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Monday, 6 February 2017

The Honeymoon Series [x] - Interlaken and Jungfrau, Switzerland

After our scenic visit and stay at Mount Titlis and Bern Old Town in The Honeymoon Series Part 9 (review here), we moved on to the gorgeous Interlaken region and magnificent Jungfrau Mountains.


Interlaken is in fact a traditional resort town located in Bern itself, known for its old timber houses, parklands and emerald colored waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

Moving on to Jungfrau - on the scenic train ride up Jungfrau Mountains, we passed by the stunning landscapes and snow-capped mountains along the way to the top; it made for an incredibly romantic journey.

The name itself suggests that it is "between lakes" - this beautiful resort town stretches between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and the official language here is Germany.  It is not surprising to note that the buildings and culture here are heavily influenced by Germany as well. Besides hiking trails and gorgeous mountains, Interlaken also has chapels, shops and restaurants etc for tourists to kept themselves plenty entertained.

Website: https://www.jungfrau.ch

The Jungfrau Railway is a metal chain gauge railway running 9.34 kilometres between Kleine Scheidegg to the highest railway station in Jungfraujoch, Europe. We paid around 105 CHF for the train journey which took us past spectacular views between the villages, glacier falls and snow-topped mountains.

Harderstrasse, 3800, Interlaken, Switzerland

Up on the top of the mountain, attractions such as the Observatory allows tourists a panoramic view of the breathtaking surroundings; there is also an Ice Palace for admiration of ice sculptures, or Snow Fun Park for snowboarding, sledging and skiing etc.

We had pretty traditional and delicious Swiss meals overall, such as a proper sausage and rosti meal, as well as a hearty Fondue meal on another night.

The name eludes me once more, but it was at this spacious restaurant we had a lovely 3-course meal of Vegetables Soup, Sausage and Rosti mains as well as a special Crème Brulee dessert. We also stayed for Hot Chocolate and Mocha to battle the cold snow on the mountaintops.

Bahnhofstrasse 16, 3800, Interlaken, Switzerland

Bebbis is located in the Interlaken resort itself, run by a friendly gentleman named Bebbis. He and / or his manager Jakub make dining here very fun and personable - laden with lots of good red wine, laughter, games and entertainment. Food was generous in portion as well - salad, followed by Cheese Fondue, Meat Fondue and Chocolate Fondue; staples such as rice, fries and pasta were accompaniments.

We stayed at a gorgeous vintage 5-star hotel at Interlaken itself, behind a huge mountain and turquoise-colored lake. The hotel even uses traditional heavy brass key instead of the keycards we are so accustomed to these days.

Hoheweg 211, 3800, Interlaken, Switzerland
Website: https://www.lindner.de/en/interlaken-grand-hotel-beau-rivage/welcome.html

Boosting a spectacular view of the Elger, Monch and Jungfrau, the elegant Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage exudes both grandeur and hospitality of a good Swiss hotel. The 101 rooms are all luxurious, tastefully-furnish with a dash of Zeitgeist all around. Facilities are aplenty, as well as around the charming hotel. Rooms cost around 300 CHF a night.

Herein concludes our wonderful trip around the Interlaken and Jungfrau regions, a beautiful combination of nature and man-made beauty, leaving us a deep impression imprinted upon the minds even months after our visit. Moving on next, look out for The Honeymoon Series (Part xi), on Lucerne and Zurich, Switzerland.

For backtracks:
(i) Honeymoon Series part 1 - selecting the destinations (click here)
(ii) Honeymoon Series part 2 - researching and booking (click here)
(iii) Honeymoon Series part 3 - preparing for the trip (click here)
(iv) Honeymoon Series part 4 - Rome, Italy (click here)
(v) Honeymoon Series part 5 - Siena, Florence & Pisa, Italy (click here)
(vi) Honeymoon Series part 6 - Venice and Milan, Italy (click here)
(vii) Honeymoon Series part 7 - Lorraine and Fontainebleau, France (click here)
(viii) Honeymoon Series part 8 - Paris, France (click here)
(ix) Honeymoon Series part 9 - Swiss Alps & Bern, Switzerland (click here)

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