Posts about Grindelwald

Grindelwald – a name known by millions of Harry Potter fans the world over thanks to its use by J.K. Rowling – is in fact a small town nestled in the mountains above Interlaken, in the Jungfrau Region of central Switzerland. The town is a magnet for winter sports and hiking aficionados as it is surrounded on all sides by mountains: the Männlichen ridge and the slopes down from First provide sledge runs, ski pistes and good hiking trails. The main alpine chain – including the world-famous Eiger North Wall – seals off the southern side of the valley and provides a huge challenge for many climbers.

The only main access point to the town is from the north, via a narrow road and a partially-cogged railway winding up the Lütschine valley from Interlaken. This affords little hindrance to the thousands of tourists who come to admire the landscape, cover the slopes and stroll amongst the tourist shops along the main street in search of a suitably Swiss trinket to take home. The town is best visited between seasons, when the cablecars and public transport continue to run, but the crowds are greatly lessened and one can get up above the town to admire the views and revel in the majestic silence.

Braving the elements

Delighted that my parents braved the cold and wintry conditions to see that with the right outdoor gear and the right dosage of warm soup, Switzerland is just as beautiful in winter as in summer. :)

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Driving off-piste

Jo and I took a drive up to Grindelwald last night to take some moonlit landscape photos. After an abortive attempt to head up to Bussalp–which saw us having to reverse back down a single track lane which got too narrow and way too steep to pass, after following the misguidance of Google Maps on […]

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Take the tourist shot

When I first planned to hike to Bachalp above Grindelwald, I had envisaged not taking the photo above. However, the reception which the photo has received since posting it to Flickr has made me glad that I did.

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Timelapse – hike to Bachalp

As if the photographic splendour of the mountain hike from the Firstbahn cablecar station above Grindelwald wasn’t enough, I used the rest breaks we took on our hike this last Sunday to shoot a handful of timelapse sequences.

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Schreckhorn from Bachalp

One of the largest mountains in the Jungfrau Region, at 4,274m (14,022ft). To give you a sense of scale, the Finsteraarhorn peak (slightly behind cloud on the right of the picture) is 10km away from the Schreckhorn. Only the top third of this part of the mountain range above the valley floor at Grindelwald can […]

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Bachsee/Bachalpsee, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Call it what you will: the small lake above Grindelwald-First is well worth a trip. Although Jo and I felt that we’d become fairly fit, having done some walking in the U.K. whilst on holiday, we underestimated the altitude difference and so the 50 minute walk to the lake from the top of the First […]

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Experiments in HDR

I’ve been meaning to spend a little time to sit down and really get to grips with the High Dynamic Range editing process. For the unititiated, the HDR is a photo which contains detail within a much wider range of tones than is possible through an individual shot, from deep shadows to bright highlights.

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Beneath the Eiger

Available to buy inexpensively as a greetings card, poster or framed print from Redbubble.

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Eiger North Wall Chairlift

The new 6-seater chairlift running from to the base of the north wall of the Eiger, photographed from the Eiger Run sledge track above Grindelwald.

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Eiger North Wall Chairlift

The new 6-seater chairlift running from Arvengarten to the base of the north wall of the Eiger, photographed from the Eiger Run sledge track above Grindelwald. In the background, the peaks of the Jungfrau and adjacent mini-peak of the Silberhorn. View larger at Permanent Tourist.

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