Glaciers, Alps and views

Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
Trip End Oct 19, 2011

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Hotel Alpfrieden

Flag of Switzerland  , Swiss Alps,
Monday, September 26, 2011

After leaving locarno I travelled by the slowest but scenic train that goes through italy again and on to brig. It travels through 100 valleys and there is only one line so it is very slow going and with many twists and turns the top speed is not fast at all. It actually took 2 hours to reach Domodossola which isn't that far where I had to run for the train as we were delayed and Swiss trains always run on time. I made it on to a very nice fast train that took all of about 15mins to cross the border and through the mountain to reach Brig where I then caught a train to Betten where I then got to Gondolas to reach Bettmeralp at 1950m. A car free village.

What can I say, it is stunning here. Fabulous views of the alps, green mountain sides, cows with giant bells and of course swiss chalets. I am staying in the annexe of one of the hotels as it was half the price if I shared a bathroom. However I am the only one in it so I have the bathroom all to myself a fantastic balcony and view of the alps.

I caught the upper Gondola up to Bettmerhorn where you can see the Aletsch Glacier a 26km Glaceir that is now a UNESCO site. I am on the opposite side of the alps to Jungfrau(the highest mountain and the Eiger but I am still able to see them). Also to the other side with such fantastic weather I can see all the way to the Matterhorn.
At the top of Bettmerhorn I did a small hike to get a closer look at the glacier however there aren't real tracks as such but rocks and paths and with only sneakers I have to take care. I then came back down to Bettmeralp and wandered through town and picked up some supplies from the supermarket. I decided to have the dinner at the hotel and for 35 swiss francs I got a four course meal. So much better than what I got for my money the other day. However one of the courses was prawn cocktail and I am not exactly sure where they got them from up here!

I woke to a beautiful, crisp and clear morning and headed next door for breakfast which was included in my very cheap price and wow what a breakfast. If I ever come back I am definitely staying here again. It appears to be very quiet midweek with a lot of swiss coming on weekends if the weather is good to do their nordic hiking. I got the cable cars back down the mountain and took the train to Fiesch where I planned on going up to the Eiggishorn.
As I was going up I gazed into the sky and noticed tonnes of paragliders, it is apparently the place to come and you can even do a tandem. I thought about it but just did not have the time. You can also do rock climbing and they have these suspension wires you can also test yourself on.
Another thing that is popular is heading down the mountain by mountain bike or by mountain scooter. It was terrific seeing 60 years olds hurtling down the mountain on a push scooter.

At the top of Fiescheralp you can then walk,/scramble to the top of the Eiggishorn for a fantastic view. The trail was all rocks, stones and no rail. I am not one for heights but I was going to do this. So by not looking down too much and concentrating so I didn't slip in my sneakers I made it to the top and a fabulous view of the Glacier and surrounding mountains.

I have to say I have really enjoyed my few days here and it is maybe even better than my time at Como. If you are ever thinking of coming to Switzerland Bettmeralp is a great place to visit. There are plenty of chalets to rent, family friendly and of course would be great in summer or winter. I leave here now for Zermatt and a close up look at the Matterhorn
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Julie Devitt on

Hi Tania,
Your Swiss photo's look just beautiful. I love the one from your window. Looks like your having a great time. The blog entries are great.

Work is same old!

Cheers and good luck.

Julie (from work)

tan14 on

I am loving switzerland. it is just beautiful. Hope you aren't working too hard. Not thinking about having to come back in a few weeks.

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