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Fall 2000 - Switzerland and Italy
view of the Blumlisalp from the main street. This is the hike we did our second
day - from the town up those hills to the Oeschinensee at the base of the
is a view looking down on Kandersteg from a hiking trail (the trail up to
Oscheninsee). We have been to several different towns in Switzerland for hiking
and we wanted to try someplace new, so we chose Kandersteg. It is a lovely
town, in a beautiful location, with lots of good hiking. The town is full
of visitors and hikers even at this time of year (it is a Swiss school holiday
this week), but most of the visitors are German or Swiss. Very different from
Interlaken, Grindelwald or Zermatt which can feel overrun with tourists. The
people in Kandersteg are here to hike!
our first day in Kandersteg, we did an easy walk down the valley to a little
lake (Blusee), had lunch, then took the bus back. Our second day was warm
with bright sunshine (so far the only warm and sunny day other than the day
we arrived in Zurich), so we hiked from the town up the hills to Oeschinensee,
a small lake surrounded by moutains and glaciers. Another excellent lunch.
This photo shows the restaurant. You can get there only by hiking up (about
1 1/2 hours) or taking the chairlift and then walking for 20 minutes. Steve
had fresh trout and I had a vegetable plate. Then we took the chairlift back
is another view down on Kandersteg from the chair lift from Oeschinensee.
It is later in the day and some fog is coming into the mountains.
The next day was cold again and the fog was coming down the mountains to
the valley, but we did a great hike through the valley to the end and then
up a mountain road to a hotel in the woods where we had Rosti mit Spieglei
(potatoes and a fried egg) - one of our favorite Swiss dishes. The day was
cold, but pleasant, and we ate in a very old building with a fire going to
keep us all warm. The mountain road is one lane and goes to another town up
in the mountains. You can drive up it, and we probably will, but you must
pay about $5 (10CHF) and can only go up from the half hour to 10 to the hour.
The part we walked was very narrow. There was a nice 4 foot wall along the
edge of the road, but the edge was a sheer cliff down for hundreds of feet.
The one person we saw driving looked terrified.
hiking in Switzerland is wonderful. This is an example of the types of signs
you find at intersections along the trail. The red and white markers on the
point of the sign indicate a trail that is more difficult. The plain yellow
point indicates an easy trail. Mountain or ice climbing trails are indicated
by white and blue. On this sign you see that it is 1 hour (1 Std.) on an easy
trail to Kandersteg where there is a train station.
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