Jul 22, 2015 - 8:47 AM
We have been in Switzerland for just over a week and seem to have spent a lot of our time trying to keep cool! I don't function at all well in the heat so some of our plans have had to be put on hold until it cools down enough for me to do some walking - we had to abort one walk early and catch train instead! We were setting out on House Trail from Zweisimmen to St. Stephan but only got as far as Blankenburg and had to catch train to Lenk instead.
In praise of Sbb timetable I planned a complicated route last Thursday which worked out exactly as planned and involved lots of different transport modes. Local bus to train station, S-Bahn to Munsingen, bus to Konolfingen, train to Schupfheim, (it was the Kambly express so we were given sample biscuits by train crew!), bus to Soerenberg, gondola to Brienzer Rothorn. After about 3 hours up there enjoying the views and having lunch (Mike did a short walk), we took the little red train down to Brienz which connected nicely with boat across Lake Brienz to Interlaken Ost. Train to Interlaken West (lazy I know but didn't fancy hot walk), time for an ice-cream in café before boat across Lake Thun to Thun and local bus back to apartment. A great day out and most of the time managed to stay cool.
On Monday we went by train from Thun to Romanshorn where we took S-Bahn to Kreuzlingen Hafen to enjoy river cruise all the way to Schaffhausen from where we could catch trains back to Thun with just one change in Zurich. The cruise was great - lots of lovely buildings to see at the stops along the route and we were cool.
Yesterday it was a boat again! We went by trains to Fluelen (one change in Zurich) then took cruise on Lake Lucerne to Lucerne. The boat was very busy even on the upper deck where we usually find it easier to find a seat. From Lucerne we took the train to Interlaken Ost - the pretty route home- and train to Thun.
So, so far we have not done much walking, but have made good use of our Swiss Travel Pass as the only time we needed to pay was the 50% off the gondola and Brienzer Rothorn train. If the weather cools down a bit we may then try some of our planned walking excursions. We are here for a month altogether so here's hoping.