Our Trip to Switzerland and France

*Warning, this is a very photo heavy post! Muerren, Switzerland

I just couldn’t wait any longer to share about our recent trip. :) If you follow me on Facebook, you are probably aware that we spent some time recently in Europe. Mike had to travel to Strasbourg, France for work, and we decided to turn it into a mini vacation. He’s actually spent quite a bit of time in Strasbourg (and other places in Europe) over the past year, so I was very thankful to be able to go with him this time.

We had a long weekend before he started work that we could spend somewhere nearby, and after much debate we decided on Switzerland. I am so glad we did, because I’m pretty sure it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.

Swiss Alps

We stayed in Muerren, a small village in the Alps. You have to take a cable car and a cute little mountain train to get there, which only added to the charm of the place.

Muerren, Switzerland

We spent our time there hiking and seeing the beautiful sights. We hiked a few trails in Muerren, and took the cable car down to the valley town of Lauterbrunnen to walk around there as well. I can’t even tell you how pretty it all was. We didn’t want to leave!

Hiking Trail in Muerren Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

We also got to take a cable car up to the top of the Schilthorn to see the gorgeous views.

All too quickly Mike had to start work, so after a few days we were on our way to Strasbourg.

I was basically on my own for the week, so I enjoyed the city on my own for a few days and visited as many Patisseries as I could. I climbed to the top of the cathedral to see the views, took a boat tour, and walked all over the city.

Strasbourg is right on the border of Germany, so one day I took a train into the Black Forest. It was so fun to see the quaint little villages and the beautiful scenery. I stopped in Triberg to see Germany’s highest waterfalls, and then went on to Gengenbach. Gengenbach was very pretty and scenic, and I loved just walking around and seeing everything. Of course I had to buy a pretzel and a piece of black forest cake. :)

At the end of week, Mike and I took the train back to Zurich and got to spend a few hours seeing the city.

Food highlights of the trip: Fondue in Switzerland, every single pastry I ate in France, Raclette and Aligot at a nice restaurant in Strasbourg, Tarte Flambe at the home of one of Mike’s coworkers.  I had planned to try to eat somewhat cheaply on this trip to save some money, but as soon as I got there, that all went out the window. I wanted to try everything! I am already planning to try to re-create some of these at home. Classic Swiss fondue is first on the list – I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post – I hope you enjoyed reading about our travels. :)

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26 Responses to “Our Trip to Switzerland and France”

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    Rachel Cooks — November 2, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    What a cool trip! I want to go. Everything is SOOO beautiful!

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    jen @ one curly fry — November 2, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Gorgeous photos! I’m so glad you had a wonderful time!
    I went to France and Switzerland back in 1994 (wow, can’t believe it was so long ago) and it’s so beautiful there!
    We’re starting to plan a vacation to London, France, Belgium and Amsterdam. I wish we could fit in Germany and Switzerland, but we only have so much time! Can’t wait!

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    Noelle (@singerinkitchen) — November 2, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Lovely trip! I actually have been to all those places and I especially LOVED Switzerland. Lovely pictures. I believe Fondue is coming back but yes, the classic version is amazing!

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    Megan B — November 2, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    I’ve been to Strasbourg! Great little city. I studied abroad in Metz, France for a summer during college. Strasbourg was a short train ride away from Metz so we went for a day trip one weekend. I recall eating lovely pastries and, of course, a crêpe with Nutella:)

    • megan replied: — November 2nd, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

      Oh, I forgot about the crepe with Nutella! That was amazing as well :)

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    Elizabeth — November 2, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Those are beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing.

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    Julie — November 2, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Some beautiful pictures – and your trip sounded delicious! I can’t wait to see some of the recipes you come up with :)

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    Kim — November 2, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    Long Post??? Please, post more. Those pictures are fantastic – the more the better.
    Kim

    • megan replied: — November 2nd, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

      You are so sweet, thank you :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — November 2, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    What a great trip! The pictures are gorgeous, and the food sounds wonderful!

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — November 2, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    How seriously awesome, Meg! Looks like you had a beautifully great time!

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    Jenni — November 2, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    I am so excited for you experiencing these views and the history and that food!!! I can only dream of making a trip there too, so it’s fun to live it through your beautiful photos.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 2, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    These are gorgeous, Megan! You captured your trip beautifully, thanks for sharing!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 2, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    Aww so lovely! I loved living in Switzerland and these pictures bring back the best memories! Looks like you had a great trip!

    • megan replied: — November 5th, 2012 @ 7:29 am

      I didn’t realize you lived there – how fun!

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    Nicole, RD — November 3, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Ahhh! Gorgeous! I am green with envy :) Never been to Germany.
    There have to be up-sides to hubbys who travel for work, right?!

    • megan replied: — November 5th, 2012 @ 7:30 am

      Yes, definitely! I’m not a fan of all his travel, but on the rare occasions I get to tag along, I love it :)

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    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 3, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    I have to admit, I didn’t even read a word you said… your photos are soooo breathtaking! So gorgeous, and that has to be the most adorable and quaint little town I’ve ever seen!!!! Looks like a fun trip! :)

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — November 3, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    your trip sounds amazing! beautiful photos, reminds me of my time in france in college.

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    Etty Barus — November 3, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    I and my hubby visited Switzerland on May 2012 and stayed in Postilon Hotel near Lake Lucerne, and we went up to Glacier 3000 by cable car… yes, it’s true, all the views in Switzerland were stunning and amazing….

    • megan replied: — November 5th, 2012 @ 7:31 am

      You trip sounds amazing as well – I wish we could have stayed longer, so many places to see! :)

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    Sarah — November 5, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    Holy cow! You are so lucky, what a beautiful, wonderful trip! Thanks so much for posting the pictures.

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    Abby — November 7, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    Yeah, seriously – fantastic!! If we were independently wealthy, there’d be a lot of Europe happening in our lives… We got to tour Western Germany in ’09 and I’m getting antsy to go back. The thing I noticed was the quality difference – things last over there, because people build stuff right to start with (including desserts!) and then they take care of it. I was just reminiscing today, and most of my memories wandered to the apfel kugel, schnitzel, pommes (or Kartoffel, depending), the spaghetti eis, the amazing kaffe – yeah, now I’m really getting hungry!!! So glad you got to go with him and have an unforgettable experience!

    (PS – I have a book called Dr. Oetker’s German Baking Today – you need to grab that on Amazon and do some posts from it – mmmmmmm…)

    • megan replied: — November 7th, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment – I just looked up that book on Amazon and it looks really good!

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    SnoWhite@Finding Joy in My Kitchen — November 12, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    Lovely trip, Megan! What a bunch of beautiful & breathtaking views.

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    Beth — November 13, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip! This makes me want to retire soon!
    Love your posts! Have a great day.

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