Swiss Alps train ride from Lucerne to Interlaken, via the Brunig Pass and Lake Brienz, brings us into the heart of Switzerland in the Bernese Oberland, near the famous Jungfrau Mountain. The scenery unfolds with views of majestic mountains and tranquil lakes, framed by green rolling hills dotted with chalets and contented cows.
Jungfrau Mountain at the Top of Europe, near Interlaken and Grindelwald, Switzerland, is a spectacular world of perpetual winter, dominated by snow-covered peaks reaching over 13,000 feet high and surrounding the continent's longest glacier. The train ride up is one of the world's most picturesque.
We're going up to 12,000 feet on the Schilthorn Mountain in Switzerland at the back of Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of the world's great spots. The view from the Schilthorn is just spectacular, with that amazing panorama of peaks all around. A large outdoor terrace provides an excellent vantage.
Trümmelbach Waterfall plunges inside a mountain with 10 steep drops that have carved out amazing curves in the sculptured rock cliff face. This waterfall in Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the main drains for glaciers on the Eiger, the Munch and the Jungfrau, those three big peaks that are up at the Jungfrau massif.
We journey up the longest cog railway in Switzerland from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen enjoying some of the world's most beautiful - really!-- views along the way. The ride begins with a dramatic 14-minute ascent that offers astonishing panoramic views of the valley below as you travel up to the village of Wengen, perched on the side of a steep mountain.
Exciting cable car ride brings you to the top of Schilthorn mountain for dramatic views of Lauterbrunnen Valley and mountains beyond. A large outdoor terrace provides an excellent vantage to look back across the valley at the three great peaks, the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger. On a sunny summer day the temperature usually feels quite comfortable.
Descend the cablecar from Shilthorn back down to automobile-free Murren, which makes for a lovely stroll, especially with the amazing views across Lauterbrunnen Valley towards the Jungfrau. Then walk along the hillside road from Murren to Grutschalp, or down to Stechelback.
Interlaken town makes a perfect home base for exploring the beautiful mountains all around the central region of Switzerland. In this segment we will take a look at what Interlaken has to offer. You will enjoy the wide range of restaurants and the many gift shops with typical Swiss souvenirs.
Bern, Switzerland is one of the great old cities of Europe, with a medieval appearance accented by miles of arcaded sidewalks. This small historic section is ideally suited for a walking tour. It is such a gem the town center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Train ride through Brunig Pass from Lucerne to Interlaken, into the Burnese Oberland. We then ride the scenic train up to the Jungfrau, enjoying some world's best scenery, such as the majestic Lauterbrunnen Valley at 4:42 and the Aletsch Glacier 8:18 at the top of the Jungfrau.
Interlaken, Switzerland checking out the parks, restaurants and shops. Next morning we take a train into Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of the most heavenly places on Earth, driving through the spectacular, green Lauterbrunnen Valley, whose high vertical walls and flat floor were carved out by glaciers eons ago.
Train ride to Interlaken along Lake Brienz puts us in position for some outstanding mountain scenery, including Shilthorn, Murren, Lauterbrunnen Valley, Jungfrau, then hiking back down to catch a bus to Trummelbach Falls, then to Grindelwald's glacial canyon.