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DAY 15...OF 19
Our final destination today is Montreux, however, since we're driving through Switzerland, we ended up stopping quite a bit along the way....in Lungern, Interlaken, Spiez.... and a completely unplanned, scary as f*ck drive through one of Switzerland's highest mountain passes - the Jaunpass.
About 40 km (only a 30-minute drive) from Lucerne, we turned a curve in the road a came across Lungernersee - one of the many beautiful lakes in Switzerland. The picturesque villages of Lungern and Schönbuel are nestled along the shore, and the picture-perfectness is complete with the lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We really only stopped for about 20 minutes, just to sit and take in the view!
Map showing this insane Euro road trip
Gorgeous little spot - Lungern
Gorgeous little spot - Lungern
The colour of the lakes here are unbelievable
Makes for great driving when you have scenery like this!
Another 30 km (30-minute drive) from Lungern and we arrive in Interlaken. Situated betweek Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, this small scenic town has incredibly picturesque views of the Alps and snow-capped Jungfrau Moutain. We parked by Höhe Matte, kind of like Interlaken's own version of Central Park - a huge green field smack dab in the middle of the town - a place for people watching, and is the main landing zone for para-gliders in the area. A quick walk about to see the shops, cafes and gaze at high-end watch shops and off we go in the little Fiat again.
Another quick stop in Interlaken
Le Grand Guetteur sculpted by Nicolas Lavarenne
A zoom in on Jungfrau - viewed from Interlaken
Popular spot for para-gliding
However, gambling doesn't seem that popular here
Shopping IS popular here - especially for tourists
Surprisingly not too pricey restaurants
More para-gliders - I guess it offers an amazing view of Jungfrau
Kind of scary to see all these para-gliders a concentrated area...
If I had more time, would have loved to go to Bond World....
I guess it's ok I didn't go to Bond World since I've got the real Mr. Bond with me
Only 20 km (20-minute drive) from Interlaken we stop in Spiez (which I had never even heard of before), but the complete gorgeousness of the place made it a must. Located on the south bank of the Thunersee (Lake Thun), are only stop here was the Schloss Spiez (aka Spiez Castle) and the Romanesque Schlosskirche (Chapel Church). We didn't go inside the castle (just felt the entrance wasn't worth it for such a small building), but we were more than content with the views from here. The castle boasts the most amazing setting on a promontory that juts out into Lake Thun - so the views of the lake, mountains, vineyards and the harbour are simply stunning!
Enjoying the views of Lake Thun during yet another stop....3rd stop of the day!
Loving the view from Spiez Castle gardens
Niederhornkette Mountains - viewed from Spiez Castle
Look the other way, and you get to view a bit of the Swiss Alps
Look around some more...at the gorgeous vineyards
The Romanesque Schlosskirche or Castle Church of Spiez
Picture perfect setting for the chapel, overlooking Lake Thun
I cannot get enough of this view!
Spiez Castle from the inner courtyard
Residences beside the castle and chapel - I could totally live there
So...the plan was to get to Montreux via Bern, however the GPS decided to take a shorter route....through one Switzerland's highest mountain passes - elevation 1509 metres. Very scenic route, though small narrow roads and super twisty. There's a short section of the pass that is super narrow (the Fiat just fit on it) and of course we see a huge delivery truck coming down the hill.....after a moment of panic, thank god we spotted a little spot to pull over into! Anyway - scary, scary drive, BUT I believe we got to see the most beautiful scenery Switzerland has to offer.
Unknowingly ending up driving the Jaunpass - elevation 1509 metres!
Scary as f*ck driving up here, but totally worth the view!
A good spot to pull over (the road is a little wider here!)
I think I parked in front of someone's house
Enjoying the beauty, and feeling a little lightheaded due to the altitude!
That's the supposed 2-car lane- between the dashed white line and the little wooden sticks with string acting as the guardrail
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