Will's New Year...in the Swiss Alps!
For the 2016 New Year I was lucky enough to be in the delightful alpine resort of Interlaken. Situated between the impressive waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by picturesque mountainous peaks…it really was a stunning setting to be in while seeing in the New Year.
On New Year’s Eve the town constructed a fantastic disco-ice rink for the revellers and plenty of stalls offered delicious street food and beverages to keep everyone warm and merry while ice skating and dancing until the early hours.
Once recovered from the festivities I enjoyed the rest of my time skiing, hiking and going on many of the cultural and historical tours on offer. Highlights included: “The Top of Europe” – involved a mountain train ride up to the highest train station in Europe passing the north face of the Eiger and had breath-taking views. “Harder Klum” – had a panoramic restaurant and a 1,300 metre jutted viewing ledge. “Blausse Nature Park” – had beautiful hiking trails and glacial scenery.
During the evenings there were plenty of restaurants and bars to visit, due to the large range of demographics travelling into the town there was a wide choice of venues to visit. This area has a rich cultural history dating back to the 13th century; it also offers adventurous excursions such as white water rafting, bungee jumping and paragliding, so there really is something for everyone and everyone is accommodated.
It goes without saying that the skiing was fantastic and every day I was able to take a short bus and train ride to the ski resorts of Grindelwald or Wilderswill and take to the slopes! The train and bus routes in this area are fantastic and connect all of the resorts together. If you are thinking of skiing here make sure to research ahead of time (holiday brochures have great information available). Plan where you will be going because each location has its benefits, whether you are just a beginner or an expert skier you will have a fantastic time! Popular resorts in this area include: Wilderswill, Grindelwald, Murren and Wengen.
I would definitely recommend a trip to Switzerland; here are just a few of my photos: