Our next morning in Murren, we decided to set out on what Rick Steves describes as his favorite hike in the area (it had to be good). We got an early start with a leisurely 45 minute stroll from our village to Grutschalp where we would catch the cable car down to the bottom of the valley.
|Little Miss enjoying her morning nap underneath the mountains.|
|Clear view of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.|
We took one cable car down to Lauterbrunnen, then a train from there to Wengen, and the another cable car up to Mannlichen. These names and descriptions are hard to picture, so here’s a map of the area so you can kind of follow our path.
The cable car we took up to Mannlichen was packed. Not much room for a nervous mom scared of heights with a baby that was getting a little fussy. While we were in there the pressure of the altitude made our pre-packaged sandwiches pop, startling everyone in the car…oops! When we got out, we were surrounded by blue skies and gorgeous scenery.
|The cable car station at Mannlichen.|
|Ready to start out.|
|Snow in July!|
We hiked about halfway before stopping for a picnic. We had a great view of these famous mountains and were able to find a secluded place for just the three of us to eat lunch on top of the world. Even tough we were only eating pre-made sandwiches and juice, it was one of the dining experiences we’ve had.
|Picture time from our picnic stop.|
The clouds really roll in in the afternoon, so eventually we got up to finish our hike.
|Sky reflecting perfectly in the water.|
We paused again at the Kleine Scheidegg for a glass of wine and to hunt for authentic cow bells like the ones the cows wear on the mountains. No such luck. But we did encounter a 9 month old St. Bernard puppy named Scarlet, she was a cutie! While we made it to our destination we still had to get back down to Wengen. So we hiked a little further to Wengenalp before taking the train the rest of the way.
The views we had on this hike were surreal. It is amazing to be amongst these massive mountains and secluded villages. Pictures can not do it justice but it is definitely one of the most beautiful places we’ve been in Europe.
One last look at the cable car up before heading back to Murren for a lovely dinner in the rain. It was pouring by the time we got back so we ran to the closest restaurant we could find. Luckily they had very good italian food :). One more day left in the mountains, and we were in for a special agent breakfast…