Interlaken

Woke up pretty early, as usual, and packed our stuff up before going in search of breakfast. We wandered down a street we hadn’t actually been down before and ended up having a really nice breakfast of cheese and cold cuts and preserves with bread and croissants. And 2 cups of coffee each, since it was so good!

It was raining off and on, so we decided to head down to the station an hour early so that if it started pouring, we had a bit of time to wait around for a break in the rain. As it was, we didn’t need that but stopped in a department store for Eileen to finally buy the perfect travel wallet she’s been after for a while.

We went and waited for the train and then arrived in Interlaken around 10.50. We weren’t allowed to check in at our accommodation, nor drop our bags off, before 2pm, so we left them in the luggage locker at the station and took off to do some sightseeing. We went in the direction of the castle, but it was rather boring so we decided to check out the furnicular Eileen had seen from a distance.

This turned out to be Harder Kulm, which was on our list. So we lined up and found out tickets were 32 CHF up and back, or you could have the lunch special for 36 CHF each. We decided to have lunch included!

Once we got to the top – about 1150m up – we jumped straight into the restaurant area and got a table on the cliff edge with fantastic views:

Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken

After lunch, we wandered around the viewing area for some more photos:

Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken
Harder Kulm views, Interlaken

And then headed back down to town, since we’d be able to check in now…We walked from the bottom of the furnicular, along the river and through the old town back to Interlaken West station:

We saw lots of hang-gliders all over town and up into the lower mountains. They were like buzzing insects everywhere!

We picked up our luggage and headed over to our accommodation. My misgivings with their lack of communications were increased by their unfriendly staff and the room is pretty old looking, though a good size. It’s not a place I would recommend and they seem to no longer be on booking.com either. Good view from the room though!

We wanted to do some washing – in reviews I had read, it was possible to have them do it here. The guy on reception had no idea where to get laundry done, so I had to find a laundromat myself. The first one we went to, about 20 minutes walk away, was full and ‘booked out’ for the next 2 hours. We went across the road to a bakery/cafe to plan a new attack over coffee. We found there was one on the other side of town, so we walked another 20 minutes to get there. It was really busy as well, but at least we didn’t have to wait that long for a machine. Still, the whole process cost us a couple of hours and about $15 for one load!

We had seen a really nice local pub that Eileen was keen to try, so we headed back there and had dinner. Yum. Then back ‘home’ to bed.

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