Mar 19, 2023 - 4:16 PM
in reply to Travel2Live
I strongly recommend the little town / large village of Leysin, on a plateau high above Aigle. It's on a lovely sunny slope with spectacular views over the Rhône valley.
There's a little narrow gauge cog train that leaves from outside Aigle station on a regular basis and climbs at a ridiculous angle. The journey to Leysin-Feyday station takes less than half an hour. Leysin is very attractive, and has a range of cafés and shops. It's also very slopey!
There's a free bus to take you round. It's about every hour, though the timetable doesn't span the whole day.
The station is at the west end of the village, while the chair lift (télécabine) to the Berneuse mountain (2000m) is at the east end, about a 10 to 15 minute walk. The views from the top to les Diablerets to the east, and over the Rhône valley towards Mont Blanc to the south and Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) to the west, are just stunning, and I'm sure the trip is much cheaper than the Bernese Oberland. And a bonus: if you are 77 and over, the lift is free, with a reduced price for pensioners. There's a good café at the top, reasonably priced.
When I was in Leysin last September, it was 25 degrees at the top, with clear blue skies (and it was fairly breezy). There were no crowds - just a smattering of visitors.
For train nerds - after Leysin-Feyday station, the little train has one more stop - Leysin Grande Hôtel. The line disappears into a tunnel, climbing steeply on a corkscrew and curving through 180 degrees in a short distance. The Hôtel station is a faded remnant of Leysin's early days as a health resort. Very few people go up there. Lovely! The history, geography and uniqueness of this little line are fascinating, and plans for its future astonishing!
Hope that gives you more food for thought.
Last modified on Mar 19, 2023 - 4:26 PM by JohnYorks