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  • Day7

    Top of Europe

    July 21, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    At over 11,000 feet this is the highest point in Europe unless you do ice climbing. To get here, you travel by cogswheel train and in the last leg, switch to a train that travels into a mountain, a true marvel of engineering. Inside, among other things, there is an ice palace with beautiful sculptures and man is it cold!Read more

  • Day86

    The Top Of Europe! Jungfrau!

    September 11, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    Such an amazing day! Wonderful weather! Today we drove through green Swiss pastures with beautiful wooden chalets to Grindelwald to catch 2 trains to the 'Top Of Europe' - Jungfraujoch- 3454 metres up- The snow capped peak of Jungfrau is right there! The train travelled almost vertically at times! At the top there is the High Altitude Research Station, the the Ice Palace- ice carvings (freezing) and amazing views including over the glacier. We walked out onto the snow to see breathtaking views. The weather was perfect- apparently such clear views don't happen very often so we were so, so lucky. Problem- altitude sickness! Not pleasant but so worth it!!!!Read more

  • Day91

    Thrill walk- Birg

    September 16, 2017 ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    On the descent from Schilthorn we stopped at Birg to do the Chain suspension Bridge Walk. At an altitude of 2677 metre the Chain Bridge is suspended over the edge of the cliff! I'm not yet sure just how I managed to get myself to walk the bride! By this stage the cloud had started to set into the valley below. It was a 'thrill' but just a 'tiny' bit scary!Read more

  • Day86

    Top of Europe

    September 11, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    Just to give you an idea of how high it is to the top! The other snap shows where you leave the train and the travel up in a lift through the middle of the mountain to the top where we went to the High Altitude Station.Read more

  • Day90


    September 15, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Waited 3 days for a clear day to take our trip up the Schilthorn and so pleased that we did. Early start with frost, a little light snow and clear skies! 2 chair lift rides to the top and breathtaking view across the Alps and down into the valley. You have a 360deg view from the lookout and the revolving restaurant 'Piz Gloria' at the top. Freezing cold, predicted ti be -6. Piz Gloria was used in the James Bond Movie 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and 007 features prominently in all things on Schilthorn! By the time we had reached our halfway cable change on the way down, cloud had started to blow out in.Read more

  • Day7

    Hohe Berge

    September 3, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Heute morgen ging es nach dem Frühstück zur Talstation nach Fiesch. Knapp eine halbe Stunde später standen wir etwas in den Wolken. Die blieben in Bewegung und machten einem phänomenalen Ausblick Platz. Neben dem Aletschgletscher und den benachbarten Gipfeln waren auch Matterhorn und Mont Blanc zu sehen. Die Eggishornbesteigung war etwas anstrengend und absolut lohnenswert. Im Café gab es später noch Kaffee bei traumhafter Aussicht.Read more

  • Day9


    September 12, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Last night after discussion with Irene (the lady I met on the train) and checking the weather we decided to book the train to Jungfraujoch. The Jungfrau is the highest mountain around here.
    We started out by taking the train to Kleine Scheidegg then changed trains to Jungfraujoch. From Wengen it took about an hour, the last 20 minutes or so through a tunnel.

    I was writing this in the lounge of the hotel but then Irene and I started discussing our plans for tomorrow and I got sidetracked. Irene is returning to Zurich tomorrow but as it’s only a two hour and a half hour trip she was trying to decide what to do. I’m hoping to do a circuit on the other side of the Lauterbrunnen valley that involves buses, trains, cable cars, hopefully some walking and waterfalls. Providing the weather cooperates (it is thunderstorming at the moment) and Irene will probably join me.

    Anyway back to today. Jungfraujoch is simply amazing. I don’t have enough superlatives to describe it. There’s a lot to do up there. They have an observation deck that gives you 360 degree views. From there we went to the snow fun. Walking on packed snow in sneakers was not easy. Where are my nailed boots when I need them?
    I made it the two metres or so down the incline to some deck chairs. We sat in them, with cold backsides from the cold coming up from the snow and warm faces and legs from the sun beating down. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. There were people zip lining and well as on donuts, skis and something that looked like a tiny ride on mower with no engine.
    From there we went to the Alpine sensation which was just weird. They had various wood carvings and an alpine display in a dome. We went through much of that on travelaters. Then the ice palace and theat was COLD. The floor was icy but not necessarily ice. There were various ice sculptures throughout. From there it was the Lindt store where I didn’t buy anything but did see how they get the liquid inside the balls. We got a Lindt ball as we left the shop. We had some lunch and then came back down to Wengen. The ticket checker on the train gave everyone a Lindt ball as he checked their tickets. While waiting in line for the toilet the woman in front of me said “I recognise you.” Unfortunately I couldn’t say the same until she reminded me they had sat across the aisle from me for part of the way on the Glacier Express. They are also staying in this hotel but I didn’t see them at dinner.

    Irene and I parted ways, she got off in Wengen and I kept going to Lauterbrunnen. I knew if I went back to the hotel I’d just have a nap and I wanted to make the most of the beautiful day. At Lauterbrunnen I walked to the other end of the village to the Staubbach falls. At nearly 300m are simply stunning. I was there quite a while before returning to the station and back to Wengen.

    Irene is lovely, she Canadian and also a solo traveller so we’ve compared notes on what its like. Fortunately we seem to be interested in the same things so travelled well together. See does seem to regard me as a bit of an expert on all things Wengen and surrounds which is a bit of a worry when all I am is quoting TripAdvisor a lot of the time.
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  • Day14

    Aletsch glacier

    July 28, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    And at the end of the gondola, what a view. The Aletsch glacier, the largest in the Alps at 23km long, 1km deep at the deepest. Stunning views everywhere and the clouds disappear as we get there.

    Four smaller glaciers converge at Concordia Place. On a very clear day you can see fourteen peaks over 4000m (13,100 ft) . One of those is the Matterhorn way off to the west.
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