Switzerland is an amazing, crazy beautiful place. If you ever have the chance to rent a car there for a road trip, I highly recommend it.
We started off our trip in Geneva, after flying in from Barcelona, and we immediately picked up our car. Having a car allowed us to be on our own time, we got to DRIVE THROUGH THE ALPS, and, ultimately, it ended up saving us money because cars are relatively cheap in Switzerland (*cough*and the only thing cheaper in Switzerland*cough*).
Throughout our road trip, we drove through small towns that had the most beautiful sceneries! I felt like Rey from The Force Awakens, “I didn’t know there was this much green in the whole galaxy”.
Here are a few of my favorite places…
1. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen felt like a mini Yosemite with its glacier-carved U-shaped valley with waterfalls jetting out from the limestone, it truly was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. We hung out in the valley mostly, just taking the trail around, but there are trams that can take you to the top of the cliffs to small villages on top.
Also, did I mention the COWS!! Everywhere in Switzerland, the cows roam in large fields with bells so you can hear them from a mile away. It was love at first sight and the cows in Lauterbrunnen seemed especially happy. If I had a view like that (which is possible…future goal), I would be happy too.
2. Montreux, Switzerland
Montreux was our last stop in Switzerland and it really solidified Josh and I’s desire to never leave…ever. Nestled on the Geneva Lake, it had the perfect combination of lakeside vibes with the snowy Swiss Alps in the background.
Montreux is also the home of the Chillon Chateau, which is located right off the water. We managed to go towards the end of the day, so by the time we were finished we had the whole place to ourselves. It is also, apparently, where the second largest Jazz Festival in the world takes place (right behind Canada). I just looked at the schedule and this year’s festival started today!
We didn’t know anything about Bern, we just happened to be driving past it on our drive and stopped. The emerald river wrapping around the town with its red roofs and cobblestone roads is indescribable.
I am still not 100% sure why, but there are bears you can go visit in the city for free! It’s known as the bear park and it’s a pretty popular place.
Bonus Spot: Annecy, France
Annecy is right on the border of Switzerland and France. When I first heard about it, it was known as a “little Venice” because it has winding canals throughout it’s downtown. Not only was the city beautiful, it had delicious food AND it had some great hiking spots.
Don’t forget to check out my blog post about 5 Things I Learned from my First Trip to Europe!
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