The lakes are very narrow and we should have been surrounded by mountains. But we couldn't see anything!
During the drive to Interlaken
the weather really deteriorated and visibility became ridiculously bad. Partly that was because we were now high enough to be caught in the low cloud, and partly it was because the rain was so bad. We both were incredibly frustrated and couldn't believe what a waste it was to go through what must have been absolutely stunning landscape and not be able to see any of it! But we only realised how bad it had got when we got close to the lakes: they are very narrow and you should be able to see lots of mountains on the other side... but as far as we could tell it might have been seaside and there was no sign of any mountains. We got to an intersection that would take us to either Interlaken or back to Bern
and it was decision time: go to Interlaken and then on to Grindelwald
(that means really into the mountains, in order to see what it might be like living in a cloud)... or abort the whole thing and go back to Bern? We decided there was no point trying to see either of them in this weather and so we took the road back to Bern and to our hotel.