Friday, September 14, 2012

Day 7 Schynige Platte and Brienz-Rothorn Bahn

This morning Jim and I went to do some tour planning with Carl and his assistant Jan. We took an early train to Wilderswil and got on the train to Schynige Platte. The rail line to Schynige Platte is a 2.6 foot narrow gauge electric cog railroad that runs up to the hotel, restaurant, and viewpoint at Schynige Platte (Rough translation sunny plateau). The viewpoint has a garden you can walk through and has a wonderful view of the Monch, Eiger, and Jungfrau mountains.

After walking the trail and getting on the next descending train we got back to Wilderswil and got on a train for Interlaken OST. At Interlaken OST we waited for the rest of the group to arrive travelling on their own from Grindelwald. While there I decided to get some snacks, and noticed that they had some German railroad magazines. They were ten euros a piece, so I thought their cost in Swiss francs would be roughly similar. I was quite wrong. For the 4 magazines i got, the prices doubled on them and I was out the door 75 dollars later! Oh well, some were special editions and had DVD’s with them.

The group came down from Grindelwald a short while later and we got on the train to Brienz.
When we arrived in Brienz we got on the Brienz - Rothorn Bahn. This is a steam powered cog railway that ran up the side of the hill to Rothhorn. The train we rode up had modern cars and a steam locomotive built in the early 90s. It takes about an hour and had stunning views of the Thunersee and the area. After waiting for one interval of the trains we got back on and this time with a 1938 steam locomotive and equally as old cars went back down the hill. 

Upon arriving in Brienz we got back on a train and went back to Interlaken for our connection to Grindelwald. The rest of the night was uneventful. I went down to the co-op before they closed (just about everything non restaurant in this town is closed by 730 pm) and got some cokes and Swiss Landjaugers. I also bought a new hat because I lost mine on a train somewhere, and it would have been helpful today.
Dinner tonight was at the restaurant in hotel Spinne. They had very good and spicy salami on the pizza.

The Tunersee

The Eiger, Monk, and Jungfrau in from Rothhorn

The Brienz rotherhorn bahn at Rotherhorn and the swiss alps

 A Brienz Rotherhorn bahn steam locomotive at Rothernhorn

An DB ICE Train heading for Berlin in Interlaken. They have 6 trips a day to Germany from Interlaken, yet we had a hell of a time getting a 2nd Amtrak train to vancouver BC without our two governments squabbling and almost getting the train cancelled.

And How do you get Beer up to the top of the Schynige Platte? By Train of course.

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