This crispy blown up dessert (egg whites and sugar) was invented here in Meiringen in the 17th century. Meanwhile, they baked the biggest one for the world record. You can buy them to take away with you, either plain ones or with added flavours like chocolate.
If you get a chance you should eat them in a café or restaurant best with ice cream and whipped cream (Merengue glacé mit Schlagrahm). You may find this typical Swiss dessert not only in Meiringen but all over the German part of the country but the quality of the Merengue itself varies from industrial to handmade ones.
Skiing at Meiringen-Hasliberg
Meiringen-Hasliberg, lies on a sunny terrace above Meiringen. The gondola "Meiringen-Hasliberg-Bahn" takes you in only 5 minutes to Reuti, another gondola to Mägisalp, where you have a choice of other lifts.
Meirringen -Haslibeg Reuti
If in Meirringen for a while you must surely go up to the Alpen Tower for the Alpine panorama.....first you need to take the cable-car from town up to Reuti where you change for the eagle express gondola.
The highest point of this ski resort is only about 2433 m (7300 feet). 16 transport-installations take you up to the mountains. All the slopes (about 60 km) are easy or intermediate. The restaurant Alpentower is located at the highest point = Planplatten and offers a panoramic restaurant on the top floor and a showroom on the ground floor, where we saw this largest Crystal Eagle, made completely of local crystals. In this large alpinarium you can also see many other birds and animals in their natural surroundings.
Hiking in Hasliberg with Rebibi
"Cable car ride"
Off we go, taking the cable car from Reuti up to Magisalp, to change gondolas on the way up to the Alpen Tower.
We had a quick look at the scenery before we changed cable-cars. Typical alpine pasture with the cows...must look so different in the winter time.
We had originally planned to do the Horizon trail - a 3 hour hike from Planplatten (top of the Alpen Tower) to Engstlensee, where Elisabeth's husband Remo would meet us in the car. ....
but like all good plans they changed. The valley that side was full of cloud whereas the valley was clear in the opposite direction.
We had some difficulty contacting Remo on the phone at first...which was quite a worry at the time....but eventually he phoned us...phew!
In about an hours time we reached this lovely mountain hut at Haaggen (2010m) and took the advantage of stopping here for some refreshment.
This is my type of bar....drinks self servce from an open air fridge!
Mmmm the meringues here were delicous...and it was so quiet and peaceful...just a handful of people here.
After a while we decided it was time to get going, the temperature was dropping and we sensed that the clouds in the valley below were gradually moving up towards us.
We did not met any more people on route to Kaserstatt (1840m) our next destination but of course the obligatory swiss cow cuts across your path....not something I am fond of....Rebibi noticed that I picked up speed at this point!
At Kaserstatt there is another cable car station that goes down to Hasliberg-Wasserwendi but that took us out of our way to get back to our base at Haslinberg-Reuti.
The weather was closing in and a mist was swirling around, so we decided to stop for a hot chocolate and another cake...a hasliberg speciality made of hazlenuts -before setting off for Bidmi - a cable-car station inbetween Magisalp and Reuti, where it was just a short walk back to base.
The weather really had closed in by now, we got about half way to the gondola station when the rain started and we got fairly wet in the process. No more pics were taken...can't get those digitals wet you see...so I'll end with this pic of the cake...after all this was really a cake hike!