanted to try Switzerland’s famous meal, Rosi. Rosi is literally hash browns and cheese. It totally wasn’t worth 25 dollars and I probably would have been much happier with a meal from McDonalds. Buuuuut, that’s life.
A majority of the things to do in Switzerland are outdoor based. Like I mentioned before, they were very expensive and weren’t exactly things you would do on a normal vacation. Because of this we opted to explore the town rather than spend more money to skydive or ski. The town of Interlaken isn’t crazy big, but still very cute. It consisted of a majority of souvenir shops and some places to eat. It reminded me very much of a ski town that you would find in Vermont.
One of the places that the town had was a place called Funky Chocolate. Switzerland is known for its chocolate, so this café was a staple for the town. This cafe was strictly business and didn’t mess around when it came to their chocolates. Because of the insane prices ($85 to make your own chocolate- no thanks!!) Rob and I split a hot chocolate and some chocolate covered strawberries. Although it was almost 10 dollars, the hot chocolate was probably the best I have ever had!
Switzerland has been one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited, I would go back one day and do some more exploring. The city was very clean and all of the people were so genuine and polite. If you have 20+ bucks to spend on every meal, and love the outdoors, Switzerland is the place for you.