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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen October 24th 2019

Hiking was one of the goals of this trip and this was our planned day for a bit longer of a hike, up higher in the mountains above Grindelwald. Initially, we planned a hike to an area in the glacial valley called Chilchbaum, which was supposed to be about 4.5 miles round trip. Then maybe a smaller hike later nearby. So, we packed our stuff for the day, including thermals beneath our clothes and Dana made and packed us a lunch of hard boiled eggs, cheese, jerky, and leftover vegetables. Chilchbaum We made our way to the edge of Gimmelwald and along a trail to the valley, south and then west of town. The hike was relatively easy, mostly along a road during the early parts. Then we started to gradually climb uphill, along a swift ... read more
The Hike - basically the top
The Hike - steep climb, happy faces
The Hike - the start

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen October 21st 2019

After leaving Lucerne, we headed towards our cabin for the week. We drove through many more tunnels and made a stop in Interlaken, where we stocked up on supplies (expensive of course). This would be the largest grocery market around, so we figured to get as much as we could here, which included, bread, pasta, meat, fruit, veggies, and drinks. Gimmelwald We then drove through the Lauterbrunnen valley, past the quaint Swiss villages and towering waterfalls, on the way to Stechelberg, where we were to ride the gondola up to Gimmelwald. After finding the parking area (expensive), we found a nice lady at the gondola ticket booth who recommended a pass of 6 rides for each of us for 30 euros. Dana and Lindsey were a little nervous about the gondola, but I was excited! It ... read more
Hike #1
Hike #1
Hike #2 - Trümmelbachfalle

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen April 28th 2019

Luzern, Lauterbrunnen, Bern, Thun, Interlaken, Wengen, Murren - fairytale land... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen October 3rd 2016

The first morning at the hotel was amazing as we looked out our window, seeing the Lauterbrunnen valley, sheer cliffs, and Staubach waterfall so clearly it seemed able to reach out and touch them. This valley was stunning. As a Californian, I feel guilty in saying it, but the area was more spectacular in many ways than Yosemite Valley. The sheer cliffs were not as high, but the surrounding mountains were much higher. We had two main goals in the Bernese Oberland, as the region is called: the Jungfraujoch and the Schilthorn. When we went would depend on the weather. Fortunately the first two days were to be beautiful. We first headed to the Jungfraujoch, taking two different cog railways. The train station was a very short walk from the hotel, making most journeys easy. The ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen December 7th 2014

We had planned an all day trip to the Lauterbrunnen Valley and since the weather looked reasonably okay we set off early for the 3 hour trip. We wanted to show Irvy and Marc the valley as it's a great place to take any visitors for a day trip to a stunningly beautiful valley. We arrived to a dusting of snow on the trees above the valley with the clouds coming and going giving us glimpses of the high alps of the Eiger/Monch/Jungfrau and the Schilthorn above the valley. It seemed that if we were going to walk at all today it was going to up the valley floor rather than up higher at Murren level. We had a picnic lunch below the Lauterbrunnen Falls which we very whispy which was unusual. Usually they flow freely. ... read more
Hot chocolate in the Murren Station Tavern
A snow coated tree
Snow covered streets in Murren

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen September 29th 2014

In Switzerland, there are a few main languages: German (which is the most prominent language) , French, and in some parts, Spanish and Italian. Wilkomme to my thoughts on Switzerland- one of my favourite places that I went to in Europe. Actually I pretty much loved everywhere, but that's beside the point. Wilkomme is Swiss German for Welcome. Thank you can be said in a number of ways: Merci, Merci Vielmal, and Dangge. Please is the same as it was in Germany and in Austria: Bitte. Ok language lesson is done for the day. On the way to Switzerland we made a stop at the Swarovski Crystal Palace and Museum- very pretty shiny things inside :) And we saw how outrageous and spectacular the pieces are. I fell in love with a necklace, but sadly it ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen July 18th 2014

This Swiss Miss... ....lost a little bit of her heart in Switzerland. Sometimes in life we experience moments that take our breath away, and sometimes we are fortunate enough to have several of those moments in our life time, I've experience exactly this while visiting Switzerland. When we were planning this trip, I was quietly excited to be visiting Switzerland for the first time. Like all of you I have seen pictures and postcards and most probably scenes from movies and wondered if that spectacular scenery could be real! Let me tell you it's so real I've actually touched it. I've been thinking how to describe the natural beauty of this country to you....the word most often used was 'WOW!'.... Said with such awe, and mouths agape. The grass is the greenest I've ever seen, such ... read more
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Sacha Torte
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen August 1st 2013

Wow, what a day. We came here because this was one of the places I liked the best when we came to Europe when I was young and I wanted to bring the children here. It didn't disappoint. After breakfast in the large guesthouse dining room, where the girls enjoyed two types of Swiss hot chocolate, we set out for Lauterbrunnen. There were snow-capped mountains all around and a full and fast moving stream right beside the road. At Lauterbrunnen we parked in the parking station with no indication of what the price would be and headed for the station. We failed to work out the automatic ticket machine so went into the office and $800 later we had 6 return tickets to the top of Europe. It was a beautiful sunny day and the train ... read more
More Swiss Alps
On the train through the mountain
At the Top of Europe

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen July 28th 2013

Mountain bikes, slightly overcast conditions, best friend as companion and the Alps ahead! We arrived the previous night at Interlaken Ost and checked in at 'Hotel Beausite' (10 minutes walk. It is closer to Interlaken West). The staff was very friendly and patient. They spent close to 20 minutes answering our various questions on our proposed biking trip for the next day. Rooms were very comfy and clean. The best part was the view we got the next day from the windows. The picture speaks for itself. We walked till Interlaken West which had a bicycle renting place within the railway station. They charged us 30-40 CHF to rent a mountain bike for a day and took a photocopy of our passports. Its better to take the bikes for a day, as you can return whenever ... read more
Our transport
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen July 2nd 2013

The day started with a couple of delays. We got down to the town and had forgotten our Visitors Pass so back we went as we wanted to book tickets to the Cheese Making on Thursday morning. We then drove to Lauterbrunnen and Karilyn left the camera in the car so Neil went back. We then walked up the valley in beautiful sunny, warm weather to the Trummelbach Falls. There seems to be an over abundance of Muslims everywhere who block the tracks and don't move to let people through. Maybe it's the large populations they have that they just don't care. The men wear what they want and the women are either completely covered in chadors with only eyes showing (even then sun glasses) or they are rugged up in trousers, coats and scarves then ... read more
Lunch by a stream
Lauterbrunnen Falls




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