When we travel, we love day tripping!!! We have day tripped our way around the French countryside, southern and northern Italy, Scotland, England and now, the Alps!
Day tripping allows for a GLIMPSE of a place. It is hard to “dive in” when you only have a short amount of time, but when we travel abroad especially, we want to see as much as we can, so the old American pastime is right up our alley!
This trip to Germany, Switzerland and France for our Christmas Market river cruise really lent itself well to a day trip. While staying in Basel pre-cruise, we took a day and headed to the Alps. We picked up our rental in Basel early morning, drove about an hour and 45 minutes to Interlaken, and decided to go a bit further, up to Grindewald (elevation 3,392 feet). There, we parked and bought the world’s most expensive train tickets (about $200 US per person – YIKES) for a 45 minute cog train ride up, up, up to our first train station, Kleine Scheidegg (elevation 6762 feet).
Grindewald from the window of the train.
The cogs! The lifeline!
This teepee is at the Kleine Scheidegg station. I do not know why!
Time to change trains! And yes, it was snowing.
Here, we checked out the place, and boarded the Jungfrau train – another cog that brought us THROUGH the mountains to the highest train station in Europe (which happened to be IN the mountain) – Junfraujoch, elevation 11,333 feet!!
One of the small settlements on the way up to Jungfrau (young girl). Do you see the glaciers in the background? Amazing!!!
The train station in the mountain.
Outside the observatory. It was cold and windy!
In the ice castle IN the mountain!!!
We explored but it was snowed in – but we wouldn’t have changed that experience for anything! It was so cool!!!!!
After we got back down from Kleine Scheidegg, we drove to Lauterbrunnen, explored briefly at dusk, went to a pizza place (yeah, seriously) and then drove back to Basel. This was a fabulous day trip and we took SO many gorgeous pictures.
Here are the rest of our favorites!!!!
Looking back as we journey towards Klein Scheidegg.
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. We had spent much of the day in Grindelwald and climbing Jungfrau (by cog railway), then decided to take another small mountain pass at dusk and were treated to this delight!
This gorgeous waterfall is the first thing you see when you enter this valley. Absolutely stunning!
If a cemetery can be pretty, this one fits the bill.
Well, you have to have beer with pizza!
Any European road trip must include a stop at the Autogrill. The rest stations in Germany (just like Italy) did NOT disappoint – adorable trinkets, great food options, but expensive water – you should buy it in town at the local corner store – not here – oh, and if you need to use a bathroom – bring along a Euro!
My German isn’t that great, but the word for “exit” is kinda funny! And I feel like a 10 year old when I say it:)