Switzerland: Short Exploration of Grindelwald

Travel Period : 16 – 20 July 2013

Location: Grindelwald, Switzerland

{Previous Post: Gallery and Ice on Jungfraujoch}

Day 4 – Evening

It was a nice scenic ride down to Grindelwald. We passed by mountains with lovely houses placed sporadically in villages and caught a glimpse into the  lives of the people. Many of them were farmers, keeping cows and making cheese.

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Would you stay here?

The journey would have been perfect if not for a group of noisy tourists sitting in the same car as us. I wish I didn’t understand their language as I would not be annoyed at their debates and theories on how people shouldn’t stay up here in the mountains because it is “SO boring…where would they find entertainment? There’s nothing to do, blah blah”. And it goes on for the entire train journey with no peace!

There I was admiring the scenery and imagining a life here in the beautiful mountains with greenery and cows surrounding me, when these loud side commentaries spoilt my mood. If they do not like this place, why travel here? Every time I listen to them, they are always complaining. I love my ethnicity and I would want to visit their country some day but in recent years of travels, my blood pressure is often rising when I’m around these people from that ‘great’ country. For the things they do while travelling, I could write a dozen blog posts on ‘those side stories’ but I wouldn’t want to spoil this travel blog with complaints.

The sad thing is, because of how we looked the same, we are often thought of as being from that same country too and thus treated with disdain. Wish I could tell the locals and fellow travellers, hey, we dislike them too for behaving that way! We looked the same but we are not from the same nationality!

Anyway, I digress… we alighted at Grindelwald station with a slight drizzle. Those unhappy tourists went on to their happy place, Interlaken (That’s where majority of them stays. Maybe that’s where they will find their entertainment. Remember our Interlaken visit? ).

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Our aim to come here was to do a short exploration walk in this well-known village. Doing research on the Jungfrau region, you would find people asking which village is better to stay in? Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen or Wengen? We chose Wengen because we wanted to be up higher and closer to the Alps and wake up to the wonderful scenery from our window. People who stay in Lauterbrunnen like the view and sound of waterfalls in their surroundings. Those who stay in Grindelwald, on the opposite side of the Jungfraujoch to these two villages, wants to have the spectacular view of the Eiger Mountain. If you stay in Interlaken, you are probably on a budget because accommodation is the cheapest.

And that was what we saw. Except…the construction damaged the scenic look. That’s why this is the only photograph we took. -_-

Day4_GrindelwaldTown

We walked around the shops, mostly selling outdoor hiking clothing and tourist souvenirs. There was nothing much to interest me in buying. There was more shops and restaurants here than in other villages in the Jungfrau region but after coming here, I still prefer our little car-less quiet Wengen village. It seemed more touristy and crowded here.

Swiss chocolates were available but we had gotten plenty from Germany which were far cheaper. There were also shops selling Swiss watches and Swiss army knives.

Before long, we were looking for a nice warm dinner place to sit down and get away from the rainy weather.

[ Dinner ]

We were hungry again for food as the late lunch up in the expensive restaurant on Jungfraujoch wasn’t enough. This time, I opted for a bowl of hot beef goulash soup (Gulaschsuppe) which comes with a basket of bread. We shared it among us. We also ordered Spaghetti Bolognese for us two adults and a smaller kids’ version for Dar.

Frankly, we thought the portions would be small like what we ate in our hotel the first two days. Thus, I did not want to risk sharing with Dar and end up with a hungry stomach.

When the food came however, we were astonished by the huge plate. For Dar, it was also too much and he couldn’t finish more than half of it.(Wasted food, sad -_-)

It was a great meal in our opinion! Our first tasty filling meal in Switzerland so far…The soup was delicious and a customer ordered this after they saw how I enjoyed mine. The  Spaghetti Bolognese was quite different from the taste we are used to. There wasn’t a lot of tomato sauce but instead it tasted more cheesy/sourish with the generous topping of cheese. Interesting flavor. The amount was too large for me however and I couldn’t finish my plate.

We liked the location as it is located next to a sidewalk so we could view the happenings on the street while we ate. The store owner was quite friendly too.

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Name: Backerei-Konditorei-Cafe Ringgenberg
Location: Dorfstrasse 123,Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland
Pricing: Gulaschsuppe (CHF 16.50) , Spaghetti Bolognese (CHF16.50), Kids version (CHF11). Total: CHF53.90. (same price as the lunch we ate but compared to dinner at our hotel for CHF60 (two adults and one child), this was much more filling and worth the price)

[ Going Back to Wengen ]

After a full dinner, we headed to the Grindelwald Train Station. It was about 7 plus pm and the time for the next time would be at 20:19. We had to wait for twenty minutes. Dar was happy to look at the trains while waiting.

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Our train route was planned by the staff when we bought the ticket in the morning and we were to make a transfer at Zweilütschinen station, to head to Lauterbrunnen and eventually Wengen. It would be a long journey back.

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[ Sights Along The Way ]

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We arrived about 30 minutes later at Zweilütschinen station and we had to wait 20-30 mins again for the train to Lauterbrunnen. Vin and Dar went exploring while I sat in the station working on my instagram photographs. It was getting dark and the station was just a small station in the countryside. Three other Koreans were waiting with me in the same place so I didn’t feel too lonely. They were bored with waiting and bought snacks from a vending machine to eat.

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When it finally turned dark, the train arrived and we took the long journey (40mins) back  to Wengen.

This was how Wengen Train Station looked like at night.

Day4_WengenStationNight

A large group of tourists arrived and dragged their luggage hurriedly and noisily towards the hotel opposite the station. You can always identify them immediately from their actions. It was the first noisy sight we saw since arriving here in Wengen the past few days as it had always been very peaceful. At that point, we were glad to be leaving tomorrow so we don’t encounter them in hordes in every place. When they do things, they always like to do them together and in a large group, blocking whoever happens to be there.

I saw a Caucasian stopping in his path because he couldn’t walk across and shaking his head at them, muttering, “chaotic mess”. Now you understand why I dislike this ‘banding-us-together-with-them’ phenomenon happening across the globe?

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Lovely Alps in the Night

Back at the hotel, Dar drew this after experiencing railway transport for the day. I believe it was our journey through the mountains to Jungfraujoch. That crisscrossed thing up high on the mountains looked like the Sphinx Observatory Building.

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It is our last night here. Tomorrow, we would be going back to Singapore.

{ Next Post: Departing from Switzerland }

  1. Erny June 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Hi….it is so much fun to read your blog…I love it so much.. I agree with u about those people from ‘great country’. I have same experience with them cutting line all the time, boost about their wealth and arrogance… I couldnt stand on their noises… I visited some of the places like Salzburg and. Neuswanstein… I deeply fell in love with those places… I plan to visit Hallstatt next year… Hallstatt has captured my attention for sometime… Which places is worth to visit in Swiss… I do love all nature beauty and historical site

    1. Cat June 27, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Hihi Erny!

      Thank you for liking my post,!

      We only had a short few days to explore Switzerland and had to made the Bernese Oberland region our priority.
      I heard that Luzern in Switzerland is very nice and we had hoped to visit there but too bad, no time to. It’s about two hours train ride away from Interlaken, taking the Luzern-Interlaken Express.

      Hallstatt is a very nice place to visit. Have you read our post on it? We did a day trip but regretted not staying overnight in a nice B&B or hotel. You should consider staying there.

  2. Skee November 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Hi there,
    Just wanna let u know that i enjoy your blog. it’s so informative and full of photos of the actual place.
    Unlike certain blog with photos of their selfie and newly bought shoe & stuff.

    Keep up the good work. cheers

    1. Cat November 4, 2014 at 1:03 am

      Hi Skee,
      Thank you so much for the affirmation! I’m glad people like our tips and introduction of the places, though it’s more for us to reminisce many years later.

  3. Karen February 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the blog review on interlaken and the whole Jungfraujoch region. I’m currently planning for my own trip with elderly parents too. Your blog post helped a lot!

    1. Vin February 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for dropping your comment and we are glad to know that our sharing helps! Have a great trip ahead!

  4. Atul Kulkarni March 31, 2017 at 11:32 am

    It was really nice to read your blog and the see the pics and the video !
    Very informative. We are going to Switzerland after two weeks !
    I am even more excited !
    Thanks ! Keep writing.

    1. Vin April 4, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Hi Atul,

      Thanks for your encouraging comments, and enjoy your trip ahead! 🙂

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