Weekend Warrior trip: Switzerland
First stop: Copenhagen to Zurich on SAS (Scandinavian Airlines non-stop) 1 hour 45 minutes.
Second stop: Zurich Airport to Interlaken East or West* via Bern on Rail Europe around 2 hours.
*East or West both go to Interlaken- which station you choose to get out at depends on which is closer to your hotel/hostel! And all trains from Zurich Airport go through Bern where you must switch trains.
Third Stop: Interlaken train station (East or West) to Balmers Hostel (cheap, centrally located, full of Bus to Alps students, noisy) or Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof Hostel (cleaner, little more expensive, quieter, still centrally located). Walk from station to Hostels.
Eat and Drink:
1) Three Tells Irish Pub -pumpkin soup, sit outside in the sunshine.
2) Citta Vecchia- thin crust pizza and wine in the main square.
3) Swiss Mountain Market- snacks, great cheese selection, yummy Swiss chocolate.
* Keep in mind: we went in the offseason when eating and activities were somewhat limited (switching from summer to winter)
1) Glacier Canyon Swing! Check out my video:
2) Hiking up the Harder Kulm trail: (2 hours 30 minutes) the trail begins at the Interlaken Ost (East) railway station* along the River Aare and begins to climb up in the Bleikiwald forest with views of Lake Thun and alpine meadows appearing below. The highest platform has a grand view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountain chain.
*the train was not in operation when we went.
3) Paragliding Interlaken: this quote sums it up! “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
4) Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen (a valley) which is on the way to Jungfraujoch (the big mountain) but we decided to get off the train here and look around because it was getting dark… it ended up being one of the most beautiful valleys, surrounded by huge mountains, lots of swiss cows and waterfalls.
5) Train from Interlaken to the Matterhorn: This was a long trip 4-5 hours on the train but one of our friends really wanted to see the highest peak in the alps. We traveled from Interlaken West station to Spiez, Visp to Zermatt which is the Swiss town at the base of Matterhorn. The peak runs down into Italy and France. Weather allowing the views are pretty stunning- so we heard- but unfortunately there was a snow storm happening on our way up in the gondolas.