TFJ TRAVEL JOURNAL: SWITZERLAND

Toboggan down the Swiss Alps? check ✔️

Walk across the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe? Check ✔️

Bungee jump off of a cable car? check, check, and check ✔️

Our time in Switzerland began with a quick stop in the breathtakingly beautiful Lucerne, where we had about an hour of free time. During that time, my friends and I checked out a local Swiss watch and Swiss army knife store and went hunting for ATMs so we could take out some Swiss Franks. Then, we found a beautiful gelateria and sat along the Reuss River, enjoying our first glimpse of sunlight and taking in the incredible view.

The only way to describe Lucerne is by saying that it’s like a dream. It literally looks like a backdrop painting that you can just walk up to and knock down. It’s aesthetically perfect, and of course, my phone had to go flat just as we arrived so I couldn’t take any photos (so all photos from Lucerne and some from Engelberg are thanks to Dallas)

After Lucerne, we went straight to Engelberg, an Alpine town in central Switzerland, which was where our hotel was located; which was halfway up Mt. Titlis in Trübsee

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Courtesy of Dallas

We stayed at the Hotel Trübsee Alpine Lodge, which was easily the best hotel we stayed in. The view from every room was stunning, and the rooms were not only comfortable and clean, but also cosy.

 

The first day was quite relaxing, and we ended the night with a ‘Swissco Disco’ in the hotel bar, which was the first time everyone on our tour partied together, it was definitely a group highlight of the trip. Great company, good music, and insane bartenders who by the end of the night were pouring drinks into our mouths made for a seriously fun time. Funnily enough, all of us who had planned to bungee jump the next morning began the night saying “I’m definitely taking it easy tonight” or “it’s a gas off night for me” but in the end it was mostly us who Swissco Disco-ed the hardest.

The next morning we were up bright and early to catch the first gondola up to Mount Titlis, so we could tube and toboggan in the summer snow. There, we walked across Europe’s highest elevation suspense bridge and were treated to some incredible views.

After, along with the other bungee jumpers, I made my way down to Engelberg. Believe it or not, I didn’t feel nervous for the jump at all, if anything I was more nervous about telling my parents that I was about to fall 140m out of a cable car in the middle of a valley in the Swiss Alps. The weather was beautiful, warm, sunny, and so tranquil; we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

In the gondola we watched whilst the professionals did their jobs, doing repetitive checks to ensure a safe jump. The music was pumping and the energy was high as the first two jumpers got ready and did their jumps. There were definitely some nervous vibes, but like I said, I didn’t feel nervous… not until I was standing on the edge of the car and the bungee guys reached number two in their countdown.

 

The jump itself doesn’t last very long at all, you’re probably bouncing around for no more than 5 minutes, but let me tell you; they’re the most exhilarating and emotional five minutes of your life. For the first three or so seconds of free fall I was genuinely panicked. I literally said yelled to myself “ahh this was a bad idea”. Once the rope caught me and I realised that I wasn’t plunging 140 metres to my death, all I could do was laugh. I was in hysterics; if someone had heard me they would have thought I was insane. The view, albeit upside down, was breathtaking, and with the adrenaline pumping through me I couldn’t believe what I had just done, I was beyond satisfied.

Switzerland was one of those unforgettable, stunning places that I cannot wait to return to.

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Courtesy of Laterzbro

Have you been to Switzerland? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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