Friday, September 30, 2016

Day 19–Schilthorn

Today was a trip to the Schilthorn. We started out on an Zentralbahn train from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost, where we caught a BOB (Bernese Oberland Bahn) train to Lauterbrunnen. Since our Eurail passes did not cover any segments past Lauterbrunnen, we were able to buy tickets at the SBB station. The Swiss and their cross ticketing capabilities are amazing. After we rode to Lauterbrunnen we got on a BLM (Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen–Mürren) train to Murren. Murran is a car-free city in Switzerland that is only accessible by gondola. It also features the line to the Schilthorn, a observation platform on top of the Schilthorn Mountain. This observation platform was featured in one of the newer James Bond films and they play up the theme, with the 007 logo splashed around everywhere and even some sort of exhibit.  After that we spent some time in the queue to get back down the mountain to Murren, and from there a ride on the BLM and gondola to Lauterbrunnen. Upon arrival in Lauterbrunnen, we watched some trains come and go, and returned to Interlaken. After that we walked to a hotel in Bonigen for dinner, and rode the #103 postal bus back to Interlaken. The post bus fare was 3 franks, and the operator made change. After that we took a Zentralbahn train back to Luzern with Meiringen.

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