We arrived Saturday evening and stayed at Hotel Stechelberg (alt 910m) just up the valley from Lauterbrunnen. The valley is walled in by tall cliffs about 400-500m high from which we could see base jumpers leap off with their winged suits, and paragliders soaring around. Here are some views of Stechelberg village.
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On Sunday morning we took the cable car up to the top of Schilthorn, stopping firts at Gimmelwald 1363m, Murren 1638m, and Birg 2677m
Here is a view from Schilthorn at 2970m. You can see the cable car dropping down to Birg.
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The walk down from Schilthorn to Birg took us through snow, loose shale, and even more exciting – loose shale under snow on steep slopes.
After descending to Gimmelwald from Birg via cable car, we walked down the mountain paths to Stechelberg, during which time I nearly burned out my brake pads.
Here is a slideshow of our adventure
On our way back from Stechelberg to Montreux (to collect a bed for the new apartment), we stopped in at Gruyere, where we discovered the amazing Alien Bar.
MUSEUM HR GIGER BAR in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland
The interior of the otherworldly environment that is the H.R. Giger Museum Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle. The sensation of being in this extraordinary setting recalls the tale of Jonah and the whale, lending the feel of being literally in the belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast, or that you have been transported into the remains of a mutated future civilization.
The village leading to Chateau Gruyere is truly medieval
In Lausanne, we went up to a small lake on the hill and found this interesting spiral wooden tower.
You have to scroll up and down as the horisontal view is boring.
Here is an external view of the wooden tower