Swiss tourism 1920s style

Old Mar 18th, 2009, 02:29 PM
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Swiss tourism 1920s style

Sorry if this is a bit frivolous, but I thought people might possibly be interested in a diary from the 1920s. What do you think of the itinerary? The author is a young man in his early 20s, travelling with parents, sister and friends.

16 August: idea first raised of "possibly Switzerland"
24 August "filled up passport"
Sat 2 September: Left home (in southern England) at 6.30 pm, met travelling companion at Victoria, train to [I presume Dover, although it doesn't say]. On board [Channel boat] at 10. Overnight crossing.
Sun 3 Sept: At Dieppe for breakfast; 2.15 train to Paris, then on to Basel, and then to Lucerne, arriving at 10pm, noot surprising "tired and hungry".
Mon 4 Sept: Round Lucerne in morning, and to Kussenacht by boat in the afternoon. Walk to Immensee.
Tues 5 Sept: To Weggis by boat and then up Rigi. Lunch at top.
Wed 6 Sept: To Brunnen by boat, then along Axenstrasse 9 miles to Fluelen and back by boat.
Thurs 7 Sept: To Alpnachstad by boat and up Pilatus Bahn to summit ("saw nothing. Fine but cloudy")
Fri 8 Sept: To Kuhrsiten Burgenstock by boat and then up Burrgenctock. Lunch near top.
Sat 9 Sept: Moved on to Grindelwald. arrived at 3 pm and had tea, then went for a stroll.
Sun 10 Sept: Parents to church in morning. Rest had a climb near glacier. Too wet for anything rest of day.
Mon 11 Sept: Up Great Scheideck in morning and down by glacier in afternoon.
Tues 12 Sept: Short walk around Grindelwald in evening but terrific snowstorm all day.
Wed 13 Sept: Over glacier in morning and to gorge in afternoon.
Thurs 14 Sept: To Murren. Lovely walk at Lauterbrunnen. Received letters.
Fri 15 Sept: Walk in morning but rain rest of day. Played chess and cards most of the time.
Sat 16 Sept: Walk in morning. To Interlaken in afternoon.
Sun 17 Sept: Up Schynige Platte by rail. Walked home from Wilderswil.
Mon 18 Sept: To Bern in morning partly by boat and travelled on to Paris by night.
Tues 19 Sept: Raced around Paris all day from 7 am to 7 pm. Very busy.
Wed 20 Sept: Home around 8 pm after a rough crossing.

The travel by sea and train is different from today, but the itinerary isn't all that different from some of today's travellers. They even had a layover whirlwind day in Paris (g).
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Old Mar 18th, 2009, 02:58 PM
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wonderful trip report!!!

Sounds a lot like our last trip, actually, (2007), except we didn't include Mt. Pilatus and didn't stop in Grindelwald.

I don' tknow that the "walked home from Wilderswil [to INterlaken] would be much fun these days. . . .
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Old Mar 18th, 2009, 03:07 PM
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I'm not sure (it's not quite clear), but I think "home" in that context would have been Grindelwald -I think Interlaken was just a visit for the afternoon rather than a place to stay.
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Old Mar 18th, 2009, 10:17 PM
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Great Scheideck? Is this a reference to Grosse Scheidegg?
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Old Mar 19th, 2009, 01:35 PM
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I suspect so.
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Old Mar 19th, 2009, 06:32 PM
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You would probably enjoy reading "The Little Hotel" by Christina Stead.

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