Jan 16, 2019 - 1:20 AM
We will be in Jungfrau area on the second week of October. We’re thinking about staying one night (at a hotel) on First so that we can photograph lake Bachalpsee at night (as well as sunrise & sunset). FYI, we aren’t active bikers. Below is our plan.
“Leave most luggage at another hotel in the village, pack light and take the train to Grindelwald. Arrive in Grindelwald in the mid afternoon. Rent the bikes and take the gondola lift to First. Drop off the luggage at the hotel & check-in. Ride to lake Bachalpsee before sunset. Have dinner there (pre-packed food). Bike back to the hotel at around 9:00-10:00 pm. At dawn, bike to the lake again for the sunrise then back to the hotel. It may also be a good time to walk on the Cliff Walk. In the late morning, bike to Grindelwald via Waldspitz”. Our biking routes are 1 - 4a - 19 - 13 & 15 (from First to Grindelwald).
We are still between the only two hotel options. The hotel at First station is convenient to drop off luggage & the path to the lake seems be easy (route 1, we just guess by looking at some photos & video clips that partially showed the path), but the hotel may be well lit at night (& we prefer to just stand outside and be able to see the starlit sky. But again, we will be able to do so at the lake). The hotel in Waldspitz, in that perspective, seems be more appealing to us but we don’t know how easy the path (route 4a) is, at night, to get to the lake & back.
Do you think both paths (1 & 4a) won’t be difficult to bike at night with low visibility? Which path is closer & easier?
I understand that the weather on the mountain is unpredictable but how is it usually on First in mid-Oct? Will there be snow sometimes, especially at night? What are the average temperatures? What is the chance of having clear sky?
(silly question but) Are there any bears, wolves or lynxes living in that area?
I saw in some photos that there are staircases here and there on the path from Waldspitz to Bort. Is the whole path like that or just some parts?
We’ll travel to Switzerland from Germany, so we will have Eurail Pass instead of Swiss Pass or other passes offered in Switzerland. Do you know if we can get discounts on the gondola lift & other activities on First?
Thanks a lot,