Jun 21, 2018 - 9:38 PM
My daughter and I just returned from Germany-Austria-Switzerland last week. We have never been out of the country before this and let me tell you Switzerland is INCREDIBLE!
If I ever get the energy to travel abroad again I would be happy just spending a week in Switzerland alone. The scenery is beyond anything I imagined.
The Swiss Travel Pass, although pricey, is totally worth it. So nice to hop on/off trains and it did become fairly easy to get the hang of it. We spent our two nights in a hotel in Bern which I know is a little more touristy, but with a teenage girl who loves to shop and see people, this was great. We navigated the smaller in-town train which stopped right at our hotel and the scenery is so picturesque it's like looking at postcards! So many great places things to see. Our first day was really just Bern itself.
Our second day we took a train to Thun and then a bus to Buchholterberg (where our ancestors hail) and the church pastor of this small town spent five hours with us in the countryside! He hosted us for lunch with his family, drove us to a few other small towns where our ancestors are from. He drove us back to Thun (adorable and fun to walk through) and we used our pass to train over to Interlaken West. We only stayed a moment and shopped and then took the 2-hour boat ride (included in the pass) back to Thun We saw a small smidge of Jungfraujoch mountain with snow but that's about it. But the other alps are incredible! So many neat sites on the boat.
Then back to Bern. Our last day we trained to Langnau (more heritage) it was a little more low key but this was our last day and we were pretty exhausted. I know they have cheese farm tours and such but we opted to just walk around and have lunch. My only issues are that everyone charges for water (yikes) so if you eat out, take a water bottle with you otherwise you pay $4.00 for a glass of water! And no ice! Yes meals are very pricey...but their little markets at the stations have great options...fresh fruits, sandwiches, etc. I wish we would have taken advantage of that a little more but our hotels had no fridge or way of keeping food in the room. It was an amazing trip.