Berner Oberland - Hikes

Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:48 PM
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Hi Katzen,
That is so funny. I have been checking out the hotels and the one that I printed out to show the others was that exact one. When are you going? We will not be traveling until April 2007. Please let me know how your stay was, and what you thought of the hotel. It seems by their website that it is a pretty decent hotel. Look forward to hearing back from you. Phyllis

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Jul 23rd, 2006, 08:15 AM
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Hi Phyllis,
We leave Thursday for Germany and will be in Grindelwald in the beginning of August. The hotel seems to get great reviews on Fodors as well as Trip Advisor. I'll definitely be writing a trip report when we get back. Have fun planning!
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 08:56 AM
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Would hike number one above be the best option for me and my 2 12 year olds, none of us really super-athletic, but willing to take easy hikes, although probably not lasting the entire day. (ie you won't see us scaling up rock faces )

We will be staying in Lauterbrunnen for 3 days, mainly to make the train trip to Salzburg a bit easier. And of course, despite having been promised a room facing the falls, probably listening to the construction on the funicular anyway. And we are leaving in 2 days!!! Any last-minute advice would certainly be appreciated. Thanks so much!

Oh - one more question, which maybe belongs in another thread, and maybe I'll look for one anyway - would it be rude to order one or two servings (if that is the correct word) of fondue for the 3 of us? I doubt either of my kids could ever consume an entire adult portion...and I don't want to be tempted to finish it off myself! Any experience with this?
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 12:42 PM
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hoping for a suggestion...please!
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 12:57 PM
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kwren - I don't think it would be considered rude at all. Don't worry about it. You cannot generalize, it always depends on the individual you're dealing with. All they can say is "no". Maybe they have a half portion for kids. Relax. ;-)
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 01:58 PM
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I never asked for a half portion before, but it makes sense. I'll give it a try.
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 02:24 PM
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Hi kwen,

Unfortunately, I don't think you'll easily find fondue in the BO in July/Aug! It's a winter time meal, and I've never found it offered anywhere except Gruyeres in the summer.

If you do find it, be sure to let us know!

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Jul 23rd, 2006, 02:35 PM
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I wondered about the summer vs winter aspect of fondue too - another reason that we wouldn't want 3 full servings if I find it.

We'll see if I can find any and I'll let you know.

Any suggestions about the perfect hike for us?

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Jul 23rd, 2006, 04:01 PM
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Kwren--You're proposal of the hike "1" is fine and it won't take too long to do the hike but may take some effort this year to set up. You are aware of the somewhat restricted access to Murren and Grutschalp?
Another easy and panoramic hike is from Mannlichen to Klein Scheidig--a 1 to 1 1/2 hour walk of easy, level to slight downhill grade done by most everyone which ends at the jump-off point to the Jungfrau. You will need to get to a train to Wengen ( a pleasant alpine car free village) then gondola lift to Mannlichen to begin the hike. Well worth the effort and a great intro to both sides--Lauterbrunnen Valley as well as Grindlewald. And you have options in Klein Scheidig--go by train either to Grindlewald or back to Wengen and Lauterbrunnen. Good luck--Paul
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 04:09 PM
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Thanks Paul - yes, I was aware of the problems - that was the construction I was referring to next to our hotel - and I had been wondering how to do that hike. I loved the idea of the "cowbell orchestra" so poetically put in other posts.

Would the hike you suggested be good after the Jungfrau trip - I suppose that would be in reverse order from what you suggested or is it best to do it in your order in order to approach the views in the best way? We do want to get an early start to the Jungfrau to avoid the tour groups.
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 04:12 PM
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does anyone have a website which gives a good map of these little towns we are discussing? My map doesn't have them all and I'm having a hard time picturing all these hikes in my mind. Thanks.

Shouldn't I be packing by now???
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 05:17 PM
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kwren -

Fondue is indeed a winter dish, but I've found it in several places in the BO regardless of time of year - for the tourists. Fondue usually comes in a serving designed for two people - and they tend to be big, filling servings - you can order one serving and your entire family can share.
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 05:20 PM
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Hi again kwren,

Here's a link to a panoramic map of the area:

http://www.wengen-muerren.ch/index.p...57&lang=en&L=1

Just click on "summer" to see it big.

Sorry, I've skied the area a few times but never hiked it. Best of luck!

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Jul 23rd, 2006, 07:01 PM
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Melnq8 - thanks for the info on fondue - I have my fork ready (and I'm definitely going to search for some!)

swandav2000 - thatnks for the map - it helps clarify all these hikes. Unfortunately, I can't get it to print for some reason. Does that happen on your computer? I'd love to print it out, unless that's the type of map one can find at train stations in that area. Any idea?
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 09:35 PM
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kwren -

You'll have no trouble finding good maps at local train stations and tourist offices - some are free, more detailed walking maps are usually for sale.
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Jul 24th, 2006, 06:44 PM
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Yahoo! My hotel does have fondue this time of year!!!\/
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Aug 15th, 2006, 08:42 AM
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Long trip report to follow (!) but in the meantime...

My 12S and 12D and I took the wonderful hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidigg the end of July and it was outstanding, despite the clouds rolling in. Anyone could (and should) do this hike, a level path which winds around the edge of the mountains for about an hour and 10 minutes with nary a town in sight (although there was a "Toi-Toi" porta-potty and some benches overlooking the valley about halfway through.) The approach to Klein Scheidigg was signalled by a few houses and cowbells ringing in the distance. It was a very relaxing and picturesque with lovely scenery and my kids and I agree we would definitely do it again.

Of course once you reach Kleine Scheidigg you can buy ice cream, watch the goats try to grab some unsuspecting tourist's food off the tables or listen to the Alpenhorn player who seems to be a permanent fixture. My son and I even tried his Alpenhorn and if I can toot my own horn (pun intended), he said I was the best woman to try it in 2 weeks, and my son was the best child to ever try it (helps that he plays the trumpet). The proper way to thank the player is to put some change in the bell end of the horn.
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