Postcard from the 'Top of Europe'
I'm back from a wonderful week in Switzerland - my first time there - based in traffic-free Wengen where the only way to get in and out of the village is by rack railway or cable car. Most civilised!
This is the view on day one when we took the cable car to Stechelberg then walked to Mürren. The photo is from that walk looking towards the Eiger and Mönch mountains, with the Jungfrau just out of sight. There is a railway through the Eiger mountain itself to Jungfraujoch, which markets itself as 'The top of Europe' hence the catchy title for my post. This has the highest railway station in Europe as its claim to fame and the views are spectacular from there, stretching towards France, Germany and Italy on a clear day.
We took a tiny railway or cable car to the top of various mountains almost every day, except those when we steamed along the turquoise coloured lakes either side of Interlaken and looked up into the mountains instead. We also spent a day in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, where we became the tourist attraction as we went for a ride on the streets behind a vintage steam tram. NAH was in complete heaven the whole week.
There was plenty to please me too - oh those views and the clean air! Then imagine swimming in a pool with a view of those mountains, then snuggling in a fluffy dressing gown afterwards with a hot chocolate and looking out to the mountains from our hotel balcony. There were walks in the footsteps of James Bond and Tolkien's Rivendell, waterfalls to fall in love with, plus tons of alpine flowers and meadows with the sound of tinkling cow bells.
We'll be back.
Update: One of our fellow holidaymakers has posted several videos of our trip. I particularly liked his cable car ride from Männlichen down to Wengen. Listen out for the tinkling cow bells at the beginning!