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It's getting cold up here
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Lake Thun near Interlaken
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Fall color in the mountains
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View from the gondola
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Hiking through Murren
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What a beautiful day! with a view of the three towering mountains: Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau
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I don't think we're in the Appalachians
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Town of Murren 5,413 ft. above sea level and unreachable by public road
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Waterfalls everywhere
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Railway opened 1891
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What a backyard!
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Morning clouds rolling off the mountain
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What did I say about waterfalls?

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." - Miriam Beard

Day 16 - 17 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen Staubbach Falls in background

As we left Monterozzo in the morning, the sun was just coming up over the mountain. We took one last look at the beach and the town as we headed towards the train. Once again, our driver John demonstrated his amazing driving skills as we drove through the mountains towards Switzerland. He watched the twisty roads through the mountain passes, and we watched the majestic scenery. Golly, the Swiss Alps sure are taller than the Appalachians we have by us. The snow-topped mountains contrasted with the green, green valleys which were dotted by sheep grazing in the fields and cozy Swiss chalets (with more flowery window boxes). From the warm beach to the snowy mountains in just a few hours!

We arrived at our Swiss chalet hotel a little before dinner. We were treated to a cheese fondue demonstration and a comforting dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes and vegetables. We had to share bathrooms and had no TV but no one complained because we were so thrilled with the setting. The next day after a filling breakfast, Martin led a group of us on a hike through the mountains. We took a gondola up and walked along a path that led through the town of Murren then to the gondola down to Lautenbrunnen. We walked along mountain streams and waterfalls, looked down on the close knit towns in the valley, and watched clouds descend down the mountains. The sky was blue, the air was crisp-it was heavenly. We stopped for lunch at a little restaurant in Lautenbrunnen and then headed out down the road to the Trummelbach Falls. Altogether we walked around 11 miles that day but the sights were so awesome that we never thought about our feet. Dinner was made more memorable when the electricity went out and we ended up having a candle lit dinner.


Our WOW moment of this trip was our hike through the Swiss Alps. The air was crisp, the sky was blue, the tinkling of the sheep and cow bells, the roar of the waterfalls, the mountains and valleys-it was a wonderful experience. Since we live just an hour or so away from the Appalachian Mountains, we've decided to take advantage of our local mountains and do more hiking. It'll be a great way to remember our once-in-a-lifetime hike through the Swiss Alps.


    • Breathtaking views
    • Hiking the Swiss Alps
    • Gondola Rides
    • Trummelbach Falls
  • Spectacular View from Hotel's Front Door
  • Gondola Ride from Murren to Lauterbrunnen
  • Trummelbach Falls
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