There comes a time during a long trip where you need a ‘break’ from travelling. That means to say, a break from the metro train rides, the museums, the hustle and the crowds. Lauterbrunnen was just that for me.
Situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Lauterbrunnen Village rests in a 1km wide cleft between the sheer Lauterbrunnen Wall. With gorgeous 270m high waterfalls cascading down both sides, it is no wonder that in the 13th century this place was referred to as “in claro fonte” meaning “clear spring”.
We had a small wooden cabin at the Camping Jungfrau, which is a large site deep in the valley surrounded by fast flowing rivers and forest. The best thing to do while you are here is to use your surroundings as much as possible – drink it in. We hiked extensively, dined in traditional local restaurants gorging ourselves on fondue, foraged for delicious wild berries, attended the annual Swiss Festival, read books, ate copious amounts of Lindt chocolate and generally had a grand old time.
If I am ever heading back to Switzerland, I will definitely be making the trek through the misty mountain passes of Interlaken to this unspoiled paradise.
The Globe Hunter.