Our second full day in the Swiss Alps, we traveled from Wengen to First via two scenic cable car rides.
First is called “Top of Adventure”. Seems there’s a “top of” everything here.
On First, we did the Cliff Walk. It’s on the west side of the First Summit.
After the Cliff Walk, we did the long hike from First to Schynige Platte, via the Faulhorn Summit. It’s a 10 mile hike with a total ascent of 2,300 feet and total descent of 2,900 feet. The hike offers magnificently varied scenery.
After Lake Bachalpsee, it was time for more climbing to reach Faulhorn.
After reaching Faulhorn, we found a place to stop and eat lunch. We were above the turquoise Lake Brienz and the smaller blue Lake Sagistalsee.
After lunch, we started the descent to Schynige Platte.
After reaching Schynige Platte, we took the cogwheel railway down to Wilderswil and then made our way back to Wengen by train.
The next day was our last full day in the Swiss Alps. We got up early and headed to Gimmewald.
After arriving in Gimmewald, we found Walter’s Place, where our friends Mark & Abby stayed during their honeymoon 16 years ago.
From Gimmewald, we did the short hike up to Mürren.
From Mürren, we hiked down to Lauterbrunnen.
From Lauterbrunnen, we decided to take the train down to Interlaken to spend some time at Lake Brienz.
For our last evening in Switzerland, we decided we would go out to eat. This was our only meal out in Switzerland (we saved a lot of money by going to the grocery store and making our own meals). We wanted to go out to try some Swiss food. We ended up ordering soup and some swiss noodles called Älplermagronen (Alpine Farmers’ Macaroni). It comes with a side of applesauce, which traditionally, is mixed into the noodles. We tried a few bites that way, interesting taste, but we decided to eat the applesauce separately.
Maximizing our time in the Swiss Alps before heading back to the states meant an early wake up call the next morning and a very long travel day. The trip back started with four train rides to get to the Zurich airport, a flight from Zurich to Frankfurt, a flight from Frankfurt to Denver, a bus ride from the Denver Airport to Boulder, then a car ride home. It was no small miracle that we made every connection. Especially since our flight out of Zurich was delayed and we ended up doing a two mile sprint across the Frankfurt airport to make our flight. Pretty sure that sprint across the airport was the fastest I’ve run in my entire life. It was a huge sigh of relief when we reached our gate and saw that people were still boarding, even though the gate should have been closed already.
By the time we got home, we had been traveling for 23 hours. We were pretty exhausted, which was good, because it made it easier to sleep through the night even though it was morning in Europe. 🙂
Until the next trip…
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius