Switzerland has been our place of residence this past week. We arrived in Lauterbrunnen shrouded in mist and rain but early indications were that we were in for quite a special week, not least because we were getting to spend the time with our friends whom we hadn’t seen for some time.
Lauterbrunnen is situated in a verdant river valley, with 72 waterfalls which cascade thunderously from towering cliff edges either side. At the end of the valley snow covered mountains provide the backdrop. With picture postcard views everywhere, needless to say it is a tourist hotspot and very busy during the day. But in the early morning before the first trains and buses arrive and disembark the hoards or in the relative quiet of the evening time we get to enjoy the tranquility of this spectacular place. On one evening as we returned from dinner the almost full moon peaked above the mountains and made quite the sight. No photo or video could truly do the scene justice but here is a small video I took: Moon and Mountain
The added bonus of van life in this particular place is we have easy access to the train, boat and cable car system which connects the area. And we have made full use of our 3 day pass to explore, valleys, peaks, lakes and towns. We took a day trip to Grindelvald, Eigergletscher and Kleine Scheidigg and another to Wengen and Mürren, all but Grindawald are only accessed by a combination of train and/or gondola/cablecar. We explored Interlaken and the lakes Brienzsee and Thunersee with a trip up on the funicular rail to Harder Kulm to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
We were speaking to one local whom mentioned it had rained for 4 weeks solid so we were extra blessed that our time here was spent in glorious sunshine and warm temperatures. I can honestly say it is some of the most awe inspiring scenery I have ever witnessed. There is so much more to explore in this area so we have the perfect excuse to return another time.