Switzerland – One of our favourite countries and definitely one of the most beautiful in the world. After being blown away by the hit Korean drama Crash Landing On You which features filming locations in towns like Grindelwald to big cities like Zurich, here are 10 off the beaten track locations you would not want to miss if you visit the land of alps, chocolate and cheese.
I stayed a couple of nights in Grindelwald and used it as a base to explore the region, and I must say no regrets at all. The picturesque town is gorgeous, where you can ski during winter at the slopes or go for the numerous walking trails during summer. There are also a decent selections of restaurants near the train station, as well as a small shopping street if you need to shop for some last minute gear.
At 400 metres above the Lauterbrunnen valley, Wengen is a quaint Swiss village dotted with classic Swiss timber houses where you can take it slow and stay for a night or two. There are many walking trails from Wengen as well as adventurous activities like paragliding nearby. I will recommend staying in Wengen if you are looking to stay in a quiet and beautiful town and make it as your base to explore other sights in the area, such as Jungfrau.
Lauter Brunnen literally means ‘many fountains’ and there are countless fountains in this valley town, with the most famous being the 300 m Staubbach Falls. The town is a good base to explore the nearby famous sights such as Jungfrau and Kleine Scheidegg, as well as the Schilthorn which is where the James Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ was filmed.
From Lauterbrunnen, catch a cable car to Murren, a mountain village where you can get a panoramic view of the three magnificent mountains – Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. It really feels very tranquil to stroll around the town, which feels all surreal.
If you fancy some hiking, Kleine Scheidegg is a good starting point for the Jungfraujoch with views of the famous north face of the Eiger. This is also the station o change train for Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe, though I did spend some time to linger and explore the eateries at this station. The views are equally breathtaking even if you are not planning to go on any trails!
I guess at this point it is not hard to notice that I am in love with the Bern ese Oberland region, and a visit to Adelboden is inspired purely by my wanderlust streak of staying at The Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden. The town is not at all touristy as compare to the bigger cities, with a good mix of confectionery shops and restaurants along the main street. If you visit in summer, trekking is a good activity from Adelboden and come winter, there is always the option to head up to the ski slopes.
Not one of those big cities most tourists will put on their Switzerland map, Thun is a charming small town in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region. The good thing is that the main attractions like Thun castle and the Old Town are all within walking distance from Thun main station, which makes it even more charming to visit even if you are travelling alone. The Old Town has a history which goes back to the stone age, and I would say come to Thun if you are looking for a half day side trip from Interlaken.
As a university town located in the North-East region in Switzerland, St Gallen is typically not a top priority city to visit for tourists. The main highlight here is the UNESCO heritage Convent of St. Gallen with its Baroque cathedral, which is quite spectacular given the size of this city. One of the best kept secrets in St Gallen is trekking up to the hill behind the UNESCO cathedral, where you get a panoramic view of the whole city.
Kandersteg / Oeschinen Lake
Located in the Bernese Oberland region, I only knew about Kandersteg because it is a gateway to Oeschinen Lake. From Kandersteg station, I trekked all the way to the lake over an elevation of more than 400 metres, which took me almost two hours for a leisure trek as the cable car service was not operating in November when I visited. At an elevation of 1,578 metres, the Oeschinen Lake is famous for its deep blue hue which I observed was more evident at certain parts of the lake. This is easily one of my favourite hike.
Gornagrat – Zermatt
For one of the best views of the Matterhorn, take the scenic train ride from Zermatt station to Gornagrat, which at 3,089 offers a good observation platform to take in the stunning views of Zermatt and the surrounding mountains. There is also a restaurant at the summit station, along with Europe’s highest-altitude hotel, the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat.
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