An October 1985 trip
to Interlaken by thebigfella
Quote: After interrailing through the rolling countryside of France and Geneva, I headed for the big stuff and the ideal base, Interlaken.
Born and bred in Australia, I had never seen a real mountain before, and as we started to get close to Interlaken, I was suddenly struck dumb by the amazing height of the peaks around me - and these were only the foothills! With the Bernese Alps looming up on the horizon and these giant "hills" around me, I was hit by a wave of insecurity. I was feeling totally insignificant amongst this majestic landscape.
My destination was Interlaken, so called for obvious reasons, as it straddles two lakes - Thuner and Brienzer. I was booked in at the Youth Hostel Bonigen situated on the banks of the Brienzer. A large hostel capable of accommodating 150 people in an amazing number of bed configurations. I ended up sharing a room with four others, which had a good family feel to it as opposed to the larger dorm-style rooms, which slept up to about 20.
Once in town, I booked a mountain train to take me up to Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station! The views travelling up through the Alps were literally staggering as I noticed the difference in air density.
The following day I tackled the 3000-metre journey up to Schilthorn and dined at the revolving restaurant, a famous landmark as seen in one of the James Bond films!
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