Where We Be
|Grindelwald makes a great base for exploring the Jungfrau region. During our nearly two weeks
in the Jungfrau we spent 3 days in Lauterbrunnen, 3 in Grindelwald, and 6 in Gimmelwald.
|This was our view in one direction during dinner
|A walk through Grindelwald offers pretty views like this one
|Flower boxes and cow bells -- the two things you can count on in just about any Swiss tourist town!
|This was the view from our window at the Hotel Bel Air Eden. As the sun set, it cast the most lovely light across the valley.
|We saw lots of alpine wildflowers blanketing hillsides and carpeting meadows
|This lonely stretch of trail looks like something out of Scotland. Mist, fog, rain, and sun alternated throughout our hike.
|Dramatic view of Grindelwald's valley
|Sun and clouds did battle as we began our hike down to Grosse Scheidegg along the Mountain Panorama Trail
|As we got off the cable car at the station called First, we hurriedly snapped a few pictures before the weather changed
|From Grosse Scheidegg I took this photo looking away from Grindelwald. You could hike for weeks on end here and never repeat the same trail twice.
|We had a memorable dinner on this patio, with tremendous mountain views
We took a 2½ hour train ride from Lucerne to
Interlaken Ost (East) to Grindelwald. On the
way, we passed through Meirengen, home of
meringues, and also the town in which Arthur
Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes, turning
the town into something of a mecca for his fans.
Grindelwald is a quaint tourist town in a scenic
valley surrounded by impressive peaks. Robin
thought this was one of the most dramatic
valleys she'd seen, and I could hardly disagree.
It's one of the most popular destinations in
Switzerland, offering endless skiing and hiking
possibilities. Cable cars whisk you to the top of
several high mountain passes. On our second
of three days in Grindelwald, we took a long
cable car ride up to a station called First then
hiked down to Grosse Scheidegg along the
Mountain Panorama trail. The easy 1½ hour hike
offered huge mountain views -- and huge
swathes of alpine flowers growing trailside.
|It felt good to get outside and do some hiking