Switzerland: Mürren and Kleine Scheidegg to Alpingen
6 July 2009
Stephen and his father travelled to Interlaken in
Switzerland for a walking holiday utilising the trains, cable cars and
gondolas of the Jungfrau Railways. On the first morning, the weather
didn't look promising, but a decision was made to go out anyway and hope
for the best.
Waiting on the platform at Interlaken Ost for the train to Lauterbrunnen,
and it is raining. The metre-gauge train of the Berner Oberland Bahn
takes us to Lauterbrunnen.
Ascending the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp. When we were
last here, this line was a funicular, so it was something of a surprise
to find it replaced by a cable car. This is looking down on
Lauterbrunnen in its very steep glacial valley
The station at Grütschalp where the cable car arrives and the train for
Mürren departs. Instead, we are going to walk to Mürren, hoping that the
weather will improve.
Dad in the rain and cloud.
A bit of shelter in the woods
The mountain path was well equipped with bins and other facilities
The train passes us - as there is no proper road to Mürren, all the
people and the goods for the resort go by this short train having come
up in the cable car.
In Mürren, a man stacks wood.
Having got the train from Mürren back to Grütschalp, we descend the
cable car back to Lauterbrunnen.
From there we catch the cog railway up the other side of the
...through Wengen, seen here...
...to Kleine Scheidegg, where the Jungfraubahn heads off to the highest
station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch.
The Jungfrau is hidden in thick cloud today, however.
Our route from Kleine Scheidegg lies down the other side, towards
The station at Kleine Scheidegg, at 2061 metres (6762 feet) above sea level.
Descending to the next station, Alpingen.
A look back at the hotels of Kleine Scheidegg
Looking down across the end of the valley where Grindelwald lies, to the
pass of Grosse Scheidegg.
Me playing on a bit of dirty snow
The North Wall of the Eiger in cloud, with the railway line running in a
gallery to protect it from snowfalls
She looks ready to burst!
More melting dirty snow
The station at Alpingen, from where we catch the train down to
Grindelwald. Kleine Scheidegg from where we began our walk can just be
seen on the horizon.
Approaching Grindelwald, from where we get another train back to