Friday, June 25, 2010

Destination of the Week...

Switzerland may be one of the world’s most expensive countries, but a city like Lauterbrunnen welcomes the budget traveler, without forgoing the classic Swiss pleasures. Situated in a narrow valley with sheer, steep walls on both sides, and snow-covered mountains at the end, the views here are second to none. When the sun sets in Lauterbrunnen and reflects off the mountain glaciers, you will think you’re in a fairy tale. While Lauterbrunnen is a typical quaint Swiss village, it also offers up adrenaline sports like white water rafting, skiing in the winter months, wonderful restaurants and cafes, stunning hikes, 72 waterfalls that cascade and corkscrew through the valley walls, including the highest in all of Europe, and even some falls inside the mountains! The name Lauterbrunnen, itself, means “many fountains”, so one can imagine the scenery here. The best part though, is that you’ll be able to enjoy all of this on a budget. Yes, you can even find a place to camp in this mountain valley, rather than pay Swiss hotel prices. As if Lauterbrunnen didn’t have enough to offer, you can even head to nearby towns, like Isenfluh, and enjoy other pleasures, like riding a cable-car up to the mountain tops, or ride along the rack railway to the sunny terrace of Wengen, or continue onwards to Jungfraujoch, which is literally the “Top of Europe”. Lauterbrunnen may not be as well known as other famous Swiss towns, but it’s not exactly a secret either, so there are plenty of ways to get there, including public bus, and train. Whether you head there in the winter, summer, or in between, it is likely to become one of your favorite spots!

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