Let’s go biking!
The next morning, after a peaceful rest in our comfy room, we set off for breakfast. A wonderful buffet of every breakfast delicacy you could dream of was deliciously presented and waiting to be sampled. Being well fed put us in the right frame of mind to set off on our first exciting excursion on a guided tour with Flying Wheels.
Flying Wheels offers bike riders–from the beginner to the experienced–the opportunity to rent bikes and explore on your own or go on a guided bike tour.
Additionally, Flying Wheels specializes in e-bikes, along with any other bike you may want to take around to all the charming villages that display both mountain and lakes in the Jungfrau region in Interlaken.
Bike riding is the way to go! With Flying Wheels, you have the choice of how you want to spend your day. With the guided tour, you discover things you would never find on your own. I would have ended up in some other town–lost!
When we arrived in Interlaken, we were greeted by our guide, the entertaining owner Frank Stein. Frank was so knowledgeable about all the facts of the Jungfrau region in Interlaken. We suited up and rode around on our e-bikes. It was a thrilling experience all around.
We explored Wilderswil, Bönigen, Lake Thun, Lake Brienz and Unterseen (a medieval town close to Interlaken which has a beautiful church in view) along with many other striking spots of history within Interlaken and it’s beautiful surroundings.
The ride to the lakes with Frank was remarkable. The vision of mountains and lakes combined made for a dreamlike experience. I never imagined such distinctive beauty and history would all be in one place. We stopped off regularly to learn more about the history of the area, all the while basking in the sights and smells of the region.
Later, we stopped off at a local farmer’s cow and chicken farm and discovered an adorable dog, Laika, and her mate, a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog. We discovered the farm store (Hof Ladeli), where they sell fresh milk, cheese, and eggs from the free-roaming chicken. With an honor system in place, you could leave your money in the bowl and enjoy the most amazing cheese.
As we continued on, we came upon Lake Brienz. I was truly in another world. A vision of immaculate green water was the most beautiful revelation I could imagine. With the peaceful boats on the lake and the soft lapping sounds of the water, Lake Brienz had it all!
Later, we stopped to have a picnic lunch of local delicacies. Frank impressed upon us the real joy of buying the local farmer’s cheese and trying the saucisson from the region. The taste of the cheese and other delights didn’t disappoint us. Although the picnic is not part of the Interlaken tours (in fact it’s part of the longer Lauterbrunnen Waterfalls Valley tours), Frank took the time to explain why it’s important to buy the local produce: no plastic packaging, no trucks polluting the air while transporting the plastic packaged industrial food through Switzerland. We sat on a bench with our local treats and talked about life and our vision of an ideal world. Sitting in front of Lake Brienz was the perfect complement for this memorable lunch.
Riding around with Frank was a truly enlightening experience. His vast knowledge of the area and its history is impressive. He was terrific in communicating with Dayne about many interesting topics and took the time to teach her to skip stones in the lake.
For me, the real takeaway is how Frank impressed upon us that we are all responsible for the planet. From picking a biodegradable package to riding bikes and not polluting the air, Frank left his indelible stamp on this bike rider that we all have a role to play in the world.
For Frank, the Flying Wheels mission is to make the “world an environmental place.”
“DON’T RENT A CAR, RENT A BIKE,” FRANK
When the e-bike tour came to an end, we were all a bit melancholy to say good-bye. We left Flying Wheels and all vowed to return one day soon for another enchanting ride.