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// JUNE 2007
Up and down the passages…
Munich
Vaduz
Lucerne
Fribourg
Grenoble
Little Saint Bernard Pass
Leissigen
Leissigen
Zermatt
Andermatt
Chur
Innsbruck
Munich
Am see Haldensee
Feldkirch
Appenzell
Saint Gallen
Maienfeld
Walenstadt
Klausenpass
Murten
Saint-Ursanne
Payerne
Avenches
Jaunpass
Gstaad
Col du Pillon
Col de la Croix
Chamonix
Megève
Albertville
Pont-en-Royans
Col de Rousset
Die
Col du Lautaret
Modane
Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Aosta
Grand St. Bernard Pass
Bourg-Saint-Pierre
Verbier
Goppenstein
Kandersteg
Thun
Lauterbrunnen
Trümmelbach
Bern
Oberhofen
Lake Brienz
Susten Pass
Grimsel Pass
Ulrichen
Nufenen Pass
Saas Fee
Täsch
Täsch
Brig
Simplon Pass
Domodossola
Santa Maria Maggiore
Ascona
Locarno
Lavertezzo
Bellinzona
Gotthard Pass
Göschenen
Oberalp Pass
Splügen
Chiavenna
Maloja Pass
Julier Pass
Bernina Pass
Lago di Poschiavo
Tirano
Bormio
Bressanone
Brunico
Grossglockner
Fusch
Zell am See

Leissingen


26th of June 2007
“Black Monk”…waterfalls…glaciers

That particular day was devoted to the Swiss Alps and our starting point was Interlagen: 3 impressive mountains _Eiger, Monchand and Jungfrau_ and 4 fascinating villages WengenMürrenGrindelwald και Lauterbrunnen _ which are certainly not easily accessible.

We started from Grindelwald and ascended the central road, with a huge rocky formation “hanging” above our heads, before arriving at Lauterbrunnen, which is situated into one of the most impressive valleys at the Alps area, in between gigantic rocks and mountains with high peaks. In between isolated valleys and colorful Alpine pastures, 72 waterfalls fill the whole atmosphere around them with humidity.

We arrived at Trummelbachf. A nature’s tremendously deafening phenomenon takes place at the mountain “Black Monk”, at one of the most hostile and wild glacier valleys. The ten waterfalls of Trummelbach, hidden in between the rocks, fall from a height of 200mt. The amount of water falling reaches up to 20.000lt per second!

We ascended and descended stairs and we climbed all the levels, one after the other, until we reached the last one. We were overwhelmed by the rocks, before reaching the platforms, where from we saw and felt the waterfalls with all our senses. Steam and droplets were penetrating everything around us and the noise was tremendously deafening. Even with our waterproof ponchos on, we were still vulnerable to the penetrative fascination of the water.



Following James Bond’s traces

Next we started our trip towards Schilthorn by funicular, enjoying the amazing views through stained glass windows.

We arrived at our first station, Murren (altitude 1638mt) and then at our second one, Brig (altitude 2677mt) with the temperature reaching the 3 degrees of the Celsius climax. Following James Bond’s traces, we reached our final destination, Schilthorn (altitude 2971mt). This is the place where the famous movie “In Her Majesty’s Service” was filmed. The guests at the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria have the chance to enjoy the magnificent views of 40 mountain peaks and 20 glaciers. I, though, had a question, which still remains unanswered:

Why on earth they never clean those stained glass windows? 

The sun, which with Schilthorn welcomed us at first, gave its place to a devilish wind, which brought along sleet and heavy, at places, fog.

The weather was changing every single minute.

Protected inside the restaurant, we enjoyed, in slow motion and at an angle of 360 degrees, the panorama of Alps, which was surrounding us, and warmed ourselves up with the tasty soup…



Bern, a magic, medieval scenery!!!

Our descending journey back was done the opposite way, again by funicular. It was time to see Bern, the capitol city of the country, which is situated at the central Switzerland, with the river Aar, confluent to Rhine, crossing it.

We started, under rain, our promenade to the city, visiting its famous historic centre_ a Monument of Universal Heritage of UNESCO_ with its unique architecture (16nth century) spreading ahead, at the central pedestrians’ road. At both sides of it, traditional buildings were towering up. They were perfectly taken care of, even to the slightest detail, with their flower covered windows composing a magic, medieval scenery. During our strolling, we also met various fountains decorated with depictions of famous historic events of Bern’s glorious past. Predominant, at the centre of the city, is the Clock Tower, “the Zytglogge”. Its ornate astronomical clock, with the moving figures marking the changing of the hours, was built in 1530.

The part of the city which is built at the shores of the river is very impressive, with many beautiful houses, bridges and towers. We saw, too, the Cathedral of the city (Munster), a masterpiece of Gothic Rhythm, which is also the highest temple of Switzerland.

The weather improved rapidly, the sun dried the waters of the rain and a dazzling Bern emerged in front of our amazed eyes. 



On our way to Oberhofen, we passed by Thun, once more. We arrived at the shores of the Lake Thunersee and we saw the fairy tale castle of Oberhofen, before taking the road towards Interlaken.

After strolling to the roads of its old city, we went to the hotel that we had slept the previous day. 

 

Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
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Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12 days
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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