Day 3 – First Swiss Alps Experience
Our 3rd day in Switzerland was truly breath-taking… It was our family’s first time in the Alps.
On our way to Aage Gorge we passed by this picturesque town of Lungern in the Obwalden canton, located in the center of Switzerland.
We had to pull over to get a closer look at these purple flowers.
It was nice and cold during our 30-min walk along the bridges which snaked through the gorge. Aare Gorge or in German, Aareschlutcht, is in Berner Oberland (Bernese Oberland in English) in the canton of Bern. It is 1400m long and 200m deep. It’s our first time to walk through such an interesting, and in some parts narrow, gorge.
We moved on to drive up the Grimsel Pass, a high mountain pass in the Bernese Alps, with an elevation of 2164m (7100ft) above sea level. In the town on Handegg, we took the world’s steepest funicular, the Gelmerbahn, to reach the Gelmersee Lake.
This was what we took up and back down. It’s incredible, our first funicular railway ride happened to be on the steepest in the world with 106% gradient.
What an enjoyable ride for me and Joaquin. A bit scary for Benjamin and Daddy.
At the top of the mountain, was a reservoir that came with a spectacular view.
It was also here that Joaquin touched snow for the first time.
We finally went back down and after lunch of sandwiches, apples and chips, we made our way to Rhone Glacier. We first made a stop in front of Hotel Alpenrosli to admire the still-frozen Totensee, a small lake at Grimsel Pass.
After driving on the winding and quite dangerous roads of Furka Pass, which has an elevation of 2429m (7969ft) above sea level, we finally reached the Rhone Glacier in Belvedere.
It was truly special because it’s our first time to experience a glacier – walk on it, play in it and enter it!
The starting point of our walk down the glacier and the ice grotto was just a few meters off Furka Pass road near the Hotel Belvedere.
And this was the 100m-long ice grotto carved out of the ever-changing and constantly moving Rhone.
Frozen lakes… icy glacier… blue tunnel…even these hikers were a sight to behold.
What a day! It’s one with many firsts.
And on our way back to Zurich we came across and managed to capture this picture-perfect scene – a cottage and a barn beside a lake with our Swiss Alps not so far away…
Next, we visited Rhine Falls and explored Zurich city center.