Switzerland, a place of dreams, the Toblerone mountain, insane backdrops and a lost camera...
Jack and I met Katharina in North America a whole year ago while travelling from New York to San Francisco. It was a phenomenal trip and gave us the chance to meet people from all over the world, to experience and learn about different cultures, to sit beside a fire each night and learn about different people's lives. It was amazing, and then a year later, Katharina invited us over to Swizerland to experience a whole new world. My god was it amazing, the sites were unforgettable, the chocolate was addictive and my feet definitely ached; but it was worth every minute.
We bought a Interrail pass for the week, which certainly saved us some pennies as we planned to travel by train across this beautiful little country. We travelled to Bristol with only a carryon bag (easier than we thought - more is less people) and before we knew it, we had landed. Katharina greeted us at the airport and we headed to her quaint apartment in the capital city of Bern. It was so cute, with Indian inspired drapes over the walls, photos stuck on doors and quotes scattered throughout their space. We spend the day walking around the city, seeing bears in the centre - I KNOW and went back for some dinner. Jack thought he had food poisoning from eating a week old watermelon, but we will never really know...
We visited the French, German and Italian part of the country experiencing completely different cultures and sights. Lausanne was a beautiful city, at the bottom you could take in the sights of the boats and mountains behind Lake Geneva. Unfortunately it was really drizzly and cloudy the first few days of our visit, so we couldn't appreciate the backdrop of the mountains as much as we would have liked.
We also visited Lucerne which is quite a touristy place, with lots of people snapping away but it was probably one of my favourite spots. We walked over the bridge covered in flowers, found a coffee shop, ate vanilla croissants and walked the streets for hours.
Next on the list was Lugano, the Italian part of the country and probably the most different. It actually felt like we were stepping foot in Italy, with pizza restaurants, warmer air and tropical sights. We found ourselves at a lake with stunning views of hills and mountains. There seemed to be swans everywhere we went in Swizerland, they just love it here. Jack and Katharina went swimming (after the swans left us alone) and I sat back and absorbed the sun.
What was next, is out of this world. Aletsch Glacier - just look at it! Isn't it insane? We took a cable car (seriously scary) up to the mountains and had a picnic in front of this incredible glacier. We did a little hike and ended up in this restaurant where I had a Affogato (ice cream and espresso - yummies). It was a dreamy set up to say the least. The only downside of this day was that Jack lost his camera while at the train station, it was a real mystery but we've kind of guessed it was stolen. SUCH SADNESS.
Zurich was also somewhere I'd recommend visiting, it's a pretty chilled city and the one you usually hear about. Not my favourite spot, but definitely somewhere to pop on the list if you get the chance. The prices in Switzerland are the only downside, everything is seriously expensive so it's best to plan in advance and budget if you decide to go.
The following days were pretty chilled, we stayed at Katharina's parents house in the east, ate a delicious dinner and talked while we listened to the sheep with bells around their next in the field beside their house. Their house was like something out of the Sims! We explored a castle nearby, took a swim in a lake and then headed to their cottage in the mountains.
It was like something from a dream, we followed endless winding roads to the very top of the mountains. The photos don't even do it justice, in fact none of the snaps of the trip do. The cottage was something you only see in movies and would make you jump for joy if you spotted in on Airbnb. We spend the evening sitting beside the fire, eating Paprika crisps (literally heaven) and watching Mr Bean. The sunsets were unforgettable, and the company even better.
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Have you ever visited?