When purchasing train ticket to travel from Italy to Switzerland we need to know that we have to break the the journey into 2 legs and purchase the first leg from Italian Train website (www.trenitalia.com) and the second leg from Swiss train website (www.sbb.ch). There are various options on choosing the stop over.
If you want to reduce the traveling time the best option is to travel via Euro-City Train which will have a stop over in Spiez. However if you need to do Tax refund after all those shopping spree at The Mall you will need to use slower train and have a stop over in Domodossola station which has a Custom Officer at the Train Station to get your stamp. I wasn’t aware about the Tax refund as I mentioned in my earlier post so I have already booked Euro-City Train which traveled from Milan to Spiez.
We had our last breakfast in one of the Cafe near our Hotel to have our last sip of good and cheap Italian Cappucino.
Our train was full as expected as you need to book ahead to get seat for Euro-City Train, but it was chaotic as well because we happened to travel with a group of US high school trip to Europe. If you have watched movie Spiderman Far from Home you would understand this.
Train journey from Milan to Spiez only took 2.5 hour with such an amazing view which I enjoyed and only wished that these high school students were not too loud.
We boarded off the train in Spiez and walked to Migros Supermarket across the street for lunch. Migros had a restaurant and their food price was pretty reasonable for Switzerland standard albeit it was much more expensive Vs Italy. We couldn’t find money exchange in the train station so we just withdrew Swiss Franc 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 amazing! Spiez from above looked so beautiful. And we saw the view again from our table in Migros. The view got us really excited on what Switzerland has to offer.
I did some shopping for breakfast in Migros and then we are off to our airbnb in Grindelwald Grund. Throughout our train in Switzerland the train 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 was 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 lake Thun and when we went to Grindelwald the train traveled up and the view changes to beautiful mountains.
We arrived in Grund and found that there was no taxi and we just had to walk. I made a mistake of choosing a steep climb only to found out it was a wrong bloody 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 a traditional food from Jungfrau area which is made up from melted cheese and vegetables. There is no supermarket in Grund, so we would 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.