Last weekend I partnered together with Mazda to do my first ever road trip through Switzerland – an epic 5-hour drive from Zurich to Adelboden, with shimmering blue lakes, centuries-old towns, and Swiss Alps as our backdrop.
Warning: if you’re looking for the quickest way to get from point A to point B, this post is not for you – here I am talking about a real scenic route. We did not rush, we did not focus on the destination, we just drove along, made stops wherever we wanted, took lots of photos and savored the scenery. Read on for the full route!
We started from Lake Zurich and passed Lake Lucerne, Lake Sarnen, Lake Lungern, Lake Brienz and Lake Thun on our way – can you imagine? Each lake is different – with some you drive right along the water, with others you see the turquoise blue from high above the curving road. Make sure you stop and admire at least one of them. We hopped out at Morschach because you get a perfect view over the hill-framed Lake Lucerne and the town of Brunnen tucked in the right corner.
You’ll also pass through some really cute villages and towns – complete with old churches, colorful buildings and those irresistible bright flower pots that adorn the restaurants and chalets. The higher up in the mountains you go, the curvier and narrower the roads get – sometimes it feels like you’re driving on private paths! Prepare for that idyllic, untouched perfectly-green meadow scenery.
I would also recommend visiting the 153m long Hostalde Brücke – one of Europe’s longest hanging bridges. It’s right along the route (in Frutigen, between Spiez and Adelboden) and aside from having beautiful views, next to it there is a wonderful little place that serves big plates of Alpine cheese and meat, local beer, Sussmost and has very friendly staff. When were there, I felt like SUCH a tourist because I was wearing a dress from the morning and we came by car, while everyone else were 100% locals in hiking gear, but it was so worth it to experience it.
The final destination, Adelboden, sits high up in the Alps. It’s a small town that until 1884 was completely cut off from the outside world. Here, as soon as you step out of the car, your lungs fill with crisp Alpine air, and your ears hear nothing except the distant cowbells, the rustling of the grass, and the occasional friendly “Grüezi mitenand”.
The pearl of this already magical location is the Engstligenfälle – Engstlinen waterfall. It cuts down across the mountains with a powerful force and sets a special atmosphere with its distinct sound. Above the waterfall, even in the summer, you can see snowy Alpine peaks.
Mazda Suisse has organized a one-of-a-kind, almost can’t believe your eyes accommodation here – perched really high on the edge of a mountain, with a front-seat view of the waterfall, stands an all-glass cube with a terrace for two. The cube is compact – there is a place to sleep and a place to shower and with that view, you don’t need much more. At night, you can still hear the waterfall, but darkness adds another dimension – up there on the mountain, you can see every star across the sky and count the planes flying over. It is without a doubt, one of the coolest places I have ever stayed at anywhere in this world.
THE FINAL VERDICT: I have to admit that I loved seeing Switzerland from a passenger seat, and though I’m a 100 percent train lover, there is something very freeing and adventurous about being able to go and stop anywhere because you’re traveling by car. The amount of beauty we saw in one day was just insane. It’s an experience I would recommend everyone does at least once.
The road trip and accommodation was sponsored by Mazda Suisse.