Feb 4, 2019 - 3:09 AM
This was our last day in Switzerland. Again the weather was delightful, so I thought we might as well use the last day of our STPs to their full extent. A trip to Bern had been planned if it was wet, but it wasn’t. So we considered two possible excursions - one was the Brienzer Rothorn train and the other the Schynige Platte train.
We finally decided on Schynige Platte. There were lots of people taking this train, many quite old, carrying their walking poles. It was a lovely scenic ride up there. When we arrived we went for a wander through the alpine garden but it was too late in the year for flowers. After a while we decided to take the train down again. It was almost empty so we were able to take a lot of photos which we couldn’t take on the way up.
I’d read a lot about the Ballenberg Open-air Museum outside Brienz, so we decided to visit it. We entered from the western gate. I knew we’d only get to see a small number of houses as we only had about three hours to see it. It was a really enjoyable afternoon though as looking through the old houses was fascinating.
Switzerland is my favourite country and I’d love to visit it again. But as it’s expensive and the exchange rate for the Australian dollar is quite bad at the moment, I don’t think that will be happening for a while. The STPs were good value though, considering all the places we went with them, and it was so easy to just jump on and off transport whenever we wanted.
We went on to visit Austria and Bavaria after Switzerland and the weather remained perfect except for a couple of days. We were so lucky to have almost six weeks of warm, sunny weather which always makes travelling so much nicer.
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