After our magnificent first big rail trip around Scandinavia the year before, my best friend suggested we went to discover Switzerland by rail in 2013. He was inspired by his aunt’s trips to Switzerland and always wanted to go there himself, of course I couldn’t say no as the country spoke to me too. So off we went on a second rail adventure together.
Having spent some amazing time around Zermatt discovering the Gornergrat and Matterhorn it was time to head back down and towards our next destination. We once again travelled on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn down to Brig, this time in one of their newer panoramic EMU’s.
In Brig we changed onto a BLS train taking us over the old scenic Lotschberg route over the mountain from Brig to Spiez. I already covered this route in detail in our more recent France – Italy – Switzerland rail adventure. The route itself is very beautiful and never gets boring, I wouldn’t mind travelling over it again.
In Spiez we changed onto a different, older BLS train still in the classic beige-blue colours. It took as along the coast of Lake Thun onto Interlaken. In Interlaken we would be spending some days, exploring the mountains in the Jungfrau region. We also had a splendid stay in The M Gallery Royal – St. Georges hotel, where we had a beautiful classic Royal Suite.
We finished our first day by taking a ride on the Harderbahn up the Harder Kulm, the Interlaken “house mountain”. It’s a small cable car climbing 737 metres up the mountain, providing with a panoramic view over the town of Interlaken and both lakes at the sides of the town.
About the rest of our adventures I will be talking more about in the next chapters of my first Swiss railtrip on throwback Thursday.
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