Aug 22, 2017 - 6:35 PM
We checked our bags in at Victoria Lauberhorn just across the street from the train station in Wengen. Changed clothes to shorts and took off for the Mannlichen lift. I have wanted to do the Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg hike for about 20 years and FINALLY was going to do it. We did see chamonix (??) on the cliffs on the way up.
The hike was wonderful even though Eiger was in and out of the low clouds. The views of the Grindelwald Valley took our breath away. It still looked sunny up on Jungfraujoch when we arrived at Kleine Scheidegg so we went for it and bought tickets up to Jungfraujoch. No problem getting a ticket at between 2 and 3 in the afternoon that day.
We explored a number of things on top...but just seeing the glacier was outstanding. There was ice falling from the Sphinx. We visited the ice cave and the plateau ... thank you for the warnings that it would be slippery...it was...even with our hiking poles. Bought chocolate at the Lindt store. We spent about 2 hours on top. Took the train all the way down to Wengen and went looking for pizza again.
DeSina's Pub!!! How beautiful it is, inside and out with all the flowers. Food and wine were grand. We actually ate there both nights in Wengen...but no pizza the second night. We walked to the Evangelical Reformed Church with the incredible view down the valley to watch the sunset...one of my most favorite places in all the world.
Next morning we headed up Mannlichen early, then down the long gondola to Grindelwald Grund. A bus stop is right at the base and we took the bus to the stop on the main street for the gondola up to First. Did the thrill walk which was fun.
We did the hike to Bachalpsee...and I still just sit here in awe of how beautiful it was. We packed a lunch and found a bench to sit with the mountains in front of us. They were so crisp and white against the deep blue sky.
We found where the hang gliders take off from First and just sat and watched them for over an hour. Each one was different and the path they chose...some came extremely close to the end of the thrill walk's platform, and some looked like for sure they were going into the trees (but didn't).
Went back down into Grindelwald, caught a bus to the train station and took the train up to Kleine Scheidegg and then Eigergletscher. It was a gorgeous hike back down to Kleine Scheidegg. The views across the valley to Murren were extraordinary.
Our eyes were full. Such incredible beauty.