Nestled away in the Swiss Alps lies a quiet little town called Lauterbrunnen, which is probably the most visually spectacular place on Earth. Lauterbrunnen was our first destination after Paris and from the moment we crossed the border from France we could tell we where heading somewhere special. Rolling green hills, rising up to craggy, snow capped mountains defined the Swiss countryside. Our destination was further up these aforementioned Craggy mountains and after several long hours on a stuffy bus, it was long past time to breathe in the sweet, fresh (and thin) mountain air.
The entire town of Lautterbrunnen is buried in a high mountainous valley. On either side we where faced with tall stony cliffs with pine trees precariously balancing on the edges. Crisp clear glacial runoff pours down the Cliffside in a spectacular display, pumping the river that surges through the town. Our Hostel was actually a campsite, but our dorms where tucked away in an authentic wooden Swiss Chalet. The setting for Lautterbrunnen was a fantastic treat on the senses, everything looks, smells a feels serene. Our general impression of the place was amplified by brilliant weather, despite the fact we could see the snow on the tops of the mountains and could touch the glacial waters, the sun was shining and t-shirts where showing.
Activities included: Mountain hiking, cable car riding up to unreachable (by foot) peaks, visiting an in-mountain waterfall, white water rafting and drinking beer on a mountain peak.