The thing about mountains is the cold weather and the hot food. After tasting the rösti from our hike into the Swiss mountains, we are now at another mountainous area. The first thing you see when you step off the train at Mürren, is to check out the view from the side of the train station which is located on the cliff face. Those without a fear of heights should just look down and admire the view.
Tip: Check out the view from the side of the train station looking downwards at Mürren
We were already hungry from our trek, so this was the perfect place to keep warm and to keep our stomachs full. All that walking has really worked up our appetite and we are eager to give the rösti another try.
You can even stay here if you prefer to have a place in the mountains. Imagine waking up to the views of the Jungfrau. That’s life, if you have the appetite for it.
Inside the Eiger
We were the only tourists at the Eiger during lunch hour. Kind of strange but in a small town like Mürren, there aren’t really that many customers. And furthermore, there are other establishment that serves other food. So just maybe, today wasn’t a day for rösti. But we weren’t going to be disappointed.
Rösti with veal
Rösti with sausage
Rösti with bacon
If you’re a fan of cheese and potatoes, rösti is the food for you. Not only is it filling, it’s appetizing. The rösti is cooked to a golden brownish colour and some crispy edges. Top it up with whatever that you prefer, bacon, veal, chicken, eggs. And presto, you have your dish right in front of you. We are not used to the cold weather here in the mountainous regions, so with the heat generated from the food, we have the fuel to keep burning. So to speak.
Another hot drink
That’s the owner of the guesthouse
Having had our fill of a late brunch. We were ready to explore Mürren. It can be best labelled as a village, and most of the people here are tourists, or Swiss from other districts. Most were here for the hike. For such a small town like this, there are plenty of places which you can hike to, depending on your level of fitness and experience. You could even take the gondolas towards the mountains — Schilthorn.
Wengen from Mürren (click to enlarge)
Mürren can best be described as the focal point. If the point of your holiday is to hike the nearby areas, this would be a good place to stay. High up in the mountains, fresh air and nice views. Our family’s fitness levels aren’t coordinated, so we have to go by the weakest link. Hence the lack of any strenuous outdoor activities.
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“Hmmm, the weather forecast doesn’t look good today either,” I said.
We were all having breakfast at the hotel. Local TV channels have one special channel with a live video feed of the nearby mountaintops. So that you can gauge the weather that you will be expecting when you go up. Our three days here at Interlaken was all cloudy and gloomy. Not the perfect weather to go to the mountains but quite nice for some hike. Which was what we were going to do.
We have already memorized the train schedule that’s leaving Interlaken for Lauterbrunnen, so we could take it easy with our breakfast and the brisk stroll to the train station from the hotel. I can’t emphasize how good the Swiss punctuality is for our daily usage. We don’t have to rush and we would always knew when the next train/bus would be coming around the corner if we missed the first one. It makes travel planning so much easier and flexible.
The town of Lauterbrunnen which can mean ‘clear springs’ or ‘many springs’ depending on the translation. Nestled in between two massive mountain walls, it is famous as the town with the backdrop of a waterfall, known as the Staubbach Falls.
Staubbach Falls in the background. (click to enlarge)
Once you get off the platform, instead of following the masses and heading towards the town, make your way in the opposite direction, towards the carpark. Exit the carpark and you will find yourself in a tourist-free, residential area of Lauterbrunnen. This gives you a close-up look at how the people here lived. The Swiss really like their flowers. Almost every window, every garden around the area are dotted with flowers of various varieties.
A typical Swiss house in the mountains.
Tip: Instead of exiting to the town, try exiting through the carpark on the opposite direction.
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