Another weekend full of sunshine! So we decide to take the train to Kandersteg. We stay at the Kanderhuette which is great, because it is very cheap and still a cosy place and it also includes a kitchen. The next morning we walk up to the Oeschinensee. This lake is super beautiful! 🙂 We are very early and only a few other people are there. We take a long break here before we continue hiking up to the Bluemlisalphuette. From the trail we have a good view of the glacier (or at least what is left of it) and for a few hundred meters the trail also goes along the moraine. After a steep ascent we reach the Hohtuerli. From here it is only another 10 minutes to the hut.
The Bluemlisalphuette is a very nice place! We stay there for almost two hours and enjoy the sunshine and the perfect view to the Bluemlisalp! Tonight is a concert at the hut and the helicopter is flying in the instruments! When all instruments and musicians are there they start to play music! This is fantastic! On the way back we walk over the Heuberg which offers a great view down to the Oeschinensee. This was definitely again one of the best hiking days this year! 🙂
Today was another beautiful autumn day! We took the train to Weissbad and from there the bus to Brülisau. Because of the snow it was not possible to go up the high mountains in the Alpstein mountain range. So we decided to go up the Hoher Kasten which is only about 1800m high. The hike is easy and we enjoyed the perfect view around! Switerland is so beautiful! When we reached the top we were also able to see the Lake Constance! 🙂
This weekend the weather was said to be nice. For some time we already wanted to see another side of Lake Constance. So we decided to pack our bags, take our bikes and jump into the local train to Ravensburg. Our plan was to cycle from here to Konstanz and the next day from Konstanz to Singen. From there we wanted to take the local train back.
Actually Ravensburg was a quite ok place. Just today it was very crowded and quite a lot of car traffic was going round and round. After leaving the center of the city it became more quiet and it partly looked very nice. We cycled to Tettnang which is a small town about 10 kilometers away from Lake Constance. We were expecting to have a great view on the lake but actually 10 kilometers still is a bit of a distance. We continued cycling to Friedrichshafen - one of the major cities directly located at Lake Constance. Personally our first impression of the city was not that nice. One of the main roads more or less goes along the bank. Of course there are quiet places as well but somehow it is different compared to Konstanz. Furthermore most of the old buildings were destroyed in World War II. Hence many parts of the historic center were destroyed as well.
We continued cycling from Friedrichshafen to Hagnau and then to Meersburg. Finally - after about 15km - the main road left the cycle track and we arrived at Hagnau. From this point the cycling path and the landscape became very beautiful. When we arrived at Meersburg we took the ferry to Konstanz Staad (about 15 minutes). Including a bike we paid about 6€ per person.
After a good night in Konstanz we continued our tour to Radolfzell. From here we started a short excursion to the small peninsula Mettnau which holds a great nature-sanctuary. From here we continued our tour along the bank heading towards Stein am Rhein. Stein am Rhein is a small town in Switzerland where the Rhine flows into the Lake Constance. Stein has many nice medieval buildings which are painted with beautiful frescoes.
From Stein am Rhein we further cycled to the north-west and finally arrived in Singen. Overall it was a great tour - especially the part between Hagnau and Stein am Rhein 🙂
After three days of rain the weather forecast is now looking promising. Sunshine the whole day! And it should continue for the whole rest of the week.
Therefore we decide to hike to the Schreckhorn Hut, sleep there and go back down to Grindelwald the next morning.
After breakfast at the DownTown Lodge we get ready and leave Grindelwald in the direction of the Pfingstegg cablecar. If you use this cablecar you will save a one hour walk. Nevertheless we decide to go up without the cablecar. The path goes through a forest and finally you leave the forest and you have a great view of the glacier in front of you.
After about 90 minutes we arrive at the Gasthof Bäregg. It is a really nice looking small hut with a great panorama. We decide to continue our way to the Schreckhorn Hut without a break here. After the Berghaus Bäregg the sign which leads to the Schreckhorn Hut is blue-white-blue which means that this way is more difficult and dangerous than a normal hiking path. Especially falling stones are often coming down on this way. We continue up to a nice picknick place in front of the glacier. Here we have a long break. Then we continue to go up. After a few minutes ropes and ladders lead the way. Often you have to go over a small waterfall. The view around is really beautiful, glaciers and these tall snowy mountains all around us! We can even the Mönch from here!
After about five hours we arrive at the Schreckhorn Hut. We decide to have something to drink first and want to ask for a place to sleep. Inside the hut we meet the hut owner and his wife. He is a bit rude and says that if we have not called and said that we are coming we cannot stay here, because he does not have enough food. A few minutes later his wife says that we can stay, but maybe without food. Everything a bit strange and unfriendly. Therefore we sit outside and think what to do next. It was three o'clock. Then we decide that we will go down to Berghaus Bäregg and ask if we can stay there over night. This means about three hours going back down. We have to be really concentrated when going down the exposed path. But after a few hours we arrive at Bäregg. The people there are very friendly and we get the last room. The room is really nice, for six people, but we are the only ones today in this room. There is also a hot shower - really great after this long walk. We enjoy the shower and then we wait for dinner. Dinner is also really great. A soup and beef with rice - as much as we like - and some chocolate pudding and chocolate cake afterwards. Happy and satisfied we fall into bed after this beautiful day 🙂
The next morning we enjoy the breakfast and then continue to go down to Grindelwald. This takes only about 90 minutes. The rest of the day we spent relaxing in the sunshine and eating ice cream 🙂