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Oct 8, 2016 - Trains and mountains

Day 13 - 27 Sep We woke to a very wet Brig, this morning. It had rained quite heavily overnight, and in fact was still raining. However, the air was very much clearer than the rather hazy afternoon of yesterday, and the forecast held promise, so we were optimistic for later on. Breakfast in our hotel was a rather generous continental spread in an extremely cavernous - but attractive - basement dining room. This hotel clearly caters more for the winter skiing brigade than the late summer tourist trade. The 20 or so diners looked somewhat...

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Aug 20, 2016 - The Wengernalp- Gazing at the top of the world

Aug. 20,2016 Today it's bright and pleasant in the early morning, but the delightful couple running our hotel tells us that it will rain at noon - "maybe earlier on the mountain". They are exactly right, but in keeping with our good luck we have to don our rain ponchos for all of 20 minutes of a descent through the forest, and the rest of the time are treated to panoramas in all directions again. We take a cogwheel train straight up the hill to a little stop called Alpiglen. The train is packed with Japanese and Korean tourists but they are...

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Jun 23, 2010 - Alpine High

Day 3- We awoke to crystal clear skies! Well, Olle told us to be prepared for a great day so we got up and were down to the gondola for the first run down at 7 AM. Picked up the car and it was so early they didn’t charge for the lift ride or the 2 days parking!! Drove down to the train station and bought the tickets for the Jungfrujoch train…They cost a whopping 322.00 US! Good luck continued to follow us as the next train was leaving in 3 minutes! We sat on the right side for the best view and ate yogurt. These electric trains are cog...

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Jun 23, 2008 - Swiss Alps

We hiked again for the third straight day. This may have been the most strenuous. We started at the Hotel Alpenrose in Wengen and hiked down to the town of Lauterbrunnen in the valley. In the photo showing Wengen and Lauterbrunnen, you can see the Hotel Alpenrose to the left of the yellow construction crane. Then you can see the 1500' decline in elevation from the hotel on the cliff to Lauterbrunnen in the valley (4180' to 1620'). After lunch we walked to Staubbach falls outside of Lauterbrunnen. However, we decided to take the train back...

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Jun 22, 2008 - Swiss Alps

A second of hiking in the Swiss Alps. This time we went to an area called the Schynige Platte (pronounced "Shinigeh Platteh"). It is an elevation of 6700'. We walked around the Alpine Meadow since the flowers are now starting to bloom. We also hiked up a panoramic trail to view the 3 Swiss Alps peaks again and the two lakes on either side of the town of Interlaken. The hike started out easy, but we quickly got to the part that rose 500' with many switchbacks on the trails and rocky most of the way. However, at the top, the view again was...

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Jun 21, 2008 - Swiss Alps

We are staying in Wengen, Switzerland, which is on the cliff above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Our altitude is 4200' which is higher than the highest point in Georgia, Brasstown Bald. We started our first hike by taking a cable car to a higher elevation called Mannlichen which is at an altitude of 7400'. From there, we hiked the 2.5 mile trail that led down to the end spot named Kleine Schiedegg (pronounced "Klineh Shydig"). Yes, the photo is correct in that we went through some snow still on the trail. The trail had only been opened for the...

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Jun 20, 2008 - Travel to the Swiss Alps

We had a 3-hour train trip from Munich to Mannheim and then a 4-hour train trip from Mannheim to Interlaken, Switzerland. After that, we changed trains twice to get to Wengen. The view is more beautiful than any pictures we have seen. More tomorrow on our hike to the mountains.

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