• Classical Switzerland
From small, but nice Swiss towns, the road went to the most interesting, to me at least, part of the country - Interlaken - the capital of the region Bernese Oberland (Bernese Oberland).
The town itself is just a tiny and not at all remarkable for nothing but its location in the scenic landscape of the Alps, between two mountain lakes of Thun and Brienz. Then it was decided to make a stop for a few days, take a walk in the mountains, ride along the lakes, breathe the fresh alpine air.
Around Interlaken there are several villages where you can find a place to sleep. We stopped in the town of Wilderswil. On the photo - view from the window of a small private hotel, where we lived.
But there is no time to sit in a hotel, an urgent need to escape and enjoy the surroundings!
But the best things first, I'll start with the roads to Interlaken, where we went from Montreux. Roads in Switzerland are excellent, and in spite of the difficult terrain, highways linked to virtually all significant city. But, as it was especially no hurry, it was decided to go for the usual local road running along the endless villages. Travel time is doubled, but it was worth it, the scenery outside the window just demolish the tower.
The higher climbed the mountains, the grass became withered, and the more of snow lay on the slopes.
In the courtyard was the month of May.
When reached Wilderswil, it was cloudy. Here's the same view from the window of the hotel with the first photos, but sovereshenno different atmosphere.
The rain then stopped, then started to pour again with renewed vigor.
In spite of the size of Wilderswil - just one street and a couple of dozen houses - there was a full-fledged tourist center where you can get information about where you can go for a walk in Interlaken in such bad weather. Nice aunty worker advised to go to the center trümmelbach. Firstly, the waterfall was hidden in the mountains, and secondly there still was more wet than on the street.
Already on the road to Lauterbrunnen - a commune, which is near the waterfall, began offering stunning views from the cliffs and waterfalls flowing down them.
particularly daring paragliders not canceled their flights, even today.
selected to the waterfall. In the photo view of the valley around Lauterbrunnen, from the steps leading to the waterfall.
The sky began to clear and the sun was a little revived the harsh landscapes of this area.
trümmelbach fine. Its height of about 150 meters, and it consists of 10 stages, which are hidden inside the mountain. Inside is very noisy and wet, it would be nice addition to the usual jackets to take with any cellophane coat, but who knew. Soaked to the skin!
After that, we went to look for something to do this afternoon. Since all the rain did not stop, let's go to the lake Thun, there had to be some kind of cave and waterfall. The cave was really, but the desire to diversify the curators of the cave tour, killed a good location at all. There have been some ridiculous dragons made from papier-mache, boring fifteen-minute audio presentation in the style of radio plays, and the typical stupid zamanuhi guides, like, "Look, here is a stone bear, because it looks like a bear, and it is a stone-hare because it looks like a hare "and stuff like that. There are no interesting shots has not been done, so we go further.
Drive around Lake Thun, the case went to the evening, so it was decided to go to rest, tomorrow early in the morning to go for a walk in the mountains, the day promised to be clear.
The day promised - and he was! The view from the window of another hotel early in the morning (the room was a corner), a quick breakfast and go!
Let's go to Grindelwald. In summer, people come here to go hiking in the winter to go skiing. We are, unfortunately, not very good with podgadali time of year for hiking, as the season has not started yet, and almost all alpine trails were covered with snow. It opened just 2 of them and it was decided to take a walk.
Let's go through the main street of Grindelwald, looking for the first lift.
All the meanwhile, already in bloom!
The lift was found, one-way ticket is purchased, we will have to go down on foot. People, but a couple of Chinese, there is no one at all.
We get to the top. Top shop and a small cafe. From top to bottom are 2 trails, it is genuine, but scenic and flatter, the other shorter, but more difficult and goes under the large slope. First - pictured walking past the hut with a red roof, unfortunately, at this time still closed, so you have to go through the second.
It took about an hour. Forms are not the most scenic, mostly going through the forest, but stumbled into a clearing with some mountain flowers.
On the road met a few houses with neatly harvested wood.
Move to the other open at this time of the trail. The path should take about 4 hours to move on the red and white markings.
In the beginning of the road about a half hour trail goes through the woods.
Then is becoming more interesting.
These are the hills in the photo - a hole of some of cool animals, and did not understand who it was - whether the woodchucks, or beavers. There were many, and they are running around in small flocks up and down. Unfortunately, we could not do any sensible pictures with them.
A stunningly beautiful flower meadow.
On the way to have a fairly decent height found some old wooden hut. I do not know what they are, in appearance, they are long-running, and they have no one lives. Maybe the locals use it as a summer residence here and spend time in the summer, relax.
Plus walk to these places out of season - a complete lack of people of all the walk was not met a single person. The end of the route would lead to a mountain lake, but failed to reach it is not - at one site still trail was littered with snow, and on the course was not. I had to go down.
However, in this case was important, not the goal, but the process to achieve it, gives a very pleasant walk.
After the Interlaken road lay to the south of Switzerland, to the sun and greenery. Again, it was decided not to go on the highway, but in some beautiful road through the mountains.
Up to a certain point and was able to enjoy the road, and the species has not yet rested in the barrier. The road at this time of the year was still covered with snow. I had to turn around and go on a major highway.
As a result of Interlaken, despite the fact that still something to see succeed, in fact it is only a small part of all those beauties located in this area. In good, you need to go there in July, at least a week, preferably on his car in advance to get information on all routes and trails, and a good place to explore these. They are well worth it.