jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 58 [28 Mar 09] – Interlaken

Posted in Interlaken by jn82 on March 28, 2009

I woke up this morning for a free breakfast of cornflakes, cream cheese, toast and coffee provided by the hostel. It has been sometime since a hostel we have stayed at has provided breakfast for free, which is always good. The weather conditions and visibility at Jungfraujoch (highest point in Europe) was not very good, as could be seen from the hostel’s webcam, so we decided to just walk around Interlaken today and hopefully head up to Jungfraujoch tomorrow if the weather is better. The train ride to the highest point in Europe is something I really want to do, as usually you can see into France and Germany on a clear day, but there is no point making the trip if the weather is bad because you will not be able to see anything and it is quite expensive.

We started off the day walking around the city. This is such a beautiful city as from almost every corner you can get a view of the different mountain ranges behind them. The buildings also retain an old fashioned typically Swiss architecture style, and there are no tall buildings in the city to obstruct views of the mountains.

View from the bridge near the hostel.

The only roundabout in Interlaken.

In the city.

SBB regional train pulling into Interlaken West.

After walking around the city, we embarked on a 8km clockwise walk which lasted around three houts around the Thunersee (Lake Thun), up along the Lombach and back into the city. The walk was very scenic, as most of it was along the river and we had a good view of the mountains all through out. The weather was not perfect, as it was very grey and cloudy, but at least it only drizzled very slightly at intervals.

Snow capped Swiss alps.

At the first part of the walk along Schiff-Kanal.

Crossing the Schiff-Kanal.

Along the Aare.

In the Weissenau nature reserve.

Along Lombach, what I think is a man-made stream.

Near the end, somewhere around Luziwichel.

As you can see, even under the cloudy skies, Interlaken is still so beautiful. Just imagine what everything would look like on a clear spring day with the blue skies and green grass! The walk was extremely relaxing, and we did not feel tired at all after it. For lunch, we decided to just head to the supermarket and buy the ingredients for a simple pasta dish, and head back to the hostel to cook. Funny how as the trip progresses, we are becoming more and more penny pinching and becoming like “real” backpackers.

Hope the weather at Jungfraujoch is good tomorrow!

Today’s pictures here.

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