Day one: Switzerland, God’s garden
I started this two day journey travelling from my aunt and uncle’s home in Bolligen to the small town of Lauterbrunnen. The weather was warmer than expected and the views on the way were beautiful. We drove past Thunersee which was spectacular, but unfortunately there was nowhere to stop to take photos but the ones I got turned out okay luckily!
When arriving in Lauterbrunnen the town was quiet and the back drop of the mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau were simply breathtaking. We parked by a little church and could see three waterfalls along the cliff faces. As we walked up the main street the Swiss houses and shops looked like something off of a Disney programme, neatly decorated with intricate wooden carvings. After a quick coffee in one of the many cafes we got the BLM, like a giant cable car, to Grütschalp, then the train to Mürren.
Mürren is a small town of approximately 6,000 people nestled 1660m above sea-level in the mountainside. The snow covered Eiger and Mönch can be seen from here creating such an inspiring view. It was nice to see the alpine glaciers from a distance and I felt it helped bring to life the glaciers module I am doing at uni. We sat and ate at a restaurant with the view to our left. Afterwards we walked back to the train station and headed back to Bern.
After having an incredible Indian by Rendez-Vous Bundesplatz we watched a light show projected on to the government buildings. A show with the theme of health and global aid was really entertaining and shows the role Switzerland plays in global aid. We then walked through the Old town a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983. It was really dark so I couldn’t get many pictures and we couldn’t see much of the sandstone architecture so we plan to come back tomorrow! I really enjoyed the first day, especially Mürren. Switzerland is proving as picturesque as imagined!
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