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Berner Oberland, Switzerland Day 2

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After breakfast we checked out of our B&B and drove to Stechelberg where we parked the car and took the cable car to Gimmelwald, a small village in the Bernese Oberland that still retains its authenticity and charm.

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The welcoming committee. Where's the Travelocity gnome?

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The we took the cable car to Murren.

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We then drove to Zermatt by way of the Grimsel Pass, a mountain pass that crosses the Bernese Alps at an altitude of 7,100 ft. We parked the car in Tasch and took the train into Zermatt. Unfortunately the Matterhorn was hidden behind some clouds, so after walking through the town, we took the train back to the car in Tasch and drove to Chamonix. Fortunately, we were able to find a nice room at the first hotel we stopped at just outside the town core. We then got a delicious dinner in town.

Posted by lcostet 13:54 Archived in Switzerland Tagged chamonix switzerland alps mürren gimmelwald berner oberland

Berner Oberland, Switzerland Day 1

sunny 70 °F

Woke up early and after breakfast made our way to the bus station that took us to the gondola cable car to Mannlichen, a 30 minute ride with spectacular views. From there we hiked about 1 1/2 hours to the Kleine Scheidegg station. It was a beautiful, warm sunny day with views of the Jungfrau.

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Jason making friends with one of the friendly cows grazing in the high alps.

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The Jungfrau cog-wheel railway which makes the journey through the tunnel and up the steep climb to the Jungfraujoch - the Top of Europe, at 3454 meters, Europe’s highest altitude railway station.

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The train journey to the Jungfraujoch through the rock tunnel of the Eiger and Mönch offers views of the Eiger north wall and surrounding glacier from two intermediate stations, the Eigerwand and Eismeer.

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Jason at the high-Alpine ice and snow viewing platform at the Jungfraujoch.

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We then took the train to the Lauterbrunnen Valley and had some pizza and beers before taking the train back to Grindelwald.

Posted by lcostet 13:19 Archived in Switzerland Tagged switzerland alps grindelwald berner oberland

Lake Lucerne

sunny 70 °F

We got up early and had some breakfast on the deck at the Aescher Guesthouse before hiking back to the cable car and the ride back down to our car. Then we drove to beautiful Lake Lucerne and walked around.

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Then we continued our drive through beautiful Switzerland, passing through Interlaken, and arriving at our B&B in Grindelwald. After we checked in we got some dinner in town.

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Posted by lcostet 11:47 Archived in Switzerland Tagged switzerland lucerne luzerne

Ebenalp, Switzerland

sunny 70 °F

After leaving Fussen, we drove onto Appenzell where we stopped at an ATM so I could get some Swiss Francs, and then onto Wasserauen. We parked in the parking lot and packed what we needed for one night and headed up to Ebenalp for our stay at the Berggasthaus Aescher guesthouse. After getting off the cable car we hiked about 20 minutes to Aescher.

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Enjoying our dinner of sausage and Swiss rosti and a couple of dunkels on the deck overlooking the valley and mountains.

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After a very long day, we both settled into our loft and fell asleep by 8:00 pm.

Posted by lcostet 11:41 Archived in Switzerland Tagged switzerland appenzell berggasthaus aescher ebenalp

"Mad" King Ludwig's Castles

sunny 70 °F

We got up early and made our way to the ticket office by 8:00 am to pick up our tickets for out tours of King Ludwig's Castles. We first toured Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's boyhood home.

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Then we got some coffee and pastries before we trekked up the hill to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, the ultimate fairy-tale castle.

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After the tour we walked up the hill to Mary's bridge for the best view of the castle.

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Posted by lcostet 11:14 Archived in Germany Tagged germany king castle hohenschwangau neuschwanstein fussen ludwig

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