Wilderswil, Bern Highlands Switzerland to Evian Les Bains France

Tuesday 22nd November 2022
Decision day again. We are not getting any better at these.

After much deliberation, we decided to move on from our comfortable little apartment in Wilderswil. The light snow falls each night have increased the white on the snow-capped mountains and it is getting more and more beautiful everyday. The temperature is pretty cold and damp most of they.

Before we leave the area we drive to the small village of Lauterbrunnen.
“When it comes to quintessential alpine villages in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen really hits the mark. Dotted with chalet-style houses and surrounded by green fields and towering, snow-capped mountains, there is surely no village in Switzerland that is more picturesque. On arrival in the village, one of the first things you will notice are the huge rock faces surrounding the town. Nestled in a valley, the village sits surrounded by these huge cliff faces from which 72 waterfalls spill over. Each morning you wake to the soothing sounds of water rushing over the rocks. The Lauterbrunnen waterfalls are a real feature of the town and are a tourist attraction in their own right. The region’s three well-known mountains – Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau – can all be seen from the village, with Lauterbrunnen the main gateway to the Jungfrau.”

We enjoy a walk from the village into the valley, passed the Staubbach waterfall and continue for another 3km before turning back. We see an amazing glacier, a high village, beautiful green pastures on the farms and the most magnificent sheer cliff and snow-capped mountains. It was a morning of true beauty. We then returned to the car and drove to Interlaken where we looked at the Catholic Church and Castle Church, both these buildings were magnificent.

We then drove along the southern edge of Lake Thun, where we enjoyed the picturesque views of the little villages, the lake and the beautiful snow-capped mountains. It truly is a magical place. We headed to Thun and then further around the Lake to Oberhofen. We decided to have another walk around the lake to Oberhofen Castle. Another magnificent building, with picturesque gardens on the beautiful Thunersee (Lake Thun). Another wonderful afternoon spent in beautiful Switzerland.

Well its 4pm and over time for us to be on our way to our new home. We have to travel north to Bern, which we have un=fortunately run out of time to visit. It is a bit problematic as no cars are allowed ion the town, so we decide to give it a miss. Our next stop is at Evian Les Bains which is in France and located on Lac Léman. “Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman) is a crescent-shaped lake shared between France and Switzerland, and overlooked by the Alps. Geneva, the Swiss city at its southern tip, is a diplomatic hub with luxury shops and a cobbled old town. On the southern, French side, is the spa town and resort of Évian-les-Bains. The chic, palm-studded Swiss Riviera stretches along the north shore from Lausanne to Montreux.”  We didn’t realise that this is where Evian water comes from. Apparently they produce 6 million bottles of water a day and have committed to only using recycled plastic for their water bottles by 2025. We will explore a little here tomorrow before heading on to who knows where.

We will keep you posted soon.