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Winter Wonderland in Switzerland: One week roaming this beautiful country in our van
And just like that, we are back from Switzerland. We left one week ago and we got back home last night. This was our third time in this beautiful country, travelling around its quaint little towns in our van.
The first day we drove for over eight hours and we stopped near Lyon (France) to spend the night at one of those big gas stations along the highway. We were very close to Geneva, but my husband had been working the morning shift and we were too tired to continue driving.
After a good night's sleep, we ventured onward to one of the most beautiful valleys in the country, a place we visit every time we return to Switzerland, a tiny village called Lauterbrunnen. This time though, we took a train that goes to the Jungfrau (4158m).
This train goes all the way up to the highest train station in Europe at 3454m, but we decided to stop in Wengen where the views were already incredible.
This valley is very close to Interlaken, another favorite spot for us. Interlaken is a little town in between two lakes and there are tiny villages around them, just like this one below, called Iseltwald.
The next day, we drove to the other side of the mountains of the Jungfrau region. Our plan was to take a cable car all the way up to the viewpoint of Eggishorn (2927m) from where you can sit and stare for hours at the Aletsch glacier. Unfortunately, once we got there, they told us that the top was covered in clouds and that it would be impossible to see anything.
The worst was that it was already Tuesday and the forecast was saying we would have rain and snow for the rest of our trip, except for Friday which was our last full day there. I have to admit that made us a bit sad, but it also pushed us to change our plans and search for other wonderful locations to explore.
So we went to Italy. That is one of my favorite things about Europe... it's so easy to have breakfast in one country, lunch in another country, and spend the night in a third one. And all of them are so unique and beautiful.
We drove along Lago Maggiore (Italy) and were suddenly surprised by the beauty of a little town called Cannero Riviera. We didn't even have to think twice about spending our third night there, camping out by the lake.
It rained all night, and the sound of rain against the roof of the van was so relaxing... But when morning came we needed to get back on the road to drive through Valle de Verzasca.
We were surprised by the magical fog over the lake and the mountains. The colorful towns along the road had such a unique mood. It was truly special, and perfect for the kind of photos I like to take.
Our first stop of the day was in Lavertezzo. I'm sure you've already seen photos of this quaint little village of only a handful of houses and the emerald-colored river that flows through the entire valley.
The color of the freezing water and the big stones of the river are just perfect, and the stone bridge that connects both sides of the river is pretty unique too.
At the end of the road that crosses Valle de Verzasca, there were mountains also covered in fog. But that whole morning, even with pouring rain, was so beautiful. We had to stop every few kilometres to take in the views around us and photograph a bit more.
In the afternoon, we drove to the famous town of St Moritz, the famous ski station in Switzerland. On our way there, we were greeted by a white landscape, with frozen lakes that made everything feel so desolate, yet so peaceful at the same time.
The next morning, it was already Thursday, and even though it was still raining and snowing, we wanted to get closer to the Aletsch glacier and Zermatt area, because we were expecting good weather for Friday. So we woke up in time to watch the sunrise over a lake and then headed out towards Fribourg to spend the day and get some chocolate and cheese there... Always a must, if you are in Switzerland.
On Thursday night we slept at an empty camp by the town of Fiesch. We watched the sun go down and stars lit up what would be the coldest night of our trip. At least we'd had static heating installed on our camper-van so we slept pretty warm and comfy.
The next day, the sun rose around 7.30am and we headed toward the top of Eggishorn. We then drove to Zermatt to catch a train to the Gornergrat glacier, where we had lunch looking at the famous Matterhorn.
I think it was the perfect ending to our week exploring the beauty of Switzerland. In the end, we were able to see everything we had planned, and a bit more. That's the best thing about road trips, you never know what lies ahead, and the road is part of the journey too.
All these photos were shot with the Fujifilm XT2, along with the XF16mm f1.4, the XF23mm f1.4, and the XF18-55mm.
All the images were edited with the Forged presets by Tribe Red Leaf who were kind enough to team with us and support us through their Field Trip Program. I'm very grateful to be part of such a wonderful collective.
Hope you liked our little adventure!