Following our Frontline Walk last year, my sister and I wanted to do something different. We opted to drive to Interlaken for a weeks walking. We camped on Manor Farm, a site we used for lots of years as a family in the late ’70s and ’80s.
It’s been 11 years since I was last in the Interlaken region. A great few days hiking but jeez Interlaken has changed, and not for the better. It’s far more commercial than it ever was and every restaurant is either Italian or Indian. All the ‘Swiss’ restaurants seen to have gone.
Everyone knows Switzerland is expensive, but even on my 18th trip to the region I was gobsmacked at the cost. Anything with wheat or grains is astronomical – £1.20 to £1.40 for a bread roll, pizzas start at c£16 or so and it was c£16 for a salad. Over £4 for a 500ml bottle of coke but every cloud and all that, the beer was cheaper.
Still, you can’t put a price on the scenery or the quality of the hiking, and their transport system is still the best in the world. I’ll be back I think, just not sure when.