Interlaken & Grindelwald

Interlaken:

Interlaken is a tourist town found in the center of Switzerland between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.  We stayed at a Lake View Chalet (Airbnb) in Bönigen just walking distance from Lake Brienz & it was beyond breathtaking.

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Our Airbnb was a 10-minute bus ride from downtown Interlaken & more affordable than any hotel in the city center. MY TIP: Stay in Bönigen, save money & enjoy the gorgeous views! Public transportation was our best friend during our Switzerland trip. Download the bus schedule and use it!

We ate at a café for dinner in downtown Interlaken (not worth mentioning). We paid almost $25/plate and $10 for a small bowl of soup (still bitter about it).  Do some research and find yourself an affordable restaurant with a lot of reviews! Interlaken is a TOURIST hotspot! Be prepared for expensive restaurants, drinks & activities.

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ICE MAGIC was by far my greatest memory in Interlaken.  During the winter months downtown Interlaken is transformed into a winter wonderland with a variety of skating rinks, skating runways, Ice go-kart tracks, food stands & DJ’s (my fave part).  Rent some skates, do a few laps, pick yourself up some Gluwein and enjoy Ice Magic!

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Grindelwald

After our ice skating adventures in Interlaken, we took a 20 minute train from city center Interlaken to Grindelwald, Switzerland.

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Grindelwald is a picture perfect town filled with ski slopes for all ages, sledding, local bars and incredible mountainous views.  If you are an adrenaline junkie or thrill seeker, I HIGHLY recommend the Cliff Walk at the top of the mountain. The Cliff Walk was built on a cliff (obvi) allowing tourists to walk alongside a narrow walkway with hundreds of feet between you and the ground below.  After walking on the edge of the cliff you will walk across a suspension bridge that will lead you to an observation point giving you the ultimate view and experience.  If you aren’t scared of heights, you might be after this…

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After the exhilarating Cliff Walk, there is a restaurant selling both food and alcoholic drinks! Perfect for skiers/snowboarders who are looking for a midday snack or a cold brew.

Sledding

In the city center of Grindelwald we purchased a Gondola pass for $30/per person for unlimited rides up the mountain.  After a 20 minute cable car ride you will arrive at Grindelwald-First  where you will find the thrilling cliff walk & an adventurous sled ride down the mountain.

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We rented each sled for $15 and headed down the mountain from the platform above!  Put your childhood sledding memories aside because adult sledding in the Swiss Alps is on another level ladies and gentleman.  WHAT A RIDE ! Plan to be on the mountain sledding for 2-3 hours and enjoy the views.  Unfortunately I didn’t realize the seriousness of sledding so I wore yoga pants and cotton gloves. Here’s what you’ll need: Snow pants, waterproof gloves/waterproof shoes and a damn good attitude!

Avocado Bar: 

Finish up your day at Avocado, a local pub located in the city center of Grindelwald.  Free Wi-Fi, card games, Jenga & Spice Girls playing in the background. What more do you need after a long day on the slopes? Avocado is a dive bar with great views of the Swiss Alps & affordable drinks (YAS).

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Going back to Interlaken & Grindelwald during the summer months is on the top of my to do list! Mountain biking, hiking & sunny days are enough to convince me to go back to the Jungfrau Region!

 

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