My Europe Trip 2010 – Switzerland



Because we were too engrossed with admiring the scenery and taking photos, the original one hour hike took two hours instead. So we only stayed at Gimmelwald for a while only before because it was getting late. Gimmelwald is even smaller than Murren with only over a hundred population.


One of the very few hostels in Gimmelwald – Mountain Hostel. It is pretty obvious how the hostel got its name.


Took the cable car down to Stechelberg, another small village as seen in the photo. Para-gliding is a popular activity here. The distance between Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen is quite far so we had to take a bus. The bus arrives every hour so while waiting we visited the surrounding area.


Not far away from the Schilthornbahn (cable car station) is the Lütschine river, which flows into Lake Brienz.


Following the river upstream will lead you to Murrenbach, the highest waterfall in Switzerland at a towering 417 meters. If you hiked from Murren to Gimmelwald you would see its starting point along the way too.


More cows grazing at the bottom of the waterfall.


Although there is a butchery, dairy shop and a supermarket in Lauterbrunnen they all close very early at 5pm. So if you don’t get your groceries earlier like us, you will have to eat at the pubs or restaurants instead. A typical main course at the restaurants costs about 20-40CHF and about 10-15CHF for a spaghetti at the pubs.


A three course meal at Hotel Schutzen @ 36.50, with grilled steaks of three different meats as the main course.


We tried a Swiss traditional food called Walliserplatte @ 11CHF, basically a platter consisting of cold cuts.


Panna Cotta that was included in the course meal. Overall Hotel Schutzen’s food was OK but their service could have been better.. service was rather slow. Even tap water is chargeable here so if you are keen on saving forget about it.


The day lasts longer during summer in Europe, it was still quite bright outside our dorm considering the it was around 9pm.


The next day we boarded the earliest train to Jungfrau. For Eurail pass holders here’s another good news, you get to purchase the morning ticket at a discounted price @ 121.40CHF (normal price 135CHF, 1CHF = ~RM3) Besides being able to purchase the ticket cheaper, you also get to stay at the mountain longer. The normal morning ticket subjects the holder to return in the noon, while Eurail holders can stay until the last train for the same day.

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  1. i’m going to switzerland to study soon! but my school is at leysin, near to montreux, the french speaking side of switzerland. you made me wanna go to the german side ( zurich and all ) for a trip after reading this post. stunning pictures ! =)

    • I think so, my friend who went to New Zealand and Switzerland said that although NZ has a more beautiful landscape, it is not as diverse as Switzerland

  2. I am thoroughly enjoying your pics. Very breath taking. Yeah, to be fully enjoying one’s vacation, I’d rather stick to fewer destinations but instead spending my time leisurely soaking in the environment.
    .-= J2Kfm´s last blog ..Pasta House @ Ipoh =-.

  3. Hi, We are planning a trip to Swiss soon. How many days do you think would be sufficient to spend from Geneva-Montreux-Zermatt-Interlaken-Lucern-Zurich? Any other tips?

    • Honestly I cannot advise you on anything. But from your itinerary you would need like at least more than 1 week to have a proper vacation.
      Interlaken alone I think you could spend 3 days and 2 days for Zurich

  4. Hi there, i am planning for a visit to Switzerland but is at lost as to what apparel to pack. Did you wear hiking boots for the hike? Or normal sneakers will do?

  5. Hi Vkeong, how much did you spent in this Swiss trip?
    and how you went Swiss from Malaysia?
    Coz I have to plan a trip to Swiss too :D

    • Hi Rain
      Swiss was part of my stop when we toured Europe. I went there by train from Paris. Anyway it happened so long ago so I don’t really remember how much I spent just for Swiss alone. But for my entire 1 month trip I spent about RM15k inclusive of everything (flights as well)


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