Arrival into Grindelwald from Zurich. Like an interactive slideshow of Switzerland, the train passed through the capital, Bern, the lakes of Spiez and Thun, before reaching its final destination of Interlaken Ost. It arrived just in time to meet the mountain train to Grindelwald, thus beginning the first chapter of my trip to the top of Europe.
The three and a half hour train ride between Zurich Airport and Grindelwald shows the most magnificent
scenery that has become a familliar trademark and natural wonder of Switzerland. I was surprised to encounter so many lakes and mountains, even before we had reached Interlaken. However, this first leg may have just been a warm up for things to come.
The Berner Oberland line was part of the Swiss Federal Railway network, and as a holder of the Swiss card coming from the airport, I did not need to purchase any additional tickets. Instead, I was able to concentrate more on adjusting to the alpine surroundings as the train climbed half a kilometre up to Grindelwald.
About half an hour later of meandering through the mountain valley, the train pulled into Grindelwald Station, below the foot of the Eiger, Schreckhorn and Wetterhorn. Although it was late in the afternoon, the day was still bright and sunny, so there was still time to take a few photos and wander around Grindelwald and Grindelwald Grund before resting for dinner.
Canon A20 Powershot Digital Camera. Canon EOS 300V with 28-90mm USM lense. Kodak Portra NC ISO 400 film.
SBB website (Swiss Federal Railways)