We finally said good bye to Italy when we had to leave Milan to board the eurocity train to Spiez.
Goodbye espresso and cappucino. I don’t think I can afford you in Switzerland
Our train is full and pretty chaotic as we were in the same train with a group of US highschool first timer to Europe.
Train journey from Milan to Spiez took 2.5hr wity amazing view which I enjoyed and only wished these highschool students were not too noisy.
We boarded off the train in Spiez and walked to Migros accross the street for lunch. Migros food price is pretty reasonable for Switzerland standard but it is much more expensive Vs Italy. There is no money exchange in the train station so we just withdrew CHF from ATM machine for in case we can’t use credit card.
The view we saw when we cross the street to get to Migros was wow! Spiez from above look so beautiful. And we saw the view again from our table in Migros. The view got us really excited on what Switzerland has for us.
I did some shopping for breakfast in Migros and then we’re off to our airbnb in Grindelwald Grund. Throughout our train in Switzerland the platform is always family friendly. They either have elevated platform or elevator. And no stairs when you boarded the train as well. They have the special slide for wheelchair and stroller. We had to change train twice in Interlaken OST and Grindelwald to arrive in Grund but the changes is so swift and we always get seat in the train. We also bought our ticket in the self service ticket machine and use the half fare because we purchase the half fare card which entitled us to get family card for our 2 kids so they travel for free.
Switzerland is expensive but if you do the math between Swiss Travel Pass or Half fare card, these 2 cards entitled you a family card which let your kids travel free. Now which offer more value between Swiss Travel Pass or Half Fare? It really depend on what destinations you are going to and do the calculation. For us, half fare card gives more value so we go for it. More about the swiss pass here: https://www.swiss-pass.ch
Train journey from Spiez to Interlaken OST to Grindelwald and then to Grund is also very scenic. So beautiful I am mesmerized by the blueness of lake spiez and then lake Thun and when we gonto Grindelwald the train traveled up and the view changes to mountains.
We arrived in Grund and found that there is no taxi and we just have to walk. I made a mistake of choosing a steep climb only to found out it was a wrong route. Bloody Google map deceived me! Anyhow we arrived to our airbnb after some effort in dragging suitcases and Achita who refused to walk so I had to push her stroller. At least it wasn’t raining lol. Weather forecast said it would rain after 7pm
Our airbnb was perched up with a very beautiful view from our balcony and everywhere you look you could see mountains around. Perfect! Exactly as I imagined that I wanted to wake up and see the mountains
We had dinner in the only restaurant at Grund and tried Racclet. Racclet is traditional food from Jungfrau area which is made up from melted cheese and vegetables. There is no supermarket in Grund, so we will have to do grocery shopping in Grindelwald.
We walked straight back to our airbnb after dinner as it got dark and everything was already closed.