Admire high mountains from below the tops

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illawyer23
illawyer23
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May 16, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Dear Sir / Madam,

We shall be in Zurich in August for 3 days and would like to take a trip

by train to a well known area, where we can enjoy and admire the sight of high mountains (preferably snow-covered). We do not want to watch from the tops of mountains, just to enjoy their sight ,preferably

walking, or sitting in a nice cafe or restaurant., like we did last year on a visit to Grindelwald. The train ride

in both directions should not take more than 3 - 4 hours.

Thank you for your advice.

Julius Y. Moritz

Arno
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May 16, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Hello Julius,

Thank you for joining MySwissAlps! There are quite a lot of places where one can see the mountains, but I'd recommend to go to a place where you can see the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps or else they might not be snow covered in August. Indeed you don't have to actually visit a peak to enjoy good views, but going up a little does help to get a much wider view. The first place that comes to my mind is Rigi Kaltbad, a small car free village half way up Mount Rigi, which is a relatively low mountain. The view from the valley just isn't the same. But from Rigi Kaltbad you can see Lake Lucerne and a lot of the Bernese Alps in the distance. It takes about 2 hours by train to get there from Zurich.

Another option is restaurant Luegibrüggli between Interlaken and Beatenberg (fill out bus stop "Unterseen, Luegibrüggli" in the timetable). There's a very nice view on Lake Thun and the Bernese Alps from their terrace.

There are many options. Hopefully others can share their thoughts too.

Last modified on May 16, 2017 - 3:30 PM by Arno
illawyer23
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May 17, 2017 - 3:07 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you for your advice. Could you perhaps send me a picture of the Rigi mountain ? However, you write that the Rigi is not a very high mountain, so this does not seem to be the size of mountain we are looking for. Perhaps you know of a mountain, that will really impress us ?

Julius y. Moritz

Arno
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May 17, 2017 - 3:42 PM in reply to illawyer23

Hi Julius,

I linked to our Mount Rigi page in my previous post. That page has all the details you need to plan a trip, including various images of the area and the view from there. You will be on Mount Rigi to enjoy the view towards the other mountains, you won't be looking at Mount Rigi itself.

illawyer23
illawyer23
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May 17, 2017 - 4:23 PM in reply to Arno

How about the Pilatus mountain ?

J.Y. Moritz

Arno
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May 17, 2017 - 4:29 PM in reply to illawyer23

Hi Julius,

That's a wonderful viewing point too. But it does not meet your requirement of watching the Alps from a lower altitude. You'll be on a peak. Please see myswissalps.com/ pilatus.

AlanPrice
AlanPrice
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May 17, 2017 - 11:48 PM

Hi Julius,

In my opinion, the absolute best view of the mountains from a village is to be had in Grindelwald, at the foot of the Eiger. The trip from Zurich is a bit long - 2h 44min in each direction, but the mountains are just stunning and there are lots of cafes and restaurants within a couple of minutes walk of the railway station, so you won't have to go far. The Wetterhorn, Mettenberg, Shreckhorn and Eiger all tower over the town. The only way you could get closer would be to climb them.

Alan

illawyer23
illawyer23
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May 18, 2017 - 5:58 AM in reply to AlanPrice

Thank you, Allan , for your advice.I agree with you absolutely, only - we have been there . However,if we do not receive another good suggestion, we shall go once again and I am sure we shall enjoy the wonderful views and walks.

Julius

Arno
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May 18, 2017 - 9:19 AM

Would the Lauterbrunnen valley be a good suggestion? It's just as far as Grindelwald, but definitely lots of mountains, and waterfalls too.

illawyer23
illawyer23
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May 18, 2017 - 9:58 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you. I shall ask friends, who travel frequently to Switzerland.

They mentioned Engelberg to me. What is your opinion ?

Julius

Lucas
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May 18, 2017 - 10:40 AM in reply to illawyer23

Engelberg is certainly a nice option, with mountains nearby like Mt. Titlis. I think the other regions are regarded as a but more "spectacular" for mountain scenery but if you have already been there, Engelberg is a nice option as well.

Lucas

illawyer23
illawyer23
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May 18, 2017 - 1:11 PM

Thank you, Lucas.

illawyer23
illawyer23
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May 23, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Is Davos a good place to admire and enjoy big mountains from below the top ?

Illawyer23

Lucas
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May 23, 2017 - 9:52 AM in reply to illawyer23

Yes, it is a ski resort so there are some nice mountains right above the town and all around the area. Have a look at the tourist site here.

I was there in early October and we went to the top of one of the mountains (very easy) had lunch and did a short easy hike around the top - quite nice.

Lucas

illawyer23
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May 23, 2017 - 1:34 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you very much, Lucas.

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