Jun 15, 2018 - 10:43 AM
in reply to Lucas
The large cable car / gondola that links Lauterbrunnen with Grütschalp and the beginning of the short isolated railway to Mürren is marked in grey on the STC map, so it would be easy to assume that no discount is available. When I used it both ways on May 24th, however, I showed my pass and was told it was a 'free day'. Very nice! Maybe it was because it was a Thursday, or slightly out of season, but there were plenty of people about.
The gondola risely steeply and offers fantastic views over the Lauterbrunnen Gorge, with Wengen perched high up on the other side. For those with an interest in the remarkable Swiss engineering, on the odd occasion that trains need to be transferred from the isolated Mürren stretch, the carriages are turned 90 degrees and attached to the underneath of the cable car by an impressive mechanism. The Mürren line is fully discounted with the STC, and the views over the Gorge are breathtaking. My carriage had pull down windows, so photography was easy.
Also available fully discounted is the short very stiff climb on the railway on the other side, between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen. This is well worth the trip. I was fascinated by the now abandoned original route, even steeper, that was replaced some years ago by extending the climb into a tunnel and curving sharply back on itself to reach Wengen.
Last modified on Jun 15, 2018 - 10:47 AM by JohnYorks