The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Picturesque Swiss Alps - Mürren and Schilthorn

Around this time last year, we were in the snowy parts of Europe, specifically the Swiss Alps! For as long as I could remember, I'd always wanted to visit the Swiss Alps, but I'd always considered it to be one of those highly unattainable quest I would only dream about. When hubby suggested doing a big Europe trip between our overseas relocation, we knew that this would likely be our last trip to Europe in a very long time, so we tried to incorporate many of our bucket list in our itinerary. And the kids - lucky kids, getting to experience the Swiss Alps at such a young age - they loved the snow! Slipping and sliding and sledding and snowballing! We stayed in Mürren , a mountain village in the Bernese Highlands with a view of three mountains: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

We had the enormous challenge of travelling with three children and all the accompanying luggage that comes with travelling in between seasons. Here we are at the platform in Zurich awaiting to alight the SBB to Interlaken Ost for the next interchange:

At Ost Interlaken, we took the BOB to Lauterbrunnen, where we took the cable car up to Grutschalp for the train to Mürren. Along the way in the cable car, we enjoyed this breathtaking view:

In the cable car looking back on Lauterbrunnen:

After an almost 4-hour long journey from Zurich with several interchanges (which would already be challenging without the amount of kids and luggage we had), we arrived at Mürren, sitting at 1634m above sea level. It was every bit as picturesque and quaint as the pictures on the internet showed:

Click on image for a larger panoramic view:

The first thing the kids wanted to do after checking in at our hotel was playing with the snow! Such pure delight on their faces:

The next day we hopped on another cable car, bound for Schilthorn. Here's a view of the town of Mürren from the cable car:

A shot of hubby and the kids at the peak at 2970m elevation. The snow glare and chilly wind made it hard to keep the eyes open for the camera:

At Schilthorn summit, there are panoramic views spanning several mountain summits and the Bernese Alps. Click on image for a larger view:

Fabulous views wherever you turn. Click on image for a larger view:

Somewhere in the panorama above, there were a couple of paragliders:

Upon return from the summit, the kids enjoyed snow sledding on a borrowed sled:

Truly an amazing experience, and well worth the effort to get there. My only regret is not staying longer than two days, but unfortunately we didn't have the time to stay in one place, nor the budget as it was very expensive up in Mürren.

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