Views, hikes and yodelling
Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
19Trip End Oct 19, 2011
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This time I am staying in Wengen a small town above Lauterbrunnen (which is on the valley floor). It is situated with a view to Jungfrau the highest point in Europe and across the valley. As the summer season is coming to a close all of the hotels are also closing and the area is becoming a bit of a ghost town
I spent my first afternoon doing some small hikes around Wengen to some look out points over the valley. I didn't want to do too much as I had planned to do a few couple of hour hikes over the next few days.
I saw when I arrived in town signs for Jondelbend, which means a yodelling night, I thought it could be interesting and boy was I right. After dinner I wandered down to the school(yes there is a school in town I was rather surprised as well) where I paid my entry fee and walked in, to be faced with something that resembled Oktoberfest without the drunk Australians and huge steins of beer. 99percent of the people were local but I managed to sit at the only table with some English people who live in Wengen for a few months each year. I thought the night was going to be a couple of hours of entertainment. How wrong I was it apparently was to go to 2am with groups from the region showing their stuff and telling dirty jokes(so I am told as they were in swiss german), interval of bratwurst and beer and wine to go round
The next morning I was up early to get the cable car from Wengen up to Mannlichen where I planned on hiking to Klein Scheidegg for a fantastic view of Jungfrau, Eiger and the Monch. I left pretty early and found the trails rather quiet. Before heading off on the trail, at the top of the cable car you can walk up to the highestt point to get a fantastic view across the lakes, the valley and to the peaks. Le’ts just say the walk was a heart starter and I sounded like a steam engine as I climbed the steep gradient. Thankfully the hike I had planned for today was up on the high alpine pass and pretty flat most of the time and once I was on the trail I had a chance to take in the fantastic views. The hike has fantastic views of the mountains and I also witnessed a big chunk of ice breaking off and falling below near Jungfrau which is 4158m
After I made it back to Wengen, I then caught the train down to Lauterbrunnen and the cable car up the other side to the small town of Murren. It was just beautiful and has fantastic views to the three big peaks(Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch)I wandered around the small town taking it all in. You can also take the gondola from here up to Schtilthorn where James Bond original Casino Royale was filmed. I picnicked here with a fantastic view and by then my legs were weary and it was time for a bit of a rest. So back to Wengen for a well earned hot shower and a beer.
My last day I decided to take a boat on the Brienz lake from Interlaken to visit the Ballenberg museum, a living history museum with houses and traditional ways of Switzerland