Switzerland

Explore Switzerland, from the longest glacier in the Alps to its peculiar dead frog museum

Oru kayaking on Lake Gruyere, Switzerland

An Oru Maiden Voyage

Lake Gruyère is the second largest reservoir in Switzerland.  It stretches for 13.5 km from just south of the small university town of Fribourg nearly to the town of Broc, home of the country's famous Nestlé chocolate factory.  An artificial lake, it was creat...

Gelmerbahn, The Steepest Funicular In Europe

When we lived in the States, we didn't have a habit of seeking out the oldest, tallest, or biggest of anything, at least not intentionally.  If we did happen to visit a site qualifying as such, it was typically a natural phenomenon, like the world's largest sp...

9 Reasons To SUP Lake Neuchâtel

Of all the lakes that fall entirely within Switzerland's borders, Lake Neuchâtel is the largest.  Nestled beneath the Jura Mountains, its considerable expanse shimmers invitingly during the summer months.  Though there's no shortage of fun things to do at the ...

Swimming at Lake Gruyère

It's shameful that we lived in Switzerland for nearly a year and still hadn't had a proper visit to Lake Gruyère, not even to go swimming.  We'd driven past it, around it, and over it on various highways, always saying we should spend a day at the lake, but it...

5-Seenweg (Five Lakes) Hike

After spending the better part of a half day exploring Zermatt, the gateway to the Matterhorn, we were ready to leave the bustle of town to start hiking.  The loop hike we wanted to reach was the 5-Seenweg, a rather short and easy hike past five lakes in the m...

Zermatt, Gateway to the Matterhorn

Despite that the town of Zermatt is incredibly touristy, we felt it would be a shame to live in Switzerland without visiting it at least once.  And considering that it's truly the gateway to the Matterhorn, the primary departure point with multiple trams acces...
Panorama of Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland

Aletsch Glacier Hike

Since the day we arrived in Switzerland, I've been anxious to visit Aletsch Glacier - the largest glacier in the Alps.  If you've seen photos of it or visited it, you'll know it's spectacular!  We'd been holding off on visiting until the summer so we could not...

Teufelsbrücke, The Devil’s Bridge

As soon as we paid for our rather unpleasant night of camping at Lake Lucerne and were back on the road, our sense of adventure returned.  According to the website I'd found about Teufelsbrücke, it was only about 30 minutes from the lake, so we expected to be ...

Camping at Lake Lucerne

Finding a place to camp after spending the big 3-7 in Lucerne proved to be a frustrating experience.  We visited three separate campgrounds before finally finding a place to stay.  The first was right in town along the lake, but after driving through the small...

The Big 3-7 In Lucerne

A year ago, we were in Hawaii on a family vacation during my birthday.  It's still weird to think that just a year later, we're now living in Switzerland and can just drive a few hours to so many neat things!  Sometimes the only hard part is deciding. (more&h...