Europe, Favorite Places, Hiking, Switzerland, Travel
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland: Hike to Frozen Tundra

The first hike in Lauterbrunnen had not only left an indelible mark on us (in a good way) but had also left our bodies severly sore. We woke up late the next morning and decided to take a break and just walk around the town. By 2pm, we were itching. We visited the grocery store multiple times, tried to kill time gazing at swiss cheeses at the local cheese shop, and wondered what people do all day in this town if they are not hiking or skiing. Although our bodies revolted, we decided to torture them further by doing another hike.. It was going to be a mere 3600+ ft elevation gain with 5 hours of sunlight….nothing that our already destroyed quads couldn’t handle! 

Entertaining myself at the coffee shop by taking glamorous shots of Dan

Time to haul a$$ up the mountain….only 3600ft more to go!

How normal people like to get to the top of the mountains in Switzerland

and how crazy people like to do it

Town of Wengen across the valley. We were there a day earlier.

another town and more abandoned cabins on the way.

Latest update on abandoned cabins/barns: Recently we saw Rick Steve’s Travel show on PBS when he was in Switzerland. They mentioned that over 15,000 seemingly abandoned cabins in the Swiss Alps contained hidden military supplies and weapons like long range anti-aircraft guns.  Some still do today. In some cases, what looks like wood is actually concrete made to look like wood. (Not kidding!) So much for being a neutral country!  and we were wondering why we see so many cabins but no people in the mountains.

The perfectly mowed grass and the neatly lined flowers….minus the humans

“Honey, I think we are lost again!”

Start of the summer..melting snow

ready to melt away..

Frozen lake

The empty chairlifts..

Spring and Winter

Hike 2: Lauterbrunnen to Suls(right), elevation gain 3632ft


  1. Nice images! haha they do look real to me. Also, these towns in the mountain looks like a great getaway. Great hike and I’m definitely going to go hike in the snow. I live in Southern California so it’s not as epic but still going to be great.

    • Thanks Snook! It was a very unique experience hiking in Switzerland for that reason. As we climbed higher and higher in the mountains, we came across small little towns. I am guessing during ski season there is a lot of activity in those small mountain towns. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. JRev says

    I’m in Mürren now and was wondering about all of the abandoned cabins up here. A Google search took me to your blog. Very interesting!

  3. Robin says

    Will be in Lauterbrunnen in September and found your blog while researching. Thanks for the great posts — your photos are fabulous. What camera do you use?

    • Hi Robin,
      Thank you! I use Canon Powershot SX230 HS. It is a digital point and shoot. 14x optical zoom.

      Enjoy your trip!

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