The weather has finally been kind to us here in Switzerland, and a good thing too, given that we had a busy day out and about ahead of us. In fact, we did over 80 miles on bus, train and foot today, really testing the Swiss transport network.
We started with heading through the towns of Spiez and Interlaken. The views from the train and the colour of the water in Lake Thun was breathtaking. The next stage was through the town of Lauterbrunnen, where the bus journey surrounded by real waterfalls was like nothing you would get at home.
Our end destination was the tiny village of Stechelberg, and the lovely Hotel Alpenhof. There we met with Marc and Diane, the owners of the chalet, and had a look around. This chalet is very different to some of the ones which we saw in Adelboden – situated right at the end of a valley, it really does feel like a different world. It was lovely to hear how Marc and Diane felt about our groups, and what a positive impact they had on them.
We were soon back on the tourist trail, with a brief stop at the Trummelbach Falls. These massive forces of nature are the result of the water which melts from the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains, draining up to 20,000 litres per second. The name comes from the fact that the waterfalls sound like distance drums inside the mountains. The noise is unbelievable!
After a brief stop for lunch, we headed back into Interlaken. This is one of the bigger towns in the Berner Oberland region, and a pretty mountain town. It’s also home to a lot of adventurous activities – although paragliding was fortunately not on our agenda! Instead, we headed to do something much more exciting – the chocolate show at the Grand Cafe Schuh. The show really gives a full insight into how chocolate was produced, and how Swiss chocolate is different/better to other types of chocolate. The lovely Bea talked us through the process – and yes, there are lots of samples! My favourite was the Silver Mountains, with a caramel filling, as well as the lollipops we made at the end. Yummy!
It was a great way to round off our trip. We’ve been fortunate enough to see so much of Switzerland, and can’t wait for all of our groups to experience this all as well. Thank you to all of the places we have visited on the way.
Tomorrow we head back home (hopefully in the sunshine!). I’m back in Adelboden in September with a group of lovely Trefoil Guild ladies. But until then – adieu Switzerland und merci!