This attraction in Brunni high above Engelberg is called "Kitzelpfad am Haerzlisee" "kitzeln" means "to tickle" and that is in fact what will happen to the soles of your feet, while you are walking without socks or shoes over this artificial path along and partly even through that small mountainlake. That was really a lot of fun, and even totally free of charge and certainly healthy as well. I made 2 rounds, each of them is about 20 min, as it also depends a lot of the people walking ahead of you, as there is almost no place to pass by each other.
Equipment: No equipment needed, you simply get off your shoes and socks, leave them womewhere in the grass and start...
Bellavita is the name of the large recreation-area right in the towncentre of Pontresina.There are indoor-pools, waterslides, various outdoor-pools and there is an excellent indoor wellness-area as well, just click on the link below in order to get some more informations !.
Equipment: Come with a swimsuit, that is enough !
Switzerland has several (nine) official biking routes that cross the country.
You can see info on them on the link below.
The official routes are signaled with red signs and arrows with a white bike on it. Some are easy and flat, others cross hills.
The trains take bikes with them in special wagons. There are also places where you can make part of the route on them: see Bike/Train on the link.
For longer routes you will want to find a hotel: see Bike/Bed on the link.
You can bike on almost every road in switzerland with one big exception: If the sign is GREEN it is a highway. NO BIKING THERE!
Equipment: Mountain Biking should be only done with the right equipment. Protect yourself!
"Tyrolienne" is quite a unique kind of sport that you may try out during good weather-conditions in the glaciers around Jungfraujoch.
Tyrolienne is the name for the small lift on top of Jungfraujoch - you will find it about halfway between Moenchsjochhuette and the exit below the Sphinx-viewpoint.
This lift will take you across the glacier and you will be fixed by a belt around your hips and a wheel on top of that belt will run on top of a strong steel-rope.
That way you will hop across the glacier, glide over crevasses and see the landscape in a very special way.
Such a Tyrolienne-ride is 20 sfr / 12 Euros
available only between june and end of september !
Equipment: NO special equipment is necessary ofr that sport, a helmet will be provided.
I would say that our mountains are one or perhaps the highlight of Switzerland. First of all in winter, when everything is white, they look beautiful. Switzerland has some top ski destinations like St. Moritz, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Verbier and Crans-Montana to offer.
Beeing in the white nature is always special.
Equipment: There is everything to rent next to the stations.
Citius, Altius, Fortius... which translates from Latin to : Faster. Higher. Stronger...
In keeping with the times and fashion trends the mountain bike has opened up a new world of adventure by leaving the beaten track. Its performance in all types of terrain allows cyclists to discover and fulfil new ambitions. With 190 kms of cycling paths, from the Rhone Glacier to Lake Geneva, the bike has found its earthly paradise in Valais. For more ambitious cross-country tours (and there of plenty of them in the Valaisan mountain landscape) the mountain bike is the more suitable vehicle; the trails are specially signposted.
Foret de l'Aventure @ Vercorin
You move of tree out of tree, at your rhythm, through the various obstacles which challenge you: suspension bridges, lianas, tyroliennes, etc. In full safety.
At an altitude of 1900 m, the Foret de l'Aventure of the Vercorin ski resort provides sensations on 2 courses. The little one is accessible for kids from 5 years of age.
Open season : Every days from June to September.
Switzerland has lot's of very good hiking trails and it's a perfect place to explore the great outdoors.
The swiss have done this for many many years and things are quite well organised with mountain huts and camping options along the trails.
Hiking in Switzerland is pure joy if you like being active in stunning nature.
Equipment: Good hiking boots or shoes is a must.
LOWA-Testcentre is a really good idea, because it is a shop inside the top-station of Schynigge Platte-bahn and you can choose there a pair of mountain-boots , leave back your Manolo Blahniks and test the mountain-boots before you will eventually buy them !! You can test them the whole day and return them in case you don't like them.
Test LOWA-mountain-boots the whole day between may and October between 10.00a.m. and 05.00p.m.
Equipment: In case that you decide to buy these boots, you will be given a special present :
A dayticket for the trains from Grindelwald - Kl.Scheidegg - Eigergletscher and back to Lauternbrunnen
Golfing is possible in Switzerland at many places and the most beautiful golfcourse I saw there was most probably in Interlaken, close to Neuhaus at the banks of Thunersee. That wide area is also next to a natural park and bird-sanctuary and when-ever I saw this place, I thought that this sort of green is much greener than any other meadow or grass in Switzerland.
You will find more infos about this golf-course on the link below and when you click there at "Life-cam" you will even see the place there on a picture that will update every few minutes.
Equipment: I am not golfing myself,you might take a look at their web-page for more informations !
Brienzer Rothorn is the perfect place to try out paragliding, you simply have to go there on a sunny day and on top of the mountain you will often find paraglider-Tandem-pilots waiting for passengers to fly with them down again.
Of course it might make sense to book such flights in advance but you simply can as well just go to the top and search for a pilot there - when you are lucky and maybe also not in the high season you can decide on top of the mountain, if you dare to fly down with one of the pilots. The pilot on my picture was waiting 2 hours in vain before he decided to fly down alone. In fact he was not only going downwards, BUT was able to find a perfect wind to take him UP several hundred meters, before he sailed down to the valley...
about 200 sfr / 140 Euros is the tandem-flight down
Equipment: You really can decide to fly in the last minute, when you are up there and see that the weather is perfect : The equipment is given by the pilot - they always have a large rucksack with all necessary equipments.
Harder Kulm above Interlaken
Take the funicular (or hike up) to Harder. Walk up to the restaurant (5min). From there you can begin a beautiful hike along the east ridgeline of Harder. Follow the signs towards Augstmatthorn. A hike of 2-4 hours and 800 meters uphill. This hike passes through pine forests and alprine meadows.
I REMEMBER ONE TIME GOING TO SEE MY FRIENDS IN SWITZERLAND..AND THEM WANTING TO GO BIKE RIDING ABOUT TWO HOURS AFTER I HAD GOTTEN OFF A 14 HOUR PLANE RIDE.. WOW!! THAT WAS A WILD EXPERIENCE FOR THIS OLD TIRED MAN!!!!! WHO HARDLY HAD ANY SLEEP......BUT THE GOOD THING ABOUT THEb BIKE RIDE WAS WHEN THEY WERE AHEAD OF ME AND FLEW DOWN THIS HILL AND I WAS TRYING TO CATCH UP TO THEM..SINCE I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO FIND MY WAY BACK TO THEIR HOUSE.I COULDN'T LOSE THEM!!!!...BUT WHEN I WAS GOING DOWN THAT HILL...THE WIND WAS SO COLD THAT IT WOKE ME UP..AND I WAS AWAKE THE REST OF THE DAY !!!!
Equipment: A WORKING BIKE !!!!!
Brienzer Rothorn is a perfect place to start hiking to Soerenberg - at the other side of the Rothorn, or you step down again to Brienz - walking-time will be around 5-6 hours and you will pass by plenty of great places, that you would never be able to see when taking the steam-train:
1)Planalp is the first station of the Brienzer Rothornbahn, in a height of 1341 meters above sea-level. It is there, where you will have the first possibility to take photographs of the interesting lubrications- and maintainance-works that has to be done during each train-ride of the oldfashioned cog-wheel-trains on their way to Rothorn Kulm.
You may walk down from Planalp to Brienz within 1 hour and 50 minutes
The one-way-ticket to Planalp is 29 sfr / 20 Euros
2)Dirrengrind is an interesting mountain and you will pass by it on the way to Rothorn - it is the massiv mountain in black on my main picture. The Brienzer Rothornbahn has a passing-place there, so you may take some great pics watching the 2 trains passing by each other in Dirrengrind. The first train that arrives next to Dirrengrind will stay there waiting for the oncoming train, but the other train will just go through without stopping. tell the conductor well in advance, when you intend to enter or leave the train at this station.
Equipment: Brienz and its surrounding mountains are simply great for hikes.Good walking-shoes and weather-proof clothings, because the weather might change fast and quickly in the mountains and shelterhuts are not to be found everywhere.
Axalp is a mountain-terrace , opposite of Brienz and high above Brienzersee.When hiking to Axalp from Gindelwald you may first take the cablecar from Grindelwald to First and start hiking from there to Faulhorn and finally to Axalp - a total walkingtime of about 5 hours : the steepest part of that mountain-path is certainly the path between Bachalpsee and Faulhorn, the rest is rather smooth. At many places you may enjoy a great alpine panorama of the Berner Alpen.
Equipment: No special equipment is necessary, except good mountain-boots, weather-gear, a bottle of water and some snacks just in case.
There will be 2 restaurants along the way, one in First, the other one is Faulhorn Hotel and then again Axalp, where 2 hotels are waiting for you. Choose the one on my last picture and drink a glass "Kaffee fertig" ...
...and be aware of the fact, that THIS hotel was the one where I started my hotel-carreer in 1972, as a young student from Austria, who was searching for a job in Switzerland...
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