|Not a bad day to hike the Alps|
We took a train from Lucerne to Interlaken and from there took another train up into the mountains to a little town called Lauterbrunnen which was our home base for the next two nights (we stayed our 3rd night in Interlaken). The train tracks were were on are considered part of the "Golden Pass" - incredibly scenic and some of the train cars are panoramic cars - where you get extra large window to see all the sights!
|Extra large windows in the "panoramic cars" on the Golden Pass|
Once we got into lovely city of Lauterbrunnen, we checked into our cute hotel (had a snack of Swiss cheese) and right away went out to explore the alps!!
|A map of the Berner Oberland - click to enlarge|
|The one street in Lauterbrunnen|
Lauterbrunnen is the last stop in the Oberner Oberland region where you can get around by car or train - it's gondolas and cable cars the rest of the way. Really fun, but not for anyone scared of heights!
|Our full day of hiking - click to enlarge|
Once we got to Grutschalp, we did a 90 minute hike to Murren (point B to C), another small alpine resort town similar to Lauterrunnen.
|lots of different hiking options and how long it takes to get there|
|Beautiful day for a hike (balancing camera on a backpack - I got good at that move)|
|A restaurant midway for hikers|
Pictures from the town of Murren...
From Murren, we headed down a trail to Gimmelwald (point D), about an hour away. A teeny town, 120 full time residents!
|Rick Steves book all the way|
|One of the many BASE jumpers we saw over the next three days|
|Mr. Cow popping by to say hello!|
Walking to the other end of Gimmelwald, we bought tickets for the cable car back down to the valley floor, just north of Stechelberg (point E), and walked the 90 minutes or so back to Lauterbrunnen (point A).
|View of the gondola from a different angle|
|A steep ride down!|
|We made it down!|
We had a great day in the Alps and had a lot of exciting Swiss adventures ahead!
Next stop: a trip to the Top Of Europe - a train takes us to 11,782 feet