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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald July 15th 2019

Rain and cloud cover can't even dampen my spirits here. It was a cloudy miserable morning, but screw that, I have a rail pass I'm going exploring! I decided to start with Grindelwald and First - the hope being if it did clear up, I'd go for the Cliff Walk and the First Flyer (zipline)... yeah, I did not haha. Oh well, another day perhaps. It certainly was the tale of 2 days though - the majority was spent in the clouds and mist, but it cleared up for Lake Bachalpsee which was incredibly fortunate on my part. I'll get to that. So the train ride to Grindelwald was eerie and I loved it. Horrible glare in the photos (lights on train)... but basically ~200ft or so is clear and then all you see as you ... read more
Cliff Walk in the clouds
Cliff Walk view lol
Clouds

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald September 23rd 2018

We considered that a continuation from yesterday was in order for today since the weather was good, so we got the train to Grindelwald and then the Post Bus to Grosse Scheidegg where we had finished yesterday. We liked the look of walking down to Schwartzwaldalp from the far side of the valley rather than down the middle where we usually go. First, we headed across the saddle then off down to an Alp below the mountains - no people of course. The views to the Wetterhorn and beyond were magnificent as we were at waterfall height and looking directly to the glaciers. The first part of the hike was great until we decided to take a track down rather than a 45 minute longer route. It was down over grass, rocky rough paths, bog and ... read more
Walking towards the far side of the valley across the Scheidegg
The glacier and falls off the Wetterhorn
A quiet lunch stop near Schwartzwaldalp

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald September 22nd 2018

Of course, since Grindelwald has been our old stomping ground for years, we should at least pay a visit or two. The problem is, it's changed a lot over the years and is now a tourism mecca, meaning that it is teeming with tourists to visit the many popular places. It is a stunning place but it was so much nicer before it became overrun. The good thing is, it is not difficult to quickly get out of the busy places and still not miss out on the beauty. On arriving in Grindelwald, the train spewed out a myriad of black heads of predominantly Asians, so it is still popular with them but there weren't the large numbers of Indians and Arabs as seen at other times. The more popular the place becomes, the more they ... read more
Below First taking the mountain trail
The Marmot Trail
Back at Grosse Scheidegg at the foot of the Wetterhorn mountain

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald September 17th 2018

Wow, what a day this was. After breakfast in Montreaux, we hit the road again, first stop, the famous ski/climbers destination, Zermatt, Switzerland. The first part of the leg was through rolling hills at the foot of some beautiful mountains. This was wine country, with Vineyards placed in every available piece of land. There were. Vineyards planted on steep hills that made you wonder how they tended and harvested the grapes. After the turn at Visp, the scenery changed significantly. We began our climb into Zermatt, with steep, switchbacked roads, and gorgeous scenery beyond each turn. One has to stop in Tasch, the town prior to Zermatt, and take a train the rest of the way In, as cars are not allowed in town. Our first impression of Zermatt was a little disappointing, as it is ... read more
On the road o Zermatt
Swiss Alps
Train to Zermatt

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald July 16th 2017

Today is our last day in Grindelwald and after consultation we decided that going to Spiez was a good option since there is a lovely castle and harbour to visit. We had a perfect day weatherwise. There was no wind and it was warm and sunny. We remember the Spiez Schloss as a place we took the boys tonwhen they were young and it being a particularly nice castle. It isn't huge and isn't grand but is well preserved and in a great setting. We had often visited the gardens and surrounding vineyards in the past but not always bothered with a visit inside. On arrival we picnicked in the gardens outside the castle which are currently planted in lovely bright flowers. Our visit to the castle followed and didn't cost us anything as it was ... read more
Family at the Speiz Castle
Castle surrounds taken from the top of the tower
Sir Deken Toole' upon his trusty stead

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald July 15th 2017

It's was good day for a hike so we decided on our most favourite trail in this area which is from Schwarzwaldalp down to Meirengen. We got the subsidised bus up to Grosse Scheidegg which is a steep and winding ride with the claxon horn warning on bends and hidden parts of the road to oncoming traffic and bikes. The view from the Scheidegg is wonderful looking back down to Grindelwald in the distance. It sits right under the Wetterhorn mountain with sheer convoluted rock faces straight up like the Eiger. This countryside really is magnificent with soaring peaks and rock faces all around. Since we had the kids with us we got the bus down to Schwarzwaldalp where it flattens out and then is a few kilometres down to our destination. Our walk started across ... read more
Lunch below Rosenlaui
Walking the trail from Schwarzwaldalp
Reichenbach Falls

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald July 14th 2017

I had hoped to have combined today's blog with yesterdays but we saw so much that it warranted a separate blog. The day started with rain showers in the mountains and a forecast for possible showers out of them so the Open Air Museum seemed to be a good choice where we could be outside or inside. Down in the town today was the early start for the Eiger Ultra Trail. This is an amazing race. The Ultra race is 101km and goes up to First, down to Bort, up to and over the pass to the Faulhorn, down to Burglauenen, up to Mannlichen, over to the Eiger Glacier, to Pfinstegg and down to Grindelwald. Wow, this is seriously hard. There are other races but this is the most challenging. The village centre has been transformed ... read more
Sawmilling
Family at Ballenberg Open Air Museum

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald July 13th 2017

After Brendan and Tracey's long trip to Milan yesterday we figured on keeping to something shorter and easier and the Lauterbrunnen Valley Circuit is always worthwhile as it can all be done on the Swiss Pass for transport. A walk up the valley is always lovely but this time we took the bus to Stechelburg well up towards the head of the valley. At the Seilbahn Station we got the cable car straight up the cliff to Murren where we had a slow wander through the car-less town looking across the valley towards the high alps and Wengen. This is a great area for hiking as it's well away from main routes. It is also the link station to the Schilthorn cable way. We had a picnic lunch in the middle of town (Swissies lose out ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald July 12th 2017

Brendan and Tracey went off to Milan by train for the day so we were on kiddy duty. Our first option was to take them to the Bird Park where there are owls and eagles and injured birds but we couldn't get the buses to work for us without walking for ages. We chose instead to go to the Glacier Gorge after some playtime on the ropes in town. Many years ago we had visited this site but now the glacier is well back from the valley entrance. We were able to walk about a kilometre up the gorge mostly through a carved out rock path in the mountain and alongside the gorge. Where this wasn't suitable, a metal path had been cantilevered out over the river. It was a cold 10 degrees in the gorge. ... read more
The blue netting Spider Web across the canyon
Walking the Web

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald July 11th 2017

So much for the forecast for rain. Since it seems the weather is okay for the rest of the week we could factor in a hill top walk. We got the First gondola which leaves the village and arrives at the top at 2200m. From there we all walked to the Bacalpsee which is a small alpine lake against the end of the valley. Even though we've been there several times before we cannot help but be impressed by the panoramic view of the mountains and of the town far below. We were lucky enough to spot a marmot moving through the grass as these are shy creatures that keep well away from humans. First has a few other attractions added over recent years with an aerial walkway hooked onto the side of the cliffs, a ... read more
Picnic lunch at Bacalpsee
Linds on the aerial walkway




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