02.06.2015 - 02.06.2015
It was another sunny day – I am very thankful for this. We went for breakfast at 7.30am this morning. It was the same as yesterday and again we ate up big. After breakfast Bill and I went to see Trummelbachfalle (cascades within a very narrow deep cleft in the cliff). Andrew had been before so he did not want to go. The cascades within the cleft are quite amazing. A lift takes you up to tunnels which have been built to enable people to see the cascades from 10 different vantage points. Bill felt claustrophobic in the tunnels but persisted with the tour. There was a good flow of water and the water falls very fast. There was the constant thunder of cascades. Steps take you down through tunnels to the various vantage points. It was a worthwhile visit.
When we got back, Andrew suggested we go up to Wengen – a village located on a spur some 3 kilometres from Lauterbrunnen and about 500 meters higher. We got the train up. Because of the steep climb there are cogs on the railway track to enable the train to make the climb. At Wengen, there are great views over Lauterbrunnen. Andrew suggested we to walk up to Kleine Scheidegg which is about 10 kilometres away and is 800 meters higher than Wengen. I was apprehensive about my ability to complete a walk of 10 kilometres which was relentlessly uphill. I was inspired by the prospect of alpine scenery when we got to the top. We started through beautiful meadow (if ever I think of the word meadow again I will think of Switzerland) and then into delightful forest (I am sure the locals must clean out dead logs and branches because the forests are so neat). But the walk was up and up and up. I really felt like “Puffing Billy” – I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…I know I can! After the forest we came into open grassland which meant the view was unobstructed. We finally came to the crest of the hill and looked at scenery that was stunning. We looked down a deep valley and on the other side were the mountains which rose steeply. I would think the mountains would have risen some 2,500 metres (that is 2.5 kilometres) – the mountains are over 4,000 meters high! There was such grandeur that it took any tiredness away. The mountains were covered in beautiful white snow that shone brilliantly in the sun.
We could have caught a train up – but I am so glad we walked. There are a lot of trains running to take tourists up and the path follows the railway line. When the trains come to the crest which gives a view of the alpine range you see a multitude of hands holding cameras jutting out of the train windows as people take photos of the amazing sight.
We then continued our walk to Kleine Scheidegg which is a kind of train stop with restaurants and some hotels and chalets – it is a ski area in winter. We walked to a grassy knoll just up from the resort which gave 360 degree views all around. We could look down to the village of Grindelwald in the next valley (where the people are dirty and the river is black – the joke from yesterday) but most impressive of all, we looked straight at Eiger Mountain with its famous sheer rock face which is 1,800 meters high and has challenged climbers since 1935 – apparently some 64 climbers have died attempting the climb. We could also see “Jungfraujoch Top of Europe” a train station and restaurant 3,454 metres high – it costs an arm and a leg to catch the train up – but we lots of people on the trains going up!!! It was a great place to relax – and although we were up about 2,100 meters with just shirts on we were not cold.
We then made our journey back – downhill all the way – very painful for our toes as they hit the front of your shoes. The scenery was so enjoyable on the way down. We could see where we walked on Sunday – on the other side of the Lauterbrunnen valley. When we got to Wengen an English couple with a dog greeted us. When they heard we had walked up to Kleine Scheidegg and back again – they told us we must be super fit. I felt quite complimented – but it’s not true.
We then walked down the very steep 3 kilometre track from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen. It zigzags through beautiful forest. I was so tired when we got back to our room.
Andrew and Bill still had the energy to organise a barbeque up the valley at Murrenbachfall (417 meter falls – beautiful to look at). The barbeque area is located in a forest glade and looks up at the falls. We had German sausage with bread – very nice. There was also spring water at the site – this was very nice too.
It was a big day. I thought I would sleep like a top – but I didn’t. Andrew slept well but Bill had trouble sleeping.