Earlier this year we headed to Switzerland for a lovely week of exploring. Switzerland might be a small country but there is a lot to do and see. We wanted to do a little bit of everything so I came up with an itinerary instead of winging it and it worked out perfectly!
This is what we got up to, where we stayed and how we got there!
Day 1 – Schonried & Gstaad
We had a night flight so we arrived early in the morning in Switzerland. This meant we had a full day to travel to our first destination and still explore. We had 8 day train passes from Swiss Travel System as it was the easiest way for us to get around. We made our way from the airport to Schonried at about 9AM and arrived at about 12pm. We stayed at The Alpenrose Boutique Hotel in Schonried just outside Gstaad as it’s less expensive and only about 5 min away by train ( you can even walk to Gstaad! ) It also has a lovely country side atmosphere that we really enjoyed.
We decided to go exploring as soon as we had relaxed and grabbed lunch. We were keen for an afternoon hike as the area looked so beautiful. There are quite a few great hiking trails in the area but we decided to do a relatively easy circular route past the big fondue pot. Ask anyone to give you directions, they will know what you are talking about! 🙂
Day 2 – Exploring Gstaad
On our second day our plan was to go up to Glacier 3000 but unfortunately it was closed due to high winds. If you are in that area though I suggest taken a short hike up to lake Retaud. The train pass also gives you access to the bus system which takes you to these smaller villages. We spent the afternoon exploring the main streets of Gstaad which you only need a couple of hours for.
Day 3 – Interlaken, Wilderswil and Lauterbrunnen
We left Schonried and went on to our next destination, the Interlaken area. Once again staying just outside the main city in Wilderswil at the Alpenrose hotel and gardens. Its really close to the train station with some gorgeous views of Jungfrau and the surrounding mountains. The train journey was quicker than we thought and we once again arrived early enough to do some exploring.
After checking in we headed out to Lauterbrunnen which is the most gorgeous little village with a waterfall on the one side. From there we took a train up to Wengen where we had gorgeous views of the cliff faces and valleys. If its a nice day definitely hike back down to Lauterbrunnen instead of taking the train. It takes about 45min and its all down hill so you wont be too tired when you get to the bottom!
Day 4 – Jungfraujoch
On the fourth day we got up very early and headed up to Jungfraujoch. Its the highest altitude train station in Europe and there is plenty to do and see on a good day. You can visit the Lindt shop or go for a glacier walk like we did. Get there as early as possible because the trains get super full. The glacier walk took us about an hour and you can have a drink and something to eat at the quaint Mochnsjochhutte. Remember to take cash though as they don’t except card payments under 30 francs.
Day 5 – Adelboden
Adelboden was another quick train and bus journey away. I definitely put aside way too much time for travel as the trains are really fast and efficient in Switzerland. We stayed at The Cambrian in Adelboden and if you can definitely book there. It has gorgeous views of the Alps, the hotel is full of art and they have a heated outside swimming pool. Spa and pool was on the cards for the rest of the day and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
Day 6 – Blausee and Enstligenalp
We were told about these two gems by our lovely manager at The Cambrian and I am so glad she shared these places with us. We headed off to Blausee at about 9:30 as it took 30 min to get there and we wanted to give the sun some time to hit the lake. Blausee is free to enter and absolutely gorgeous. You need about two hours there to explore and take photos and there is a bus that comes by every 30 min.
After Blausee we took another bus and a funicular to get to the top of Engstligenalp ( it also took about 30min to get there from the bus station opposite our hotel ) We were booked to have a cheese fondue at the igloo at the top and I highly recommend it. It was a lovely, delicious experience and a highlight of our trip. After our fondue we walked around at the top and explored a bit before heading down and back to the hotel for sunset.
Day 7 – Engstligen waterfall hike
Our flight only left much later that evening to we still had the entire day to explore. To save time we decided to go back to the area we visited the previous day but this time hike to the second highest waterfall in Switzerland, Englisten falls. The snow was pretty icy which made for an adventurous walk but so much fun!
It was about an hour and a half journey from Adelboden back to the airport so we made it in plenty of time to catch our flight back home!