Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wengem, Lauterbrunnen, and Murren

The following day was penciled in for sight seeing. There's definitely no shortage of sights around here! 

The morning view of the Eiger (right) from our chalet.

At the Grindewald station the train arrives from Interlaken below.

and another arrives from Kleine Scheidegg above.

We took the train up and over Kleine Scheidegg (here).

Workhorse! Blower on the right, plow on the left.

The alpine views were once again astounding.

Approaching the town of Wengen

A mountain biker enjoys the fine day.

Wengen is another "car-free" town as there is no road to it. There are small service vehicles and taxis which were brought up on the train, but not many. It was the off season, so the town was very quiet and relaxing.

After an espresso and a pastry and a stroll through town we boarded the next train down to Lauterbrunnen. Quickly the views of the valley appeared.

Note the waterfall lower right.

Lauterbrunnen is the "valley of 72 waterfalls". We weren't counting, but we were duly impressed.

Staubbach falls from up on the rail line.

Simply stunning.

This one's for my ping pong buddies Jim and Elysia. Pack your paddles!

The valley is a popular paragliding area. I can see why.

We enjoyed pleasant strolling on this quiet bike/pedestrian path.

From Lauterbrunnen we took the tram and railway up to Murren.

The three famous peaks of the region. From left the Eiger (the Ogre), the Monch (Monk) and the Jungfrau (Virgin).

At the top of  the tram from Lauterbrunnen we transferred to a train for the fifteen minute ride to Murren.

The Eiger from Murren.

Sipped a tasty beer here on the deck.

and did some more strolling around town.

What a beautiful area!

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