Grindelwald ... the Swiss names just keep coming!

Trip Start Mar 05, 2008
Trip End Jan 11, 2009

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Monday, September 22, 2008

We couldn't resist the opportunity to go back to the Jungfrau region (Interlaken area) again. Only this time we headed to Grindelwald. Ian had ridden there on his big ride from Wilderswil, and he said it had really nice views. Joe, from our 1st campsite had also said it was a great place to base yourself if you wanted to hike up into the mountains ... so that's what we did!

The first day we didn't arrive until after 1pm, and I was still feeling pretty bad, so Ian went off on another big ride into the Alps. I stayed back at our awesome campsite having a nice (free!) hot shower - it even had heated floors in the bathrooms! - and running down my batteries with the free wifi internet. And it was all reasonably priced!

I couldn't believe it, but I was sitting there clicking away, when up pulled Danica & Johno, a couple we had been talking to in Tasch! They had given me heaps of tips on the UK, and I gave them some on Italy & Austria. It turns out that our plans are very similar for the next week or so, so we might be running into them again.

The weather wasn't too bad when we first arrived, but soon turned very cloudy & cold ... we'd started to wonder if we'd made a mistake coming back for a hike or ride.

But the next day was absolutely beautiful! We walked up into town to check out the price of hiring me a bike for the day, so we could ride up to a place called Klein Scheidegg (about 10km in each direction - ALL UP, THEN ALL DOWN!) Ian said it would be tough work for me, but thought I could do it.

Anyway ... the ONLY place that hired bikes in the entire town (& therefore had a monopoly on it!) wanted about Oz$47 for the day! I told Ian that was way too much, so we decided to hike it instead.

It took nearly 3 hours up (through cows and past little waterfalls, etc) and it was really tough going. I could hardly breathe & was going really slowly - poor Ian, I definitely held him up (esp. since he didn't get his bike ride!)

But finally we got there. It was a tiny town (just a train station & a couple of hotels really) at the foot of the massive Jungfraujoch, where you could catch the train (through a tunnel in the mountain) all the way to the top!

We decided not to go up as it was a bit pricey (and we'd already done the Zermatt one), but Danica & Johno said it was awesome at the top & out on the glacier. Oh well - you win some, you lose some.

We walked out for half an hour to see another glacier section - you couldn't get near it though. Ian said he saw some of it fall off the day he rode up from Wilderswil!

Anyway, after eating our picnic baguettes, we began our trip down. Ouch on the knees! It was about then, I was really wishing for the bikes - the trip up would have been just as tough, but down would have been a hell of a lot easier! (and quicker!)

But we eventually made it back - I couldn't move the next morning, but it was sooooo worth it! The views here have been amazing. We only hope that our photos can do them some justice.

Our time in Switzerland is coming to an end, but we don't want to leave - the people are great, the animals are gorgeous & friendly, and the views are to die for!!

Pencil us in ... we definitely want to come back!
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