May 12, 2012 - 10:52 PM
"Switzerland must be incredible."
We own a summer home in the Sierra Nevadas, in the Lakes Basin area north of Tahoe/Truckee about an hour and a half. Hiking paradise in the US but doesn't hold a candle to Switzerland. Bernese Oberland in particular.
We've been hiking in Yosemite probably 50 times. Yosemite is gorgeous but different than the Bernese Oberland. Yet there are some similarities. Both Lauterbrunnen Valley and Yosemite Valley are glacier-formed therefore have steep walls. However, from bottom of valley to top of highest peak, Lauterbrunnen valley is TWICE as deep as Yosemite. Amazing. The BO has rolling green hills before jutting up to the high peaks with permanent glaciers atop, and there are two stunning alpine lakes sitting at the base (Thun and Brienz, on either side of Interlaken). Yosemite has stunning granite peaks. It is also wilder, full of bears and other critters. About the only wildlife in BO mountains are marmots, lynx, and gemse (like a cross between a deer and a mountain goat). The BO does a marvelous job of catering to tourists, the public transportation is about the best in the world and there is good food an drink pretty much everywhere you go. On the other hand, in Yosemite you have to deal with an outfit that has a monopoly on servicing that and other parks and it shows in the attitude, the quality of the food and lodging, and overall pain in the you-know-what for getting around.
Just a few comparisons.
Since we are normally in Wengen for an extended period we almost always rent an apartment in a chalet. When we stay in a hotel we choose Hotel Schönegg