Switzerland – Interlaken
Interlaken was our home base for exploring the Berner Oberland. It’s not quite as picturesque as staying up in the mountains, but we had a short time to travel, we planned it at the last minute (I know, you’re shocked … we never do that ;-), and it turns out that we were there in the THE ONLY MONTH that’s offseason. Anyway, it worked for us.
We stayed at Hotel Saint Georges which was really adorable – and at least 12 times nicer (and more expensive) than the types of places we normally stay. Everyone says Switzerland is really expensive, and we kind of felt like “Sure, Switzerland is expensive, but so is London and Rome, and Paris … and pretty much everywhere in western Europe.” We underestimated Switzerland … Switzerland is in a class of its own.
Our first night in Interlaken we took a walk through town, to the river, and to the little town across the river to hunt down dinner. It was so picturesque and quiet and cold. With all of the twinkly lights, it was really wonderfully romantic.