Posts about Obwalden

The two “half-cantons” of Obwalden and Nidwalden are in the geographic centre of Switzerland, reached via the Brünig Pass from canton Bern or via a branch off the main Lucerne-Gotthard motorway from the east. The half-cantons are pure historic Switzerland: be it due to their geographic location in the Swiss heartland or due to the fact that they formed the original region of Unterwalden, from which one of the three “Eidgenossen” (Swiss founding fathers) came.

Melchsee-Frutt, Switzerland

Abrupt sunsets

Sunsets in the mountains are different from those over flatter landscapes.

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Alphorn on the Bonistock

Alphorn on the Bonistock

A lone musician plays alphorn music on the Bonistock mountain peak, high above the lake and village at Melchsee Frutt in canton Obwalden.

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Above the clouds

The “Nebelmeer” (lit. sea of cloud) is a fabulous meteorological phonemenon at this time of year, caused by a band of dense cloud sealing cold air beneath it in alpine valleys.

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One Way Up

The single track road from Stöckalp in the Melchtal valley up to the ski resort of Melchsee Frutt is… an experience.

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A winter weekend

In January of 2005 – five years ago this week – Jo visited me in Switzerland for the first time. These photos show our wonderful time together.

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