October 29, 2014

Switzerland Part 3: The Polybahn

Something I really enjoyed in Switzerland, was the funicular railways. If you don't know what they are, they're like a cable railway, where you have a train-like or tram-like vehicle on a rail that is attached to a cable which moves it up and down. Ascending and descending vehicles counterbalance each other. So it's all quite cleverly designed. Its just old-school cool, in my opinion and so much fun to ride.

The first one we tried was the short and sweet Polybahn in Zurich. It is literally just one stop and takes about 2 minutes in each direction. Funiculars are usually on steep inclines (and some of them are insanely steep), and at the top of this one, was a university, so most of the passengers were students.

We also took one up Mt.Rigi and one in Montreux. I will post some pics of those soon. For now, here are some pics of the Polybahn. I would definitely recommend trying the funicular railways - so fun and usually quite scenic.

October 20, 2014

Switzerland Part 2: Lake Lucerne

We took a boat ride on Lake Lucerne to find the way to a funicular, which would take us up Mt Rigi.
It was such a gloriously beautiful day out, which felt more like early Spring than early Autumn. The scenery was breathtaking.. I now do understand why people love Lucerne so much.

We also managed to do a bit of pedal-boating. Perfect, still water and sunny skies. I mean, why not? Check my Instagram to see a short clip of me pedalling.

Birds love surrounding the boats as they sail, hoping to find something to eat. So as we made our way back again, I had to capture some of them.

October 17, 2014

Switzerland Part 1: The Schilthorn

I won't be sharing my Switzerland photos in any particular order. I have quite a few photos, but thought I would just share the ones I truly love. We were in Zurich for 4 days, and in that time also went to Lucerne. Then we spent a day in the Interlaken area and then 2 days in Montreux. It still felt too short, since there were so many places we never had a chance to see.

Switzerland is beautiful, scenic and clean. It's also rather nice and calm, compared to the hustle and bustle of London. Even though I am from Cape Town and love mountainous areas, I've never quite seen so many and such high mountains in one small area before. I can say that as a Capetonian, I don't really know what mountains are,now that I've seen the Swiss Alps.

Today I will share my photos taken at the top of the Schilthorn. This was an achievement for me, given the fact that I am afraid of heights, but somehow I managed to take four cable cars to get to the top and I was absolutely fine. We took a risk, as the forecast wasn't great and the alps seemed to be covered in cloud on the live cam every time that we checked. Lo and behold, as we arrived at the top, some clouds gave way to reveal some of the alps and it was a spectacular thing to see. We also had a nice warming cup of hot chocolate in the revolving restaurant, as the temperature up there was about 4 degrees. The kind of temperature I am accustomed to in London, so it hardly bothered me :)

If you're planning to do this, make sure you go in the summer, when days aren't as cloudy.