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  • Day14

    From the Matterhorn to the Eiger

    September 9, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Today, we decamped from Zermatt and headed for Interlaken. But, before we did, we woke up to brilliant blue skies and decided to take a quick morning hike to catch sight of the Matterhorn. What a spectacle! During the next few hours, we travelled by train (two) and boat (one) with a break at Thun to see - want else - a castle! The Thun Castle, which has been around since 1200, occupies a prominent position overlooking the town of Thun and the Thunersee (Thun Lake). We (and our suitcases, now full of dirty clothes) then boarded a boat for a scenic cruise from the west end of Thunersee to the east end, where the town of Interlaken is located. Interlaken is so named because it sits on the spit of land between Thunersee and Brienzersee. We chose to stay here because the town is the centre of the Berner Oberland, the mountainous part of the canton of Bern. On a sunny day like today, there is no end of mountains on view. The most famous mountain is the Eiger; we are out to catch sight of it tomorrow.

    A comment on Swiss economics for visitors - bring lots of money! By Jove, this country is expensive. Coffee (nothing fancy - just caffeine to fuel the body) sets us back about 5 Swiss Francs (about $6.50Cdn). And using a toilet near the Bahnhof cost 1.50 CHF. Our trip up to the Kleiner Matterhorn was 100 CHF - and that was with a 50% discount because we had a Swiss Travel Pass. On the other hand, experiencing the Alps is worth every penny.
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    Charlyne Murphy

    How beautiful and such fun taking all those different modes of transportation. The cost to use the Facilities however seems a tad excessive. I could do without a Coffee but certainly not “a flush”.

    9/9/19Reply