From our overnight stop in Arrigny, we had a full day’s driving to the Swiss alps, heading through Basel and down to Frutigen, about 30km from Interlaken.
FRANCE – SWITZERLAND:
Arrigny – Frutigen, 295 miles by motorway
We stayed: At Camping Grassi, Frutigen, Switzerland. A gorgeously green campsite with incredible mountain views. The pitches weren’t the most spacious we encountered (we were there on a Swiss bank holiday weekend so it was busy), but there was plenty for the kids to explore including the adjacent rushing river, a games room with table tennis, and a small playground.
We visited: Frutigen was a lovely town to wander around and was easy walking distance from the campsite. Engstligenalp – a ski resort in the winter – becomes a beautiful alpine plateau with flower-filled meadows in the summer. The kids loved the trip up in the cable car, and there were still patches of snow left when we visited in June – it made for a stunning picnic spot. The public open-air swimming pool at Adelboden (I’m sorry I can’t find a website for this) was another brilliant find. Entrance was free (or negligible), and there were three pool areas, a sandpit and loads of sunbeds in the most spectacular of locations, with panoramic views over the surrounding mountains. Be warned – the snack bar is expensive!
We ate: We didn’t eat out, apart from to have lunch at the open-air swimming pool (very expensive). When food shopping, we did get caught out by Swiss bank holidays (there have a lot) and Sunday closing, when all the local supermarkets are closed.