Spring break, finally! For my first weekend on spring break I left for Interlaken, Switzerland through the Florence for Fun travel group. This post is about a village I visited called Grindelwald.
I departed on Thursday evening by bus. It was a 5 hour ride through the night.
South-eastern view of the mountains– I stayed up from 4:30 am when we arrived, and watched the sun rise. I ran out for a walk immediately and walked through some rural area, and saw the sun peaking over the snowy mountains. It was beautiful.
I just walked along these houses. I’m realising, as time goes on during this trip, that I like having time to myself; it’s not unusual at this point for me to spend hours exploring on my own. I enjoyed the sunshine and crisp air.
Interlaken is a Swiss town between two lakes, lake Brienz and and Lake Thun, with a population of about 5,500 people.
Spotted some horses. It smelled nice, like farms.
Casual farm houses with these astonishingly beautiful mountains poking up behind them.
Schule = school in German.
I found the old schule house haha.
Walking back to my hostel, which was actually pretty nice inside. The hallways/interior remind me of old-styled buildings in Poland. It was called “Funny-Farm Hostel.”
After I return at about 9am, I was feeling pretty tired so I took a nap. After that, I asked the front desk for information on how to reach Grindelwald, a villiage 3,392 ft above sea level in the Bernese Alps.
I caught the bus to Wilderswil (about 10 minutes away) and hopped on the train. The views were beautiful.
Shots out the window.
The train ride was so enjoyable, I really liked the ride up the Alps.
Reached Grindelwald in about 25 minutes on the train.
The train! So cute!
I was dressed in my cargo pants and sneakers, along with a thin water proof and backpack. I just picked a direction and started hiking upward.
It was pretty warm despite all the snow around, so I’m glad I didn’t bring any heavy coats, and I was grateful for my mom’s reminder to wear sunglasses — the glare of sunlight off of the snow was quite bright.
A little doggy-bag disposal bin.
There was snow all over, but miraculously my sneakers didn’t soak through at all 🙂
This friendly cat let me pet it for a while.
I thought at first that all these little houses were designed to be rented to tourists, but I eventually realised these are regular houses. The houses all had wooden plaques with the family name carved into them.
Grindelwald is called the “Glacier Villiage.”
My agenda is to keep smattering photos of the beautiful snow-capped mountains to fan the flames of your desire to travel.
Came across some weird house filled with cows and their babies.
Kept on hiking along, this is probably about an hour and forty minutes away from the train station.
A crow flew over and stayed long enough for me to photograph it.
A car and bus dodging each other on the road. I knocked some snow off these bushes for fun.
The snow fell down the mountain a few times!
I made a snowman! A man walked by as I was poking around the ground for pebbles likethe weirdo/desperate amateur-snowman-builder I was.
Some ski slopes were up in this direction. Near this point I decided to head back, when I suddenly spotted a bus stop with some weary skiers propped up around it. I ran over and (sure enough) a bus appeared, which actually drove to the train station. I bought a bus ticket and got a nice, twisty drive back.
That dog was so cute! (Back at the train station).
I walked a bit and had a look around.
I bought and mailed a few postcards from Switzerland 🙂
While deciding on where to have dinner, this menu caught my eye….
I passed on the “kangaroo medallions,” (reminder: I’m vegetarian) and had some risotto.
The little tray-table in the train was also a map of the mountain along with the rail way highlighted on it. Grindelwald is on the left. There’s another cool place I wish I had visited called Lauterbrunnen, which is in a valley full of waterfalls. At the top of the mountain is Jungfraujoch, where the Jungfraujoch railway (3,454 meters/11,332 ft above sea level) reaches. It is the highest railway station in Europe, and on a clear day you can look over into France and Germany.
Tips for Grindelwald/Switzerland:
Bring sunglasses — the glare from the sunlight reflecting off of the snow is uncomfortable and bad for your eyes.
Pack light for hiking about.
Make a snowman.
Don’t eat any kangaroo.
Consider visiting Lauterbrunnen and Jungfraujoch (although Jungfraujoch train tickets are expensive).