in april, we visited the beatushöhlen near interlaken, a stalactite cave where you can walk through.
posts about bernese oberland.
ballenberg • beatenberg • eiger • jungfrau • jungfraujoch • lauterbrunnen • mönch • mürren • schilthorn
yesterday we visited the bernese oberland, to mürren. we first spontaneously took the cablecar up the schilthorn, known to many from the james bond movie on her majesty’s secret service. in fact, one terrace up there was built specifically for the film to allow a helicopter to land there. from the top of the schilthorn, one has a great view on the surrounding mountains, most prominently eiger, mönch and jungfrau. (a couple of years ago i was up there, visiting the jungfraujoch.)
afterwards, we took the cablecar back down to mürren, and took the funicular up to the allmendhubel. from there, we enjoyed the mountain view trail to the grütschalp train station. from the trail we had a great view on the big three mountains (eiger, mönch, jungfrau). it was a really nice hike with some diversion, from moorlands to ski slopes, forests to dry-stone walls and even some cows.
on december 8, 2008, i did another trip which i never wrote about so far. this time, i visited switzerland’s jungfraujoch, featuring europe’s highest train station at 3.454 meters above sea level. i did that trip on a monday to avoid the hordes of tourists wich invade the jungfraujoch in particular on weekends.
the first stop of the train inside the mountain is the eigernordwand station.
note that the windows were steamy, which adds a neat glow to the scenery:
the top of europe.
at the final station, jungfraujoch station, one enters a huge station. here are some views from one outside part of the station:
two panoramas; the first gives another view from the station, similar to the one above, and the second one shows in detail a metal rope which survived an ice storm:
art & ice.
inside the station, one can find several pieces of art, including an ice palace consisting completely of ice:
this time, on the other side of the station, where one can walk on snow:
another panoramic view:
the way back.
finally, some views from the trip back to zürich:
on thursday, we made an excursion to the open air museum ballenberg, which shows old buildings from all over switzerland, from centuries ago, together with animals, lifestyle and lots of traditions, including making of cheese and chocolate. this resulted in a lot of pictures, some of which can be seen here.
anyway. it was a really great one-day vacation. thanks a lot!