Hotel Le Grand Chalet
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... since my visit who tell me how lucky I was to get such regular views of the Matterhorn. Many of them have been to Zermatt but never seen the Matterhorn.
At the station I’m pleased to see the first of my four train trips to get to Gstaad will be on the Glacier Express. For nostalgic reasons this was nice as 30 years earlier when returning from my two year term with Coopers &Lybrand , ...
... was at this time that we both decided to have a break and stop at Sonnenberg for a bite to eat and something to quench the thirst! Chips and Rosti to share between us, and a wine and beer. Perfect way to celebrate getting down the worst part of the hill, we only had about 200m more of vertical (vs the 800 we had already done!)
After a little relax we got up and continued down the lovely asphalt paved road for the next 400m or so, until it turned to a gravel path, at which time ...
... through Gstaad) with farmhouses dotted along the hills in between. The valleys were narrow, the grass was so green, the mountain sides were steep and huge. The mist was rolling in and out. There were cows with bells, geese, sometimes sheep all grazing on the steep hills sides. The road was very windy and narrow and it seems the Swiss aren’t too concerned with staying in their lane. We passed through a town which had a cheese cave. It wasn’t open but ...
... strolled along a walking path to the lake of Brienzersee and followed it around for quite some distance - the locals were swimming from the banks of the lake so we stuck a toe in - quite cool but refreshing. Some people were even floating down the rapid moving river between the two lakes on inflatable rings.
We had dinner at the hotel restaurant on the river and then a relaxing movie night.
The next day ...
... and then spent the evening wandering around some of the boutique shops (which were open randomly quite late).
The next morning we had one last look around Lucerne before getting back on the train in the direction of Interlaken. It was on this train to Interlaken that the Swiss scenery really started to become ever so beautiful.
You may say that spending a large portion of your day on a train is very boring, but it was pretty cold outside and the train heating ...