This summer I spent a week camping with Laura in the middle of the Bernese Oberland. We wanted to spend a few days together, at a low cost. While Switzerland is not the cheapest country (far from it), it was the ideal destination, halfway between the two of us. It only remained to find THE perfect campsite (that one) in the middle of the mountains and to take advantage of our days to do nothing. Or almost.
After having set up the tent so we have a view of the mountains as soon as we woke up (very important!), and spending a day reading, we decided to visit the nearest village: Grindelwald. In the heart of a green valley and surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks (we are in August I remind you), this typical Swiss village is the central point of many activities and the perfect place for luxury shopping (hum!), or for us, to enjoy an ice cream by looking only at the windows and the landscapes.
From the station, many trains allow you to reach villages, starting points for hikes in summer and ski resorts in winter, much higher, especially Jungfraujoch the “Top of Europe”, the highest railway station in Europe (but around 200€ round trip, so it will be for another time).
We simply explore the village, make jokes to the statues and regret that the Grand Hotel Regina is closed. Its little look-alike of Grand Budapest Hotel had caught our eye.
The next day we go to Lucerne. The trip allows us to admire the more or less big lakes that separate Interlaken from Lucerne and allow me to show Laura my driving skills in the mountains. 🙂
I did not know what to expect from Lucerne so I was pleasantly surprised. The architecture is varied and very beautiful. The city makes you want to explore every corner of it, but it’s not too big to discourage us. After a delicious lunch (which I can not give you the address, bad blogger that I am), so we leave to explore its streets.
You have to know how to walk your nose in the air or get lost to discover its attractions, especially in the old city.
We then leave in search of Löwendenkmal, the lion of Lucerne. This huge sculpture in the rock commemorates the dead Swiss mercenaries for Louis XV of France. It is located in a park that allows us to enjoy some shade in this hot day of August. This dying lion also seems to suffer from the heat.
Last stop before leaving: the Kapellbrücke, long covered wooden bridge, which connects the 2 parts of the city. This is the main point of tourist attraction and we understand why. It is not only photogenic, it offers magnificent illustrations dating from its construction in the Middle Ages, but it also allows to have another point of view on the banks from the middle of the river.
All facades are different and form a happy mix of diverse influence.
That’s all for today ! Next time I take you to the heart of nature with an exploration of the Jungfrau Valley.