17.09.2009 - 18.09.2009 25 °C
Beautiful weather especially after we nearly drowned in the rain in Venice. It was about 25 degrees and sunny and clear today. What an incredible view everywhere we look - we're getting sore necks looking up. This little town is almost 4500 feet up the Schilthorn in the Bernese Alps (the top is 10000 ft). The cable cars are amazing - they move so smooth and quietly (not to mention quickly) and glide you to your destination. I actually am enjoying riding them and I really thought I would be terrified. Today we walked to the next little town of Murren which is about 1000 feet further up the mountain. From there we caught a small local train to the next cable car which we took down the mountain to Lauterbrunnen where we went Swiss Army knife shopping. Our internal Europe flights are over so we bought a backpack and we'll check bags on the way home so now we can actually do a little shopping. From Lauterbrunnen we took a bus to Trummelbach Falls. This was absolutely incredible - there are 10 glacier-waterfalls inside the mountain made accessible by tunnel-lift and illuminated. The Trummelbach alone drains the glaciers of Eiger (3970 m), Monk (4099 m), and Jungfrau (4158 m) and carries 20000 tons of debris each year. Up to 20000 litres of water per second is washing down these chutes worn smooth inside by the water. The lift takes you up inside the mountain about as high as a ten story building. From there we walked up 197 steps to see the top four chutes. It was so far that at the top I decided to count them on the way back down. From that point we walked down to the bottom to see the remaining six chutes. In all there were 857 steps! It was well worth the effort. We made our way back up the mountain by cable car and had dinner (pizza) at the local Mountain Hostel.