We started from Zurich at 9:30 in the morning, bypassing through a few smaller towns and a conduit of ever impressive highways, before reaching our first stop at the town of Luzern. And it turned out to be one of those picturesque ancient towns, I definitely did not want to miss on during my visit to Switzerland.
Geneva is globally known for being the headquarters of the mighty United Nations. But, the city's vintage charm, eloquent looks and bubbling energy will not only help you relax but live life at large.
Basel Zoo, One of the best place to meet with Other creatures.
The next morning, I took a train to Bern. Here, I paid a visit to a famous local landmark, Einstein's House. Charmed by the many exquisite cobbled streets and decorated facades along the path, I enjoyed a scenic view of Lake Thun along the drive between Wilderswil and Därligen, where I decided to pick up some lunch.
Imagine a cobalt blue lake skirted by a picturesque city, rustic and medieval in its appeal, peppered to everybody's likeness with old bridges and new, street markets and delicious food, swans and ducks, bustling markets and brightly colored houses, and astonishingly graceful waterfront esplanades. Lucerne is this and much more. Lying peacefully in the heartland of Switzerland, it was the last city I visited back when I had stumbled upon an opportune and once-in-a-lifetime visit to three breathtaking cities of Switzerland. Switzerland is not just Alps, rather an ensemble of the most stunning and bright villages and towns. I hate flagging favorites, but this little town did make my heart flutter!
Vevey is one of the most interesting places I have ever been to. There's commerce and industry smattered amidst beauty so breathtaking that words may not do any justice at all. They say, Vevey developed into a town from a village. So in a sense, it is rather urban. The place grew as traders and merchants settled from time to time—a transient population, so to speak.The first thing I noticed was the expansive headquarters of Nestlé on the waterfront. Opposite the building, there is a large garden with a sensational logo of the Nestlé bird created purely out of flowers and leaves! There’s also Charlie Chaplin's statue in a square named after him. The famous comedian lived here for 25 years. Just opposite Chaplin's statue is a giant fork sticking out of the water! The fork stands directly across the Nestlé Alimentarium, a museum devoted to the history of food. The fork is in commemoration of its 10th anniversary.
Hike from Lauterbrunnen to Murren
Walking through the beautiful village of Leysin made me realize what an absolute sensory treat it is! Almost every quaint wooden cottage has its own little garden plot in the backyard. Most windows are decorated with hanging pots holding geraniums and other colourful flowers. Needless to say, there are also beautifully tended backyards where families grow their own vegetables and fruits.Leysin is very conducive to outdoor activities and water sports all year round. With astounding views of the Alps and the Rhone valley all around, teamed with fresh, pure mountain air, I decided to explore some of the walking trails soon to make the start of my stay here extra special.The resort was well located in lower Leysin, a short hop from shops and restaurants and also quite close to the village train station. The Chalet had about 10–15 cute apartments—some studios, some one or two-bedroom apartments.
On the way back to Leysin, I checked out Les Diablerets for a while. It is known as a gourmet's delight after all.Here, I stopped by the Auberge du Rosex restaurant. Housed in a 300-year-old house, its furnishings consist largely of witches hanging on brooms from ceilings! Further, the décor includes garlic hanging on the walls to ward off evil spirits. The menu is very creatively divided into the 12 zodiac signs. I was famished by now, and so decided to experiment with some unusual dishes like horse meat medallions with garlic and potatoes. I also tried the salad of baby leaves with white chocolate. The lively table next to mine ordered a shellfish dipped in white wine and some steamed fillets of char fish with black chocolate.After that leisurely and imaginative, creative, yet delectable meal, I was ready to call it a day.
Don't go by its size. Zermatt might not be popular and mighty like Zurich or Geneva, but this small, snow-clad city at the hills of the Matterhorn peak has much adventure and pleasure to boast of. Plus, its a nice way to approach the country-side charm of Switzerland before moving on.
Old historical town is just something to look for. Overall a beautiful city that provides amazing Swiss experience.
Lauterbrunnen is heaven on earth and you cannot miss this amazing walk. You dont have to be a proffesional hiker or trekker for this royal walk.Laterbrunnen railway station-Grutschalp-Winteregg-Murren-Birg-SchilthornLauterbrunnen Railway Station:I started the Royal walk from Lauterbrunnen railway station early in the morning. You can find the gandola to grutschalp from the Railway station. It is a 17 min ride from lauterbrunnen and will cost you 18 Swiss Francs.Grutschalp:From grutschalp you can either take train or you can simply walk like me. The trains are small and looks extremely pretty. Just cross the railway track and you can find the way to Winteregg Village. Its a 30 mins walk (1.7 Km approx). Enjoy the beautiful scenery while you walk.Winteregg Village:You can take a break here walk straight up towards Murren village. It is approximately 3 KM to Murren Village. You can actually see lot of benches on the way you can sit down relax click some amazing pics and enjoy the viewMurren Village:This is one of the most amazing villages in switzerland. Stunning views with great food. People in switzerland use lot of cheese so you can try out one of their cheezy dishes. You will get Gandola ride to Birg mountain from here. This will cost you 80 Francs (only if you have swiss pass). This ride is for 20 min. it takes you on the top of birg mountainBirg:Birg is amazing. amazing views and dont forget the cliff walk you will love it. Not for weak hearted people. After the walk you can go to the restaurant and enjoy amazing hot choclate. You can take the next gandola ride to schilthorn which is one the highest peak of swiss alps. The Gandola ride is for 30 minsSchilthorn:This is amazing mountain top. It has a rotating restaurant, James Bond museum, conference hall and a small shop which has lot of james bond goodies & accessories.
After lunch, I reached Interlaken, one of the oldest and probably the most popular resort town in Switzerland. Interlaken is located between Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west, and that’s why the name meaning ‘between lakes.’ It is a destination for backpackers throughout the year, with numerous backpacker-friendly hostels and companies providing guided services in skydiving, canyoning, hang gliding, paragliding, and skiing.
The next day, I boarded a train to Montreux, in the Canton of Vaud. Montreux is a big, vibrant, and fashionable city with lots of shopping. Tired after all the walking and shopping, I later took a boat ride from Montreux to Vevey for some of the most extraordinary waterfront views—ducks, pigeons, and pretty birds perfectly placed on the shore.
Switzerland is a beautiful country with beautiful people. To absorb the beauty of the Swiss countryside, a trek through Beatenberg is ideal. This countryside on the banks of Thun lake, is charming and offers various adventure sports as well. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, the higher reaches of Beatenberg is home to the rare ibex.