Day 3 – First Swiss Alps Experience
Our 3rd day in Switzerland was breath-taking… It was our family’s first time in the Alps.
On our way to Aage Gorge we passed by the picturesque town of Lungern in the Obwalden canton, which is in the center of Switzerland.
We had to pull over to get a closer look at these purple flowers.
It was perhaps just a 30-min walk along the bridges that 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.
It’s incredible, our first funicular railway ride happened to be the steepest in the world with 106% gradient.
What an enjoyable ride for me and Joaquin. A bit scary for Benjamin and hubby.
On top of the funicular was a reservoir.
It was here that Joaquin touched snow for the first time.
We went back down to the valley and after a lunch of sandwiches, apples and chips, we made our way to Rhone Glacier. We first made a stop in front of Hotel Alpenrosli to take a look at the 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.