In 2012 on our first trip to Switzerland we only stayed three days because the people we had spoken to who had been to Switzerland weren't particularly over the moon about it. When we got there though we knew had to go back - it was the most beautiful place we had ever been and we fell completely in love with it.
What to do?
Lucerne is probably the most beautiful and peaceful place I will ever visit. The best way to see Lucerne is get out and go for a walk. It has a beautiful old town on the lake and if you're lucky enough to come in winter there are Christmas markets full of delicious Swiss food.
Where to eat?
Mike and I ate here both nights and had a great time. It's not exactly haute cuisine, but the beer was great, the music was good and the food tasty. The atmosphere is really what makes this place possibly helped by the fact we made friends with an Australian barman; Daniel. He made us feel so welcome. If you aren't sure what to drink I recommend Feldschloschsen beer. It's really refreshing and I know this sounds like a trick but I swear my husband and I drank about 1.5 litres each and woke up at 6:00 am the next morning to catch a train with no hangover.
Where to stay?
Hotel de la Paix is a little bit back from the main tourist area of Lucerne. We managed to score a room with a balcony that looked out over the mountains. One of the balcony doors was in the bathroom, and I had two glorious baths listening to Serial and looking out the window. Utter bliss. Breakfast is included and was a great mix of hot and cold options.
What to do?
Interlaken is known as a bit of a jumping off point for many of the adventures you can have in the Swiss Alps - and that's why we were there as well. We had one aim with our trip to Interlaken - see snow. It may sound strange to some of you, but for Australians snow is an exciting and rare experience.
Because this was our aim I can't really tell you what to do in Interlaken. I can however tell you about the adventure we had when we went on up the Schilthorn.
Our choice of the Schilthorn (also known as Piz Gloria) is all thanks to the manager of the hotel we were staying at. She suggested it to us and talked us through getting up the mountain. It isn't cheap by any stretch of the imagination but I can honestly say it is worth the price.
It was quite the adventure to get there - we took a train, then a bus, then a cable car (which almost gave me a heart attack). When we got to the top - words and pictures cannot describe how breath taking it was. We had lunch at the revolving restaurant (so kitsch but so awesome at the same time) and then went down to the ski ramp to play in the snow. It was a spectacular day, one I won't forget for a long time.
Where to Stay
Hotel B & B Alphorn was such a sweet little place. It almost felt like a hostel in many ways; small and quaint but really cozy. It's a bit out of town, but not so far that it feels cut off. The highlight (aside from the coffee and helpful service) was the shower that had LED lights built in which changed colours as you showered. Such an unexpected feature but actually really cool.
Emma & Trey of A Beautiful Mess made a video of their honeymoon in Switzerland