Switzerland

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

Picking strawberries at Erdbeerland, Switzerland

Lüdi’s “U-Pick” Strawberryland

It never seems like summer has officially arrived until strawberry season hits and suddenly u-pick fruit stands pop up everywhere.  In Eugene, we would either harvest our own garden or go to Detering Orchards anytime we needed a massive amount of apples, cherr...

Bern, City of Bears

Recently, Travis and I had the chance to tour Bern, Switzerland's capital city, which is frequently listed among the top ten best cities in the world to live.  Not only that, but our tour guide was the best kind - a local. Our tour guide was none other than t...

Schwarzsee to Brecca Gorge Hike

Some of you might have read a post awhile back about my trip to Pruszowice, Poland with a couple of friends, R & D.  We all stayed at D's family home in Pruszowice with her mom and sisters, and I spent an amazing day in D's mom's pottery studio (Urszula Bu...

UNESCO Alps Hike to Obersteinberg

The town of Stechelberg in Switzerland is just a smattering of quaint country homes, a restaurant, and limited tourist lodging, all tucked almost secretly away between the imposing canyon walls of Lauterbrunnen Valley. It's where the road essentially ends, at ...

Our First Swiss Camping Trip

Lauterbrunnen Valley is arguably one of the most beautiful regions in Switzerland.  It's definitely one of our personal favorites.  After first visiting it during the spring, Travis and I vowed to come back later in the year to do some hiking and camping in La...
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne, Gem of Lake Geneva

After an afternoon of sampling Swiss chocolate at Maison Cailler, we drove to the town of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva.  In this French-speaking part of Switzerland, the lake is more commonly referred to as Lac Léman.   With a population of around 150...
Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Switzerland

Maison Cailler (Nestlé chocolate in disguise)

In 1819, chocolatier François-Louis Cailler founded Switzerland's very first chocolate company.  While non-Swiss folks might not have heard of Maison Cailler, they've most certainly heard of the food giant, Nestlé, which is named after another Swiss founder, H...
Glacier 3000 cable car

Glacier 3000 Peak Walk

Less than 60 kilometers as a crow flies southeast of Fribourg lies the hulk of a jagged mountain chain named after le Diable himself - les Diablerets.  The Diablerets massif consists of the highest peak, its namesake which tops out at 3,210 meters (10,531 ft),...

St. Beatus vs the Dragon

After several weeks of pretty spectacular sunny weather in our little Swiss valley, we knew our luck couldn't hold out.  But we were still bummed when the sun fled with the arrival of our weekend, bearing gloomy gray skies and rain.  It was our roommate, Ginta...

Staubbach Falls & Grindelwald

Despite waking up to a thick, murky ocean of fog lurking in our Swiss valley, we took off for a drive to get out of the house.  Randomly heading north toward Interlaken, Travis pulled off the highway onto an exit so we could check out a map.  Deciding to just ...