Our next day in Interlaken we headed up the 'other' valley towards Lauterbrunnen.
We stopped in Lauterbrunnen, a very pretty little town deep down in the U-shaped valley, to wander around and check out the amazing Staubbachfall (Staubbach Waterfall).
We caught the little train (somehow much of the Swiss train system looks like a toy train set) up/through the hill to Wengen where we hoped to catch the lift to Männlichen.
Unfortunately the lift to Männlichen was closed for servicing so we had to satisfy ourselves with a view over Lauterbrunnen and up the valley, and a coffee at a local café. The sight of the two workers sitting on top of the gondola as it ascended towards the top station was quite amazing.
We continued up the valley to Stechelberg where we caught another lift up to Gimmelwald, a little rural town that happens to sit on en route to the Schilthorn, our ultimate destination.
A couple more lifts later and we were at Schilthorn, situated at nearly 3000m and overlooking the Jungfrau range of mountains.
I had wanted to take my dad to Schilthorn for lunch for his birthday because the view was meant to be amazing, and possibly also because the revolving Piz Gloria restaurant at the top also doubled as Blofeld's base in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (starring Australian George Lazenby).
Indeed the view was spectacular, and you could see all the way down to the lakes of Interlaken along with the surrounding mountains. We had been very lucky with the weather all weekend.
After lunch we headed back down the numerous lifts to the valley where we had parked the car and began the drive back to Bern where mum and dad would be catching their train to Zurich.
This all went well except for navigating through Bern without a map, and I'm quite sure driving up the cobbled, medieval main street of Bern, with people milling about in front of us and trams queueing behind us is not actually allowed, but anyway it meant mum got to see the town like she had wanted to.
It was really good to see my parents again, after a year overseas. At the very least it provided an excellent excuse to see some of these amazing places that somehow we hadn't gotten around to before.
All of my photos from Interlaken can be found here.