The country of breathtaking mountain views, spectacular waterfalls, stinky cheese and the best chocolate in the world! If you like one of these things you definitely have to visit Switzerland! We planned a four day roundtrip with a little bit of everything – hikes, cheese fondue, chocolate tastings, exploring cute little towns and much more!
Day 1: We started our trip with our first stop in Lauterbrunnen! This little town is located in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rocks and mountain peaks. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland. It has over 72 waterfalls (!!!), the most famous one are the Staubbach Falls, which are one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe! You can see it from the whole town and its super easy to reach. Lauterbrunnen itself is a tiny town and easy to explore in half a day. Cute little restaurants, cafés or if you prefer you can also go to the supermarket and prepare your own dinners and meals! 🙂 In Lauterbrunnen we treated ourselves with our very first Swiss Cheese-Fondue, and I have to say, it was AMAZING! With the mountain view, the sound of the waterfall and fresh air it tastes even better! I highly recommend therefore the restaurant Weidstübli – great location, great service and the fondue was also priced okay. 🙂 We ordered fondue for only one person and shared therefore another main meal. We were happy about this decision, because it was absolutely enough cheese! 😉
Day 2: We started our second day early with a hike and exploring the famous region Grindelwald! We planned our hike first with a short ride with the “Pfingstegg-Bahn” gondola up to Pfingstegg! From here we planned the following route: Pfingstegg > Cottage “Bäregg” > Cottage Schrecksteinhorn and back! We roughly planned for this tour 5h – 6h up and then back down. Unfortunately, it started to rain super bad and we decided half way up to turn around and explore more of Grindelwald town. For kids its is a perfect day hike to the first cottage Bäregg, which has a beautiful view on the glacier and is easy to reach within 1.5 – 2 hours!
When we came back down the sun came back out! haha We still did not regret that we turned around since Grindelwald area was amazing to explore & two hours later thunder and rain came back! We bought Swiss Cheese in a local cheese factory and made our own charcuterie board on a park bench.
Day 3: Today we drove from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt! We were not really excited for a car ride and didn’t expect anything, since its “just” a car ride, but it literally blow us away and I think it was the most fun car ride I ever had including the most beautiful views! 🙂 Have you ever heard about a motor train? When we arrived in Goppenstein we had to park on the train. The trip with the so called “Autoverlad” takes about 20 minutes through a long, dark tunnel and passengers have to stay seated in their cars – quite a fun experience! 🙂
Since Zermatt is a car-free city, we parked our car in the town before called Täsch and drove by train about 10 minutes to Zermatt and explored the town there by foot! Everything is very well organized from parking and commuting back and forth! Zermatt is absolutely lovely, lots of bars, restaurants and of course mountain peaks to see and hike! We took a gondola up to the “Gandegg Hütte” and explored the area around there as well had some cappuccino and hoped the clouds would move to see the full peak of Matterhorn! The ticket was around 50CHF per person, so not that cheap, but I’d say its totally worth it since we spent there around 3 hours! 🙂
After our day in Zermatt we drove to Luzern late afternoon/early evening, where we spent our last night in a close by town called Seelisberg. The car ride was unbelievable beautiful! We decided not to take the car train, which would have been way faster, but instead we drove over the so called “Furka Pass” to take the more scenic route. It has an elevation of about 2,429 metres and is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting Gletsch, Valais with Realp, Uri. The switchbacks and extremely winding hair pin bends are super fun! Maybe you know them if you have seen the Bond movie Goldfinger. Its already known as the most impressive Alpine crossings in Switzerland and many countless tourists are attracted by the unique mountain panorama. Just over the peak we saw a sign with “Alpkäse” from a local farmer and we just had to stop. It was just a fridge next to road and you can pick whatever cheese, milk or product you want for super cheap! We obviously went for the stinky cheese! 😉
Day 4: After a well rested night we were ready for our last day in Switzerland. Unfortunately the weather was not great and it rained like I had never seen before! haha So we decided to drive to a cheese production facility and to spend the day in the “Schweizer Verkehrshaus” with lots of fun attractions. We signed up for the Lindt Chocolate Tour which definitely fulfilled my Swiss Chocolate cravings and my last checkmark on my wish list for this trip!
Let me know if you have any recommendations for Switzerland, because for sure it was not my last time! 🙂