Virtual Vacation: Wander Through the Peaceful Village of Iseltwald in Switzerland
Found along the southern shore of Lake Brienz, Iseltwald is a small, beautiful village with only about 400 residents. It’s not a center of tourism, especially when compared to nearby Grindelwald and Interlaken, but it’s a popular stop for skiers and backpackers in the Jungfraujoch region of Switzerland. Iseltwald is the perfect getaway for some rest and recreation — under normal circumstances.
However, Switzerland is one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe. As a result, real-world travel to Iseltwald is restricted, but despite those travel restrictions, you can still experience Iseltwald’s majestic mountains, turquoise lakes and peaceful village atmosphere through a virtual vacation. The best part is you don’t even have to leave your couch. Join us as we explore Switzerland’s hidden gem!
Virtually Tour Iseltwald’s Natural Beauty
Even on a cloudy or rainy day, Lake Brienz continues to be a showstopper. The lake’s turquoise water and enchanting surroundings make it the picture-perfect backdrop for all kinds of outings. You can enjoy the scenery by hiking around the lake or hopping on a passenger ship. Since 1839, boat rides have been a popular way to see Iseltwald’s forested landscapes, scattered houses and the former fairytale castle of Seeburg.
Indulge in Delicious Swiss Cuisine
Thanks to Lake Brienz, the townspeople in Iseltwald have caught and consumed fresh fish for years. It sounds like the village must have mastered cooking fish, right? Yes! Iseltwald’s Strandhotel Restaurant is a hotspot that specializes in fish dishes, such as fish with pesto and fried fish. Thankfully, it’s easy to make your own fried fish at home.
Watch a Love Story Set in the Fishing Village
It’s easy to fall in love with Iseltwald, thanks to its friendly residents and jaw-dropping scenery. In fact, the South Korean drama series Crash Landing on You chose the enchanting village as one of its filming locations. Audiences swooned over the love story and the beautiful Swiss backdrop.
Tune in to Switzerland’s Exciting Music Culture
Switzerland is known for its folk music, but other genres are making some noise and getting national attention too. Res Schmid is a talented Swiss folk music accordion player. The artist has teamed up with family members and joined many bands to perform across the country. Rap, yodeling, folk-rock and choral singing are a few other projects he has worked on.
Transport Yourself into a Book
There’s nothing like staying up late to read a good book. Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger is considered to be one of his best James Bond novels. The story follows agent 007 as he investigates Auric Goldfinger, a crazy-rich man from England. His assignment takes him to Switzerland, where all the action goes down.
Support Thoughtful Organizations
We’ve wandered through Iseltwald’s dreamy landscapes and discovered extraordinary novels set in Switzerland. This virtual trip is almost over, but there’s a great cause that’s worth discussing and helping in Switzerland.