Roaming Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland at 3°C

Roaming Lauterbrunnen at 3°C

This time, Yiwen visits Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. A country sings of luscious green hills, gorgeous white tips, clusters of colourful flower beds and even expensive silver watches! Just don't forget to bring along some warm clothes to enjoy this winter wonderland.

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When I say Lauterbrunnen, I really mean Lauterbrrrrrrrrrunnen. Emerging from the ovens of Italy to the snow capped tips of the Swiss alps, the change in temperature was a drastic and somewhat fantastic experience. Travelling to various cities in Europe meant being exposed to the extremities, that is the weather and it didn’t help that its predictions fluctuated a fair bit. Some of our Google results on Lauterbrunnen’s weather forecast showed an icy 3°C, while others, a snug 17°C.

For a girl who has lived so comfortably in the tropics just a smidgen away from the equator, I underestimated the cold of the mountains and was beyond miles under-dressed. Apparently, braving Singapore’s heat in my favourite blazers did not mean I would be a warrior in the valleys of the alps. Another reason — my one and only chunky winter jacket I had would’ve taken up a quarter of my luggage space that I was so desperate for. The result: Frozen meat.

That morning, I left Venice in a chiffon top, lace skirt and crochet cardigan. By the time we had a stop over in Milan, I busted my luggage open for a bottom swap. Just peering at the mountains through the windows of the train gave us frosty thoughts. And during our stopover at Interlaken, the chill saw all of us digging out thicker wear for as many layers as a chiffon cake would have.

on the train 4


on the train 2

at interlaken

train station 1


train station 2

But above and beyond that, Lauterbrunnen was truly beautiful. It is amazing to be surrounded by mountains, feeling extremely tiny compared to its grand exterior. Oh nature. Every square inch was picture perfect. In a frame, you would capture at least one element of the following, all of which I’m hopelessly in love with: Homely wooden cabins, lush cascading greenery and bright clusters of flower beds.

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fire hydrant

hotel jungfrau



We spent our first of two days here hiking and exploring whilst headed for Staubbach Falls (of which we had a pretty fine view from our room in Valley hostel). We stumbled upon some of the quaintest things along the way: A watch shop (of course) across the road from our hostel, Lauterbrunnen village church and without a doubt the most beautiful cemetery I have ever seen.

Popular amongst the Koreans, Valley Hostel would be my first ever hostel experience and a pleasant one at that. Everything was comfortable and clean. Even the toilets! You should know, public toilets are my pet peeve. I would never place anything on the sink if it had a small puddle of water. With cloths provided at every sink, they were almost always dry. Beams to that! :D Our room was a 5-bed room: it had two bunks and a cosy attic corner that you can reach by climbing a gigantic ladder. The wooden interior gave the ‘snug as a bug’ feeling and the only thing missing was probably an old fireplace.

We all know how steep prices in Switzerland can get so we were thankful the hostel had a well equipped kitchen and a supermarket nearby. Even then, things weren’t exactly cheap there. All we wanted in the cold was noodles in a hot frothy broth. The asian solution: Cup noodles! Stashed in our luggage from our sunny island.

valley hostel

valley hostel 1

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cemetery gates

Trekking poles at the foot of Staubbach Falls were a lifesaver for those snail-infested slippery steps that were leaning more to natural than man-made. Climbing up was a feat (it always is) but going back down proved to be my spine chiller. Even though the top wasn’t exactly the top, it got us high enough for an amazing view of the area.

staubbach falls

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top of staubbach falls

top of staubbach falls 1

beside the falls

making way

On the way down: Trying to stay out of Derick’s shot

At this point, it was ‘all hoods up’ as it started to drizzle, making it even colder than it already was. More exploration nonetheless! It was rather fulfilling too, I have to say. Behind each following shot was a squeal of excitement as we uncovered even more stunning sights. We found an isolated florist, a camping ground with the cutest cabins and the place that got me charging at – a playground.

flower and falls




black & white



mountain holiday park



restaurant and falls


camping grounds


skipping stones




playground 1

sand pit


king of the world

playground collage
No I don’t know what it is with that face I (always) give.

not impressed




Switzerland’s natural beauty was the ideal break from the cities of Italy with and it had hardly any traffic. It had just about the freshest air and purest water flowing from taps directly from the mountains. It is just like Evian but obviously, much better!


Contributed by A Quaint Sense.

About Author

Yiwen Peh

It all started with that big graduation trip to Europe, which fuelled Yi Wen's passion to travel and subsequently document them with the many captures from her trusty camera. As a food writer by day, the spectrum of her stories naturally ranges from travelling around the country for food, a good flat white or book fairs where she risks getting paper cuts and leaving with emptier wallets, to leaving her footprints around the globe with the aid of an air ticket. The latter, she genuinely prefers. Her favourite destination so far- Quaint streets of London. Follow her adventures on her blog and instagram blog and instagram


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