Switzerland was the third and the last leg of our summer euro tour. After roaming around two cities (Amsterdam and Prague), we had decided a bit of countryside will be good for us.
Lake Brienz, Interlaken
We flew to Zurich and took the train to Interlaken. We were told that purchasing swiss rail ticket/pass online in advance is better and so we did. It proved very useful as we hurried to catch the train from the airport. Purchasing the ticket/pass at the airport would have just meant whiling away time unnecessarily.
We chose to make Interlaken our base and visit the places/villages around it. Turned out, Interlaken was a perfect location. As the name suggest, it is situated between two lakes (Brienz and Thun) and surrounded by hills all around. We had rented a cozy studio through airbnb giving us the option of preparing light meals at home as eating out can leave a big hole in your pocket.
One of these days, we decided to go for a hike. Not a strenuous one but one of those nice leisurely kinds. We choose the one from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. To get there from Interlaken OST, you need to catch the train towards Lauterbrunnen and get down there and then a train towards Kliene Scheidegg and get down at Wengen. From Wengen, we took a cable car ride to Mannlichen to start our hike. The train rides will be covered in the swiss pass but you need to pay extra for the cable car.
Even as we got out at Wengen train station, we could already see the partly snow covered alps. It was nice and pretty here and we couldn’t resist clicking some photos. As we got out of the cable car at Mannlichen, the weather transformed into cool and breezy and the four peaks of the region, including the highest one called Jungfrau visible at close hand. A short distance away we could see several cows lazing around or grazing. The ringing of ubiquitous swiss bells hanging from their necks wafted in the wind. Envison a place surrounded by high peaks, partly snow covered, cool breeze, part sunny, part cloudy, cows and bells, a little restaurant, hikers, bikers and paragliders. The whole thing captivated our senses and after a while of gazing around and taking in the fresh alpine air, we went trigger happy once again.
Cows and Bells, Mannlichen Switzerland
We stopped at the restaurant to have some swiss rosti. Having food and drink in that divine setting was simply priceless! Satiated, we set out on our hike to Kleine Scheidegg. It is a 5.5km walk which should normally take about an hour to complete. It took us a little longer as we took a couple of pit stops to admire the place. The walk is easy and perfect for families with young children and you get enjoy great views throughout the hike.
Start of the hike, Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg
Somewhere along the hike
From Kleine Scheidegg, we again took the train to get back. From KS to Grindlewald though, we had to buy tickets as we were informed the journey wasn’t covered in the pass. From GW to Interlaken, we used the pass as usual.
While the hike itself isn’t so tiring, the whole escapade did leave us spent and we slept like babies that night. It’s something we thoroughly enjoyed and I recommend it strongly.
Well, that’s it for now peeps. Wishing you the best of travel adventures!
PS: More swiss adventures coming soon
Views along Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg hike