As 2018 is going to an end, I would like to express how grateful I am for what have happened to me this year. It’s absolutely not only for the ups, but also for the downs. 2018 has been an excellent year to me. Going to Lauterbrunnen and Murren, Switzerland is one of the blessings 2018 gave to me. A heaven on earth. It becomes the most amazing place I’ve ever been to. The more I remember every detail of that moment, the more I realize that nothing can beat the beauty of mother nature, not even the man-made ones.
Lauterbrunnen is one of the villages in Jungfrau region, the heart of the Swiss Alps, Switzerland. It is one of my favorite destinations in Europe. Clean air, breathtaking scenery and other essential things we can’t get in the city are the ones that Lauterbrunnen promises to give.
How to get there
This depends on where you start from. My friend and I started from Florence, Italy. We took train as we had Eurail Pass. The route was Florence-Milan-Brig-Spiez-Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen. The view during the train ride must be the one everyone has been looking for. Oh, a tip for you! Don’t forget to take a few minutes during the transit to go outside the Spiez station to see the beautiful lake.
The Eurail Pass only covers the train ticket to Interlaken. We had to buy train and one-way cable car ticket from Interlaken to Murren via Lauterbrunnen. It included in one ticket. It costed CHF14,2 as there was a discount for Eurail Pass holder.
Things to do
- Take a hike or walk. Some people said that Lauterbrunnen is a hiker’s dream. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do so due to the limited time. But we did a gentle walk up the valley floor as some travel blogger suggested. It took us to see a scenic outlook. We also witnessed an everyday village life like taking a walk or riding a bike, feeding their pets, watering their plants, etc. We saw some cows and mountain goats during the walk and we thought it’s not only humans who are happy living there, but also the animals. No kidding, but the animals look happy and healthy 😀
- Take a ride. Lauterbrunnen is also famous for its mountain biking, but be careful! Some valley sides are steep.
- See Staubbach Falls. I consider Staubbach Falls as the signature waterfall of Lauterbrunnen valley. It’s very iconic. You can walk up the valley to see it. The waterfall has an impressive flow with a mist of spray.
Murren was our next destination. It’s a car-free village which sits on a plateau 850 meters above Lauterbrunnen. The view of snowcapped peak of some mountains including Schilthorn, was pretty close from this village. It was beyond amazing. It was colder than Lauterbrunnen as its village is way higher than Lauterbrunnen. I remember that it was 9° in the morning and very foggy, but don’t worry! The train and cable car are still working in the foggy morning and it’s safe.
How to get there
As I mentioned before, we bought a ticket including the cable car and train ticket from Lauterbrunnen to Murren. We took cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp station. It took approximately 10 to 15 minutes. And after that we took train to Murren. It took approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Be ready for the spectacular view! In the cable car you will see the landscape of Lauterbrunnen village from up above. While in the train to Murren, the mother nature offers the best views of the Alps. Don’t forget to take picture!
Where we stayed
We stayed in the Edelweiss hotel for one night. It costed CHF181,2 (tax included). The fare was pretty expensive but the view from the room was worth the price. The hotel offers comfort with great view from your room and from inside and outside the restaurant.
8 of 10 people I met there are older people, not only the locals but also the tourists. Some research findings show that Switzerland has the happiest and most well-fulfilled older people since the well-being index of older people in Switzerland is the highest among the other countries in the world. The trip became an observational journey for me to prove it. Even though, it’s a bias judgement to conclude Switzerland in general, I believe that living there during the retirement is absolutely a good idea, but only if you’re rich. The living cost is pretty high. I still remember, I bought a plate of fried rice in Singaporean restaurant in Murren and the price was 16CHF. It was really that expensive. Even when you want to pee in the public toilet, they will charge you CHF2 or equal to IDR30K, isn’t it crazy? I think I need to be a crazy rich person to be able to afford living there 😀
All in all, I’m incredibly impressed with every single detail of my trip to Lauterbrunnen and Murren. Those are the most picturesque villages I’ve ever visited. Mother nature and the village life in Switzerland are amazing. As a tourist, those villages become one of the places I promise to come back to someday. If you’re planning to visit Switzerland, these villages should be on your list!