a morning in grindelwald, switzerland
I am so excited to share the first portion of my Switzerland trip with you! It has taken a while to recover from the jetlag and a mini vacation that I went on to Texas (a post will come up about that too!) but I have finally found time to write about one of the places I visited during my stay. So let’s go!
Exploring Grindelwald, Switzerland
All of my travel took place over the weekends. I would wake up early, grab an espresso, and hop on a train to my destination! I had decided to go to Grindelwald because it looked like a beautiful mountain town. I am completely enamored with mountains and Grindelwald did not disappoint! Once getting off of the train, I was greeted by mountains.
The town was stunning! As I continued to walk past the train station, I could not believe that places like this exist. I had only been to a couple other mountain towns like this in my life and it was so picturesque. Eiger towered beautifully over the houses and shops. In a matter of minutes, I was so pleased with my decision to come!
I had decided that I would ride a cable car up to First to get a better view of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Super touristy, I know, but I had to take every chance I could to be in the mountains. I miss them dearly in Ohio! I arrived at the cable car station to find that it was closed so I decided to find a place to sit down and have breakfast. I found a little restaurant called Alte Post that was cute and cozy so I decided to give it a try. I ordered a salad and espresso for breakfast and just chilled. I enjoyed how quiet the restaurant was. It was Sunday after all and barely anyone was out. This probably added to why I liked Grindelwald so much!
Riding a Gondola up to First
I finished breakfast and went back to the station. I bought my round trip ticket and I was on my way! The ride was probably 15 minutes in total and was so worth it, even though I was a little scared in the beginning. The view was so nice! I loved being able to relax and just soak it all in.
The Cliff Walk at First
Once I made it up to First, I couldn’t stop smiling! Just look at the view! Even though it was cloudy, I didn’t mind. I was just happy to be outside. Since I was up early, the cliff walk and terrace were not crowded. Such a huge bonus!
The cliff walk was also a tad scary! I wasn’t a huge fan of being able to see through the metal grating on the walkway but reminded myself that my mantra for this year is to get out of my comfort zone. I think this fit the bill!
The pictures really don’t serve justice to the beauty of First. I wanted to sit there all day! I even made some friends and we shared some travel stories. I love meeting people while adventuring! After taking some pictures and wandering around a bit more, I decided to head down. I had plans to go to another town the same day and I didn’t want to get there too late!
Returning to Town
When riding the cable car down, I reminded myself to live fully in the moment and take in everything. Even though I was alone, it is still easy to get caught up in rushing to the next thing. I think this really made my trip to First very memorable. The last thing on my list for Grindelwald was to visit a gorge that was right outside the town. It is called Gletscherschlucht and a walkway was built into the side of the gorge, allowing people to pass through. It looked incredibly neat! However, when I arrived it was closed for the season due to repairs and would re-open in May. Oh well! It was still pretty from the little bit that I could see!
I had a small snack at the entrance of the gorge and then meandered back to the train station. I laughed a lot as I walked back because I was still in awe of the beauty of Grindelwald. I just could not believe that places like this exist, let alone that I get to see them. I reflected on my life and how lucky I felt (and still feel) and thanked my adventurous spirit for driving me to explore. Once back at the train station, I booked a ride to Lauterbrunnen, another gorgeous town with beautiful waterfalls!
Until next time. Love and light.