Posts about Simmental

“Simmental” is the German name for the Simmen valley, which leads the river Simmen from Zweisimmen down to lake Thun near Spiez. The “lower Simmen valley” is the name given to the flatter area next to the lake, where the valley broadens at Wimmis.

Niesen, Switzerland

The triangular mountain towers over the Lower Simmen Valley and the towns of Spiez and Faulensee, on the shores of Lake Thun in Switzerland. The glowing clouds behind the mountains in the distance aren’t from towns, but of lightning storms above (respectively) Lenk and Gruyères.

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Einigen BE

With the Sunnighorn and the entrance to the Simmental valley.

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Simmental by Moonlight

It was a bitingy cold, clear, starry evening yesterday, so we headed up to the road from Boltigen to the Jaun Pass, slipping and scrabbling over the snowy road to get an elevated view over the moonlit valley below.

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Simmental by Night

One of the many isolated homesteads on the upper slopes of the Simmental valley, lit up and warm and surrounded by silent, beautifully frozen peaks. View larger at Permanent Tourist.

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Simmental by Night

A bitingy cold, clear, starry evening so we headed up to the road from Boltigen to the Jaun Pass, slipping and scrabbling over the snowy road to get an elevated view over the moonlit valley below. Jo and I first went up to see this view when I collected her from the airport on her […]

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Simmental by Night

A bitingy cold, clear, starry evening so we headed up to the road from Boltigen to the Jaun Pass, slipping and scrabbling over the snowy road to get an elevated view over the moonlit valley below. Jo and I first went up to see this view when I collected her from the airport on her […]

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Alpine Festival, Lenk

Mum and Dad were with us in Switzerland a couple of weeks ago, and we visited Lenk – in the mountains above the Simmental valley – to see the alpine festival.

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First snow of the season

Taking Mum and Dad over the Jaun Pass to Gruyères and Broc, with moderate snow in the fog on the upper reaches of the Simmental valley.

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Four-Wheeled Tripod

Jo and I take our new VW Golf for a test run in the Swiss alps, visiting the Diemtigtal valley for the first time. Read more and view photo larger.

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This is where I live

The view from the Allmistübli restaurant, high above the lower Simmen valley, Lake Thun and the town I call home: Spiez, in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland.

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Niesen, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

The Niesen is a mountain, located in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, overlooking the lake of Thun and is often called the Swiss Pyramid. The summit of the mountain (2362 meters) can be reached easily with a funicular from Mülenen (near Reichenbach). The construction of the Niesenbahn funicular was completed in 1910. […]

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Boxing Day on the Niederhorn: beats the crush of the sales at Marks & Spencer…

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