Switzerland Part 4

Instead of lying in bed with coffee and tea, we got up and drank them on the balcony watching the sun rise and spread it’s happiness over the lake and the mountain. instagram-coffee-overlooking-lake-zug-copysox-at-zug-lake-copydj-sox-in-zug-2-copyWe ate a quick breakfast, packed the car and made our way to Wengen. My Uncle Paul, Aunt Nadja, Sox and I were going up into the Alps for a night.breakfast-with-a-view-copyWengen is a car-less mountain village, located 400 metres above the Lauterbrunnen valley. People flock to take in the sights, especially The Jungfrau, one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, located between the northern canton of Bern.

The drive there alone is breathtaking. on-the-way-to-wengen-2-copylae-zug-copy

We passed the statue in honour of William Tell…william-tell-monument-copy

As we got closer to the mountains, we could see the tips of the Alps dusted in icing sugar.on-our-way-copyon-the-way-to-wengen-copyon-way-to-wengen-copy

Trickling waterfalls of melted snow…waterfalls-copy

We stopped at one of the look out points…DCIM109GOPRODCIM109GOPRODCIM109GOPROArriving in Lauterbrunnen, we parked the car and then made our way to the cog train to take us up to Wengen. wengen-6-copyrailway-to-kleine-scheidegg-copy

Wengen is absolutely gorgeous… Swiss chalets, souvenir stores, restaurants offering all the traditional food, a bakery making the freshest breads and pastries and of course the views.

We walked through the small village up the hills to our hotel, Alpenruhe. Travelling with our sturdy Samsonite luggage made a world of difference this time. Pushing the luggage along, (instead of dragging it behind me), thanks to the 4 wheels instead of 2, which is what I’ve always had, was a true game changer. dj-sox-with-samsonite-in-switzerland-copyalpenruhe-hotel-copywengen-copy

After settling into our hotel room, we opened up our balcony door and gasped at the view. hotel-view-from-alpenruhe-copyhotel-view-copy

We set off back to the train to go further up into the Alps to Kleine Scheidegg, a mountain pass. family-in-wengen-copywengen-rail-copyrailway-in-wengen-copyThe train left the station and we slowly climbed the mountain, winding through the trees, passing small waterfalls of melted snow and reaching Kleine Scheidegg.

If I say so myself, I am beside myself with excitement over my photos! I’m so proud of them and they’re not photoshopped at all. In fact, the only thing I did is straighten some of the horizons.

We had such “pinch me” moments as we breathed in the sweetest cleanest air, listened to the cow bells ringing and took in our surroundings. I felt like I was in a dream, on a movie set; like I was Mary Poppins stepping into a picturesque calendar.kisses-copyswitzerland-kleine-scheidegg-copy

In Winter, this is a skiers dream. The restaurant serves gluhwein, hot chocolate and warms you up after your time on the slopes, but in Summer, you can enjoy the sunshine with something refreshing and their freshly baked Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake) after a hike.kleine-scheidegg-9-copydrinks-at-kleine-scheidegg-copyapfelkuchen-2-copyapfelkuchen-copykleine-scheidegg-kisses-copy

After our coffees and apple cake, we followed the sound of the cow bells and found these beauties…kleine-scheidegg-8-copycows-copycows-in-kleine-scheidegg-2-copycows-in-kleine-scheidegg-copysox-and-bailey-in-kleine-scheidegg-copycows-in-ks-copykleine-sheidegg-with-sox-an-bailey-copy

We continued on with our small hike, leaving our moosical friends behind (see what I did there?)kleine-scheidegg-2-copykleine-scheidegg-3-copykleine-scheidegg-4-copykleine-scheidegg-6-copykleine-scheidegg-7-copykleine-scheidegg-10-copykleine-scheidegg-copyks-copy

We were going to take the train even higher to Jungfraue, but the tickets were really expensive and we didn’t have the time (daylight) on our side, so we got the train back to Wengen.railway-in-kleine-scheidegg-copy

This Bernerhof restaurant has all the traditional Swiss mealsbernerhof-restaurant-copy

We got a cosy table inside, opened a bottle of winewine-copy

Shared Bratwurst and Rösti, which means crisp and golden – it’s a potato fritter.bratwurst-and-rosti-copy

We dived into the cheese fondue and stuffed ourselves with molten cheese, until we were scraping the bottom of the pot, ensuring not a string of cheese was left behind.cheese-fondue-copy

The Wengen streets at night with the twinkling lights and the moon lighting up the snow capped mountains is magical and I kept imagining this place covered in snow in Winter.wengen-by-night-2-copywengen-by-night-copy

There is something about the fresh air that makes you really sleepy, well, that and gorging yourself in cheese.

The following morning, we said goodbye to the view…sox-enjoying-the-morning-view-in-wengen-copyjungfraue-copy

…ate breakfast in the hotels dining room, checked out and stopped at the little bakery walking on our way to the train. Sox and I shared a freshly baked apple strudel, still warm from the oven and cherry pie.

Not to be a buzz kill, but we sampled the traditional foods Switzerland has to offer and while it was all delicious, it made me feel really ill and bloated. I have been sugar free for quite some time and follow the Banting lifestyle and it was almost impossible there.cherry-kuchen-copyDCIM109GOPRODCIM109GOPROlauterfall-copy

We made our way to the Zurich Airport where we were catching a flight to Greece.

We did a little stop at Lucerne and walked around for about 30 minutes, not really having time to see much, but we took a stroll along the Lucerne lake and saw the flower lined restored wooden footbridge, Kapellbrücke. It runs diagonally across the Reuss River. The bridge is unique because it contains a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with most of the centuries-old bridge in a 1993 fire.lucerne-bridge-2-copybridge-lucerne-copyflowers-in-lucerne-copylucerne-3-copylucerne-1-copylucerne-23-copylucerne-promenade-copylucerne-lake-copy

Good bye Switzerland, our 4 and a bit days were absolutely magical and again we got to experience so much, in such little time! I’m also so glad I got to introduce Sox to my Gran and got to show him a part of my heritage.zurich-airport-copyFrom my heritage to his… We whisked off to Greece and landed in Athens.

PS. If you have missed out on the other Swiss posts, I’d suggest you go back. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

PPS. If you want to read about our London adventures, here we go: Day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5

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  • Reply Cyndee Cochrane

    Exquisite pictures-wowwww! Very impressed with your photographic skills 😉 xx

    September 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thank you Cyndee 🙂 x

      September 21, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Sherene

    Stunning pics!! You can almost smell the fresh clear air through the photos…Thanks for sharing the beauty!

    September 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thank you for reading, Sherene! 😉 x

      September 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Marina

    Beautiful pictures. On my bucket list of places to visit.

    September 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks Marina! You won’t go wrong! x

      September 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Bronwyn Stephenson

    So beautiful Bailey! I totally get your buzz kill moment! Experienced something similar in Livigno & Switzerland in December. So special to have the experience though! Loving reading about your journey! #wanderlust

    September 21, 2016 at 1:29 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks Bronwyn! Aw you got to experience it in Winter – it’s such a wonderland! Yes following a LCHF is impossible in Switzerland!

      September 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    So enjoyed your posts on Switzerland, looking forward to Greece now. Thank you for being so generous and sharing you wonderful experiences, photos and personal time with us.

    September 21, 2016 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Gaelyn Cokayne

    These photos are MAGICAL! Forgot to comment on the previous post, but I told Zoe about that library and she was amazed. We are both such bookworms and would love to visit there one day.

    Can’t wait for the Greece pics – I’ve always wanted to go!

    September 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Elana Shaw

    Your photos are incredible. We were in Switzerland in January (with a 10 week old baby) and it was stunning. Lucerne was covered in snow when we went there.

    September 22, 2016 at 7:29 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Oh wow! That must have been really special! How was it travelling with a baby?

      September 22, 2016 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    Switzerland really looks like something out of a Fairy tale….wow I am actually speechless about what beauty our world holds 🙂

    September 22, 2016 at 7:32 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      You couldn’t have put it better!! Our world is INCREDIBLE!

      September 22, 2016 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Natasha Viljoen

    Sooooo beautiful, you almost cant believe that it’s real! So glad you got to share it with Sox 🙂
    Off to Greece we go!

    September 22, 2016 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Cheryl Humphries

    I have really enjoyed your posts about London & Switzerland, been such a great read & seeing through your lens….Switzerland is absolutely stunning. Looking forward to your posts on Greece xxx

    September 22, 2016 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Kate Kearney

    Absolutely exquisite and so picturesque! What lens are you using out of interest? Man, reading your posts makes me want to hop on a plane…

    September 28, 2016 at 11:51 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks Kate! It’s so hard not live the holiday through a camera lens. Had to try and find a balance because everything was so picture perfect! I used to 10-18mm for wide angles, the Nifty Fifty 50mm and then the 24-105mm. Amazing lenses! Which lenses do you use? I’m always fascinated by lenses (expensive buggers.)

      September 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm
      • Reply Kate Kearney

        I can believe! But so worth it – photos look amazing. I use a variety of lenses but my go to is also my ‘nifty fifty’. I’ve had the 10-18 in a checkout cart for weeks now but havent taken the plunge yet – is it worth it? I’ve always wanted a wide angle.

        September 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm
        • Reply BaileySchneider

          I absolutely LOVE the 10-18mm – it’s ridiculous how much you can fit in! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

          September 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm

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