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      Pictures from the Interlaken area.

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      Pictures from the Interlaken area.

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      Pictures from the Interlaken area.

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      Pictures from the Interlaken area.

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      Pictures from the Interlaken area.

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  • interlaken outdoor, fun 1800 y interlaken outdoor, fun 1800 year

    • From: percyvonlipinski
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      Intrelaken Switzerland, the capital of outddoor adventure fanatics. Whe you live in a country such as Switzerland yoiu btter make sure that you have a good helathy appetite for the outdoor lifestyle and to help me do that Outdoor Interlaken proceed to see wat I was made of. Hey I made it to talk back about it

      Much Metta

      Percy

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  • Switzerland Switzerland

    • From: suzitvlldy
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      Thinking of Switzerland in the winter as only snow -filled, is something of a misnomer. Yes the Alps in all their majestic glory with most cities and towns are steeped in snow. However; areas such as the deep valleys get very little snow and some not at all.  For those who want to visit the snow, but not be “in” it all the time, this country allows them to enjoy the best of both worlds.

      Switzerland being such a compact country makes visiting all areas easily accessible.    No matter where you go however, you are always surrounded by the Alps in all their magnificence.  

      So much to see and so little time is how I would describe Switzerland. For history buffs, you have over 100 castles/chateaus and ancient ruins.

       One such place is the Chateau du Gruyere which is actually a castle with a very small medieval town “attached” to it. Sitting high upon a hill over -looking a beautiful valley, it’s something you might  imagine a fairy-tale castle looking like with its turrets and cobblestone paths.   Built in 1270, it houses some impressive pieces of art and furniture, and offers guests a short film about its history. If you are a history buff and love architecture, this is a dream of a building. The little village just outside the gates is very pretty with its cobblestone streets and fountains. It houses mostly restaurants which all seem to have a fantastic view of the countryside and of course your ever-present gift shops.  There is a very “unusual” museum and bar located just outside the gates of the chateau. The museum showcases a variety of creatures in a mythical-magical universe by artist HR Giger. The Ginger Bar opposite the museum represents the artist’s most beautiful works of art in its seating. So while enjoying that pint, you’re sitting on a work of art!  Open year round.  Christmas at the Castle is from November 19 to January 8 which will showcase nativity scenes from Austria and South Tyrol.

      Located down the hill from the Chateau du Gruyere is, you guessed it, La Maison Du Gruyere cheese dairy. For cheese lovers, (of which I am one) there are several dairies which not only show you how this delectable morsel is made but some even allow you to make your own to be consumed on site or shipped home at a later date once it’s aged. Emmentaler or Swiss cheese is of course the most well-known and widely used in fondues.  This particular dairy however makes the Gruyere or soft cheese. I thought it was unique in that as soon as you walk in the door, you can see the storage and aging of all the cheese before you even walk on the tour. The tour demonstrates how the cheese is made and processed. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to taste the cheese and of course buy some. The dairy houses a restaurant and menu that caters to all food types. It also has a very well stocked and varied gift store.  Can you ever have enough cheese to eat?

      Roughly, 40 minutes away from Gruyere, is the city of Broc. (Interesting the closer you get to the border of France, the more everyone speaks French). What makes this city so special? Chocolate!  From the minute you step out of your vehicle, the scent of chocolate permeates the air! Cailler Chocolate Factory has to be one of the more interesting chocolate factories in Switzerland.  I have to admit this was one of my favourite places. Definitely entertaining from the minute you walk inside and take the “Disneyland” tour of how chocolate originated in Europe. You walk thru several rooms starting with the origin of where cocoa beans came from and how they were discovered. Each room is decorated and animated along with a commentary which can be done in a variety of languages. I happen to be with a group of Americans so English was the language used. At the end of the “animation” tour, you find yourself in the actual factory where the candy is being made. I found it interesting that the chocolate is laid out in long rows and then a “guillotine” is used to cut into pieces. Then each piece is individually wrapped. To think that machinery now does the work that used to be done by hand! (Reminds me of one of my favourite “I Love Lucy” episodes where Lucy and Ethel are working at a candy factory wrapping chocolate and how things go horribly wrong). Technology. Gotta love it! As you wind up your tour, the piece de la resistance!  Chocolate.  Lots of it.  Yours for the tasting! That saying “kid in a candy store” comes to mind immediately.  I found it hard not sample each and every one.  In addition to the tour and all the chocolate, Cailler’s offers daily chocolate cooking classes on how to make chocolate and create your own delectable treat. Can’t beat that!  As you exit out of the building, with chocolate in hand, you can’t help but feel extremely fulfilled.          

      My cable ride up to the top of Schilthorn was breath-taking along with being one of the most thrilling “rides” I had ever been on. It takes 4 cable car rides to get to the top, the 1st one being the most dare I say, scariest? Yours truly is definitely not afraid of heights but traveling up in almost a vertical position you try not to think about the fact that you are suspended on only 2 cables. After white-knuckling it and looking at the passing scenery with only one eye open, you reach the 1st summit. After what you just experience, the remaining 3 cable car rides to the top, will seem like a piece of cake! Ah! you’ve made it to the top! You feel like a pro!  That is, until you have to go back down again. But for now, your mind is taking in the spectacular views of the Alps and watching some of the fearless skiers skiing down the slopes. On a very clear day, I am told you can see the Black Forest of Germany. Unfortunately, not on the day I was there. Although a beautiful sunny day, in the distance clouds were forming. Not to worry. Time out for a bite to eat or to warm up with cup of hot chocolate in the revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant most popularly known as the “James Bond” restaurant. (Think 007 in Her Majesty’s Secret Service) The restaurant revolves around in a slow motion which I am told would take approximately an hour for a complete 360 degree turn. I actually timed it. It was closer to 40 minutes. Not a problem. It’s just nice to watch the different mountain ranges go by. Refreshed and sated, it’s time to gather that courage for that ride back down the mountain.  On the 3rd cable car down, I got off and stopped in the small village of Murren.  Car-free and only reachable by cable car, it is filled with quaint shops, walking trails and restaurants. Very popular with the ski crowd especially during the winter season, it has your typical Swiss Chalets style hotels. It also offers some incredible views of Schilthorn, the surrounding mountains and the beautiful valleys below. Ok, time for that final decent down. I have to admit it wasn’t as bad as going up. This time I decided to be brave and kept my eyes open and stood right against the window. I even took a picture of the decent all the while still white-knuckling it. Once I reached the bottom and was on level ground, I almost jumped up and down and yelled “I did it”! I didn’t really, but felt like it!

      Driving back to Interlaken, (about 15 minutes) it was almost anti-climatic. After something so thrilling, back to this quiet but very quaint little town.  Located on the river surrounded by the Alps, it has to be one of the most picturesque places to see. Very walk-able and very well laid-out with signs posting everything you want to see. It’s impossible to get lost here. Plenty of restaurants and hotels along with a bit of shopping, it has an ambiance all its own. Strolling along the park located in the middle of the city, I noticed a crowd gathering but couldn’t for the life of me figure out why. That’s when I noticed that everyone was looking up!  It’s then I recalled a conversation with one of the cable car operators (which by way is a great way to pass the time as you are trying not look down during your decent) who informed me that most of the operators never take the cable cars down to go home.  They “paraglide” down the mountain. Can you believe it?  I thought he was joking! But he wasn’t!  Looking up from the park, I saw about 20 different Para glider’s starting to land in the centre of the park!  Apparently this is a usual afternoon thing. They jump off the top of the mountain, land in the park, quietly pack up their canopy and then walk home. This isn’t just for people that work and don’t want to drive, it’s a major tourist attraction as well.  If so inclined, you too can jump off of a mountain and glide down to the valley by yourself or in tandem. Well, at least there is no rush hour traffic!   

      My Swiss experience would not be complete without experiencing what the Swiss are known for world-wide: Cheese Fondues.  I found such a place to try this experience in a restaurant called Restaurant Laterne. Frequented mostly by locals, it’s in a residential neighbourhood of Interlaken. The outside looks your typical Swiss Chalet and the ambiance inside is exactly what you would expect a Swiss restaurant to look like with its wooden chairs and tables. Family owned and operated, the food is homemade with several types of fondues, veal, pork, cabbage, potatoes and plenty of it. The fondue is really a meal in itself, but trying other things as well is all part of the experience. I can guarantee you won’t go hungry here.  The staff is friendly and very accommodating and the prices are well within reason.    

      Would I go back and visit Switzerland in the winter? In a heartbeat.

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  • Spectacular Switzerland! Spectacular Switzerland!

    • From: Gailhennessey
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      Hope our eight day trip to Switzerland may give others some ideas if they are planning such a trip. We had a wonderful time! We arrived in Zurich and proceeded to go to Mt. Rigi mountain summit outside of Luzerne for the night. We took a boat ride and then a cog train to the summit of about 6000 ft. where the hotel, Rigi Kulm was located. We had fantastic sunset views and a good dinner. We had a great view of the mountains from our room. Interestingly, there is a marker on the summit where surveyors base their calculations for the entire country of Switzerland. The next morning, we left the hotel and heard a Alpine horn being played. With the cow bells and the horn, I felt we were definitely in Switzerland.

       

      The next day we traveled by train about 2 hours to the traditional town of Appenzell. We had lunch in the town and were thrilled that the annual tradition of bringing cows down from the mountain for the winter took place during our visit. I had contacted Appenzell tourism before leaving and they said the festival is determined by the cows and there wasn’t an actual date but that it was usually in September.The young children and adults were dressed in traditional outfits and the cows, many had flower headdresses. It was a beautiful event to see. We also said two other such parades from the train at two other stops along the way. We then traveled back to Zurich area by train and then by boat and stayed with my cousin in her village of Richtersvil. Johanna Spryi wrote the story Heidi in the nearby town. Went for dinner at a local restaurant , Restaurant Freihof,and ate on the terrace.

       

      The next morning, we took the train to Luzerne and did a walking tour of the city. We climbed up to the old bell tower and walked a bit of the old fortress wall. We went through the old city, buildings dating to the early 1300s,many with paintings on them, and saw the lion monument. Stayed at the Hotel Waldstatterhof. It was expensive but due to a classic music festival, most hotels were booked. It was a very beautiful hotel, but then, again for $280 for the night...it should be. Great location, across from the train station.

       

      The next day we went by train for the town of Andermatt to board the Glacier Express for the town of Zermatt. This was the only really cold day, glad we packed our winter coats. There were snow flurries in the air. We had coffee at a cute bakery as we waited for the “red train” to arrive. The hours on the train went fast as the views were spectacular as the train weaved around up and down valleys and into the mountains. Arrived in Zermatt and our hotel, the Hotel Butterfly. With flowers everywhere, Zermatt is a beautiful place to visit! Very touristy but you can see the Matterhorn as you walk the streets. The hotel, a Best Western was great.The meals were reasonable for Swiss standards where everything is expensive. Four men were playing Alpine horns so we stopped to listen to two of their songs.

       

      Another beautiful day, and we went up to the Gornergrat summit, around 10,000 ft., by way of a train that hugged the edge of the mountain. Amazing feat of engineering to build this railway! I was a bit dizzy until I acclimated to the heights.The views were amazing. Glaciers, Matterhorn....just spectacular! Decided to hike down some of the mountain. We traveled down one train stop, Rotenboden, and meet a German couple that helped get us on our way as there were no actually paths down the mountain. We stopped at a lake and the man told us that this was a famous place to take a picture of the Matterhorn as it is reflected in the water. I got a great shot. As we walked down the mountain, we were glad we had our winter coats but quickly shed them as we got warmer. We were able to yodel at one point and both of us said we loved the other to hear an echo. As we continued down, I heard “cow bells” but we came upon a bunch of black goats with white backing wearing the bells. They were so cute and friendly, I got up close and took some great photographs. We felt that we’d had enough walking and stopped at the next station to get the train back to the valley. The train was broken and not running so we had a rest and decided, the weather was great, so why not continue walking down the mountain. We went to the next station and got the train, having walked for a couple of hours. Later in the day, we took a cable car to a village called Furi and walked(yes, again) about 50 minutes to the village of Blatten. Black wooden buildings, the traditional Swiss village look, with nothing but a couple of houses, a tiny church and a small restaurant. We treated ourselves to some ice cream and I found the Ricola Herb Garden, one of several around Switzerland where they get their natural ingredients to make their cough drops. Walked all the way back to Zermatt, another 50 minutes or so. We were exhausted.

       

      Left by train from Zermatt to Montreaux(French area of Switzerland by Lake Geneva) and took the Golden Pass, on a classic train, with wood paneling, to Interlaken. Although a beautiful ride, I wouldn’t recommend it, suggesting going right to Interlaken from Visp, saving a couple of hours of travel time. I am sure that the other train’s route was also beautiful. Got to Interlaken and we took a cable car to Lauterbrunnen. From there, we took a small train that hugged the mountain to the alpine village of Murren. Think traditional Swiss village and this was it. I pinched myself a few times as I walked around the village, listening to cow bells and staring at the Jungfrau Mountains, Eiger and Monch. Spectacular views. I would definitely come to Murren again! The Hotel Eiger was wonderful.What a picture perfect Alpine community. The price is about what we paid at other hotels(around $250 a night with a view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau)-less without the view but isn't that why you want to stay in an Alpine village? There is a pool and the rooms are a nice size with a modern bathroom(robes/slippers, too).The owners were wonderfully helpful and friendly. They offered a reception for all the guests once a week, champagne flowing freely with the owners coming to speak with all the guests. Dinner is an experience with the staff coming to show the meal for your inspection before serving it.We had a large portion of a chicken dish, with Swiss potatoes and veggies AND, then,we were offered-seconds!!!!! (All for about $28 dollars per person). You could get a complete meal for $50 but we didn't wish all the different courses. Breakfast was included in the price with lots of choices AND more champagne!

       

      We hiked down from the mountain village of Murren, to Gimmerwald, a very small village. There was an honesty store, where you leave the money for items purchased. A small school was recently closed(only about 12 students) and I was told Murren’s school was closing, too. Kids will have to take cable car/train to the school in Lauterbrunnen Valley.It was fun walking down the mountain, stopped to see some construction men working on building avalanche barriers. Took the cable car to the valley where we took a bus to the Trummelback Falles. Ten glacier water falls(water from the glaciers of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger Mts.) are found INSIDE the mountain! It is the only such place in Europe where you can still go inside the mountain to see the falls. It took 15 years and workers using only pickaxes to build the inside walkways. Walked more to another falls where I went up to see it(traveling up stairways and through a tunnel). Met up with a base jumper(the Lauterbrunnen Valley is THE place to base jump). He had “wings” that he used to glide through the air before releasing a parachute.Walked the rest of the way to Lauterbrunnen and then took the bus back to the cable car to Murren. Bed was turned down and a chocolate was on the pillow when we came back after dinner at the Hotel Eiger Restaurant.

       

      We had thought to take the cable car to the Schilthorn, about 12,000 ft. but the video showed the summit was cloudy and you couldn’t see anything. And, for about $100 per person, we decided to pass. Instead, we sat and watched hang gliders take off from a running point in Murren. We also had fun watching a parade of cows(two wearing pine tree hats with colorful flowers) come down from the mountain as we had seen in Appenzell. A couple of goats came, too. The men weren’t dressed in traditional clothing. Funny, the entire parade of men/animals boarded a cable card down to the valley! Spoke in length to a couple from Great Britain and another couple from the states(they hiked 4 hours to a place for the night without electricity or plumbing! Yikes!) One of the wonderful things about traveling is the meeting of people from all over the world. Interestingly, I read that only 20% of Americans have a passport! The world is a much smaller place when you don’t experience the world around you and the people that help make up that world!

       

      Make sure to get a Swiss Pass. It makes traveling by trains so much easier,not having to worry about getting tickets. With the pass, boat rides are free as are many cable cars(others are 1/2 price!).

       

      Gail Hennessey: http://www.gailhennessey.com

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  • Church in Interlaken, Switzerl Church in Interlaken, Switzerland

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      I believe this is the oldest church in Interlaken, Switzerland, just a short stroll from the park downtown.

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  • sunset in Interlaken sunset in Interlaken

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  • Interlaken, Switzerland Interlaken, Switzerland

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  • Hotel in the Swiss Alps Hotel in the Swiss Alps

    • From: RSterger26
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      This picture was taken at dawn. To get this shot I climbed up onto the roof of the hotel, which did not sit well with the management. I'm not certain but I think they were under the impression that I was either taking photos or about to jump to my death. When they saw the camera, they seemed relieved but still ordered me off the roof. The mountain in the distance is the peak of the Eiger. The hotel is the Grand Hotel, in Interlaken, Switzerland.  A nice hotel but definately bring cash if you are going to stay there for long.

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  • Window Window

    • From: acpatel714
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      A cut opening in a wall looking out onto a valley in the Swiss Alps

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  • Top of the World Top of the World

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      Top of the World on Jungfrau in Switzerland

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  • Alpine Glacier Alpine Glacier

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      Jungfrau vantage of a glacier in the Swiss Alps

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  • Bluest Blue Bluest Blue

    • From: acpatel714
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      Never before had I seen water this color before!  Nothing has been done to alter this image.  When I asked locals why the water was this color, they couldn't understand my question.  Apparently they'd never seen rivers or lakes any other color!  Interlaken, Switzerland was a remarkable little town tucked away in the Swiss Alps!

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  • The Swiss Alps in Interlaken, The Swiss Alps in Interlaken, Switzerland

    • From: shadowzpast
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      I took this photo from the train on our way to Interlaken, Switzerland.  It was a foggy, rainy day but you can just make out the shadow of the Alps in the background.

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  • Swiss Alps Swiss Alps

    • From: kellybudget
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      The Swiss Alps are some of the most amazing terrain in the world....

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  • The town of Lauterbrunnen and The town of Lauterbrunnen and the valley

    • From: MikeandWhitney
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      This picture was taken from the highest point of the Hunnen Fluh (sp?) trail in Wengen, Switzerland. Wengen is a small mountain town that doesn't allow cars. The only way to get there is by gondola or the cogwheel train. This is one of many hiking trails in the area, one of our favorites.

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