This is the short list. The 5 Coolest things we did when we were in Switzerland. They are in no particular order but they were all really fun. You can read the post we did on the first half of our adventure in Switzerland: From Zurich to the Alps and the post on the second half of our adventure: From Interlaken back to Zurich for the detailed account of the things on this list. So lets get to it!
The Glacier Express — THE WAY to see the Alps. A really comfortable train with panoramic views where you can just sit back and relax all day, drink coffee, and eat some delicious Swiss Food. Start your journey in St. Moritz and wind your way all the way through the Alps, taking in the HUGE peaks, waterfalls, green valleys, and picturesque towns, eventually ending in the car free town of Zermatt at the base of the iconic Matterhorn. This was truly an awesome way to spend the day and a fun way to see a lot of the beautiful country!
Zermatt – The base of the Matterhorn — This is a quaint, cool, little town. The food was great and it is perched high in the mountains at the base of the Matterhorn and surrounded by towering mountains. There are no cars allowed in town because the Government does not want any pollution to obscure the view of the Matterhorn. Everything is in walking distance and there is a lot to do. Beautiful hikes, skiing, and a gondola to the base of the Matterhorn to name a few. It is the last stop on the Glacier Express so it is worth staying for a couple days and taking in the crisp mountain air.
The Jungfrau Railway — This is a must. Jump onto the train in Interlaken and ride it high up into the mountains, all the way to the highest railway station in Europe if you want to. We got off at Alpiglen and grabbed som trinkets and coffee then took the train up even farther to the stop right before the top and walked all the way down to the town of Grindlewald. The views were breathtaking and the walk down was not too hard and was really the reason we went to Switzerland in the first place. Take it all in and enjoy the ride. It is quite an experience to be on a train and be that high up into the mountains. I can only imagine what it is like in the winter, there are ski lifts dotting the mountainside and all of the towns have endless amounts of ski lockers lining their streets.
Wandering through Interlaken and its surroundings — Where to start with Interlaken? It is the perfect jump off point for a lot of the outdoor sports that Switzerland has to offer and is the gateway to the Jungfrau Railway and the epic Eiger! There is hiking, a couple pristine lakes, the Funicular that takes you up the Harder Klum, and on and on. It is a great place to stay and explore the surrounding terrain. There is good food and it is really easy to get around. Definitely a great place to spend a few days.
Wander through Zurich for a day — We do not get excited by going to visit new cities so it was just a happy accident that we got to Zurich early on our last day and had a whole afternoon and evening to kill. We got some good food and wandered around the beautiful city and took in the architecture and history. There were some really cool cafes and restaurants and the city was surprisingly cool in a hipster kind of way. It seemed really young, artistic, and fun. We did not get to spend a lot of time there but there is definitely a lot to take in. There is an awesome river that runs through the city and a bunch of cool parks where everyone was just hanging out and lounging. The Zurich airport is a really easy airport to get in and out of so it is a good jumping off point to the rest of the country. The train station is directly under the airport so you can land and jump on the train to your real destination.