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Author nfmungard
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#1 | Posted: 12 Jul 2017 04:16 
General discussions on Switzerland.
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I will be in Switzerland for two short days in August and the Jungfrau Aletsch is the reason why. The train is really prohibitively expensive (190 CHF + 10 CHF reservation fee).

I know that there are other areas in the core zone that are free/cheap and far less crowded (see Els review). I would love to see the glacier, though. As far as I can tell this is only possible if I take the train and climb the mountain. Or arrive from the Southern side which I won't.

What are your thoughts?

Author paul
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#2 | Posted: 12 Jul 2017 07:22 
Mountain bike!

Author kintante
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#3 | Posted: 12 Jul 2017 09:17 
Happy to have you in Switzerland! I would suggest going to Eggishorn. Take a Train to Fiesch, close to Brig and the cable car to Eggishorn. Return trip is CHF 45. From there you have a fantastic view over the Altesch glacier and Eiger/Mönch/Jungfrau. You can even hike to the glacier if you have enough time.

When will you be in Switzerland? Over a weekend?

Author nfmungard
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#4 | Posted: 12 Jul 2017 09:52 
kintante:
Happy to have you in Switzerland! I would suggest going to Eggishorn. Take a Train to Fiesch, close to Brig and the cable car to Eggishorn. Return trip is CHF 45. From there you have a fantastic view over the Altesch glacier and Eiger/Mönch/Jungfrau. You can even hike to the glacier if you have enough time.

Sounds like a good solution. Checked the train schedules and this seems to work. Just to be safe: This is in the core zone?

kintante:
When will you be in Switzerland? Over a weekend?

I will fly in Friday 11 Aug and then head for the glacier. Given Swiss prices, I can't really afford extended stays. I will stay overnight in Bern and then head for Milan next day after breakfast and some siteseeing in Bern with a potential stop in Bellinzona.

Author kintante
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#5 | Posted: 13 Jul 2017 06:53 
Eggishorn is in the core zone, but boarder. Unfortunately I am attending a wedding that weekend so I can't join you. Wish you a good trip and good weather!

Author nfmungard
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#6 | Posted: 13 Jul 2017 07:11 
kintante:
Unfortunately I am attending a wedding that weekend so I can't join you. Wish you a good trip and good weather!

Next time ;)

There is actual a hiking trail that seems rather nice, but probably is too difficult:

https://map.schweizmobil.ch/?lang=de&showLogin=true&bgLayer=pk&resolution=5&trackId=2 157538&E=2649793&N=1138388

I will start and see how it goes :D

Author clyde
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#7 | Posted: 13 Aug 2017 06:41 
LOL nan - thanks for the ironic link :) hopefully, although I tend to be quite verbose when I enjoy a WHS, other travellers who haven't visited can benefit from some of the background info and tips. It is certainly the case for me, as I'm an avid reader of Ian Cade's, Solvigant's and hubert's reviews. In 2013, I just wanted to add some photos to WHS that had ample reviews but not so many photos and I had around 200 reviews to cover ;)

Author nfmungard
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#8 | Posted: 14 Aug 2017 03:17 
clyde:
LOL nan - thanks for the ironic link :) hopefully, although I tend to be quite verbose when I enjoy a WHS, other travellers who haven't visited can benefit from some of the background info and tips. It is certainly the case for me, as I'm an avid reader of Ian Cade's, Solvigant's and hubert's reviews. In 2013, I just wanted to add some photos to WHS that had ample reviews but not so many photos and I had around 200 reviews to cover ;)

Haha, I think finding more words than two paragraphs in praise of Bern and its OUV is a difficult task. And that's the whole point I was trying to make. And your verbosity is appreciated ;)

Author nfmungard
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#9 | Posted: 14 Aug 2017 03:18 
kintante:
Eggishorn is in the core zone, but boarder. Unfortunately I am attending a wedding that weekend so I can't join you. Wish you a good trip and good weather!

Eggishorn was covered in snow and view was limited to 30m :/ Will try again from Milan another year. Apparently, June to July better as timing.

Author clyde
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#10 | Posted: 14 Aug 2017 13:52 
Absolutely no problem ;) I totally agree on Bern.

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