How To Do The Swiss Alps | 2019 Travel Guide | Jungfrau Region


(birds chirping) – You guys, Switzerland is incredible. (upbeat music) We’ve spent a week in these mountains, and there’s a million
ways to do the Swiss Alps. This is the way we did it,
and it worked really well. So I’m gonna lay it out for you. (upbeat music) We’re situated in the Jung Frau region, which is one of the
most well-known regions in the Swiss Alps. It’s made up of two valleys, there’s the Lauterbrunnen Valley, and the Grindelwald Valley. We decided to explore mostly
the Lauterbrunnen Valley, because, well, look. (upbeat music) First, you’re gonna need a Jung Frau pass. It was about 200 francs
for a four day pass, and that gets you access
to most of the trains, cable cars, and funiculars. And those really add up,
so I promise it’s worth it. We stayed in a little called Wengen. There are tons of places
to stay in the Valley, but this was really charming, and was mostly a car-less town, which we we found to be, like, gold when traveling with kids. (cheerful music) From here, we caught the local cable car up the wall of the mountain
that separates the two valleys. (cheerful music) And on top there was a
ridiculous playground, a cafeteria that served
really good coffee, and just ready-made food. We’ve traveled a lot of places, but this stands to be the
wildest children’s park I’ve ever seen in my life. There’s in the ground trampolines, a cow that you slide out of its mouth. I don’t know. (soft pop music) The views were unreal, and everyone, including
the kids, loved it. From here, we caught the cable car down on the other side of the wall, and caught a bus into Grindelwald. (soft pop music) Grindelwald is a small town, and it’s perfect for
just strolling through, and grabbing a few bits to snack on. We decided to kind of
pack up for a picnic, so we went into a bakery, the local coop, and grabbed all sorts of bread and cheese and chocolate and everything good. (soft pop music) Let’s talk about food for a second. Most of the places that I travel to, I travel for food. Most of the time I spend
there, I spend eating, and talking about eating,
and planning to eat. And Switzerland, while the food is good, it’s not the main reason you come here. The hikes, the nature, the views, that’s why you come. Also, it’s really freaking expensive. It’s really expensive. So, one of the ways we found to cut costs, is to get most of our food,
if not all of our food, at the local grocery store, and to make food back at our AirBnB, or just to do really casual easy picnics, with salami, cheese,
bread, the whole thing. Speaking of picnics, we
decided to finish the day taking another cable
car up from Grindelwald, up to First. (soft pop music) And this was an insane viewpoint, with these catwalks,
or suspended walkways, where it feels like you, where you can see everything beneath you. If you’re feeling extra brave, you can go down the entire
mountainside in a Go-Kart. I don’t think they let
two-year-olds do that though, so, rude. If you’re a troll, I’m joking, I wouldn’t take my
two-year-old down on a Go-Kart. To get home, instead of
taking the cable car back, which closes pretty early around 4:30, we decided to take a train
around the mountain pass back to Wengen. And, wow, it was so beautiful. (soft pop music) The more trains, the better. Say it with me. The
more trains, the better. – [Johnny] I’m, I’m not gonna — – You’re the only person
here, if you don’t say it — – [Johnny] No, but you’re
talking to the internet. I’m not gonna say it. – [Both] The more trains, the better. – Thank you. We took a short train
down to Lauterbrunnen, and then took a cable car up
the other side of the valley, to, like, a little summit or
base camp called Winteregg. Or, Winter Egg. Winteregg,
though, is the right way. Winteregg’s the right way to say it. It’s not actually or Winter Egg. It’s truly just Winteregg.
I didn’t mean that. Sorry. – [Husband] Yeah, never
say Winter Egg again, that’s super embarrassing. (upbeat music) – What’s so cool about all
these spots in the Swiss Alps is most of them have, like,
really epic playgrounds, and so the kids are happy, I’m happy ’cause there’s
cheese and coffee, and everyone’s happy. And mountains. I’m also happy
’cause there’s mountains. Check it out. (upbeat music) You can be, like,
drinking your cappuccino, and not even watching your kids. What? The food itself, we had
like a beef stroganoff, a salad that had some pickled vegetables, and fresh vegetables as well, and a potato soup, and
a famous Swiss dish, which is called rösti,
which is like hash browns, what we call hash browns,
with cheese on top, or bacon, you can get
all sorts of toppings. You can do it however you like, okay, it’s just rösti, and it was good. From there we walked three kilometers to a little town called Mürren, it’s actually right there,
like literally right there. And you guys, I’m telling you, this was like a highlight
of the entire trip. This walk is incredible. It might be my favorite part yet. You get, like, a gorgeous view, you have the trains going by, there’s benches to stop on, the kids are doing great. Henry’s only allowed to be held if he counts to 100, which is one of his kindergarten goals, so, we’re learning, we’re
traveling, we’re walking, we’re done, we’re having fun. Good times all ’round. (child giggles) (upbeat music) Mürren’s a little town
you can walk through, there’s shops, there’s
cafes, there’s ice cream, there’s all the things
that you could want, including a playground. (upbeat music) From there, we took a
train to the cable car, a cable car to the train, and we trained from Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken, which is like
the main city of all of this, that connects all the
different valleys, okay? Okay, do you get it? There, there’s a funicular that goes up to a peak, and it’s one of
the few things open late, so it’s open til, I think, like 9:45, you can go down. And it has a restaurant,
and then like lounge chairs, where you can just like enjoy the sunset. Go at sunset. There’s also a viewpoint. The restaurant was fine,
it wasn’t anything special, but the view made
everything taste amazing. (upbeat music) After catching the funicular
down to Interlaken, we just trained back to Wengen. And fell asleep. (upbeat music) Johnny and I woke up early, and we returned to Mürren, where he convinced me to do this. – [Johnny] No, you don’t need 12 creams. – I’ve never spent sixteen dollars at a gas station mini mart. (upbeat music) Not thinking about it still. (upbeat music) Easily one of the coolest
things I’ve ever done, and the best way to see the
views here in the Swiss Alps. It was 170 francs each, and kind of our chosen
splurge for the trip. I can’t recommend it enough. We went with a company Airtime, and they were awesome all around. Not sponsored, but you can if you want. Sponsor me, pay me money! After that, we decided
to meet up with the kids, and we wanted to take a break
from all of the mountains, and explore the valley. So we decided to bike. There’s bike shops in
most of the villages, but Lauterbrunnen is one
of the more central ones, so it’s gonna have a more extensive range, but also is more likely to have things like trailers for kids. We biked through the
entire valley on e-bikes, which made it much easier,
’cause I’m not dumb. (upbeat music) (cow bells ringing) – [Henry] Hello! Moo, say moo, cows. Say moo. (upbeat music) – [Johnny] They’re happy,
or are they sad cows? – Sad cows. – [Johnny] What? – On the way back to
Lauterbrunnen on the bikes, Johnny decided to stop at this waterfall. This waterfall, you access via funicular. And it takes you through a cave, and Henry was in heaven, ’cause he thought it was
straight out of Moana. (upbeat music) The electric bikes for a
half day, or four hours, were 40 francs each, and they were worth every single penny. You get to see so much in
such a short amount of time, that you wouldn’t be able to do on foot. After that, we returned our bikes, and stopped right next
door at Airtime Cafe, where we got hot chocolate
with whipped cream, ’cause again, I’m not dumb. We then trained back to our Air BnB, and again, we went to sleep. – [Johnny] You don’t need
to say that every time, they probably just
assume we went to sleep. – I just don’t want them to think that we’re party animals. – [Johnny] No, they just, you know — – We just went to sleep, okay? – [Johnny] You don’t need
to say that we went to sleep every single time. – We’re a wholesome crowd. – [Johnny] Okay. Everyone has
to go to sleep at some point. – You never know. Day four, Henry woke up and
he asked for a little day, he said he didn’t want a big day, and he didn’t want a medium day, he wanted a little day
where you stay in pajamas. So we did that, and Johnny got up early, and rented an electric bike for the beginning half of the day. And he went straight up the mountain, and down the mountain, and he had a pretty good time.
– [Johnny] Yeah, I really did. (whispers) Check out my footage. – Sorry? – [Johnny] I’m gonna insert a lot of — – No, no, no. Mm-mm. – [Johnny] Cool footage coming soon. – No, no. – [Johnny] It’s coming.
Lots of drone stuff. Some of my best work ever. – Shh. (upbeat music) So we took a train up to Kleine Scheidegg, which is where you’ll see
the gorgeous red trains. Now, most people think
that these red trains are only accessible if you
pay the 100 and hold on! 170 francs per person to go up to the Top of Europe, which is a viewing platform of the peaks of the surrounding mountains. This isn’t covered in your Jung Frau pass, but your Jung Frau pass does
get you 25% off of that. We decided not to do it, viewing platforms aren’t really our thing, and we wanted to allocate
our funds elsewhere, like parasailing, and biking. – Woo! – But, you can still
get on these red trains, the Jungfraubahn trains,
and you take it up one stop. And that stop is where they’ll continue through the tunnel up
to the Top of Europe, but you can get off and
hike all the way down. It’s about three kilometers. It is so beautiful, and you get a full view of the glaciers, you’re in the shadow
of these big mountains. Amazing. (upbeat music) If you really wanna do it right, pack in a picnic, and
stop at the reservoir on your way down to the train station. It’s crystal clear blue water. I can’t even handle. (upbeat music) Also, it’s completely empty, because most of the people
are at the Top of Europe. (calm music) Okay, now we’re onto day five, six, seven, and if your pass is expired, no worries, there is so much to do in this region. Like, so much, like it’s overwhelming, like you worry, am I
gonna see everything or, am I gonna leave disappointed or, I’m gonna come back and someone’s like, did you do this? And I’ll say no, and
then, and then, they’ll — – [Johnny] What’re they gonna do? No one cares what you saw. Okay, just go on to day five. – But seriously, there’s so much to do. Each village has bike rentals, and hiking, and little public offerings
like ping pong tables, and playgrounds. There’s really so much to keep you busy, plus the views. (calm music) Again, this is the way that we did it, there’s so many ways to do the Swiss Alps. And make sure to leave a comment if you have a different
tip on how to do it. I’m sure everyone would be appreciative, and we’re definitely gonna go back, so we’d love to hear from you. Bye! (upbeat music) But you can almost always hike, too. So if you’re a big hiker, you can take the train up and hike down, you can hike up and take the train down, you can do it however you like, (mumbles) whatever you wanna do, just do it today, then do it tomorrow, and don’t ever stop. – [Johnny] That was super weird.

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