Winter Wonderland: Vacation in Switzerland

Thinking about taking a trip to Switzerland? I’m telling you…GO! You won’t regret it.

My fiance, Skyler, and I recently got back from our 10 day vacation in Switzerland and we had an absolute blast skiing in the Swiss Alps and eating yummy fondue. We decided on Switzerland because we love winter activities and there was so much to do and the views were incredible.

Even with the COVID restrictions, we had a phenomenal time and only had a few obstacles to work through before taking flight.

We’re the type of vacationers where we book our flights and Airbnb’s and that’s pretty much it. I definitely noted some ideas of things we could do before leaving, but we really enjoy going with the flow instead of planning out every detail.

Here’s a brief overview of where we went and some of the trip highlights!

Verbier, Switzerland

After landing at the Geneva airport, we purchased a train ticket to our first destination – Verbier. Depending on how long you will be in the country and how often you will be traveling using public transit, take a look at the Swiss Travel Passes that are available. We decided to go with the Swiss Half Fare Card and ended up saving some money that way. You can look at the different pass options here.

We arrived at our Airbnb and it was absolutely perfect (and affordable) for two adults. Our hosts were super great and greeted us with some complimentary beers, which was much needed after so many hours of traveling.

There are SO many awesome ski resorts to choose from in Switzerland (go figure!) and I would highly recommend Verbier. There were a lot of great runs for beginners and intermediate skiers.

Not that we are pro skiers by any means, but we were also able to find a few more challenging runs as well when we were feeling up for it.

We also had our first fondue experience in Verbier. Almost every restaurant has fondue on their menu and man, it’s a lot of cheese.

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Okay, this was probably my highlight of the trip. After a scenic train ride, we arrived in Lauterbrunnen. I absolutely loved this small town nestled in the Jungfrau Region.

We had a great time simply walking the streets and visiting local restaurants and shops.

There are several waterfalls that surround the town, which were very beautiful. In the Winter, they aren’t raging like they do in the Spring and Summer months, but I’m sure that it’s an absolute sight during that time!

If you look closely, you can see a trickle of water of one of the waterfalls that’s right behind our Airbnb.

The Jungfrau Region is a very popular ski area. If you purchase a ski pass, you are able to jump on the train for free to get up to the ski slopes.

The views were incredible and the food was delicious!

Top of Europe

We then visited the Top of Europe – the highest point in Europe that you can reach via train. We purchased our tickets online and it was pretty simple to find our way up. It is a very popular place to visit for tourist.

There are a handful of activities to do once you reach the top including ice caves which was our favorite!

We also got a giggle of the squirrel from Ice Age with his acorn frozen into the wall.

My favorite photo spot was with the Swiss Flag.

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald is probably the most popular town to stay in the Jungfrau Region. We skied our way here and were on the hunt for Velogemels.

Velogemels are a essentially snow bikes that the people of Grindelwald have been using since 1911. These bikes are only located in Grindelwald and we just had to try them out.

We look a bus up to Bussalp and rode our bikes all the way back down the mountain – we had a blast!

I hope some of these pictures inspire you to visit this beautiful place! Our Winter vacation in Switzerland is definitely one for the books! There is so much more to see and we would love to go back and visit again some day.

Happy traveling!

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