(birds chirping) – You guys, Switzerland is incredible.
(upbeat music) We've spent a week in these mountains, and there's a millionways to do the Swiss Alps.
This is the way we did it, and it worked really well.
So I'm gonna lay it out for you.
(upbeat music) We're situated in the Jung Frau region, which is one of themost well-known regions in the Swiss Alps.
It's made up of two valleys, there's the Lauterbrunnen Valley, and the Grindelwald Valley.
We decided to explore mostlythe Lauterbrunnen Valley, because, well, look.
(upbeat music) First, you're gonna need a Jung Frau pass.
It was about 200 francsfor a four day pass, and that gets you accessto most of the trains, cable cars, and funiculars.
And those really add up, so I promise it's worth it.
We stayed in a little called Wengen.
There are tons of placesto stay in the Valley, but this was really charming, and was mostly a car-less town, which we we found to be, like, gold when traveling with kids.
(cheerful music) From here, we caught the local cable car up the wall of the mountainthat separates the two valleys.
(cheerful music) And on top there was aridiculous playground, a cafeteria that servedreally good coffee, and just ready-made food.
We've traveled a lot of places, but this stands to be thewildest children's park I've ever seen in my life.
There's in the ground trampolines, a cow that you slide out of its mouth.
I don't know.
(soft pop music) The views were unreal, and everyone, includingthe kids, loved it.
From here, we caught the cable car down on the other side of the wall, and caught a bus into Grindelwald.
(soft pop music) Grindelwald is a small town, and it's perfect forjust strolling through, and grabbing a few bits to snack on.
We decided to kind ofpack up for a picnic, so we went into a bakery, the local coop, and grabbed all sorts of bread and cheese and chocolate and everything good.
(soft pop music) Let's talk about food for a second.
Most of the places that I travel to, I travel for food.
Most of the time I spendthere, I spend eating, and talking about eating, and planning to eat.
And Switzerland, while the food is good, it's not the main reason you come here.
The hikes, the nature, the views, that's why you come.
Also, it's really freaking expensive.
It's really expensive.
So, one of the ways we found to cut costs, is to get most of our food, if not all of our food, at the local grocery store, and to make food back at our AirBnB, or just to do really casual easy picnics, with salami, cheese, bread, the whole thing.
Speaking of picnics, wedecided to finish the day taking another cablecar up from Grindelwald, up to First.
(soft pop music) And this was an insane viewpoint, with these catwalks, or suspended walkways, where it feels like you, where you can see everything beneath you.
If you're feeling extra brave, you can go down the entiremountainside in a Go-Kart.
I don't think they lettwo-year-olds do that though, so, rude.
If you're a troll, I'm joking, I wouldn't take mytwo-year-old down on a Go-Kart.
To get home, instead oftaking the cable car back, which closes pretty early around 4:30, we decided to take a trainaround the mountain pass back to Wengen.
And, wow, it was so beautiful.
(soft pop music) The more trains, the better.
Say it with me.
Themore trains, the better.
– [Johnny] I'm, I'm not gonna — – You're the only personhere, if you don't say it — – [Johnny] No, but you'retalking to the internet.
I'm not gonna say it.
– [Both] The more trains, the better.
– Thank you.
We took a short traindown to Lauterbrunnen, and then took a cable car upthe other side of the valley, to, like, a little summit orbase camp called Winteregg.
Or, Winter Egg.
Winteregg, though, is the right way.
Winteregg's the right way to say it.
It's not actually or Winter Egg.
It's truly just Winteregg.
I didn't mean that.
– [Husband] Yeah, neversay Winter Egg again, that's super embarrassing.
(upbeat music) – What's so cool about allthese spots in the Swiss Alps is most of them have, like, really epic playgrounds, and so the kids are happy, I'm happy 'cause there'scheese and coffee, and everyone's happy.
I'm also happy'cause there's mountains.
Check it out.
(upbeat music) You can be, like, drinking your cappuccino, and not even watching your kids.
What? The food itself, we hadlike a beef stroganoff, a salad that had some pickled vegetables, and fresh vegetables as well, and a potato soup, anda famous Swiss dish, which is called rösti, which is like hash browns, what we call hash browns, with cheese on top, or bacon, you can getall sorts of toppings.
You can do it however you like, okay, it's just rösti, and it was good.
From there we walked three kilometers to a little town called Mürren, it's actually right there, like literally right there.
And you guys, I'm telling you, this was like a highlightof the entire trip.
This walk is incredible.
It might be my favorite part yet.
You get, like, a gorgeous view, you have the trains going by, there's benches to stop on, the kids are doing great.
Henry's only allowed to be held if he counts to 100, which is one of his kindergarten goals, so, we're learning, we'retraveling, we're walking, we're done, we're having fun.
Good times all 'round.
(child giggles) (upbeat music) Mürren's a little townyou can walk through, there's shops, there'scafes, there's ice cream, there's all the thingsthat you could want, including a playground.
(upbeat music) From there, we took atrain to the cable car, a cable car to the train, and we trained from Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken, which is likethe main city of all of this, that connects all thedifferent valleys, okay? Okay, do you get it? There, there's a funicular that goes up to a peak, and it's one ofthe few things open late, so it's open til, I think, like 9:45, you can go down.
And it has a restaurant, and then like lounge chairs, where you can just like enjoy the sunset.
Go at sunset.
There's also a viewpoint.
The restaurant was fine, it wasn't anything special, but the view madeeverything taste amazing.
(upbeat music) After catching the funiculardown to Interlaken, we just trained back to Wengen.
And fell asleep.
(upbeat music) Johnny and I woke up early, and we returned to Mürren, where he convinced me to do this.
– [Johnny] No, you don't need 12 creams.
– I've never spent sixteen dollars at a gas station mini mart.
(upbeat music) Not thinking about it still.
(upbeat music) Easily one of the coolestthings I've ever done, and the best way to see theviews here in the Swiss Alps.
It was 170 francs each, and kind of our chosensplurge for the trip.
I can't recommend it enough.
We went with a company Airtime, and they were awesome all around.
Not sponsored, but you can if you want.
Sponsor me, pay me money! After that, we decidedto meet up with the kids, and we wanted to take a breakfrom all of the mountains, and explore the valley.
So we decided to bike.
There's bike shops inmost of the villages, but Lauterbrunnen is oneof the more central ones, so it's gonna have a more extensive range, but also is more likely to have things like trailers for kids.
We biked through theentire valley on e-bikes, which made it much easier, 'cause I'm not dumb.
(upbeat music) (cow bells ringing) – [Henry] Hello! Moo, say moo, cows.
(upbeat music) – [Johnny] They're happy, or are they sad cows? – Sad cows.
– [Johnny] What? – On the way back toLauterbrunnen on the bikes, Johnny decided to stop at this waterfall.
This waterfall, you access via funicular.
And it takes you through a cave, and Henry was in heaven, 'cause he thought it wasstraight out of Moana.
(upbeat music) The electric bikes for ahalf day, or four hours, were 40 francs each, and they were worth every single penny.
You get to see so much insuch a short amount of time, that you wouldn't be able to do on foot.
After that, we returned our bikes, and stopped right nextdoor at Airtime Cafe, where we got hot chocolatewith whipped cream, 'cause again, I'm not dumb.
We then trained back to our Air BnB, and again, we went to sleep.
– [Johnny] You don't needto say that every time, they probably justassume we went to sleep.
– I just don't want them to think that we're party animals.
– [Johnny] No, they just, you know — – We just went to sleep, okay? – [Johnny] You don't needto say that we went to sleep every single time.
– We're a wholesome crowd.
– [Johnny] Okay.
Everyone hasto go to sleep at some point.
– You never know.
Day four, Henry woke up andhe asked for a little day, he said he didn't want a big day, and he didn't want a medium day, he wanted a little daywhere you stay in pajamas.
So we did that, and Johnny got up early, and rented an electric bike for the beginning half of the day.
And he went straight up the mountain, and down the mountain, and he had a pretty good time.
– [Johnny] Yeah, I really did.
(whispers) Check out my footage.
– Sorry? – [Johnny] I'm gonna insert a lot of — – No, no, no.
– [Johnny] Cool footage coming soon.
– No, no.
– [Johnny] It's coming.
Lots of drone stuff.
Some of my best work ever.
(upbeat music) So we took a train up to Kleine Scheidegg, which is where you'll seethe gorgeous red trains.
Now, most people thinkthat these red trains are only accessible if youpay the 100 and hold on! 170 francs per person to go up to the Top of Europe, which is a viewing platform of the peaks of the surrounding mountains.
This isn't covered in your Jung Frau pass, but your Jung Frau pass doesget you 25% off of that.
We decided not to do it, viewing platforms aren't really our thing, and we wanted to allocateour funds elsewhere, like parasailing, and biking.
– Woo! – But, you can stillget on these red trains, the Jungfraubahn trains, and you take it up one stop.
And that stop is where they'll continue through the tunnel upto the Top of Europe, but you can get off andhike all the way down.
It's about three kilometers.
It is so beautiful, and you get a full view of the glaciers, you're in the shadowof these big mountains.
(upbeat music) If you really wanna do it right, pack in a picnic, andstop at the reservoir on your way down to the train station.
It's crystal clear blue water.
I can't even handle.
(upbeat music) Also, it's completely empty, because most of the peopleare at the Top of Europe.
(calm music) Okay, now we're onto day five, six, seven, and if your pass is expired, no worries, there is so much to do in this region.
Like, so much, like it's overwhelming, like you worry, am Igonna see everything or, am I gonna leave disappointed or, I'm gonna come back and someone's like, did you do this? And I'll say no, andthen, and then, they'll — – [Johnny] What're they gonna do? No one cares what you saw.
Okay, just go on to day five.
– But seriously, there's so much to do.
Each village has bike rentals, and hiking, and little public offeringslike ping pong tables, and playgrounds.
There's really so much to keep you busy, plus the views.
(calm music) Again, this is the way that we did it, there's so many ways to do the Swiss Alps.
And make sure to leave a comment if you have a differenttip on how to do it.
I'm sure everyone would be appreciative, and we're definitely gonna go back, so we'd love to hear from you.
Bye! (upbeat music) But you can almost always hike, too.
So if you're a big hiker, you can take the train up and hike down, you can hike up and take the train down, you can do it however you like, (mumbles) whatever you wanna do, just do it today, then do it tomorrow, and don't ever stop.
– [Johnny] That was super weird.