As we woke to another day of rain, we quickly checked the weather app to see where the sun was shining.
Are you starting to see a pattern here. It looked like it would be a good day to go to Bern, a two hour train ride away. We caught the 7:00 a.m. train out of Wengen. It would take three trains to get to Bern, putting us there around 9:00 a.m. Good thing we bought the Swiss Travel Pass.
Coming out of the train station, we noticed that Bern is a very busy city. We quickly found the Tourist Information (TI) office where we were provided with a walking map of the city, highlighting points of interest.
Old Town Bern
Making our way down Neuengasse Street, the center section of Old Town, there were plenty of outside cafes to grab a bite to eat.
Fair in front of the Federal Building
In front of the Federal Building (Bundeshaus) there was a fair going on that day. There were stands selling food, and animals such as cows, pigs and sheep were enclosed in pens. They were even making fresh apple juice, squeezing the apples, then bottling the juice.
The Clock Tower is an old glockenspiel clock which goes off every hour. We did not get to see this show as we would have had to wait 45 minutes for the next display.
Shopping in Bern
Walking down the main street of Bern, there were plenty of stores for shopping. It was too early to shop as most of the stores were closed. This allowed us to take pictures without people around. When we left a couple of hours later, these streets would be bustling.
There were plenty of water fountain to fill our water bottles around the town.
The Prison Tower was originally constructed as a prison and is Bern’s second city gate.
Christkath Kirchgemeinde Bern (The Old Catholic Parish)
Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche) was under renovation when we visited. The Gothic-styled architecture is absolutely stunning. No photos are allowed inside the church.
Riverfront in Bern
We walked down to the riverfront before returning back to the train station to make our way to Interlaken.
Taking the train to Interlaken
When we returned to the train station it was much busier than when we arrived. We found our platform and ran to make the train. After the train left the platform we realized it was not going in the right direction for Interlaken. They had changed the platform and we did not verify this before we got on the train. After checking with the conductor he advised us to get off at the next station and return to Bern. If we would not have had the Swiss Pass we could have received a heafty fine.
TIP: Always re-verify the platform before getting on the train, as they can change them at the last minute.
Boat Ride to Brienz
Arriving in Interlaken Ost, the main boat dock is just outside the train station. When we went up to the window to get our tickets, we were told we did not need tickets as our Swiss Pass covered the boat ride to Brienz. We sat on the benches and enjoyed the view as we waited for the boat to arrive. The boat arrived on time and we quickly boarded with the crowd.
TIP: The boat ride has a limited time schedule and if you plan to utilize it, take note of the time of departure and arrivals.
We sailed through turquoise blue waters with scenic mountains on the sides while making our way down the beautiful Lake Brienz. You could not have asked for a more gorgeous day. It takes about 75 minutes to reach Brienz with a few stops in-between.
This cruise took us past picturesque villages as we stopped along the way to drop and pick up passengers.
This stunning waterfalls with a bridge to cross over to the other side was coming down the side of the mountain.
We finally landed in Brienz.
Brienz Rothorn Bahn Station
The Brienz Rothorn Bahn Station is right across from the boat dock. This 123 year old steam engine passes through the mountains and would have a beautiful view of the lake below, but it was too late in the day to take that train.
Taking the train back to Interlaken
So we decided to take the train back to Interlaken to have dinner.
Leaving the train station, we headed to the main street in Interlaken.
Interlaken is a popular place for parasailing. There are two people parasailing in the picture below.
Des Alpes Restaurant
We evidentially found Des Alpes Restaurant, which is located right on Höheweg, the main street with some of the best views in Interlaken. We sat at a table outside and enjoyed our meal.
I had Rosti Margherita with tomatoes glazed with mozzallera, (21.10 CHF)
And J had Chilbi Rosti with roasted veal sausage and onion sauce. (21.70 CHF)
As we were waiting for our food, we could see a storm heading in our direction and it started to rain. Luckily we were under umbrellas and by the time we left it had stopped, but it was damp and cloudy.
To get away from the crappy weather we headed back to Wengen where the sun was shining. We sat outside and had a glass of wine and enjoyed our view and talked about our day.
Tomorrow we were going back to Grindelwald to hike to First and hoped the weather would cooperate.