A Guide to Lauterbrunnen

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If you’re ever visiting the Bernese Oberland and at a lost of which village to stay in, stay in Lauterbrunnen! It is the most accessible village and the scenery in the valley is beautiful too! I stayed in Lauterbrunnen for 3 nights and I loved each and every night. I’ve compiled a list of things you should do and eat in Lauterbrunnen and also the places you can travel to from Lauterbrunnen:)

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Eat

1. Hotel Oberland Rosti

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Can I just say that this was the best Rosti I had ever eaten in my entire life. I’m not even kidding about how good the Rosti was. I couldn’t stop putting it into my mouth. And the fact that it had bacon and onion hidden between the strips of potatoes, topped generously with melted Alpine cheese just sealed the deal for me. You cannot miss this Rosti when you’re in Lauterbrunnen!

2. Swiss Restaurant Weidstuebli

I loved the vibe of this restaurant, especially since it was World Cup period and there was a TV for everyone to cheer on their favourite soccer team while eating their food. The food was relatively reasonably priced (for Swiss standards) and well portioned. Though this restaurant veers off the normal touristy path, the walk to and fro was quite enjoyable.

3. Flavours

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This cafe just opened when I was there last June and we tried their burgers which were delicious while the oven baked potatoes that came with it were addictive. Besides the food, I also loved the design of the cafe. There were bean bags and fake grass outside the cafe for cafe-goers to lie on and chill while people-watching. A pity that we only visited Flavours on the last day of our Lauterbrunnen trip. We would eat there again if we ever had a chance to!

4. Airtime Cafe

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This is a really popular cafe with tourists, maybe because it offers adrenaline-packed activities and free wifi besides food and drinks. I came in just to pack a vegetarian sandwich for my walk which was quite passable but honestly, not really worth the money. But if you’re looking for a place to buy food to-go, this is one option.

Do

1. Walk the Mountain View Trail to Murren

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There are different ways to get to Murren from Lauterbrunnen. You could choose to hike all the way, which is only for the experienced hikers due to the super steep slope; you could choose to take public transportation all the way which would mean a gondola up and a train to the village or you could be like us and do both. We took a gondola up and then decided to walk to Murren. Even then, you have two choices: to walk on flat ground or to walk the Mountain View Trail.

We decided to walk the Mountain View Trail so as to get a vantage point of the breath-taking scenery around us. I mean it’s not every day that you can walk alongside mountains so we chose the more scenic route. However, the route was quite taxing and the terrain quite rocky

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The sound of gushing water of these glacier waterfalls could be heard from a distance and it scared me bit. But the Trummelbach Falls were so magnificent. The water in these falls originate from Jungfrau and the falls are the only glacier waterfalls in the world accessible underground by lifts, stairs and pathways. Don’t miss this if you are in Lauterbrunnen! It really is a sight to behold.

3. Take the cruises on Lake Brienz or Lake Thun
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One of the perks of buying a Swiss pass is that cruises like these are free. We decided to capitalise on the fact that there were free and went on both cruises even though they were quite similar. Hence, my suggestion is to take just one of the cruises for the experience and also because it’s a different way of taking in the sights. I would recommend cruising on Lake Brienz because the lake has nice, calming turquoise waters which is really unique. The cruises can be found near Interlaken OST and you can stop along the way to visit small little villages.

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Even though the trip to Jungfrau-joch will set you back by about $200, it is worth it to head up to the tallest reachable point by tourists in Europe. The views were so spectacular and breath-taking that we stayed up there for 4 hours, being fascinated with the snow and snow capped mountains. A warning first though, your body may have problems adjusting to the altitude, resulting in altitude sickness and a general lack of energy. Manlin faced problems breathing and felt tired really easily due to the lack of oxygen. After 4 hours on top, my head felt heavy and I came back down with a sunburnt face ): So lesson learnt is to always apply sunblock before heading for the mountains even though it seems very counter-intuitive to me.

5. Take a day trip or stay over at Mannlichen

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Männlichen is easily accessed by taking a train from Lauterbrunnen to Murren and then taking a gondola up to the mountain. We stayed in Berghaus Mannlichen for 1 night because we wanted to experience staying up in the mountains. However, because it was summer, the clouds were low and shrouded the entire mountain which meant that we spent an entire afternoon just chilling in a blanket of white mist. It was a frustrating experience to a certain extent but a unique one. What made the stay up there really worth it was the view in the morning. I jumped out of bed at 7am and was overjoyed to see that the clouds had cleared and the scenery was just breath-taking. Words can’t describe how amazing it felt to be surrounded by mountains so I’m just going to leave you with photographs.

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Stay

1. Hotel Stabbauch

Hotel Stabbauch offers attic rooms at a cheaper rates to budget travellers like me which I found to be a very good deal because I didn’t see the need to pay extra for a room view of the Stabbauch falls, considering that I could see the falls from anywhere in town and the hotel also had public balconies to chill and view the falls. The breakfast was not very memorable but at least it filled us up for our day ahead. I loved the fact that the hotel had a common lounge with a TV set and a piano for guests to hang around and watch soccer together. Also, the hotel staff here were incredibly helpful. There was this pregnant lady who loved Manlin and I, and never failed to answer all our questions and give us recommendations as to where to eat. The service in this hotel was impeccable!

2. Valley Hostel

We ended up with a free night with no lodging so we decided to bunk in at Valley Hostel where the person kindly offered us a 4-bed room at a 2-bed room price 🙂 The hostel had basic amenities and the room and sheets were clean, nothing to complain about as long as it gave me a comfortable night stay. What I loved about the hostel was this common porch right outside the room that allowed guests to sit on the benches and watch the trains go past. It was such a chill thing to do, just watching the world go past while enjoying the occasional breeze 🙂 It’s moments like these that make me fall in love with travelling.

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Flourless Lemon Cake

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It’s Day 25, I’m still on my Pseudo-Atkins diet even though I’ve cheated a number of times which may or may not have resulted in my lack of weight loss, whoops. Here are the lies I’ve been telling myself these past few days:

1. Mexican food has no carbs.

2. Corn tortilla is made of corn only.

3. Ice cream is made of ice and cream, it’s just water and fats.

4. Carrot soup only has carrots.

5. Flourless lemon cake is made of almond flour and eggs. Sugar? What sugar?!

Let’s forget the fact that I’ve been cheating (teehee) and focus on how amazingly easy and delicious this flourless lemon cake is. I jazzed the original recipe up a bit because I felt that it was not lemon-ey enough. Once the cake came out of the oven, I drizzled lemon juice all over the cake. I think I got a bit too excited with the prospect of cake that I drizzled a tad too much and ended up with a soggy cake. I apologise to all my friends who had to eat the soggy cake and I promise I will be more careful next time.

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The cake holds up because the egg whites are whisked to medium peaks, forming the structure of the entire cake. I love how no butter is used at all in this cake. Makes it seem so healthy 🙂 And almonds, almonds are good for your health right?

Just make this cake. It’s good for your health.

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Ingredients for Cake
4 Eggs
Zest from 4 lemons
4 Tbsp + 4 Tsp sugar
1.5 cup almond flour
1 Tsp baking powder
Milk

Ingredients for Lemon Syrup
Juice of 1 lemon
Sugar, to taste

Directions
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. Grease loaf pan
3. Separate eggs, yolks in a medium-sized bowl and whites into grease-free bowl.
4. Beat yolks with 4tbsp of sugar. Add ground almonds, baking powder and mix until smooth.
5. Mix in milk until dropping consistency.
6. Whisk egg whites until medium peaks, adding the remaining 2 tsp of sugar.
7. Gradually fold in egg whites into yolk mixture to form light & fluffy batter.
8. Pour batter into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
9. While baking, dissolve sugar in lemon juice over medium fire.
9. Upon removing from oven, use a satay stick to poke holes in the cake and drizzle lemon syrup over.
10. Let cake cool before removing and serving.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken & Onion Rings

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onion rings

It has almost been a year since I met up with Kim and the last time we did, we were at my house baking a Japanese cheesecake (which I have yet to master haha). This time, I went to her beautiful house with her cute little malteses (world’s most well behaved dogs) and cooked. It was quite funny because we were trying to figure out how to wrap the chicken and her mother so desperately wanted to help us but we refused her help no matter what. Eventually, we managed to roll it out nicely such that there was nice oozing cheese in the middle and crispy bacon on the outside.

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The onion rings were a side dish that took forever to make because it was so tedious dipping each ring into flour then batter then breadcrumbs. The onions could have been more well-seasoned perhaps with stronger flavours like smoked paprika because tried spamming with Italian herbs but it was quite mild. The plus point of this recipe is that you get crispy onion rings without needing to fry it! That is so healthy, considering how much bacon you would have used for the chicken TEEHEE.

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Ingredients
2 pieces of chicken breast meat
100g of Mozzarella cheese
Streaky bacon

Directions
1. Cut the chicken breast meat into half the thickness but not all the way through so that you can open the meat up.
2. Place the bacon in a longitudinal direction on a baking tray.
3. Place the chicken breast in the same direction.
4. Place the cheese on the chicken breast.
5. Roll the chicken over the cheese, from the sides to the middle.
6. Do the same to the bacon such that all the chicken is covered by the bacon.
7. Place the chicken into a preheated oven of 200 degrees Celsius and bake for 45 minutes.

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Onion Rings
Ingredients
3 onions cut into 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick
Panic bread crumbs

Dusting mix
1/4 cup flour
1/2 t salt and pepper
1/2 t smoked paprika or other herbs

Batter
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup + 2 T flour (6 T)
1/4 t smoked paprika or other herbs
salt and pepper

Directions
1. Pre heat your oven to 230C
2. Mix the dusting ingredients in one bowl.
3. Mix the the batter ingredients together with a whisk, it should be the consistency of thick cream, and put in another bowl.
4. Spread the crumb out on a plate.
5. Line baking tray with baking paper.
6. Toss onion rings in dusting mix, then batter, shaking off any excess before rolling in crumbs to coat.
7. Bake for 10 minutes until they are golden brown.