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  • Day20

    Interlaken, Switzerland

    October 19 in Switzerland

    Des Alpes Restaurant. As we get higher into the mountains it makes me feel like winter will soon be here. So I was thinking about the leaves at home. Are they falling yet? How cold is it getting? The weather has been so nice here that I didn't need a coat today even as high as we were. But of course we can see that people are getting ready for winter. Flower beds are being taken out and outside furniture covered. We have seen at hotels and restaurants that they have put sheepskin blankets on and racks of heavy coats out so customers can still sit outside in the cold. But so far the weather has been great. We keep hearing [ unseasonably warm and best
    ever. ]...
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  • Day34

    Riding The Interlaken Express

    Yesterday in Switzerland

    There is no doubt that Lucerne is a beautiful city. With its unique combination of lakeside location, medieval buildings and modern facilities, it is a place that I would have loved to have spent a little longer in. I only wish that we had not arrived right in the middle of the Lucerne carnival.

    Not far from our hotel the town had been taken over by a huge carnival, complete with a long line of fun rides, amusement booths, food stalls and much more. It was obviously the time for serious partying in Lucerne. While this might have been OK for most people, my hotel room unfortunately faced the street. On the first evening I was there, the noise outside did not quieten until almost 5 am. The entire night was spent with riotous shouting from drunken young people wandering up and down the street. I tried shutting the window, but then suffered from a hot and stuffy room.

    The next night was even worse. The noise kept up until sunrise the following morning. After two completely unsettled nights, I was really ready to say farewell to Lucerne and move to somewhere much quieter. If I was to ever return to Lucerne, I would make sure I booked a hotel that was in a much quieter location.

    After bidding a final farewell to the Waldstatterhof Hotel, Allan and I were soon seated in the first class carriage of the Interlaken Express and happily rolling through the greenest hills I had ever seen in my life. This was the classic Swiss scenery we had come so far to experience.

    We had not gone very far before we heard the sound of a distinctive Australian accent. It was coming from two women who were seated across the aisle from us. We have not come across very many fellow Australians on this trip, so it was fun to finally come across people who spoke the same language.

    Our two new friends then passed us a note that they had found on their seat. It was from the Swiss Railway company and explained how sorry they were that the train would not be going to Interlaken after all. Due to construction works we were all going to be offloaded to buses at Brienz. In the overall scheme of things we thought that it was only a minor inconvenience, considering how well all our other arrangements had gone.

    Our bus pulled into Interlaken shortly after 1 pm and we checked into the very comfortable (and very Swiss) Carlton Europe Hotel. Since it was still relatively early in the day, and since the weather was still fine and mild, we decided to take the opportunity to ride the funicular railway to Harder Kulm. This famous lookout is situated about 800 metres vertically higher than Interlaken and gives an amazing panorama of views out over the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau Mountains.

    Although it was not so pleasant being shoehorned into the sloping carriage with about 100 very excited Indian tourists who shouted the whole way to the top, the views from the lookout were sensational. We climbed a little higher on a side path to escape the masses and enjoy some genuine peace and quiet.

    As we watched the cloud formations form and disperse over the nearby peaks, we both agreed that it really was a magical day and one that we will never forget. Allan and I have shared some great adventures together in the past and this one will also be added to our fondest memories.

    After returning back down to Interlaken we were entertained by a Swiss music group playing in front of our hotel. The combination of the surrounding snow capped mountains and the Swiss yodelling was a perfect way to end a wonderful day. Soon the music was augmented by the prolonged pealing of the nearby church bells. This is a regular feature of life in most parts of Europe, but something that those who have only lived in Australia could not understand.

    Tomorrow we take the train to the famous Jungfraujoch - the highest train station in Europe. At 3500 metres above sea level it will be even higher than our visit to Mt Titlis two days earlier. We both hope that the sequence of fine weather can hold out just a little while longer.
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  • Day96

    Interlaken Switzerland

    September 10, 2017 in Switzerland

    Our accommodation is not in Interlaken but in Unterseen which is about 1.7km west of Interlaken. Unterseen seems a popular tourist destination judging by the numbers here today but there are plenty of tourist shops here to amuse them. So many watch stores which is to be expected as the Swiss are known for their watches. I think every second shop is selling watches!
    On a clear day here it is possible to see the mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Today was not one of those clear days but it was warmish and sunny - maybe tomorrow.Read more

  • Day12

    Cow Parade and Interlaken

    September 15 in Switzerland

    My last full day in Switzerland.
    I started the day of in Lauterbrunnen. There I found out the data on my phone had run out despite me paying an extra 20 CHF to extend the coverage from 10 days to a month. Given I had to go back the next day to get my phone to work after buying the sim and I paid cash I think the mobile company may not have received all (any?) of my payment. I’m just grateful that if I was ripped off it was only 20 CHF.

    Anyway I sorted that out. I was in Lauterbrunnen for the cow parade. Each year when the cows come down from the alpine meadows they parade through the town. Each herd from each alp comes down on a different day in each area so there are more parades next week.
    I regret not getting video as it was very noisy. The cow bells are huge but I’ve since found out they are special bells for the parade and they normally wear smaller bells.

    After that I went into Interlaken. Actually as a town it wasn’t that exciting. I was planning to take a boat trip but I missed the boat by about 20 mins and the next one wasn’t for another hour and a half plus it would take three hours so I’d be back in Wengen quite late.
    Instead I took the funicular up to Harder Kulm where I had a great view of the city and Jungfrau. The Eiger and Mönch were behind clouds though.
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  • Day97

    Unterseen

    September 11, 2017 in Switzerland

    Woke up to this view!

  • Day19

    Interlaken. A destination, a beginning

    May 7, 2017 in Switzerland

    Interlaken is a big country tourist town. There are plenty of shops restaurants and hotels to keep you fed and comfy. It was raining heaps so we rested up here. Interlaken is also the beginning for ventures in the Jungfrau region. And that's where we are heading next...

    We settled here for a few days after the long commute from Provence. Weather was average, waiting for it to break so we can head up the slopes. Rode up Harden Klum for a great view and a cheap lunch. Successfully shopped for shoes and gifts.Read more

  • Day52

    Day 52 - Gstaad to Interlaken, 50 miles

    June 6, 2016 in Switzerland

    Wow what a ride through some of the most breathtaking scenery I've ever seen.

    Starting out if Gstaad it was the biggest climb of the day but incredible views back down over Gstaad and to the mountains beyond. Once over the climb it was mostly downhill through picture postcard villages with mountains either side to the town of Spiez on the shores of Lake Thun. 30 miles of simply the most stunning riding you will ever come across.

    From Spiez it was an easy 20 miles hugging the shore line of Lake Thun round to the town of Interlaken inbetween lakes Thun and Brienz. Inbetween lakes and with mountains either side it was a pretty dramatic place to stay. Very popular with tourists especially Koreans who have seemed to have made it a home from home and adrenaline junkies of the flying kind including paragliders and skydivers. Evening came and found a good 'bier house' in town with a couple of young American backpackers and a couple of beers was a great way to finish off a great day.
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  • Day6

    Interlaken

    June 25 in Switzerland

    Heute Mittag sind wir mit den Rädern gestartet. Am Brienzer See entlang, dieser mündet in den Fluss Aare und die fließt dann in den Thuner See. Das Wasser ist fantastisch u schimmert in den schönsten türkis Tönen.
    Mittagessen in Interlaken. (Das Restaurant im Coop können wir uns leisten. 😅)
    Die nächste Pause haben wir dann an der Flussmündung in den Thuner See gemacht.

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