Interlaken, Switzerland

In this episode of Passport to Europe Samantha Brown finds herself in southwest Switzerland, in the heart of the snow-capped Swiss Alps in a region known as Bernese Oberland. Within this region, Samantha chooses the town of Interlaken as her home base for a holiday in Switzerland. The town of Interlaken is considered to be the gateway to the Alps and one of the original Alpine resort areas. Sam's first adventure is a 2.5 hour trip, 11,000 feet up to the "Top of Europe" - a lookout point that sits atop Jungfrau Mountain - one of the tallest peaks in all of continental Europe. She also finds herself inside a centuries old glacier and discovers an Ice Palace that is glistening. Claiming to have snow 365 days a year in the mountains, Samantha takes advantage of the white stuff and jumps on for a dogsled ride! Residents of a mountain village share their traditions and invite Samantha to join in their celebration - will she do as the locals do and try some snuff? Fondue anyone? Samantha joins some friends who give her a quick lesson in the art of fondue eating and she finds out why you don't want to be the only one at your table to lose your bread in the fondue! Samantha discovers that Switzerland's landscape, people and culture do not disappoint, and that's why the Bernese Oberland region is not so much a touristy destination but a visitor's paradise.

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