Hiking Switzerland #2: The Bernese Oberland

The friend made a calculated and clever decision to visit the warmer region of Ticino first before moving on to the Bernese Oberland which, by that time, had “warmed up” significantly for summer.

After lugging our backpacks through a couple of crowded train transfers and trudging through the roads of Wengen, we finally reached our house, Schlosseck (sidenote: all the houses are named).

The. effort. was. all. worth. it.

The apartment was a dream. It had a Scandinavian-style of interior design- minimalist, not cluttered, yet it wasn’t bare either. Very comfortable and I love the full-length windows that let all the natural light in! The ceiling height was decent too, not too short.

Our stay in the Bernese Oberland was I think one of my favourite parts of the trip. Thanks to the friend we got as close as we could get to “living like a local”. Lots of fresh air, feeling the mountain breeze, soaking in the awesome views of the Swiss alps, whizzing through towns everyday (through trains, cableways, ferries), buying local products, cooking etc. Girl if you are reading this, many thanks!! 

I’ll leave you with the photos. It’s hard to capture, much less describe a hike sometimes. Photos, filters, editing- they can only do that much. So I guess you’ll have to go on a hike for yourself to experience what nature has to offer 😉

Bahnhof Wengen

Locally made Pistachio Ice cream. We loved the Fresh Lemon one too! (you can find this at any cheese shop)

Visited Thun

Cruising through Brienzersee (Lake Brienz), one of the two lakes that flank Interlaken 

Loved how the wind rippled the waters in many different ways

We see this everyday (:

The view of Lauterbrunnen as we hiked up to Wengenalp

On track to Kleine Scheidegg. Did I mention that the swiss hiking trails are incredibly well marked?

Views of the Bernese Alps were simply breath-taking. 

I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121: 1-2

On our way down: we were all fascinated by how the clouds formed a halo over the mountain!

Summer colors and yep, Cows

Walking along a “pram-friendly” route in Lauterbrunnen 

A little boy with his protective dog that came to sniff us out before going back in 😉

Self service: Strolled into a house, took the cheese I wanted and left my money in a box…

Inside the crazy, thundering Trümmelbach Falls

Sitting a cable car up to First from Grindelwald

Raclette dinner: Raclette from a local cheese shop in Wengen; good food, better company!

Had lots of fun @ the First flyer 😉