After our magnificent first big rail trip around Scandinavia the year before, my best friend suggested we went to discover Switzerland by rail in 2013. He was inspired by his aunt’s trips to Switzerland and always wanted to go there himself, of course I couldn’t say no as the country spoke to me too. So off we went on a second rail adventure together.
The previous day we spent discovering the famous Jungfrau and the First cable car, today we used our base of Interlaken for another discovery round of the region. Once again we set off on the Berner Oberland Bahn from Interlaken Ost towards Lauterbrunnen but instead of changing onto the Wengeralpbahn for the Jungfrau we walked across town towards the Grütschalpbahn.
This cable car took us from the valley in Lauterbrunnen towards the station of Grütschalp where we changed onto the narrow gauge Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren towards Mürren. It’s a cute little railway along the mountainside, giving an overview of the valley below.
In Mürren we changed onto the Schilthorn cable car to take us up the Schilthorn. The mountain station became famous after the 1969 James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service‘ which was filmed here. Unfortunately the day of our visit it was foggy and we did not get to see much, but we did have a drink in the famous turning restaurant.
After our visit of the Schilthorn we took the cable car and train back down to Lauterbrunnen from where we took a Swiss Postbus towards the Trümmelbach Falls. It’s a spectacular waterfall inside a cave and drains the glaciers of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger mountains. With up to 20,000 litres of water passing through per second, it’s a magnificent sight to see. First you travel up a part of the mountain on a lift before continuing on a mountain path towards the falls themselves.
On this first part of our second day in Interlaken we once again had some spectacular views and experiences. About the afternoon we will be talking more in the next chapter.