Road trip in the Alps
In late August 2015. Road trip in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. We rented a car in Zürich and set of for the north of Switzerland, then to the east and in to Liechtenstein, back into Switzerland and down to Locarno in the south. We then continued to the mountain village Wengen, and after that we headed back to Zürich. The smaller roads were exciting with its steep hills and narrow curves, and the views made all the needed concentration worth it! But be aware, speed limits are strictly enforced here. Just a few kilometres over the limit can end up costing you 50 Swiss francs.
The southern Swiss town of Locarno was a lovely place to stay in, with its nice climate, the beautiful lake and the exciting mountains. We naturally took a drive in the area up in the valleys, but also took the funicular from the city center and the cable car to the top of Cimetta mountain. In this town we really could relax and enjoy life!
The little mountain village of Wengen is car free, so we left our car in Lauterbrunnen and took the railway the last stretch. From Wengen there are a cable car that takes you up to Männlichen for a very short hike to the top where we could enjoy the views over the mountains and the lakes in the valley. This place made us really understand the vastness and beauty of the Swiss Alps. In fact, we got so inspired that we also went up to two other viewpoints: Schilthorn and Harder Kulm.
Schilthorn on top of the Lauterbrunnen valley can be reached by taking three combined cable cars to the 2970 m summit. The day we were here we were above the clouds, enjoying the sun and the view of the higher mountains around us. It was absolutely amazing!!
In a smaller scale we went up to Harder Kulm using its funicular. From here we had a lovely view of Interlaken, the two lakes in the valley and the Lauterbrunnen mountains. We enjoyed a Swiss version of a Swedish fika and enjoyed life as its best!
However, this trip wasn't just about enjoying the views and taking comfortable cable cars. We also went for a hike to the Trift bridge. The landscape here is very powerful and we actually felt rather small. The valley climbs far up from the river and the cool breeze and clouds coming down from what's left of the Trift glacier. Not to many years ago you could walk on the glacier where the bridge is today. Nowadays the glacier has retracted to a small fragment of its former size. At a place like this it's easy to grasp the consequences of global warming. Even though it's diminishing it still affects the local weather.
Triftbrücke, 170 metres long and 100 metres high suspension bridge next to the glacier. The wind had gale force when it rushed down over the lake and valley so only one of us was brave enough to cross the bridge. Liam could ensure that the adrenaline kick was worth it!
Below you'll find a selection of photos from our round trip in Switzerland.