this day biking through the swiss alps was one of the happiest of my life.
i wanted to yodel from the hilltops and never let it end. i want everyone
to have this bike ride in their lifetime, but either way i’m supplying hundreds
of pictures in this post so you can a) gain inspiration for when you go, or
b) at least get a taste of it this way. this is one of the most beautiful places in
the world and the chance to enjoy it outdoors (on e-bikes :) made it even better.
from interlaken ? lauterbrunnen ? staubbach falls ?
tram up gimmelwald ? murren ? up to the schilthorn summit ?
back to murren ? winteregg ? grutschalp ? and interlaken,
we will take you through our route in case anyone wants to keep
it for future reference! it’s a popular and common route in this area,
so maybe you’ve already done it and know how scenic and magical it is.
this area can be hiked, trained, or biked… but we went with the latter. we even saw people biking with their dog and we really wished we brought our dog too. A couple told us to check out Dog Product Picker’s list of dog bike trailers for next time we visited, so if you want to bring your dog along, you can!
we rented right from interlaken at flying wheels, which is probably
the happiest bike rental place we’ve ever been to for a few reasons.
a) it’s right on interlaken’s main street, the perfect starting point for
a ride through the mountain and waterfalls of the lauterbrunnen valley.
b) everything from the building to the t-shirts to the logo is lime green and makes
you smile right away – especially when you meet the owners frank + miriam!
c) they specialize in E-BIKES which are probably one of the best inventions that
we are now big fans of (electric bikes that can aid you up the hills!) we love biking &
exercising, but on an elevated route like this, these e-mountain bikes were lifesavers.
we still feel like we got a great workout in and we were active all day,
but these bikes made it so much more pleasant huffing and puffing up
those hills. it was our first time on e-bikes, but we quickly learned that
you can adjust the settings and have the power off // on light // eco //
sport (for going up hills) // or turbo (which chase LOVED to have on,
even on flat roads. haha!) they are so fun and made a huge difference.
the route from interlaken is not the very easiest to follow on a map,
and we were sent with about four different scaled maps as we started.
luckily you mostly follow the river, and then helpful signs start to appear.
can this be real? i’m amazed i didn’t fall off the bike while
taking in these heavenly views + snapping endless pictures as
we entered the lauterbrunnen valley with these kind of views ^^
the whole trip made me want to take up moutain biking again
i use to love it when i was younger but gave it up for some reason
i will definitely be going on Sauserwind to find all the right
equipment that i need to get started again.
repping our utes in honor of FOOTBALL season starting! ^^
i always get so homesick living away when college football starts,
but i guess this a pretty good place to be… so i can’t complain.
pulling into the town of lauterbrunnen is straight out of a dream.
you really couldn’t make up a cuter place if you tried…and the
best part is that the towns of this ride only get better as you go!
stop into airtime cafe on lauterbrunnen’s main street for a
cookie or sandwich…best ever. then, carry on down the road to…
staubbach falls! definitely plan to pull over, lock up
the bikes, and take the short hike up to walk right behind
the falls while overlooking the valley. it’s glorious! the narrow path carved into the mountain which
takes you right behind the waterfall itself ^^
we made sure to stop and take in the views
of the swiss villages + valley below.
i loved these cute hiking poles offered for anyone
going up the trail. there is also a fresh spring here
to fill up your water bottle for free…oh, switzerland!
we visited earlier in the day when the falls were stronger, and we heard
that the falls slow down later in the day – so keep that in mind for a visit.
after staubbach falls, it was back on the bikes
to ride along the valley until we hit the tram!
^^ we stopped to say hello to the cute cows along the way,
who actually wear cow bells (chase could not get over this).
we took the first section of the schilthorn cable car up to gimmelwald,
the first stop. (and bonus — you can take your bikes on it!)
^^ cute tram rider!
we arrived to gimmelwald and fell. in. LOVE.
this town is only accessible by tram or bike/ hike, no cars..
so that makes it one of the most special places in the world.
it’s a definite favorite place that you will never forget visiting!
while wandering this tiny, quiet town we stumbled
upon the “honesty shop” which could only exist in a place
like this … an unattended, self-serve village shop where honest
shoppers can go pick things up and pay in a box there in the store!
we grabbed some hot cocoa in a little mountain cabin and
spotted an alta sticker as we walked out… made me homesick!
we had a little hot cocoa overlooking the greatest views of our life ^^
after completely falling in LOVE with gimmelwald and
making chase promise we can return again and again, we
boarded the next tram to mürren – very ready for lunch!
up we go again! (thank goodness we didn’t have to bike these inclines!) ^^
again, heart eyes all over the place in this town ^^
for some reason we were craving burgers so badly, and
we found some on baguettes with the yummiest cheese.
it hit the spot (and was by far the cheapest lunch possible.)
are these views real?! ^^^^^^^^
after a long lunch and soaking in the views, we took
the last leg of the cable car up to piz gloria on schilthorn.
we were the first ones on the empty tram, and then it quickly
got packed FULL – haha chase was feeling a little claustrophobic!
this is a must-experience in the alps, to rise above
the clouds and feel like you’re on top of the world!
i wanted to walk down and explore this trail more,
but it did look a little bit daunting with the fog swallowing
up the trail…so chase made me turn around and explore the top :)
we circled the top deck in awe of the mountains that
would come into view when the clouds moved, and after a
while i lost chase … then came inside the gift shop to find
him buying a 7 € dark chocolate toblerone… haha, worth it.
i lost chase again, only to find him inside of bondworld playing
games, haha! the james bond movie on her majesty’s secret service
was filmed right here, so they have created an entire tribute to it
with scenes from the movie playing that happened right on this summit!
there’s also a skywalk and 007 rotating restaurant where you can do
brunch or lunch. it’s actually really fun and i had to drag chase away so we
could go back down the mountain and finish our bike ride before dark!
^^ one more picture even though it was completely
socked in by then, and i was getting cold!! (hence
why i was wearing chase’s extra coat he packed me :)
we came back down to mürren and biked along the
ridge with views that just kept getting better.
eventually we made the turn to ride back down into the valley,
and let me tell you – it is one of the best experiences in the world.
an open bike path, gorgeous swiss landscape below, and
a free descent that felt like flying! i was so giddy the whole way.
one of my favorite pictures of chase ^^ as the path
looped around and around, i could always see him
around the bend with these views in the background.
we stopped for just a few photo opps (AKA, every few minutes)
and we did make friends with the cutest couple from the US who
we chatted with here for a while and took photos for each other.
made some other new friends as well ^^
i never want to forget this day as long as i live!
made it back just shy of 50k biked, (with LOTS of help from the e-bikes!)
we had the best experience with flying wheels, and fully recommend using
them for rentals OR tours from interlaken into the lauterbrunnen valley.
switzerland, i love you. you are a favorite every single time.
i can’t wait to share our canyoning video next!
(so glad we survived! :)