Christmas & New Year Swiss Style ~ Part 2

I hope you all enjoyed reading part 1 of our Swiss adventure, if you missed it you can read about it here. This week’s post will be about some of the picturesque villages we visited and all the wonderful things to do and see around the Jungfrau region.

Lauterbrunnen ~ 818 m

We stayed in Lauterbrunnen, at Camping Jungfrau, a fabulous 5 star mountain holiday park. Amongst the holiday park’s fantastic facilities, is a free regular ski bus, which transports you from the campsite to the train station in the heart of Lauterbrunnen. Here you can get a mountain train to the ski resort of Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg, or alternatively you can hop on a cable car, which takes you up to Grutschalp, where you can take a short, scenic train journey to the beautiful village of Mürren. You can also hire skis and boots at Intersport in Lauterbrunnen and there are some lovely cafés and bars to stop at as you’re walking through.

Mürren ~ 1650m

Mürren is one of my favourite picturesque and quaint villages to visit. Full of charm and tradition, with lovely hotels and cafés serving hot chocolate with fabulous views of the mountains. This is also where my daughters go to ski school and the lessons vary from beginner to advanced, so no matter what your level is they can cater for everyone. Mürren also has a fabulous outdoor ice skating rink, which my daughters loved and you can also get the cable car from Mürren to Birg, with the option of then carrying on to the top of the Schilthorn mountain.

Birg ~ 2677m

We took the cable car from Mürren to Birg and experienced the Thrill Walk and Skyline Walk, which were both amazing. The Thrill Walk is a steel platform that weaves round the mountain and has a small section of rope (with steel safety netting), to walk along. The Skyline Walk is a platform of mainly steel and glass that comes out from the mountain. I found this a little unnerving at first, but soon got used to it and our dog wasn’t fazed at all.

Schilthorn ~ 2970m

This is a great place to see, not only are the views spectacular from the summit, there is also the Bond World 007 exhibition to visit, as the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was partly filmed at this location. In this interactive adventure you can enjoy a helicopter simulator, ride in an exhilarating bobsleigh or listen to a message from M. Once you’ve experienced life as Bond, you can head off to the revolving restaurant and enjoy lunch with a 360° view of the impressive mountains. The views are absolutely stunning, with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau standing proud amongst the beautiful Swiss Alps. This place is an absolute must to visit.

Wengen ~ 1274m

We took the train up to Wengen from Lauterbrunnen, where we got on a cable car up to Männlichen. Wengen is a lovely mountain village to walk around, it is a busy resort with plenty of hotels, restaurants and cafés to choose from and is well known for its ski races, notably the Lauberhorn race.

Männlichen ~ 2343m

Männlichen has great ski runs and there is always plenty of snow for everyone to enjoy. The views are amazing and you can hire deck chairs for the day and enjoy the warm sunshine. If you fancy experiencing a helicopter ride over the mountains, you can also do that at this location. Getting on gondola lifts (small cable car pods) is easy to do and they will take you back down the mountain to Grindelwald.

Grindelwald ~ 1034m

This is another lovely village to visit, with plenty to see and do. Full of restaurants, cafés and pop-up bars serving warm glühwein, you’ll never be short of somewhere to eat or drink. There are lots of different shops to browse around, from ski shops and mountain ware to delicious bakeries and chocolatiers. You can also get a gondola lift from Grindelwald up to First.

First ~ 2166m

The mountain views from First are just wonderful, with magnificent views of the North Face of the Eiger. There are several activities to do here besides skiing and snowboarding. You can hire mountain carts (four-wheeled buggies), experience the First Cliff Walk  (a winding platform with a suspension bridge observation point) or have a go on the adrenaline fuelled First Flyer. We all experienced the 800m long First Flyer, a zip line gliding through the air with top speeds of 55 miles per hour and it sure was an adrenaline rush. This is free to do if you have either a ski pass or a sledging and hiking pass. I would definitely recommend getting a ski or hiking pass for the duration  of your holiday, otherwise it could cost a lot more for individual trips around the area.

So there you have it, a selection of places to visit and activities to do. We absolutely love this region, as there is so much to see and explore and if you’re considering Switzerland for your next vacation, take it from me, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

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