Our month in Switzerland

Jun 15th, 2019, 06:46 AM
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Fabulous photo of the promenade!
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Jun 15th, 2019, 08:28 AM
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Day 5:

Train to Wengen (CHF 34 half fare each). Had reserved seats on MOB prior to trip. Bought lunch to eat on train (baguette, quiche, strawberry tart). The bakery cafe across the road from the Montreux train station also sells prepared salads for train picnics, which looked good.

Another scenic train ride, passing towns I’d noted for visiting one day, Chateau d’oeux, Rougemont, Saanen. Sat next to a charming young Vietnamese man now studying in London, but taking his parents on a whirlwind trip through Switzerland. His mother spoke no English, but we ‘talked’ as one does, with hand signals and smiles. Really enjoy these interactions when travelling.

Where we stayed: it was back to the fabulous Alpenrose for us, room with view and balcony, plus half board CHF 300 per night, (excellent breakfast, and the dinners are an amazing 5 course experience, taking that into account we thought it good value)

Arrival afternoon, just relaxed around town.



Lauterbrunnen valley

Lauterbrunnen valley

View from our balcony
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Jun 15th, 2019, 08:43 AM
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Day 6:

High cloud, no rain. So trained to Lauterbrunnen and bus to Isenfluh (about 10 minutes) CHF 14.40 each return (half fare).



Isenfluh

Isenfluh

Isenfluh

Isenfluh


It’s a little Postbus, about 10 of us on board. Some hairpin curves as we ascended and a 1200m tunnel. Arrival in Isenfluh, and took the little cablecar to Sulwald (CHF 9 each, return with guestcard). Tiny little village, meadows filled with flowers. Cows not up at higher altitude yet, due to recent snow.


More uphill

Rocky and steep trail in parts

It’s a workout

Beautiful rural views


Took the trail to Lobhornhütte, quite uphill, through forest, then a stream with little waterfalls, patches of snow, and finally the hut (about 1 ½ hours walk) for a very welcome lunch of beer, merlot, an Alp cheese plate and a Gesternsuppe (CHF 43). Fantastic. Views over Wengen and the nearby mountains, but quite cloudy so peaks obscured. A great walk.



Flowers galore

Sulsalp

Beautiful views

Looking towards the valley

Waterfall

Nearing the Lobhornhütte



Teasing glimpses of peaks

Lunch

So beautiful

Descending into forest again

Lots of options

Meadow flowers


We returned the same way, others were walking to or from Grütschalp.

Left our hotel before 9am, and were back by 5 pm. A lot of excursions from Wengen involve lengthy travel, but there are some great very local, but not busy, walks. This was also a very cheap day out.

Plenty more photos on my Flickr album...
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Jun 17th, 2019, 07:06 AM
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Be glad you weren't in Montreux this last Saturday! There was a HUGE storm on the lake (and here in the Valais too) with high winds, thunder, hail etc. Unfortunately the annual Bol d'Or race which involves hundreds of sailing boats (biggest race on an inland waterway in the world apparently) was happening at the same time. Lots lost their masts and sadly a woman spectator was killed when the boat she was on sank.
Can't wait to see photos from Sils Maria!! Have a wonderful time in the Engadin.
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Jun 17th, 2019, 07:21 AM
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Yes, we heard that awful news. So sad.

Day 7:

Wengen.

Forecast cloudy until mid afternoon then sunny. The high town of Mürren was shrouded in cloud. So, the Lauterbrunnen valley was our goal (last time we were here we walked in the rain).

Our half fare return to Lauterbrunnen was CHF 6.80 each.

We walked to the Schilthornbahn, a gorgeous 90 minute easy (flat, paved) walk.



Lauterbrunnen

Valley walk

Soaring cliffs

Gorgeous.

Soaring cliffs

Waterfalls

Spectacular walk


It was still cloudy at higher elevation, so we took the Schilthornbahn to Gimmelwald for lunch, as it was sunny there (CHF 6 return).



Gimmelwald

Perfect lunch spot

Gimmelwald

Gimmelwald


Enjoyed a simple lunch of dark beer, leek soup and rustic bread (CHF 27 for 2).

Wandered around Gimmelwald for a while, enjoying the sun (and the goats and cows).
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Jun 17th, 2019, 07:37 AM
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Day 8:

Wengen

Sunny day! Heading to the Schilthorn.

Train to Lauterbrunnen, cablecar to Grütschalp, train to Mürren, cablecar to Schilthorn (CHF55 each return roundtrip). Lots of people, it is elbow to elbow on the cablecars.

Stellar views. The photos can do the talking….



Views from Schilthorn

Views from Schilthorn

Views from Schilthorn

View from Schilthorn

View from Mürren

View from Mürren

View from Mürren

Walk back to Grütschalp

Walk back to Grütschalp.

Walk back to Grütschalp
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Jun 17th, 2019, 03:18 PM
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Lovely photos Adelaidean! You're whetting my appetite for our trip this fall.
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Jun 17th, 2019, 11:04 PM
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Day 9:

the cows being brought up to summer pastures in Wengernalp



Cows being moved to summer meadows, need to pass through village

Cows heading to Wengernalp

Cow bells, what a lovely sound
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Jun 17th, 2019, 11:24 PM
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Lovely lovely photos! I remember so well the cows going up to the alpage above our chalet in Verbier -- we had to pray for rain for the next couple of days so that the road would be washed - you can imagine from what!!

Personally I prefer the views from the Schilthorn to any other views around the Jungfrau. Again GREAT photos!
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Jun 18th, 2019, 04:46 AM
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When I saw the cattle moving in 2016, I think everyone in town had cut their lawn the day before, and your second photo shows why--to discourage them from trying to graze along the way. We stayed in the yellow building in the background of pictures 2 and 3. Having all those bells wake you up was a memorable experience.
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Jun 18th, 2019, 04:52 AM
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Bookmarking. Looks like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.
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Jun 18th, 2019, 07:36 AM
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Thanks for commenting.

continuing day 9:

Wengen to Thun:

Where we stayed: Hotel Krone 4 nights modern double room with breakfast CHF 988

Train CHF 16 and 90 mins to Thun.

(I had bought the train tickets on the SBB app, and while we hadn’t bought a SIM card after all, I just took a screen shot on my iPad and the conductors scan that.)

There was a slight delay on the Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken leg, so we missed the connecting train. But the train carriages have screens showing connections and a bus to Thun was leaving shortly, so we jumped on that. I wasn’t sure if my train ticket was acceptable to use on the bus, but the charming driver okayed it, then chatted to us about Adelaide.

Gorgeous bus ride, so happy we missed the train!

It follows the other side of the lake from the train, and stops in little towns, turquoise lake views, rolling green hills, more distant peaks, cliffs, tunnels, beautiful trees. Just lovely. Slower and nicer than the train.

Lunch in the square just by our hotel, another delightful lady doing her best to understand my order, and we stumbled through, with a superb simple cheese and ham seeded roll and tap beer each (CHF28). Then a wander around to orientation ourselves. Great vibe, really like this little city already.



Our hotel is in this square

Schloss Thun

Covered bridge

Rooftops

Old town

Charming architecture

Covered bridge

Gorgeous houses




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Jun 18th, 2019, 07:47 AM
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Still here! Still loving your photos!

Glad you're liking Thun! I love it, too!

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Jun 18th, 2019, 08:52 AM
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And still loving your TR. Again, great photos... we really enjoyed Thun.
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Jun 18th, 2019, 03:16 PM
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Just beautiful! Dreaming of my next trip!
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Jun 18th, 2019, 11:43 PM
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Thun is so very lovely. And your photos are too!! Thanks.
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Jun 19th, 2019, 06:12 AM
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Fantastic photos Adelaidean. Has me excited for my Switzerland trip later this summer. Thanks for sharing!
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Jun 19th, 2019, 07:39 AM
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Day 10:

A morning wander...





then 40 minute direct train ride to Kandersteg (CHF 22 each return half fare)

Again, the journey itself is lovely, along the lake to Spiez, then through valley via Frutigen, really stunning.

Charming little town, and stroll to the cablecar (CHF 13 each return). Totally surrounded by mountains, incredible. A quick ride up and an easy walk to the Oeschinensee.



Walk to the lake

Walk to the lake

Oeschinensee

Oeschinensee

Oeschinensee


We walked via the Läger lookout and were trail shamed by the 70 year old Swiss hikers heading up the mountain trail instead.



The trail we didn’t take

Can just make out some hikers on the high trail


Majestic mountains surrounding the lake.

And a gorgeous sunny day as well. A pleasant lunch at the lake and a lovely slow wander back,



Flowers

Flowers

Church

Waterfalls



Interesting rock formations

Surrounded by mountains


And a simple journey home.

Followed by a craft beer at our ‘local’ at the square. Another wonderful day.

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Jun 19th, 2019, 01:32 PM
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Lovely photos - thanks for sharing! Look forward to more...
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Jun 19th, 2019, 02:05 PM
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and were trail shamed by the 70 year old Swiss hikers heading up the mountain trail instead.

If I only had a nickel for every time that has happened to us!
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