This past weekend I went to Interlaken, a municipality of the Canton of Bern, and a known tourist destination. I went there with the IAESTE people. Of all the places I have been in Switzerland, this one is the most breathtaking and spectacular (so far). Nestled amongst impressive mountains and glaciers, it looks like the scenery from movies such as Lord of the Rings.
On Saturday, after a downpour of rain, we went white water rafting on the black Lütschine river (www.alpineraft.com). I had never white water rafted before (which is a pity coming from Costa Rica), and it was an awesome experience! The river, which is a category 4, comes from the glaciers on top of the mountains. This makes the water extremely cold (probably 10 degrees Celcius / 50 Fahrenheit). We had to wear a full wet suit – which was not very comfortable. At the end, the river flows into lake Brienz and you are just in total awe of the scenery.
That night we went out to some sort of bar/club, which was fun. Interestingly, due to a lack of clean clothes, I wore the t-shirt that I had taken to sleep in, which happened to be a Google t-shirt. I was very interesting the reaction I got. Random strangers would come up and ask me about it, talk about Google, give me their complaints and suggestions, etc. It is cool how a company/brand can create so much emotion!
On Sunday we went to see the waterfalls of Trümmelbach, which carve through a huge mountain. There were some man-made passages that allow you to see the waterfalls from the inside of the mountain. The amount of water that flows through it was something like 20,000 liters per second. It was quite nice.
We then traveled to Müren to go hiking. Müren is a tiny mountain village surrounded by the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains. We had to take four cable cars to get there. Again, the views were just amazing. We did a two hour or so downhill hike from there.
Again, a pretty nice weekend here in Switzerland.
Here are some pics from the trip!