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2006 Date: 10/1/2006

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Breakfast

Wengen

Sunday was our last full day in Switzerland, so we were going to make the most of it, even though it was cloudy, foggy and some hints of drizzle.

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Breakfast buffet - bread.

Cereal station.

Fruit station.

Cheese and meat station.

Cable Car to Mannlichen

Wengen Cable Car

After breakfast, we checked out and stored our luggage at the hotel. It was still foggy and drizzling outside, but we decided to forge ahead anyhow. We bought tickets for the cable car to Mannlichen and went in the almost empty car to the top.

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Mannlichen

View of Valley Below

This entire region is known for its ski slopes - and in the off season for the hiking trails. To the east is the Eiger, Monch and Jungfraujoch. Just beyond the hill down in the valley on the other side is Grindelwald.

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As the clouds part, Lauterbrunnen can be seen below.

Wengen and beyond is Lauterbrunnen.

Maps and ski routes of the area.

You have a huge array of hiking trails.

For the longest gondola ride in Switzerland - take the cable car from Mannlichen down to Grindelwald. It takes more than 30 minutes.

Pepe in small cable car on the way down.

It goes on, and on...

Way in the distance is our destination.

The valley turns a beautiful green.

Small cable cars pass on the way down.

A look up the valley.

The lush pastures.

Almost there...

Finally, we arrive at Grindelwald Grund.

The station.

The rail station at Grund.

Grund

Rail From Grund

After the long and scenic ride on the cable car to Grund, we purchased private rail tickets to Kleine Shceidegg.

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The station below the Eiger. It was intermittent pouring rain.

The Jungfraubahn which travels up through the Eiger to Jungfraujock.

The hotels and station at Kleine Scheidegg.

Jungfraubahn - full of Japanese tourists on the weekends.

The train departs to the peak in rain.

The front of the Silberhorn in Wengen.

Raclettes for lunch.

The Wengernalpbahn back to Lauterbrunnen.

A close look at a cogwheel rail. The center rail is where the cogs engage and pull the train up the mountain.

Train from Lauterbrunnedn to Interlaken Ost.

Enroute to Interlaken Ost.

My roll-aboard luggage with trekking pole attached.

First Class rail to Bern.

First Class compartment for six people.

A stowaway comes along for the ride.

The unique and modern station at Bern.

At Bern we switched trains to Zurich Flughafen. Trains stop only for a few minutes - be ready for it.

At the airport. We went to the arrival floor and found ground transportation to the Hilton. It was expensive, but convenient after a long day of travel.

The room at the Hilton.

TV

Room at Hilton.

Pay TV and internet access. They also have a business room with a terminal for internet.

Room phone.

Bathroom.

Last Evening in Switzerland

Hilton

After a dinner at the hotel restaurant, we headed back to the room and packed for the next days flight back home. We decided to check all of our luggage, except our day packs.

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