Let’s talk about Switzerland – home of the famous Swiss Alps, world-class chocolates and cheeses, and one of the most picturesque places on Earth.
My BF and I had the privilege of visiting this country recently. And let me tell you, we were blown away. Not just by the beauty of the place, but also the astronomical prices of everything! Switzerland should also be known for its $12 BIG MAC and $9 slice of pizza! YES! It was that expensive.
But with research and budgeting months before the trip, your budget pal and Switzerland got along just fine. 🙂
If you haven’t read about our amazing trips to Czech Republic and Portugal, click here and here.
Without any further ado, here’s my Switzerland review.
Day 1 and 2 – Bern
When we travel, we always choose a home base – a single location where we will be staying for the duration of the trip. We chose Bern, the capital of Switzerland, as our home base because it is centrally located and it is easily accessible.
Here’s Bern for ya.
The River Aare, which surrounds Bern, and a view of the cathedral. The breeze was cool and refreshing!
Walking around Bern was so relaxing.
Went to the Bear Park, and these two were fighting over a carrot.
Why not take a picture with a bear? Look, the bear got candid with us!
Isn’t Bern beautiful?!
It was sunny, too!
Behind me is the Zytglogge, a clock tower in central Bern. Unfortunately, it was under construction when we went.
More of Bern.
After all those walking, we needed lunch! Here’s my vegetarian lasagna. It was epic!
Day 3 – The Swiss Alps
A Switzerland trip would not be complete without going to the Swiss Alps. The views are just unbelievable!
In the Jungfrau Region – Bernese Alps
The little town of Murren.
Just below Murren is Gimmelwald…and no, we didn’t hike. We rode the cable car. 🙂
It was so tranquil, it was inspiring and relaxing at the same time.
And from Gimmelwald, we went to Wengen.
More of Wengen
And we ended our day in Lauterbrunnen.
Here’s a closer look of the Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen.
Day 4 – Lucerne
Like what I’ve said in my previous blog, we allocate one day, preferably the last day, as our relaxation day. No plans and just go with the flow day. On our fourth day, we ended up going to Lucerne, which was not a bad idea at all!
Post card perfect!
This is a Jesuit Church in town. It’s very ornate.
Lucerne kind of reminded us of Venice.
More of Lucerne waterfront
The Water Tower and the Chapel Bridge.
We even rode the boat, and went to the nearby ports!
Before I forget, there are other two things that I really liked about Switzerland. First is that it has an efficient transportation system. The cities / towns are well-connected, and the trains, trams, and buses are always on time. If the schedule says it will depart at 1:00 pm, it will depart at 1:00 pm. And second, Switzerland has water fountains everywhere. You know Switzerland water – it’s one of the cleanest and safest water to drink in the world! This is the only country where we didn’t have to buy bottled water. I just brought my water bottle with me and drank from the water fountain whenever and wherever.
We had a great time in Switzerland! I mean, those views! This is why we like to travel – to see amazing places like these. This is like food for the soul. If you are planning on going to Switzerland, you should. You won’t be disappointed.