7 In Interlaken/ Travel

Switzerland: Interlaken Harder Kulm


Interlaken! Named for its position between two lakes, Interlaken made me want to prance around singing the Sound of Music with all the green crisp air and beautiful waters. After walking through the gritty Paris streets, Interlaken was a welcome change.




It was late afternoon when I arrived in Interlaken so I took the advice of the hotel receptionist and went up Harder Kulm. I was a bit dismayed to see the fog from the viewpoint, but it was still a bit of a thrill walking on the platform high above the ground and climbing up a blue cow. Looking down the window and seeing the supporting poles disappear into the fog just made it seem like there was an infinite drop beneath the platform. I don’t know which was scarier, the Harder Kulm platform or the rickety stairs of Saint Paul’s Cathedral!



With a stroke of luck, the fog started clearing away and I actually got a view of Interlaken! More fog rolled in after a while, but I was just happy that I got a glimpse of that beautiful view. There were actually some people who decided it was a hopeless case and left within five minutes. How long did it take for the fog to clear away? Just ten minutes!




It was the first time I took a funicular and I was a bit nervous. The idea of going up a steep slope by nothing but rails on the bottom was a little scary. This fear was fueled by the boys sitting in front of me, who were discussing what would happen if the brakes failed and we went crashing down the mountain. That did nothing for my fear of heights mind. It was a lot steeper than it looks in these photos, and I wish I’d have taken a photo of the funicular from outside.

Your turn ♥ What was the best stroke of luck you’ve had while traveling? Are you afraid of heights?

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