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Report 1566: We Love Switzerland

By Kathryn J from USA, Summer 2008

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Page 6 of 12: Schilthorn 8/28/08

photo by Kathryn

Gimmelwald

We had planned to do more hiking during our stay in the Jungfrau region, but due to my muscle strain we modified our plans and went to the Schilthorn instead of hiking from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. I was very disappointed to not do this hike - but knew that my leg wouldn't permit it.

The ride to the Schilthorn was very interesting. Taking the Post bus to Stechelberg and then the three gondolas up the mountain was easy and very picturesque. The gondolas were quite crowded and as we went higher toward the Schilthorn, we began to ride through clouds. It was kind of cool at first, but was just the beginning of being in clouds for the day.

Because of the crowds when we arrived at the top, we decided to eat first. We had wanted to do the breakfast buffet, but didn't make it up the mountain in time. The revolving restaurant is a great idea. You are able to see from every direction while waiting for and eating your meal. Clouds were intermittent during our lunch, but we got a pretty good look from most of the directions as we revolved.

After we ate and went outside, the clouds became more consistent and after about an hour, we gave up and went back down the mountain. We ran into a group of Americans - which had not been a frequent occurrence. One of the men was even from a town near us in Oklahoma.

I had read so much about Gimmelwald that we stopped and wandered around the small town. Very pretty and very few people, but I am not sure I agree with Rick Steves about how wonderful it is ... but I did get a few pictures that turned out really well. Back in Stechelberg, we walked over to the picnic area over the stream - again the very white glacier fed stream. It was beautiful and we decided we should come back to Stechelberg and explore further. Unfortunately we never did make it back.

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