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I take on along and testing climb up a ladder up the side of a tree, from where a series of bridges, high-wires, hoops and other obstacles stretch out ahead.

Maybe it’s the rope moving beneath my feet or the alcohol still in my blood, but when I see the ground 36m below, the fear factor is suddenly intense.

In the afternoon, we arrive in Interlaken, which is known as the ‘adventure capital’ of Switzerland.

It’s popular with hikers, bikers, kayakers and, as I find, Segway-ers, riders of those two-wheeled vehicles that can hit 20kmh with a gentle lean.

We chug around Interlaken on these, visiting the sparkling lakes of Thun and Brienz, which are set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

The ride is gentle but the scenery is heart-stopping.

Finally in Interlaken, I ride a train and then a gondola slowly up to the top of Jungfrau mountain to the First Flyer, an 800m zip-line, high above the ground.

It’s a huge adrenaline rush as I’m launched in the harness out into the sky.

But, despite the speed reaching up to 84kmh, the ride is extremely smooth, so much so that as I fly through the fragrant forests, it crosses my mind that now would be the perfect time for another one of those tasty cold beers.

Eat, drink, sleep

Eat

Budget: The large and rambunctious hall of Altes Tramdepot is often busy with tourists and locals.

It’s especially popular for Bavarian sausages and Tram beers, which are brewed in the middle of the restaurant. Meals from £20.

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Midrange: Easy-going and fashionable, Restaurant WineArt is a bar and lounge with Mediterranean cuisine and, as the name suggests, a good selection of wine to go with it.

Main meals around £26.

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Luxury: The very grand setting of Kornhauskeller is inside an old granary.

It serves food from different Swiss regions, including the Bernese specialities. About £30 per meal.

Kornhausplatz 18, 3000 Bern 7; tel. 00 413 1327 7772

Drink

Budget: The Kreissaal bar in Bern has a good selection of whiskies in the upstairs section and a cool, minimalist comfy area in the downstairs cellar. £2.40 for a small beer.

Brunngasshalde 63, 3011 Bern; tel. 00 413 1312 5000


Midrange: Lively club Johnny’s fills up with a cross section of Interlaken society, from bearded motorbikers to the beautiful people. £4.60 for a bottle of beer.

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Luxury: The exquisite Sky Terrace behind the Schweizerhof turret gives a panoramic 360° view over the UNESCO world cultural heritage city of Bern. £5 for a bottle of beer.

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Sleep

Budget: Clean and modern, the Youth Hostel Interlaken is located very close to the Interlaken Ost train station.

Double room from £43pn.

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Midrange: Cool, trendily designed Hotel Bern is in the heart of the Old Town of Bern, not far from the clock tower.
Double room from £174pn.

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Luxury: Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa is a five-star hotel and spa resort with a classic English feel, situated on the edge of the central park in Interlaken. Superior rooms from £350pn.

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Photos: Christof Sonderegger, Thinkstock, Jungfrau Railways, Jost von Allmen


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Flying high in Switzerland: Zip lines, rope bridges, high-wires and plummeting Alpine mountain paths
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