The Perfect Itinerary for a Midterm Trip to Switzerland
Hi everyone. I'm finally getting around to this. Apologies for the delay, it’s just been hectic 😅 I never thought my first blogpost would be on travel but hey, it's a goal of mine to get my website up and running this year so this is exactly the push I needed to get going with it ❤️
Ok, so it’s safe to say we had an absolute ball in Switzerland and I cannot recommend it enough. We went during the October midterm and it was beautiful but I can imagine that it would be even more beautiful(if that's possible) during the summer time when the sun is shining and the days are longer.
It’s certainly a great country for transport with lots of trains, trams and buses etc but I do think the best way to see the country is by car. We booked our car online with EuropCar before our trip and made sure we had a navigation system included to make it less stressful. Be aware of two things before you decide to rent a car: you need a credit card to make a booking as a debit card is not acceptable and they drive on the lefthand side of the road which can take a little bit of getting used to. As the saying goes, through perseverance we succeed 🙈
We flew from Dublin into Zurich airport with Aer Lingus. From there, we collected the car and headed for Lucerne. We parked the car and explored the city making sure to see the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. Always have some change on you for the parking metres over there. My advice would be to take out cash from the ATM at the airport so you have cash handy throughout your trip if needed. Revolut is great for currency exchange. I would be so lost without this app. If you don't have it, definitely look into it.
From there, we drove to Interlaken which we also explored for a while. We had dinner before heading to the Airbnb which was about a ten minute drive from Interlaken. The area was called Beatenburg and the views were INSANE. Here’s the link: https://abnb.me/Q3xtZYMAOub. The host offered us breakfast at an additional cost and there’s also the option of using the hot tub 🛁 What’s not to love 🥰
The next day we headed back towards Interlaken and got the cable car up to Harder Kulm which was absolutely stunning. Unbelievable views and a lovely restaurant where you can have a snack if you’re hungry and just watch the world go by 🌎 We then drove towards Lauterbrunnen which is such a cute little village. We visited the Staubbach Falls. This waterfall has a short walkway at the rear which leads you to a beautiful view(see below). It was absolutely breathtaking and free also which is always a bonus.
From there, we drove to Grindelwald. My goodness, the views were just crazy on this drive. Would definitely advise to go to this village while it’s still bright if you go during the winter. I just can’t describe it’s beauty. You can get a cable car here up to to the top of the mountains if have the time. We didn’t personally as we hope to go skiing in the near future and felt that was enough time for snow ❄️😅
We then drove to our next Airbnb by Lake Thun and again, it was just stunning to drive beside. The water is so blue over there. I’m going to link the Airbnb here but we got an upgrade as the room wasn’t ready so the room we actually stayed in was much bigger and also had access to a hot tub and sauna(most be a thing over there 🙈). Here it is: https://abnb.me/DGQjseljPub. The views the next morning were nuts.
From there, we drove to Bern and spent a few hours there. There’s lots of rooftop bars and also a bear park which was pretty cool(also free). We then continued our drive back to Zurich where we stayed in another Airbnb for the night and went for dinner in a lovely restaurant called Molino(I think). We spent the next day exploring Zurich. Would definitely recommend a snack in Joe & The Juice in the midst of your exploring. Such a vibe.
Our last stop was the Lindt Chocolate Factory which is about 20 mins outside Zurich. 100% add this to your list. It’s such a cool experience and let’s face it, you get plenty of free chocolate and who doesn’t love that 😜🤣
We then headed to Zurich airport for our flight that night. We dropped off our car and that was it really! A thoroughly enjoyable trip. I cannot recommend it enough. It was just 10/10. Personally I preferred the countryside because of it's beauty but the cities were fab too. I just don’t think I’d stay for more than one night. I will warn you though, Switzerland is very expensive but it’s worth every penny.
If you do decide to rent a car, be sure to take pics before leaving the airport as I've heard horror stories. I hope this helps plan your trip in some way and sorry for the length of it 😅😅 However, HOORAYYYY to my first blogpost on my website 🥰🥰
PS. We booked our Airbnbs as we went along bar our first night. I would definitely recommend this if you're comfortable in doing so as you never know what area you'd like to spend a night in. It gives you more freedom and you're under no pressure to be anywhere at a certain time.