We have been patient and the clouds have finally dispersed here in the Berner Oberland region of the Swiss alps. The Schilthorn is a high altitude observation building made famous in the 1969 James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. The views from here are fabulous, since you are often above the clouds. And yes, they do serve a 007 martini (shaken, not stirred) in the revolving restaurant at the top!
Another high altitude destination is the Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe. Visitors can not only view the majestic mountains, they can actually get out on the snow to hike, sled, or ski in the middle of summer. Especially interesting was the reaction of first-time in visitors from places like the Middle East, who have never seen snow.
But the best activity in this area is to get out and hike the trails, which range from actual roads to more natural paths. This season has been particularly outstanding in that the snow pack was larger than normal and the windflowers are blooming at their peak at this time.
The small villages in this region are a delight. The diary farmers obviously take pride in their centuries-old huts used to store cheese and hay.
Another activity in this region is cruising on the alpine lakes. This is a view of Lake Thun….
Next we are going to explore another region of the Swiss alps, in the south near the Italian border. Stay tuned for our next installment.