Switzerland is like a dream destination for anyone. Those stunning alps, mesmerising lakes, charming cobbled streets, drool-worthy Swiss chocolates always made me wonder if this enchanted land actually exists. But yes, one trip to Switzerland, and I am in awe. I have been planning a trip to Switzerland, a country that is on my bucket list for the longest time but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this trip got postponed for almost 3 years. After much planning, I finally got the chance to travel to Switzerland during autumn recently.
For those of you who have watched the Korean Drama "Crash Landing on You", I am sure some places in Switzerland are dream locations to visit. However, for those who have not, these places are certainly well worth a visit. Surprisingly, they are actually not touristy or crowded places, only the filming locations in the drama. As a matter of fact, I hunted down my favorite filming locations of "Crash Landing on You" in Switzerland.
Switzerland is known for its stunningly scenic train rides – the perfect combination of superbly efficient & clean trains and incredible natural beauty. I started my train journey from Zurich to Interlaken with the famous scenic GoldenPass route. This scenic train line is one of the best of these routes – covering 3 mountain passes, 8 lakes, 6 cantons and 2 language regions. You experience lush, green fields with cows grazing over them, chalet houses along the rolling hills framed against the backdrop of the Alps and beautiful lakes. The lake appears shining in the distance as you wind down the mountain roads towards it and then stays parallel to the road for several kilometres. Make sure to sit on the right-hand side of the train if you’re heading into Brienz from Interlaken so you can soak up all the views!
Interlaken is the town most suited to base yourself at to explore the Bernese Oberland. It is quite centrally situated and has frequent train connections from all over Switzerland.
The Hohematte Park is the landing spot for paragliding. Locals love to watch the perfect touchdowns of paragliders or strolling along the park. The park may not be a tourist spot but worth spending a quick stop when visiting Interlaken. A relaxing afternoon at Interlaken during autumn!
Lake Brienz – Switzerland’s Most Beautiful Lake
When you are in Interlaken, a boat trip to Brienzersee or Thunersee is definitely not to be missed. Interlaken is a unique location, that lies between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz (a.k.a. Brienzersee). I can thoroughly recommend the boat trips on either lake.
The beauty of the Lake Brienz area is magical. There are beautiful panoramic views of the mountain peaks around Lake Brienz. The sky is clear during autumn and the water is crystal turquoise, with many beautiful chalets along the lake. A very scenic special lake cruise journey. It is certainly one of my favourite places in Switzerland!
Brienz is a small village of the same name as Lake Brienz, located to the northeast of the lake’s shore. The town is very peaceful and calm. It is lined with traditional half-timbered houses and has a beautiful promenade along the lake.
Seeing its color is reason enough to visit Lake Brienz at least once. And when you do, pay attention to all the surroundings that suddenly look more magical than in real life: meadows, boat houses, chalets, and boats.
Lake Brienz reflects all the shades of turquoise. The color is entirely natural and sets Lake Brienz apart from other lakes in Switzerland.
The Aare River, the Lütschine River, and the Giessbach Waterfalls all feed Lake Brienz. The reason for the lake’s unique color are small sediments deposited in the lake by the glacier melt. Since these tiny particles take a long time to settle in the clear lake water, they create a distinct turquoise color.
I highly recommend that if you are in Switzerland, drop by at Lake Brienz to take a stroll along the lake to enjoy the beautiful scenery!
Iseltwald – the hidden gem of Lake Brienz
Iseltwald is a tiny village by the spellbinding Lake Brienz. It is a peaceful location with sweeping views of the Alps against the backdrop of the turquoise blue water of Lake Brienz. I consider Iseltwald to be the most beautiful little village on Lake Brienz. I have read stories about Lake Brienz being one of the most spectacular lakes in Switzerland, but to see it in reality, it is really very gorgeous. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words and Iseltwald's outstanding beauty definitely speaks for itself.
Take bus number 103 from Interlaken and get down at Iseltwald Dorfplatz. The location is a few steps away from the bus stop.
Iseltwald shows itself and all its beauty in the early morning hours. The calmness of the lake best reflects the shades of blue.
In the Korean Drama "Crash Landing on You", this is where Ri Jeong-hyeok plays the piano in a dramatic setting in episode 3. Little did he know he was saving Se-ri’s life again just through the chords of his piano. This is one of my favorite scenes and also one of my favorite locations of the series.
Walking through the wooden chalets I could image how magical this village would look like in the winter time.
One thing that I really felt, made my travel so much more convenient is the amazing public transporation system in Switzerland. All the main Swiss cities have an efficient public transportation, with trams and buses forming the core of the travel network. The trains, bus or boat rides are very comfortable, and run perfectly as per schedule. I highly recommend that you should purchase a Swiss Travel Pass. This money-saving transport pass can greatly save on your transportation fee when you get around Switzerland. You will get unlimited rides on trains, panorama trains, boats, and buses for up to 15 consecutive or flexible days in Switzerland.
I also strongly encourage that you should download this helpful SBB app on your mobile, for a really easy and real time train timetables, and booking your tickets. Though I did not use this to book tickets (because I bought the Swiss Travel Pass but you can link it to the app too), but I used it every-time to check the routes and train timetables. I am quite sure that you would rely on it in Switzerland as much as I did!