Switzerland 1998

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Our walking holiday this year - one week in an apartment in a farmhouse in Sörenberg and one week on a walk from Kandersteg to Gstaad.  We drove down via the Channel Tunnel, Reims, Metz, Strasbourg and Basel - takes approx 12 hours each way.

Week 1: based at Sörenberg

We occupied a very well equipped, modern, clean apartment in Ida Emmenegger's farmhouse - thoroughly recommended, with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.  The cable car to the top of Brienzer Rothorn (live web-cam in winter) does not open until 6th June - so we walked up it anyway!  We were very lucky with the weather - not too much snow to walk over on the way to the top, and a great view over the Brienzer See from the top.

Other outings:

Week 2: Walk from Kandersteg to Gstaad

Unaccompanied walk organised by Inntravel from hotel to hotel - your suitcases are forwarded by Post (train or bus) between hotels - all you have to carry over the mountains is a picnic and a waterproof.  Very civilised.

Hotels were (3* unless stated):

On the Lenk to Lauenen stage we had every type of weather - hot sun, persistent drizzle, hail, then heavy snow.  We just got down from the pass in time - woke up the next morning to find all the mountains plastered with fresh snow almost down to valley level.

Saw golden and short-toed eagles, red squirrels, red kites, alpine choughs, ring ousels, buzzards, marmots, ibex and chamois on the mountains.  Saw chalets of the rich and famous in Gstaad.


About ten pictures totalling half a MB per page. 


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