• Day15

    Swiss Skyline: What a View!

    September 10, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    The three main mountain attractions in the Berner Oberland region are the Eiger, the Mönsch and the Jungfrau. Today, we saw them all from the Mountain View Trail, a trek that took us up and down over some very tough terrain. The trail was advertised as a two-hour “moderate” hike from Grütschalp to Mürren. Ha! First, the tourist office person failed to point out that Mürren is 400m higher in elevation than Grütschalp. Second, the sign posts lie - it was not two hours but more like four. Enough complaining - this was a spectacular hike. All along the route, the three peaks - and many others - floated along the horizon. The app on my iPhone recorded 7km and 90 floors - I believe it.

    As we huffed and puffed along, we came across groups of cows, all with bells making the mountains the amphitheatre for a symphony. The cows are in the process of coming down from their summer on the high mountain pastures - think “Heidi”. Who decides which cow gets the biggest bell? Is it a weekly competition based on milk production?

    We were at the point of complete exhaustion when we came to a restaurant set off all by itself in Sonnenberg far from anything other than a few rustic huts. A few words about cheese in this neck of the woods. I ordered something described on the English translation of the menu as “cheese pie”. I assumed that they meant “quiche”. Wrong. The cheese pie was an inch-thick slab of cheese on a pastry base. Delicious but do not mention this to my GP!

    Once again, the efficiency of the Swiss transportation systems is impressive. To get to the start of our hike, we took two trains and a gondola, all of which were coordinated. The return trip consisted of two gondolas, a bus and train - with no more than two minutes between each. Awesome!
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