The Swiss Alps by Campervan | Adelboden, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen & more
These are the alps. One of the most famous mountain ranges in the world. In summer, snow glistens on the mountain peaks, while warmer weather welcomes eager hikers, seeking to enjoy world class views of alpine valleys, forests, countless waterfalls, mountain vistas and more. Join us for episode one of our European mountain road-trip series, as we hike, bike, train, drive and cable car our way around some beautiful mountain territory in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland If you're new round here - we're Jack and Jo, that's our scruffy hitchhiker Frank, and this is Big P, our home on wheels that is taking us to wild places all over the UK & Europe If you like the sound of this adventure - then come along with us on These Wild Journeys through the Swiss Alps Hello welcome back we're no longer in Scotland we're now on what I'm coining our European Mountain series. We've kind of spent the past six months (maybe a little bit longer!) exploring beaches and now we're switching this up to forests, mountain views, alpine meadows, we're really, really excited and our first stop is Switzerland! The weathers not too amazing but we're hoping it's going to clear up this afternoon and hopefully further on into our week worth of adventures, so yeah, come along with us [Music] Oh I can see blue skies! So we're gonna head down into Interlaken which is the town down there, we're going to grab a train and we're going to head out on a big hike in the Swiss Alps! [Music] They're quite big aren't they! Do you think the fact that no one's getting on, despite it being a busy Saturday during the summer holidays is because there's no view up there..! It's possibl! It's possible! Are you ready? It's gonna be like a roller coaster you ready? It's gonna shoot you up! You ready Frank? you ready? It's gonna be like a rollercoaster dudes Told you, you need to give it time! Whoa! I told you it'd go fast That was unexpected! Wow look at these views! We've taken so much public transport today and every single ride has been stupidly Scenic. The reason why we're so far out of town is because it's the Swiss
holidays and we literally couldn't get a campsite um close enough to Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen which is another place on the other side of the Alps, but the campsite we're saying at is really really nice and the aim of today is we're taking this cable car up to a very scenic view filled view.. as we Crawl through the clouds.. We're literally in the clouds right now! We're going up to a place called The Eiger Glacier and then basically you can hike down to a train station, so it's supposed to be really nice scenic , But no one's hiking, everyones going down in the actual, what's this thing called again? Gondola! Yep it's called a gondola! They're all going down in the gondolas, and they're all full, and we're the only ones going up.. so ... let's give it a go! I think we hike down anyway! Yeah the views are pretty amazing anyway and we've got nothing better to do this afternoon! haah - what an awful place to be stuck! [Laughter] [Music] Despite our doubts there was no turning back of as the Eiger Express shot us up to 2 320 meters in altitude So the walk should take about two hours but I mean we've probably only walked about 70 meters and all I've done is just take pictures It's bloody beautiful Jo: Are you talking about me or the view? Oh yeah of course I was talking about you! bBut also the view, it's beautiful, and I think the clouds are kind of parting.. but the cloud also makes the view! good boy bud! Ooh, are you okay Jo? We'll get through the cloud and the views will be good I reckon hopefully just be careful [Music] [Music] So the clouds cleared as we've got a little bit further down, and we've just been stuck looking at this view, we sat on a bench, oh my God, it's just ridiculous like, more and more, every time like I look every time I look back at the view more is revealed because the sun's kind of burning off the cloud, and you can see the ridge of I don't even know what mountain range it is, but it's bloody beautiful as always like looking like <loses mind> [Music] If anyone's following us on this Trail - all they will be hearing is oh my God oh my word, I actually genuinely don't want this hike to end [Music] [Music] looks like we saved the best to last for the waterfall on this track, a massive one coming up the side of a cliff look! wow! As we've come down look, we can actually see what we've been hiking along, like this incredible lMountain Ridge I think we're going to get down to the train station see if we can find somewhere to have a nice refreshing alcoholic drink, I'm thinking a beer and Jo's got wine in her mind After tiny bit more hiking we found a bar and treated ourselves to a very welcome pint with a beautiful view to end our first day in Switzerland [Music] On our second day in Switzerland started with a little less Mist but with a threat of a bit of rain, so we woke early packed up our backpacks left our campsite and headed back onto the bus and then a train to the valley of Lauterbrunnen [Music] So we're in Lauterbrunnen, which is like a big kind of glacial Valley, really high Cliffs on either side, and it served as the inspiration for for Rivendell in The Lord of the Rings because it has 72 waterfalls dotted along the valley and we're gonna do a really nice and flat walk, because yesterday's walk was actually a bit intense around the legs wasn't it Jo? yeah! We're gonna explore some waterfalls and the day's looking all right a bit rainy but still quite nice and beautiful! [Music] As well as being famous for waterfalls Lauterbrunnen Valley is also famous for base jumpers, and we're pretty certain we saw like well two parachutes come out and they must have just jumped off the side of the cliff, imagine having the balls to do that, just like off there! But the helicopters that fly over I think drop them onto the highest point and then uh yeah they just jump off, launch themselves off the side and land down back into this Valley! pretty cool! Can we go base jumping Jo? Yeah! I'd love to see Frank have those little goggles on! Yeah ther'es a guy in Switzerland that base jumps with his dog! I think it's like a border collie! I think Frank might enjoy it..! Hmmm! He doesn't like going up the steps into a van I'm not sure if base jumping is for Frank At the end of the 4 km walk you can catch a bus back or walk, however we chose a different slightly more Scenic option and took the cable car up to the traditional Alpine Village of Murren So we took cable car up to probably one of the most scenic Alpine villages in the world and the views are exceptional We're going to have a quick drink before the cloud comes in, although the cloud is coming back in, isn't it? Got a Gluwhwein there? Feeling a bit uh Christmas markety are you? It's Christmas time! mmm! Cheers, cheers! You going to Cheers me? oh yeah! Got to look in the eyes though, cheers! Prost! That's actually fresh, that's that's not from a plastic bottle! Oh yeah - you might like this! I've got a massive beer, guess this is the perks of just taking public transport, yeah means I can have a huge beer mid afternoon! We also grabbed some food and it's essentially well, it's a rosti, it's basically a massive hash brown with loads of like fruit and veg on But it's exactly what I wanted, and I didn't even realize it, so tasty and this view is just mental, just it's a ridiculous view to be eating food to Good morning we're picking up the camera after few days of work , we're in a beautiful Swiss kind of Alpine town called Adelboden* I think is what it's called um and we've been staring at this big mountain waterfall view from this aire that we're staying in which is like 15 Swiss Franks a night, which is about 15 quid, and we've been thinking wow we really want to hike that! So this morning we're going to hike this waterfall and this mountain and this snowy Peak that we've been staring at all day.
Jo's ready Frank's ready let's load up the van and we're going to head 5 minutes up the road to the car park We have a Swiss uh traffic jam ahead of us, just literally oh wow look the back of the truck the Precision on that oh my God! That's how they do stuff in Switzerland that's just come straight off the mountain it's like he's pulling the helicopter down imagine you all like sleeping in one of those vans on the left there, like what's this racket? So Switzerland is awesome and this is like a communal like camping firewood area, it's even got an axe which is like connected to a chain I don't know you can stay here but I think it's for like having dinner and like having a campire and stuff But then you can stay in the car park and it does say for there is like a toilet in the campsite for for campers I don't know it's awesome though isn't it Go on then, chop some wood! Yes! I've never chopped wood before so this could be the most the way pathetic thing you'll ever see Oh my God it really takes a lot of effort to cut into that oh no stuck oh no oh no let's just say you maybe need a bit of practice before you live out in the woods oh no oh no oh <Frank barking like crazy> What is happening! why did Frank get the zoomies! it's exciting for him isn't it! Jo I've literally got the axe stuck! it's okay oh no there you go, maybe leave that to the wood experts Smashed it! first time Anyway I think havejust proved proved my chops as an outdoor survival expert let's check out this waterfall whoa A beautiful way to start the day look at it! Switzerland's second highest waterfall and because this area is a little bit off the main tourist Trail, we literally just picked this spot because it just had a reasonably priced place to park the van for a few days while we work, but yeah look how beautiful it is! So Jo there's three options now to get out to the top of the mountain peak option one we hike, option two you can actually do a Cliff face climb up the waterfall yeah or we can take the gondola, which one do you want to do? Errr Gondola! I thought that'd be the answer , you don't want option two no? okay not even option one? What's Frank going to do? Put him in the backpack? Oh he'd love it fatal flaw for having a lovely drink to this view is , Jo's just bought two packets of crisps, a coffee and an apple juice, how much did it cost Jo? 14 Swiss franks, which is about 13 pounds... yeah we can't afford to stay here much longer we're going to have to get out of Switzerland, especially with our addiction to gondolas So the Walk we're doing is called the Rundwunderweg, which is just a loop that takes you around this like uh guess what would you call it Alpine glacial Valley, very beautiful very warm today, lots of cows about um you can just hear like the cowbells just kind of dingling in the background very Alpine Oh it's a little baby one look at it! So we've realized why there's so many cows up here, down where we were parked for the week there was like an information board which said in June all the people in the surrounding area kind of march all their cows, hike up the hike up the mountain and this is like their summer pasture so it all makes sense now and why there's no cows in the town despite there being like you know cow Fields Really cool but imagine watching like I know 100 odd cows doing the hike up cuz they can't take the gondola up Jo, can't take the gondola! All right! You ready Frank? So after a beautiful hike we just chilled in our van had lunch and now I think we're going to leave Switzerland because we need to be somewhere that's a bit cheaper yeah but money well spent we had a bloody lovely time in switzeland and Frank has had a blast haven't you Frank? But it's definitely heating up yeah let's let's go on a lovely scenic drive to the French Alps! We left Switzerland - headed for the French Alps, but to be honest with you guys - we didn’t do too much, the weather heated up, we found ourselves by lake annecy, and we didn’t do too much apart from ride around the lake with Frank in a backpack However - we are now in the Dolomites, and our next video is going to be a great one - as we explore some even more beautiful alpine scenery, drink more beer to scenic views and, of course, continue our Gondola addiction Thanks for watching everyone - if you enjoyed this video, or have any questions about our trip, chuck it in a comment below - and if you’re not already, hit that subscribe button. We will catch you on the next adventure!