Anyway I travelled on the very fast train from Paris to Basel last Sunday and perhaps will reconsider any thought of going 2nd class in France again. It was quite packed. On arriving in Basel and changing to Swiss trains, 2nd class is quite ok as the distances are small and there are always plenty of seats.
I caught up with the misty weather on arrival but the clouds lifted by evening and the weather has been glorious since. However May has been wet and the snow cover on the mountains is still quite extensive so I had to change my hiking plans as many routes were still closed.
On Monday the hotel owner told me at breakfast that the mountain top was clear so I caught the mountain train to Lauterbrunnen (796 metres) and then the cable car to Grutschalp (1489 metres) so much more civilised than hiking in Italy. I then walked rather than catch the tram to Murren (1645 metres) which took about an hour and a half
Sadly when I reached the next cable car I was told that the mountain top was clouded over and as I would have had to pay 37 Swiss francs (Au$42), I decided against it and instead walked downhill to Gimmelwald (1420 metres)
where I had a steak sandwich again taking in the view. As the path becomes very steep at that point I again took the cable car
At the Trummelbach Falls I had to pay to enter and was taken by a lift inside the mountains to where the water tumbles down in a series of 10 falls inside caves carrying up to 20,000 litres of water per second.
As the sky had clouded over, it was quite cool and my feet were tired, I caught the bus back to Lauterbrunnen and after a hot chocolate, the train back to Interlaken.
Tuesday was another glorious day and I was assured the mountain tops were clear although there was a bank of cloud just above the town. So I returned to Lauterbrunnen but this time changed to another mountain train up to Wengen (1274 metres) and then the cable car to Mannlichen at 2227 metres. We burst through the clouds to be in bright sunshine with snow covered mountains in all directions.
The cloud even cleared later and I could see back down into the valley.
but stopped about 2/3rds of the way just above where paragliders were taking off.
and spent over 2 hours walking down through farmlands with cows and bells
to the village of Grindelwald (1034 metres) where after a late lunch of apple strudel I caught the train back to Interlaken.
On Wednesday I had to travel to Lucerne but I broke my journey at Brienz and after leaving my luggage in a locker travelled by the steam rack railway.
I have made a video of the 2 full days