The second day in Grindelwald was forecast to be wet, so it wasn’t worth spending 60 Swiss Franks (about 60 USD) to take us up to the top of the Grindelwald First lift, which had been our original plan. Instead, we decided to slow down our trip to Zurich with a few scenic stops in towns and cities. Thun was our first stop, a beautiful old city on a river. We watched surfers on the river, and took plenty of photos of the covered bridges and pretty buildings. It was Sunday, so most shops were closed, but they looked worth a wander if they’d been open. Lunch was enjoyed in an Italian restaurant along the river…which only served tap water if you also got wine and didn’t allow for the sharing of pizza. Sort of annoying, but the food was tasty.
We visited the famous bear pit, a tribute to the city’s history of keeping bears in a pit in the city. Now it’s more of a riverside sanctuary, and the bears even have access to the river so they can swim to escape the heat.
Overall, Bern was a pretty city to wander around, but I’d imagine it’s much more lively on a weekday or Saturday than it was when we visited! We parked close to city centre, and were able to walk to all the main sights.