36 hours in Switzerland ! October 20th-22nd
Switzerland has always been a dream destination of mine, so I flew from Heathrow to Zurich via British Airways for a weekend trip!
I arrived early in the morning, so I had the whole day to begin my exploring. From the airport I hailed a cab and went to my Airbnb in Glattbrugg, just a 10-minute drive from the airport and 25-minute drive to the city centre.
Day 1 Interlaken:
After putting down my bags I took the train to Zürich’s main station from there I boarded my 2-hour train to Interlaken Ost. The train ride felt like an excursion in itself the sites were amazing. We went through mountain tunnels and over clear glacier lakes and rivers with views of the alps in the distance. I couldn’t stop looking out the window the whole ride, wasn’t able to get good photos because the train was going so fast.
Finally arriving at my destination with some time to spare I walked around the qauint town. Interlaken is in the mountainous Bernese Oberland region of central Switzerland. Located on a narrow valley, between the crystal-clear waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, it’s surrounded by mountains, with forests for miles, alpine meadows and glaciers. Through TripAdvisor I made reservations to go paragliding. I was picked up by my guide from the train station and then we grabbed our gear and made the trek up to the meadows of a town just outside of Interlaken, Beatenburg. We drove up whiney roads up the mountainside through and meadows of cows, all you could hear were cow bells and smell manure. We reached our take off point and put on the gear and we were off. The bells became faint and the whole city below me looked like a Lego set. Up in the air for what seemed like an hour but wasn’t even close we landed in the town square and then I was back on my way to Zürich where I ate at Spaghetti House because I couldn’t get a fondue reservation and then got an uber home. My uber was a Tesla by the way! All the cars in Switzerland are nice must be because the city itself is expensive so I guess everyone lives a nice lifestyle.
Day 2 Lucerne, Engelberg:
Waking up early I was ready for another day of adventures. I got to Zürich’s Central Station bus and coaches and boarded my bus to make it to my first stop of the day, Lucerne. Taking more whiney roads and passing more meadows of cows and their cow bells like the day before we were able to get a full view of Zürich and lake Zürich from a far. After passing many farms and little villages we arrived. Lucerne is known for its medieval architecture and sits along the mountains on Lake Lucerne. Being here I felt like I was in a fairy-tale or a postcard. My first stop was the Lion Monument, which commemorates the Swiss Guards who died in 1792 during the French Revolution. After here I headed to Chapel bridge and water tower, this was my favorite part of the city.
Chapel bridge and water tower is so famous because it is the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland dating back to the middle of the 14th century and only very few covered wooden bridges do have old paintings under their roofs like the chapel bridge does. The water tower was once used as a dungeon. Along the rivers edges on both sides were markets on the left was food stands reminding me of a farmer’s market, lots of cheese and on the right side was flowers and vintage antiques. When my exploring was done I boarded back on the bus and was off to my final stop, Engleberg to go to the top of Mount Titlis. This little ski town was something from a Switzerland postcard I could only imagine what it would look like covered in snow. We took a gondola up to the top of the mountain you can hear the cow bells as you ascended, and you can see the towns cheese farm.
Trekking through snow I went to the cliff walk, 10,000 feet above sea level this is the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe! The views of the swiss alps was astonishing and I certainly plan to return but hopefully will get to ski next time. After this my day was over and I headed back to Zürich.
Day 3 Zürich:
I had a few hours to kill before my flight back to London, so I decided to spend them in the city centre. Since it was a Sunday mostly everything was closed, and the streets were quiet which made it easy to be a tourist. I got to roam the streets with no crowds, all though everything was closed it was still a nice way to end my weekend adventure.
The architecture in the city was what really caught my eye the hilly alley ways made me feel like I was in a movie. Although there isn’t much to see or do in the city centre its worth taking an hour or two just to walk around and take in the city and the views in the distance.