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    • Day 28


      September 1, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Wowowow!!! The view never gets old 😍 I took a bus, tram, and funicular up to Gimmelwald and then hiked to Mürren (2.2km) and then did a loop around the top :) all hike you could see cows and hear them from a mile away because of their cow bells (sound on for video)! I also had a storm chase me from behind but never caught up! Winner winner, chicken dinner! Beautiful day for a great hike :)Read more

    • Day 45

      Trümmelbachfälle and last🇨🇭day🥺

      June 23, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      This is a long one, so you really don’t have to read. The pictures say enough 🤞❤️ I have started to use this app honestly as a diary of the things that have happened on my trip so I can look back at it and the photos that match the stories :)

      When I got to Lauterbrunnen from the top of the mountain I walked to a waterfall and you took a lift in a tunnel up and got to see different pats of the fall. At the top , there was a huge amount of water coming out and it was so fast. It sprayed onto you when you leaned over the tunnel (it was inside and lit up by lights and a small bit of natural light from parting in the rocks above it) and so I wore my rain jacket so I could go closer. It was so so loud you could hear it from ages away. I got some cute older people who I caught the lift up to the top with to take a picture for me so here I am with a bit of the waterfall next to me !
      On the bus back we passed a restaurant that was chilling drinks in a little stream which was very cute and smart.

      It had been sunny all day which was amazing (as this was the same day as the other hike) and so it started pouring on the train back. My train to Zug got cancelled, then the next train stopped before Zug because a tent had fallen onto the tracks in the wind. All of this was told to me over the loud speaker in German but I have become quite good at realising something is wrong when the people around me start sighing or walking away from the platform or looking up other train timetables. Everyone is really nice and most people speak English so I asked the lady who was doing a sudoku next to me what the speaker had said and she told me we all had to get a bus !

      Another girl then overheard me saying I was going to Zug and said she was too so we caught the replacement bus together. She was really sweet and told me about how she grew up in Germany but her dad was from Dubai and her mum from India, and she told me about how she found it living there as a resident and how she had moved to Switzerland so she would have more freedom and to be able to work. She told me about her cat too who is apparently a deva and how her husband got another cat because he was jealous and his cat is quite the gentlemen. Anyway , it was really late by the time we got there but she walked me to my bus stop because she was going a similar way so that all made the trip quite fun even though it took me 5 hours to get home instead of about half that.

      I didn’t do much yesterday (the 24th). It rained all day so I FaceTimed some friends and fam, watched some tv and tidied up to pack my bags. There was also some sort of plane show that happened during me eating my lunch so that was pretty cool (a bit scary at first- it was so loud and seemed unusual because all of the neighbours were taking photos) but I later saw a sign about some sort of plane festival so I guess I just got a sneak peak <3
      The sun came out in the afternoon and so I went on a walk in both directions around the lake at the perfect time to see the sun making the trees and buildings and windows and water golden. It was so beautiful. The photos are in the second half of this post :)

      This morning I went for a very early swim in the lake and the water was warmer than the air. It was so so luvlyyyy. Then I packed my bags and got on the train to Milano Centrale to then go to Rome again. I will miss Switzerland a lot and will most definitely come back 🤞🌼
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    • Day 7

      Four Finns and a Screaming Child

      September 20, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      This morning we awoke to a clear blue sky and full sun for what was to be our last full day in Interlaken. Tomorrow we are heading to Montreux for a couple of days before reluctantly saying goodbye to Switzerland and returning home. Sitting at the edge of the lake in the morning sun and waiting for the boat to arrive was a brief respite before a busy day of travelling. Our final destination was Murren, a high alpine village and getting there involved the boat, followed by a bus, a train, a cable car and finally another train.

      The first staging post of the journey was the village of Lauterbrunnen, set in the valley floor beneath rocky cliffs and surrounded by mountain peaks. One of the first sights to greet you on leaving the train is the roaring, 300m-­high Staubbach Falls, the highest freefalling waterfall in Switzerland. After a short walk and countless photographs, we sat at the foot of the falls to eat our packed lunch. I emptied out my water bottle, filled in the hotel toilet, and refilled it from a font that I like to believe was dispensing pure mountain water. After lunch I made the climb alone up into the cliff face and behind the waterfall, Jackie's knee and her nerve not trusted to make it up and back unscathed.

      Murren is a cosy mountain village, which at 1650 meters is the highest continually inhabited settlement in the region. Nestling between the towering peaks of the Schilthorn and the Jungfrau, just across the Lauterbrunnen valley, this car-free village is only accessible by cable car or mountain train (or on foot). High above the village, at the top of the Schilthorn is Piz Gloria, the revolving restaurant featured in the 1969 James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service ".

      We squeezed into an already full cable car, the last 2 of about 80 passengers and the doors closed. It was about then that the little girl beside us started screaming and grabbing at the door handles. The screaming continued for the full 4 minute ascent and also after we disembarked. Knowing Jackie's love of cable cars, I am sure the child was vocalising what she was feeling inside. The train waiting for our arrival was a small narrow gauge single coach with doors at either end so we hastily headed the opposite end from the still screaming child.

      We secured 2 seats and the train rapidly filled until it was standing room only. At least the densely packed bodies helped deaden the sound of the clearly inconsolable child at the opposite end of the carriage. Standing beside us were 4, middle aged and slightly tipsy Finnish guys. We had as lovely and meaningful a conversation as one can ever have with 4 slightly tipsy Finnish guys on a train at the top of a mountain, so much so that they invited us to join them at the pub. Or to be completely honest, they suggested I go sightseeing and Jackie join them at the pub.

      I can't overstate the sense of awe and wonder we felt wandering around this picture perfect Swiss village surrounded by massive mountain peaks. The Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau look particularly impressive from Murren and we could have sat and gazed at them all afternoon. In fact that is exactly what we did, accompanied by a glass of wine on a wooden deck overhanging the valley below.
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    • Day 43

      Die Trümmelbachfälle

      April 12, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      Die beeindruckendsten Wasserfälle im Lauterbrunnental sind die Trümmelbachfälle, die man in einer Grotte besichtigen kann. Ein absolut atemberaubendes und belebendes Erlebnis. Andrea und ich sind begeistert.Read more

    • Day 65

      Trümmelbach Falls

      July 12, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Taken right from Wikipedia

      Trümmelbach Falls (German: Trümmelbachfälle) [...] are a series of ten glacier-fed waterfalls inside the mountain made accessible by a tunnel-funicular, built 1913, stairs, and illumination.

      To try to add more commentary to that, this waterfall seems to have been formed when water found a soft part of the inside of a mountain. Making most of the falls hidden from human view. Someone drilled a hole out of the mountain to create pedestrian walkways and a series of stairs to observe the falls first hand. It was amazing how we were in 80+ degree weather, then would walk 10 yards inside the caves and suddenly be in refrigerator temperatures. It changed quite quickly.

      It wasn't a small waterfall either, as you can tell from the videos, it was quite powerful.
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    • Day 28

      Murren to Gimmelwald hike

      October 23, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

      Murren and Gimmelwald are both adorable alpine villages. Murren is for sure the more touristy one, while Gimmelwald is more authentic (and I got me some real alpine cheese there, sold by the local farmers). The views on the hike itself between the villages didn't hurt either lol. The cute little wooden hut is where my cheese was pressed and aged.Read more

    • Day 15

      Interlaken (Day 2) - Mürren & Gimmelwald

      August 20, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      What we did:
      - Canyoning day! Picked us up at 9am to bring us to the shop and put on our wetsuit, helmets and lifejacket. It was a big group going as a mix of Americans, hungarians, Swiss, Brits, Spaniards, and French. It was a 30 minute drive up in the vans to the mountain and then 1-1.5 hours in the canyon!
      - The trail went through a 3-5 foot wide glacial river with large rock faces on both sides (i.e the canyon). Super cold glacial water so shout out to the wetsuits and 85 degree temps! Steph was still numb and shivering by the end. The trail was a mix of climbing through the river/rocks, sliding down rock faces into deep pools, jumping 10/15ft into other pools, and rope repelling down.
      - We grabbed a beer in the shop with the other guests before heading back to the BnB.
      - After regrouping, we took the trains/gondolas up to Murren! Absolute awe the whole way up. Walked the town and enjoyed the scenic overlook with some beers and Rosti while admiring the hang gliders (and freaking Trent out for our paragliding excursion the next day)
      - Walked the 30 mins down from Murren to Gimmelwald and possibly single best views and most peaceful walk we may have ever had. Stunned the whole way down
      - Gimmelwald is a postcard town - small swiss chalets with panoramic views smack right in the mountain. Stopped for beers at an idyllic patio at the Pension Gimmelwald overlooking it all.
      - BIG EXCITING NEWS - Mid Gimmelwald beers Jess and Joe facetimed us to tell us that they are officially engaged!! Great time catching up with them on the big day! Steph had been tracking Jess on “FindMyFriends” for a good 72 hours hoping to guess when it was going to happen

      What we ate:
      - Made eggs and sandwiches in the airbnb for breakfast/lunch
      - Snack of our 1st ROSTI at Hotel Alpenruh. Essentially a skillet of potatoes, swiss raclette cheese, ham onions and pickles 🔥🔥🔥. Trent was in heaven.
      - Another grocery store sandwich for dinner

      Fun Facts:
      - Trent forgot to tell them he had a previous knee injury until after we were in the canyon, which our guides weren’t thrilled about, but was easier to stomach than the man last week who let them know he had severe epilepsy once in there.. knee hung strong though!
      - Steph was shocked every time she was dunked in the canyon because it was soooo cold. She would have floated over waterfalls a couple of times if Trent wasn’t there to catch her!
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    • Day 20

      Trummelbach Waterfall

      July 13, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Visited this amazing waterfall. Cost CHF14 for adults and kids CHF6. Well worth the trip. Takes about 1hr to get to the top and there is also a lift if you don’t want to walk up the stairs.
      We walked up and back down. The sheer force of the crashing waters is unreal.
      Super glad we did this.
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    • Day 43

      Ein Abstecher nach Lauterbrunnen

      April 12, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Heute Vormittag mache ich mit meiner Caminofreundin Andrea einen Abstecher in das Lauterbrunnental, das nicht am Weg aber in der Nähe von Interlaken liegt. Absolut traumhaft und zurecht ein Touristenmagnet. Angeblich gibt es dort 72 Wasserfälle, wir sehen wohl nur einen Bruchteil davon.Read more

    • Day 5

      Trümmelbachfälle Lauterbrunnen

      July 23, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Mit seinen zehn Gletscher-Wasserfällen durch einen Tunnel-Lift zugänglich gemacht, sind die Trümmelbachfälle einzigartig in Europa. Der Trümmelbach entwässert allein die riesigen Gletscherwände von Eiger (3970m), Mönch (4099m) und Jungfrau (4158m) mit bis zu 20.000 Litern Wasser pro Sekunde aus seinem Einzugsgebiet von 24 qkm, das bis zur Hälfte mit Schnee und Eis bedeckt ist. Das Jungfrau-Aletsch-Gebiet ist von der UNESCO zum Welt-Natur-Erbe erklärt worden. Der Trümmelbach ist aufgeführt im "Bundesinventar der Landschaften und Naturdenkmäler von nationaler Bedeutung".

      Für uns ist der Besuch dieser Wasserfälle das Highlight des Tages. Man erlebt Wasser als Urgewalt und wandelt durch beleuchtete Höhlen, wo uns Balkone und Abzweigungen immer wieder zum Wasserfall führen. 12 CHF Eintritt pro Person sind auf jeden Fall sehr gut investiert.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Mürren, Muerren, مورن, ミューレン, Мюррен, 3825, 米伦

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