Jonathan Worthington :: jnthn.net

My 2005 Trip To Switzerland

In July 2005 I took a 10 night holiday in the beautiful Jungfrau region of Switzerland, staying at the Sunstar Hotel in Wengen with Dan from work, Gary from uni and my mum (though she only came for the last 7 days). By day we explored the area and did some great walks and by night we enjoyed wonderful food and a couple of pints of the local brew. Thankfully, the photos are only of the day. :-)

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Bern

Bern is the capital of Switzerland, though you could be forgiven for thinking that the capital was Zurich or Geneva for Bern is somewhat smaller. We visited it on our way to Wengen from the airport on the day we arrived.

The river through Bern
The river through Bern
Grass growing on a roof - a disguise?
Grass growing on a roof - a disguise?
One of Bern's many great clock towers
One of Bern's many great clock towers
The three Bern bears
The three Bern bears
A Bern bear up close
A Bern bear up close
The old town of Bern
The old town of Bern
One of the many river bridges
One of the many river bridges

Wengen

These are some photos of Wengen that were taken throughout the holiday. The first 4 were taken on a walk from Kleine Scheidegg down to Wengen, the next 2 were taken from near Wengen station and the last 3 were taken from the centre of Wengen.

Wengen on a couldy day
Wengen on a couldy day
Wengen in more detail
Wengen in more detail
Wengen from Almend
Wengen from Almend
Another view of Wengen from Almend
Another view of Wengen from Almend
View from Wengen railway station
View from Wengen railway station
Another view from Wengen station
Another view from Wengen station
The cable car from Manlichen - what I saw from my balcony
The cable car from Manlichen - what I saw from my balcony
Looking left from my balcony
Looking left from my balcony
The main street of Wengen
The main street of Wengen

Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch is the highest point you can reach by train in the Jungfrau region, at over 11,300 feet high. You reach it by travelling through a tunnel built through the Eiger mountain. The fact you're at high altitude is very noticable - you're short on breath and the sky looks a much deeper blue. Note that a few photos need some cosmetic tweaks and as such are not online yet.

From the first of two stations on the way up
From the first of two stations on the way up
Also at the first station
Also at the first station
More of the valley at the first station
More of the valley at the first station
At the second station...
At the second station...
...and again...
...and again...
...and again - check out the shapes in the ice
...and again - check out the shapes in the ice
More of the ice
More of the ice
At the top - above the clouds!
At the top - above the clouds!
A break in the clouds reveals part of the valley
A break in the clouds reveals part of the valley
A stark rock face
A stark rock face
More rocks poking out of the snow
More rocks poking out of the snow
In the ice palance
In the ice palance
More ice sculptures
More ice sculptures
And igloo sculpture
And igloo sculpture
The entrance to the ice palace...
The entrance to the ice palace...
...had lots of pretty lights.
...had lots of pretty lights.
More ice sculptures
More ice sculptures
On the snow
On the snow
The Sphinx observatory
The Sphinx observatory
Another shot of the Sphinx
Another shot of the Sphinx
The Jungfraujoch Center
The Jungfraujoch Center
Me on the snow with the Swiss flag
Me on the snow with the Swiss flag
Gary, myself and Dan
Gary, myself and Dan
Gary, myself and Dan again
Gary, myself and Dan again

Mannlichen To Kleine Scheidegg Walk

This is a fairly simple walk that we did a couple of times, once in each direction. The first time we walked this it was rather cloudy, so the pictures are from the second time.

Looking towards Kleine Scheidegg
Looking towards Kleine Scheidegg
The Grindelwald valley
The Grindelwald valley
Wider shot of the Grindelwald valley
Wider shot of the Grindelwald valley
Cloud obscures a snowy peak
Cloud obscures a snowy peak
Interesting contrast in the colors of the land
Interesting contrast in the colors of the land
The path with a ski lift station in the distance
The path with a ski lift station in the distance
The sky reflects the shape of the peak
The sky reflects the shape of the peak
Another shot into the valley
Another shot into the valley
Cool could formation
Cool could formation
Clouds over the valley
Clouds over the valley
Snowy peak in the distance peeks from the clouds
Snowy peak in the distance peeks from the clouds

Schiltorn

Sitting atop of the Schiltorn is a rotating restaurant and a viewing platform that let you see mountains and valleys in every direction. On a really clear day you can even see to mountain ranges outside of Switzerland. Schiltorn was also featured in the James Bond film "On her majesty's secret service".

A desert of snow-swept rock
A desert of snow-swept rock
A few clouds hang over the valley
A few clouds hang over the valley
The rotating restaurant
The rotating restaurant
Looking in another direction...
Looking in another direction...
...and yet another...
...and yet another...
...and yet another.
...and yet another.
The restaurant again
The restaurant again
Valley and peaks
Valley and peaks
Helicoptor flies over a mountain range
Helicoptor flies over a mountain range
A cable car approaching Schiltorn
A cable car approaching Schiltorn
Looking at the Schiltorn from Birg
Looking at the Schiltorn from Birg
At Birg
At Birg
The cable car down from Birg to Murren
The cable car down from Birg to Murren
Looking down towards Murren
Looking down towards Murren
A view from Birg
A view from Birg
Another view of the Schiltorn from Birg
Another view of the Schiltorn from Birg
Mum and Gary and Birg
Mum and Gary and Birg
Another view from Birg
Another view from Birg
The Birg-Murren cable car again
The Birg-Murren cable car again

Mannlichen

The Mannlichen peak sits in the center of the Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald and Interlarken valleys, giving views into all three of them. It is really spectacular and only a 20 minute walk up hill from the cable car station. On one day it snowed at Mannlichen, so we nipped up there to get a few photos of the snow - I've never known it to snow there in August before now. On other days it was much clearer and we got some nice photos of the valleys - it's really hard to capture the scale and enormity of what you're seeing though.

Mannlichen with a covering of snow
Mannlichen with a covering of snow
Gary and myself
Gary and myself
View from near the Mannlichen cable car station
View from near the Mannlichen cable car station
The cable car down to Wengen
The cable car down to Wengen
Another shot from near the cable car station
Another shot from near the cable car station
At the peak, looking into the Interlaken valley
At the peak, looking into the Interlaken valley
A small peak opposite the Mannlichen one, with the big mountains behind it
A small peak opposite the Mannlichen one, with the big mountains behind it
The Grindelward valley
The Grindelward valley
The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen valley
The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen valley
The Lauterbrunnen valley again..
The Lauterbrunnen valley again..
...and again.
...and again.
The town at the bottom of the photo is Wengen - the other is Lauterbrunnen
The town at the bottom of the photo is Wengen - the other is Lauterbrunnen
Mountains
Mountains
The Grindelwald valley again
The Grindelwald valley again
And the Lauterbrunnen one again
And the Lauterbrunnen one again
The Interlaken valley
The Interlaken valley

First To Bachalpsee Walk

This is a fairly high altitude walk and pretty steep in places, but quite managable and not too long (about 50 minutes from First to the lake and 45 or so back at our pace - we stopped to take lots of photos on the way back).

Accross a valley, taken from the path
Accross a valley, taken from the path
The path towards the lake
The path towards the lake
A hut near to the lake
A hut near to the lake
Cows graze in front of one part of the lake
Cows graze in front of one part of the lake
Surrounding hills reflect in the lake
Surrounding hills reflect in the lake
The other side of the lake
The other side of the lake
More grazing cows
More grazing cows
A view to the left of the lake
A view to the left of the lake
Accross the lake to the peaks
Accross the lake to the peaks
Path towards the river
Path towards the river
Water and mountains
Water and mountains
A small pond
A small pond
A little mountain stream
A little mountain stream
The stream winds away down the hill
The stream winds away down the hill
Accross the valley to the mountains
Accross the valley to the mountains
The path ahead
The path ahead
Into the valley
Into the valley
The valley from another angle
The valley from another angle
Bare rock pokes out of the grass
Bare rock pokes out of the grass
Spot the stream
Spot the stream
The waterfall/stream in more detail
The waterfall/stream in more detail
A view near to First
A view near to First

Bort

Bort is one of the stations on the Grindelwald - First gondola route. On the first trip to Bort it was rather cloudy. On the second visit, we hired scooters and scooted our way down the mountain - well trendy!

A rocky peak pokes out of the cloud
A rocky peak pokes out of the cloud
The cloud moved around really fast
The cloud moved around really fast
Spot the glacier in the middle of the rocks
Spot the glacier in the middle of the rocks
The next part of the cable way
The next part of the cable way
Clouds and rocks
Clouds and rocks
A view on the way down
A view on the way down
Looking at some mountains on the way down as darkerer clouds moved in
Looking at some mountains on the way down as darkerer clouds moved in
Looking back up towards Bort on the ride down
Looking back up towards Bort on the ride down
Dan on a scooter
Dan on a scooter
Gary on a scooter
Gary on a scooter
Me on a scooter
Me on a scooter

Grindelwald And Grund

Grund is at the bottom of the Grindelwald valley. Grindelwald is the main town in the valley - a fairly sizable place with masses of hotels and many trips starting there.

In the Grindelwald valley
In the Grindelwald valley
More of the Grindelwald valley
More of the Grindelwald valley
Looking at the mountains from Grund
Looking at the mountains from Grund
Curious building near Grund railway station
Curious building near Grund railway station
The river at Grund, getting high
The river at Grund, getting high

Grutschalp To Murren

A funicular runs from Lauterbrunnen to Grutschalp, and from there you can take a train into Murren. However, we walked into Murren from Grutschalp - easily done and very beautiful. Here's some pics from the journey.

View from Grutschalp station
View from Grutschalp station
Looking accross the Lauterbrunnen valley
Looking accross the Lauterbrunnen valley
The path to Murren
The path to Murren
Dan and Gary
Dan and Gary
Flowers and stark rock faces
Flowers and stark rock faces
The train between Grutschalp and Murren
The train between Grutschalp and Murren
The train again
The train again
Gary, Dan and Mum
Gary, Dan and Mum
I nearly got run over by a train taking this!
I nearly got run over by a train taking this!
Unsurprisingly, I took this later one from the path.
Unsurprisingly, I took this later one from the path.
In Murren
In Murren

Schynige Plateau

The Schynige Plateau is kinda like a lump of rock that a train winds its way up, then when you get to the top, after a vaguely steep walk, you end up on another lump of rock that offers views over Interlaken and the two lakes either side of it. It's incredible to see - if I was skillful enough I'd put my photos together into a panorama.

Schynige Plateau station
Schynige Plateau station
Looking towards lake Brienz
Looking towards lake Brienz
The landscape was somewhat different to other places
The landscape was somewhat different to other places
A train on the way up to Schynige Plateau
A train on the way up to Schynige Plateau
Interlaken and lake Brienz
Interlaken and lake Brienz
Interlaken
Interlaken
Interlaken and lake Tunn
Interlaken and lake Tunn
Lake Tunn
Lake Tunn
Interlaken again
Interlaken again
Interlaken and lake Brienz
Interlaken and lake Brienz
Towards the mountains
Towards the mountains
Mountains and a valley
Mountains and a valley
Me and lake Tunn
Me and lake Tunn
The path - it's pretty much a ridge walk...
The path - it's pretty much a ridge walk...
...with a steep drop.
...with a steep drop.
Cool rock formations
Cool rock formations
Flowers and rocks in the distance
Flowers and rocks in the distance
The path back towards the station
The path back towards the station

The Lauterbrunnen Valley

This is the valley that includes Wengen and Murren. These photos are taken along the base of the valley, famous for its numerous water falls. Lauterbrunnen lies at the open end of the valley.

A couple of falls
A couple of falls
Looking along the valley
Looking along the valley
Staubach fall in the distance
Staubach fall in the distance
Flags and the Staubach fall
Flags and the Staubach fall
The Staubach fall
The Staubach fall
A church in Lauterbrunnen
A church in Lauterbrunnen
Looking at Lauterbrunnen on a walk down from Wengen
Looking at Lauterbrunnen on a walk down from Wengen
A similar shot
A similar shot

Trummelbach Falls

The Trummelbach falls are a collection of falls that drain the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains - a pretty massive area!

Shapes carved in the rock by the water
Shapes carved in the rock by the water
View accross the valley from the falls
View accross the valley from the falls
Water shoots out of the rocks...
Water shoots out of the rocks...
...and falls.
...and falls.
More water
More water
The river fed by the falls
The river fed by the falls
A huge torrent of water
A huge torrent of water

Machinary

Taking photos of machinary we discovered on our walks set against mountain backgrounds became the running photographic joke of the holiday. I guess you could almost call this art.

Spotted while walking to Mannlichen from Kleine Scheidegg
Spotted while walking to Mannlichen from Kleine Scheidegg
Spotted while walking to Murren from Grutschalp
Spotted while walking to Murren from Grutschalp
Another one on the way to Murren
Another one on the way to Murren
A snow plough at Birg
A snow plough at Birg
On the Bort - Grindelwald scoot
On the Bort - Grindelwald scoot
At the Schynige Plateau
At the Schynige Plateau

Flooding

It's always sad to see a beautiful place devestated by the forces of nature. Here I saw first hand the scary reality of what a lot of water can do to an area - and this wasn't even as bad as it got. Had I stayed a day longer I would have been stranded in Wengen.

The river runs even faster than usual and is much higher
The river runs even faster than usual and is much higher
The river again, on the train from Lauterbrunnen
The river again, on the train from Lauterbrunnen
Waterlogged field at Wilderswill
Waterlogged field at Wilderswill
Flooding at Wilderswill
Flooding at Wilderswill
More of the Wilderswill flooding
More of the Wilderswill flooding
The river bursting its banks
The river bursting its banks
Lake Tunn was high
Lake Tunn was high
Lake Tuun again
Lake Tuun again
Flooding in Bern this time - houses were deep in water
Flooding in Bern this time - houses were deep in water

Zurich

We had planned to visit Luczern on the way to the airport but sadly it was badly flooded, so we spent the afternoon in Zurich instead. Zurich is pretty much the financial capital of Switzerland - an extremely rich place packed with shops selling stuff I can't afford.

Mum standing with a pink teddy
Mum standing with a pink teddy
The harbour with the fountain in the distance
The harbour with the fountain in the distance

A boat and a ferris wheel in the distance
A boat and a ferris wheel in the distance
A boat sets sail
A boat sets sail
The fountain up close
The fountain up close
A huge clock
A huge clock
Some buildings in Zurich
Some buildings in Zurich
A Catholic church
A Catholic church
The main street
The main street
A tram approaches
A tram approaches
More of the main street
More of the main street
Randomness
Randomness
More of the city
More of the city
A statue of sorts
A statue of sorts
Every hour, the bells played a song
Every hour, the bells played a song
Another statue
Another statue
Zurich railway station
Zurich railway station
Inside a Zurich museum
Inside a Zurich museum
More of the museum
More of the museum
Yay! A cannon
Yay! A cannon
Bridge over the river through Zurich
Bridge over the river through Zurich
Station and museum from accross the river
Station and museum from accross the river

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