When we went to Europe this spring, our first destination was Switzerland, specifically Zurich and Interlaken. Casey and I took a redeye flight, leaving the Tri Cities regional airport at about 6pm on a Friday night. After layovers in Atlanta and Paris, we arrived at our first destination, Zurich, Switzerland, where we met my brother and sister-in-law. After showers and resting for a few minutes we were good to go and ready to explore Zurich.
An Evening in Zürich
We really only had 1 evening to see Zürich so we took a bus into old town and the historical area to explore and have dinner. We spent some time just walking around the picturesque town. Lake Zürich was beautiful and you can just barely see the mountains on the other side of the lake. We ate at Zeughauskeller and ordered the traditional Swiss fare of sausage and rösti. The restaurant is actually an old armory and displayed weapons throughout. The atmosphere was really busy and the food was reasonable priced for Switzerland, a country known to be pricier than its neighbors.
*Dietitian Note: While I wouldn’t normally eat a meal like sausage and rösti, I whole-heartedly believe in moderation. When I’m on vacation, I try to make good choices most of the time while still enjoying desserts and immersing myself in the local fare. So I truly enjoyed the meal and make it a point not to comment or dwell on the nutritional value (or lack thereof.)*
We took a bus back to our hotel so that we could rest up and headed out to Interlaken by train the next morning. The train ride there was beautiful! Unfortunately, most of our time in Switzerland was cloudy/rainy which made the mountains harder to see, but the views of the Alps coming in to Interlaken were still gorgeous.
Adventures in Interlaken
Interlaken is a beautiful resort town along the Aare River and locked between two lakes, and there is plenty to do in this resort town. We spent most of our time on the first day walking around and exploring. There were lots of walking paths throughout the town with beautiful views. It was raining and cloudy all evening, but still beautiful. There were beautiful churches near downtown Interlaken that you could go inside and see. We also found an area with Alpine Ibex, which are the wild goats that live in the European Alps.
Casey and I spent one day hiking up into the Swiss Alps. We started in Goldswil and hiked up to Harder Kulm, where the views are second to none. Of course, here is our view once we got up there… ????
Yep, it was actually snowing from about the halfway point and up. Still, it’s an amazing feeling to know you’ve hiked the Swiss Alps. Even if you didn’t get to actually see the views.
We actually stayed in a village outside of Interlaken, Goldswil, which was a short bus ride into Interlaken. Our lodging, Gasthof Schoenegg, was a quaint bed and breakfast. We enjoyed the delicious Swiss breakfast and the views overlooking the lake from the deck and breakfast room.
I hope you decide to take a trip to the breathtaking mountains of Switzerland, and while you’re there, spend some time in Zürich and Interlaken. And, of course, don’t forget to try the Swiss Chocolate! 🍫😛