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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald, December 2017

The best time to visit the mountain villages near our home is between the tourist seasons, when many hotels are closed and the valleys, cable cars and mountain cableways are much quieter. We drove up to Grindelwald shortly before Christmas, to visit the mountain restaurant at Schreckfeld, where deep snow and temperatures as low as… (Read More)

A cold, cold afternoon

It had been a beautifully sunny start to the day, but by the time we’d driven up to Grindelwald, the clouds had taken over and the temperature had plummeted. We had to use a plastic loyalty card to scrape the ice from the inside of the cable car window, and the fondue at the mountain… (Read More)

The best part of the day

Video preview image for Schilthorn in winter

Schilthorn in winter

The follow-up to the Schilthorn Cableway’s summer video is now online, showing the mountain-top restaurant and region in winter.

Brienzergrat, Switzerland

Lombachalp–Augstmatthorn–Suggiture

A testing and rewarding hike from the peat moorland of Lombachalp to two summits on the vertiginous Brienzergrat ridge.

The early bird and all that

I was half an hour early for an appointment at the Spiez council offices this morning, so I went for a brief stroll through the woods to the top of the vineyards while I was waiting. It was so peaceful, with fresh powdered snow slipping silently from the trees and only two or three other people there… (Read More)

Changeable Sunday

Views from home across the lake to the Niederhorn on a winter Sunday.

Schilttal, Switzerland

Schiltgrat to Mürren

A hair-raising sledge run – our first of this season – in the awe-inspiring Schilttal valley above Mürren.

Riffelsee to Riffelalp, Zermatt

Before the proper snow arrived at the start of this year’s winter season, we visited Zermatt and visited the famous, much-photographed view of the Matterhorn from Riffelsee.

Faltschen, Kandertal, Switzerland

Dense, grey fog on the lakes in the Bernese Oberland means that it’s best to head for the surrounding hills and mountains to get above the cloud and into the sunshine. We took a drive up a road we’d never used before – an unrestricted, toll-free one for a change – and ended up high… (Read More)