inside switzerland: murren and the swiss alps
we stayed in murren located 5,413 feet above sea level. it’s a small village town that is inaccessible by car. it took two aerial lifts to get there. from lauterbrunnen valley, we rode the cable car going to gimmelwald and then switched over to another cable car to murren.
it was still pouring when we arrived in murren early in the afternoon. from the cable car station, we walked about 20 minutes up to our hotel on top of the hill where we’d be staying for three nights. i tell you my 20-pound backpack and day bag got heavier with each step. but i was glad i had my raincoat on. otherwise, i might not have survived.
i had my room in the top floor of the hotel which offered a spectacular view of the alps. it would have been perfect if not for the bed headboard and toilet seat situated under a sloped ceiling that caused me to bump my head several times.
the weather started to improve the following morning. the sun came out but still with a sleepy disposition. i decided to take an early morning hike to breathe in the fresh alpine air and explore the neighborhood.
later in the day, a few of us went on a cable car ride up to birg and then to schilthorn summit. the schilthorn is the highest mountain range lying north of the sefinenfurgge pass and rising 9,745 feet above the ground.
at the summit, there’s an outdoor terrace and revolving restaurant where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the titlis, jungfrau, mönch, eiger, jura, and vosges mountains.
bearing witness to this magnificent sight, i was filled with awe and wonder and grateful to be alive. it was the same feeling i had seeing the yosemite in california for the first time. i tried to soak it in as much as i could knowing that i wouldn’t be back there again.
another natural phenomenon is the trümmelbach falls in the lauterbrunnen valley. considered europe’s largest subterranean waterfalls, we climbed inside the mountain and made our way from one viewpoint area to another. it was simply amazing to see so much water gushing down from different channels at 5,000 gallons per second. the trümmelbach falls was the last place we visited before heading back to germany.