Swiss Mountain Frolick and Fare

On a recent trip to Grindelwald, Switzerland, we traveled up up up in every direction. Postal buses, gondolas, hikes... all paths led to heart skipping natural beauty and cozy, melty Swiss food.

Traditional swiss Rösti, grated potatoes cooked with speck and topped a farm egg and Alpkäse, alp cheese. Alpkäse is a type of swiss mountain cheese that is strictly produced using milk from cows grazing high up on the alpine grasses and flowers.
A peek into a Swiss aging and curing cheese hut, up in the mountains surrounding Grindelwald

Traditional Käseschnitte: melted Raclette cheese on bread served with potatoes, pickles and pickled onions. Raclette cheese is produced with a strict ratio of water and dairy fat that makes it a perfect melting cheese. Hearty, simple and incredible.

One year old alpkäse in the aging hut for hikers to sample during an annual Alpkäse festival

Our son Anton in a fascination daze as we slowly ride up on a gondola to some mountain trail heads
We made it! Bachalpsee, a small magical mountain lake in Grindelwald located at an elevation of 2,265 meters. I highly recommend hiking up to this lake when planning your Berner Oberland adventure.
One of the regional gondola rides brings you to Pfingstegg. Here you can ride the rodelbahn en route to a network of rad hiking trails that traverse across and down, back to the valley and into town. One of our favorites.
just down the path and around the bend we met a hunter who turned out to be a chill swiss man who told us all about the local wild game

At the end of a long hike we feasted on housemade sausage and spätzle, little swiss eggy dumplings that are boiled then sautéed. Some of the best local housemade sausages and other regional dishes are at the Hotel Wetterhorn.

Darkness slowly falls inside the forest... time to wander back to the chalet and slumber to the sound of distant cow bells

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