Remembering the Interlaken, Wilderswil, and the Jungfrau

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 12th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Ever thought of taking a mountain vacation? I highly recommend visiting the Swiss Alps, and seeing this little beauty spot, which I am sure sure is sill as picturesque today as it was when we visited it more than a quarter of a century ago. How do you describe a landscape so immense? Truth is you don't, you simply enjoy it and let it stay with you a lifetime.

An Old holiday Brochure

Having been going through some things this past weekend I encountered a brochure we picked up while holidaying in Switzerland many years ago, which certainly stirred up some memories of a great time we had as a family, and it was perhaps a more simple time because I remember we did not book in advance, we just drove across Europe with no prior booking, we knew where we wanted to go but that was all and today it remains one of the greatest memories we have and even today we have fond memories of the Jungfrau region and talk of it often.

Now firstly let us deal with pronunciation, this region is a part of the German speaking part of Switzerland so Jungfrau is pronounced "yungfrow" for the English speakers.

The main town in this area is called Interlaken, meaning between the lakes and it is a beautiful town that has grown up between the Brinzersee and the Thunersee lakes in this picturesque region and at both out ends of the town you can take steam boat rides out onto the lakes, we also took a slightly different perspective, driving up into the mountains to look down onto the pristine clear blue lakes below.

Other than this photo (taken from Jungfrau Magazin) all pictures are from the Author's collection, originally taken on slide film and transferred to digital many years after.

Accommodation

Upon arriving in the area we drove to the village of Wilderswil (pronounced Vildersville), which is located four kilometres south of Interlaken, we knew before our trip that this village was well reputed for its cosy atmosphere, its peace and quiet, and its beautiful chalet style homes. We looked around the village before choosing the Hotel Berghof, which remained our home for the duration of our stay. This is an old fashioned hotel, but with great modern amenities, having great views in every direction and is a lasting memory. I especially recall the curious lift or elevator that would not probably be legal today, you open the door and step inside yet there is only one door, the outer one, when you select the floor the compartment rose up the lift shaft and you would pass each door and could reach out to touch the wall between each floor a curious remnant of the past. We stayed on one of the upper floors and the views were spectacular, each room having its own balcony which made the views all the more enjoyable.

The hotel had a fixed menu for the evening, but for the majority of our stay we decided to sample the local cuisine in Interlaken of the surrounding villages, which has become our habit because this is one of the best ways to enjoy local varieties of food for any town you visit.

I do remember spending some time by the pool, the pool with a view, looking up at the mountains that surrounded the village this was an idyllic way to relax and we would also visit the mountains but the village of Wilderswill had many bakeries and patisserie which were only a short walk from the hotel. One of the things Hotel Berghof does very well is stay in contact with their clients as for more than 20 years we received an annual Christmas card reminding us of a wonderful stay.

The Roof of Europe

One thing that you will never forget about this part of Switzerland is the mountains and even if you are not a mountaineer you can enjoy them there are plenty of cable car trips to be made to see some stunning sights. A cable car runs all the way to the summit of Schilthorn, regarded as one of the most beautiful lookout points in the Bernese Oberland and its restaurant and vantage points (spectacularly blown up by James Bond when fighting arch enemy Blofeld). In the same area you can see the spectacular Trummelbach Falls - seven glacier fed waterfalls that are visible down inside the mountain pouring more than 20,000 litres per second over the edge there are underground tunnels and walkways with each spectacular fall highlighted by spotlamps and floodlights, the only glacier Falls of their kind in the world.

We took the mountain train from Wilderswill, via the mountain village of Wengen (pronounced Vengen) up to Kliener Scheidigg and on to Jungfraujoch (pronounced Yungfrowyock). The region boasts some spectacular and famous views, the North-facing sheer face of the Eiger, although not the highest peak at 3970 metres (13026 feet) is featured in the film The Eiger Sanction (with Clint Eastwood) are as spectacular as they are dangerous and has been the training ground for many a Himalayan climb. This route, using the mountain railway, is to be recommended, although in parts you behind may become sore with the wooden seating.

The Jungfrau, after which the entire region takes its name is the highest of the range of mountains visible from Interlaken and even if you stayed in the town, never venturing up the valleys or mountains you would find the experience pleasant yet across the region there are some of the best viewpoints in the world, taking in the crystal blue lakes, the rugged mountain tops, mixed with pleasurable villages where you should take time to stop and savour the views, the food and the pure Swissness.

The Effort is Worth it

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Alps, Bernese Oberland, Brinzersee, Clear Blue Lakes, Effort, Eiger, Eiger Sanction, Hotel Berghof, Interlaken, James Bond, Jungfrau, Mountain Vacation, Mountains, Schilthorn, The Pool With A View, Thunersee, Trummelbach Falls, Wilderswil

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Well, Peter, you certainly took me down memory lane with this article. I loved Switzerland.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
13th Feb 2014 (#)

I loved Switzerland and enjoyed every moment that I experienced and would happily go again.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Oh those look like lovely places to visit. I have been to France when I was young, never been elsewhere in Europe.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Mark, France is also a beautiful land.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Feb 2014 (#)

a lovely piece indeed Peter...

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author avatar Ptrikha
13th Feb 2014 (#)

I do dream of visiting Switzerland one day, especially the beautiful Alps.

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author avatar Mariah
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Breathtaking images..

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author avatar Retired
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Truly refreshing article and great pics, Peter. My first view of the Swiss countryside from high up in the Alps, took my breath away. I don't get emotional (stoic Brit and all that), but the beauty of Switzerland is so overwhelming. It has been many years since, but I hope to see Switzerland again some day.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Lovely...thanks Peter

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author avatar Retired
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Hello Peter, Lovely article. However, I am yet to travel to Switzerland. That is on the cards though.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Wonderful share.

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author avatar chocho2008
16th Feb 2014 (#)

this good poste

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author avatar Helen Thomas
18th Feb 2014 (#)

Beautiful ~ Peter. Thanks!

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author avatar Retired
4th Aug 2014 (#)

I have been there and what I remember most are those cow bells. Remember getting up that cable car from Interlaken when you hear the tapering sound of cowbells - cows grazing there? No doubt I enjoyed everybit of everything there and you have truly explained it all so perfectly.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Of course there were cow bells everywhere.

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