|Staubbach Waterfall in Lauterbrunnen at daybreak|
After a two-day stay in Luzern (see Bourbaki Panorama, A Walk in Luzern, Mt Rigi), Nancy and I boarded a train and headed to the Berner Oberland with a destination of Lauterbrunnen. On the journey, the train passed several bucolic Swiss towns. The slight, intermittent drizzle added a sense of ambiance to the journey.
With a brief train change in Interlaken, we headed south to the Lauterbrunnen Valley and our base for two nights. The train change in Interlaken not only changed trains but train lines and rail gauge. The rail line to Lauterbrunnen is along a narrow gauge rail run by a separate company.
|Staubbach Hotel - Base Camp|
|Lauterbrunnen Valley near Stechelberg|
|Lauterbrunnen Valley from tram to Gimmelwald|
Once at the Gimmelwald tram station, we changed trams and took the next leg of the ride up to Murren. Disembarking in a light snow and fog at Murren, we wandered around the small ski village before heading back down to Gimmelwald.
|Nancy bundled up in the cold of Murren|
|A dairyman's collection of cowbells|
|A snowy and foggy Gimmelwald|
The next morning was clear. Anxious to get up onto the Schilthorn before the crowds, we arrived at the tram house in time to climb aboard the first cable car run of the day. Joining us in that first carload were a few tourists but mostly staff and provisions.
What a view we had as the cable car climbed off the valley floor!
|Sunny early morning in Lauterbrunnen|
|View down the Lauterbrunnen Valley|
We were treated to even more stunning views as the cable car climbed seemingly straight up to the top of the Schilthorn. Magnificent!
|First leg of the Murren to Schilthorn tram|
|Schilthorn Piz Gloria in distance|
For James Bond movie aficionados, the 1969 movie, In Her Majesty's Secret Service was filmed at this mountaintop. The restaurant and building are filled with Bond movie memorabilia. This theme extended even into the men's restroom.
|"Shake, don't Stir!"|
Once outside on the observation deck, Nancy called to me to line myself up at one end of an open-ended tube and snap a photo of her. What did she have in mind? I did not know until I stepped up to the other end of the open tube with a line of sight to the Eiger and Monch. I was greeted by the following sight. Yes, a star is born. A Bond Girl, for sure. Queue the music.
|My Bond Girl|
With sunny skies, the three mountain peaks of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau are all clearly identifiable in their majestic beauty.
|Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau|
|Tram line to Murren with Eiger and Monch in background|
Back at the hotel just in time to pick over the last of the breakfast buffet, we quickly made preparations to take the train to Interlaken. Interlaken was to be the embarkation point for a cruise of Lake Thun. The Thun Lake and castle cruise is an adventure left for another time.