After having the loveliest couple of weeks in Italy, I took a train from Milan to Interlaken, Switzerland. It was honestly probably one of the most beautiful rides of my journey – taking a train through the Burnese Oberlands was incredible, especially cozied up in a cute carriage with a cup of tea in my hands. 10/10 recommend.
On top of the amazing train ride, Interlaken itself was one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been – everything looks like a Christmas card, and I seriously can’t imagine what it must look like in the snow! A holiday dream, I’m sure. Everything is so close that I spent my entire time strolling around the town visiting cute restaurants and walking along the river, which I swear, must be colored with blue no. 1. Plus, after spending so many days sweating my balls off in France and Italy, I was stoked to be in a colder climate wearing – get this – a coat in July! I found a cute little café playing Leonard Cohen, and even though the waitress thought I was insane, I drank tea in the rain and watched people walk along the river. One day, I wanted to be outside and see a view of the city – I decided to forgo taking the fernicular to the top of the mountain, but ended up following a trail nearby that brought me to the most beautiful little clearing where I saw a view of the entire town as well as the neighboring areas. I went in my ankle boots, which were not the ideal shoes for a hike, but when in Rome (Interlaken)!
After Interlaken, I took another train over to Lucerne where I stayed in the prettiest Airbnb that was just a five minute walk from the lake! I saw Old Town and the Kapellbrucke, dined on sunny patios, and visited cute local shops. I spent my nights watching the sunset while sitting on the beach. Behind me, locals hung out on the grass drinking, bbqing, playing games, smoking, and laughing. At dinner, I would eat cordon bleu with mayonnaisey french fries and hoppy, local beer. I also spent a lot of time hanging out in a specialty coffeeshop called Café Tacuba, where the owner let me use his espresso machine and even taught me how to roast coffee! All of his coffee comes from farms his friends and family own in El Salvador, and he always had the nicest people hanging around the shop for me to make friends with! It was the coolest.
Things to check out in Interlaken:
- Ladelokal – the cute little café along the river. It’s perfect for a cup of coffee or tea, and they have nice pastries as well!
- Maharaja Indian – delicious chana masala and roti!
- Restaurant El Azteca – so, I wouldn’t recommend going all the way to Switzerland if you’re in the mood for really good Mexican food. However, if you’re from Mexico, the American west coast, or anywhere else where delicious, authentic Mexican food is around every corner, this was one of the best Mexican restaurants I found in Europe!
- Take a quick hike! – if you go near the fernicular, you’ll see a little trail off to the side. Take it, walk past the “zoo”, and you’ll eventually reach a point on the trail where there’s a little clearing. There’s some nice picnic tables and an amazing view of the town! If you want a longer hike, you can go all the way up to the top for a panoramic view!
- Walk along the river – there’s so many incredible views to see walking along the river. Get a coffee or tea and walk around the entire town. It’s amazing.
And in Lucern:
- Café Tacuba – obviously, I’ve already crushed hard on this place. It was the first specialty coffee I had in over 2 weeks, and I was excited!!
- Mirch Masala Indian – there’s a very lovely patio and delicious vegetarian Indian food!
- Old Town – cute shops and cafes with outdoor seating!
- Visit the beach – there’s a park right next to Lake Luzern that has a great beach area although there’s plenty of places to sit along the lake! It was my favorite spot to hang out after dinner, and the view is stunning!
xo Sara Lynn
*Song of the day: I Warned You by Good Morning