Permanent Tourist

Posts about Switzerland

Switzerland, a quadrilingual country in the middle of Europe, has been my home since 2001.

Solothurn, Switzerland

Solothurn, Switzerland

Historic towns in Switzerland make the Christmas period especially magical for the photographer. In particular during the “blue hour”, between sunset and darkness.

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Brunnialp, Switzerland

The Brunnihütte sits beneath the heights of the Morgenberghorn, overlooking the forests above Aeschi and Suldtal. We decided to hike there on a hot late summer day, but due to leaving home late, this viewpoint is as far as we got before having to turn back. Next time, we’ll leave earlier and make it all […]

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Bawald, Switzerland

The hike from Aeschiried to Brunni, high above Lake Thun, affords spectacular, panoramic views down to the lake, to Interlaken, and as far as Brienz.

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Beatenbucht, Switzerland

The tourist motor boat Bubenberg, of the shipping company BLS, arrives at the ship station below Beatenberg at sunset.

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Faulensee, Switzerland

1st August is Switzerland’s national day, and fireworks and communal events are the norm. On Lake Thun, in the Bernese Oberland, the main ships of the local transport company parade around the lake and the surrounding villages time their firework displays to coincide with their arrival.

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Unterbergli, Switzerland

At Unterbergli, on the way to the Sigriswiler Rothorn, there is a large meadow on the privately owned alp. Access is on foot only, and entails a 450m metre ascent of a pretty steep path through the forest. Once there, you reach a haven from the world: whilst I was there, I saw mountain hare, […]

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Spitzi Flue, Switzerland

Spitzi Flue is the very Swiss-German-sounding name of a huge promotory of rock on the “Sigriswilgrat” (or mountain ridge). Although the rock looks a bit small in this photo, it’s actually the tip of a rockface around 500 metres high. (Compare with this photo, in which a climber stands atop the pinnacle.) I hiked up to […]

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Hörnligrat, Switzerland

I can remember just how much pain I was in when I took this photo. My wife and I take a short holiday for our anniversary each year and in 2012, we chose the Swiss mountain resort of Arosa. Out of practice at hiking, we made the daft choice that it would be easier to […]

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Hondrich Hill, Switzerland

There are viewpoints all over the place near where we live. But this one proved to be a bit of a surprise. The sun had woken me comparatively early on a Saturday morning, so I wrapped up warm against the cold, donned my hiking boots, and set off and upwards from home with no particular goal. […]

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Sigriswil, Switzerland

I’d heard people refer many times to the “Niesenbänkli”, a bench on the slopes above Lake Thun which afforded the absolute best view from its northern side to the Niesen on the opposite shore. As the weather forecast was wonderful, we packed a lunch and took the ship across the lake from our home to Merligen, […]

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Creux-du-Van, Switzerland

Creux-du-Van is a huge, natural rock amphitheatre in the Jura mountains. A 500-metre-high wall of rock provides safe haven for ibex and birds, whilst hiking paths around the area are a popular destination for walkers of all calibres. When we visited, the karst limestone landscape reminded us strongly of northern England, with limestone poking through […]

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Provence, Switzerland

The Jura mountains, on the northern Swiss border with France, are well-known for rocky, forested gorges. But the range of mountains also slopes down into the Swiss Seeland (lake district) through meadows and villages, most of which afford spectacular southern-facing views to the distant alpine peaks. The region is a particularly good destination for seeing cloud inversions […]

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Bire, Beatenberg

The Bire is a rock promontory amongst the cliffs above Waldegg, at the eastern end of Beatenberg. The name – local dialect for Birne, meaning “pear” – will give you an idea of its shape. I saw some photos from the hike to the viewpoint on the Instagram stream of a local holiday chalet owner last […]

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Giessbach Falls in spate

Giessbach Falls in spate

The name “Giessbach” translates literally as “pouring stream”, and pour it does, magnificently and powerfully, when there is a lot of rain.

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The swallows’ viewpoint

Our regular swallow visitors have a preferred perch above the area around our house. And it’s just a few metres from our balcony.

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Älggialp, Switzerland

The geographical centre of Switzerland is at Älggialp: appropriately in a remote and secluded spot in the mountains. Near Sachseln and across a high mountain range from Melchsee Frutt in canton Obwalden, the precise spot is half-way down an inaccessible cliff amongst forest trees. But nearby, the authorities have made a simple barbecue spot so that visitors […]

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Spiezberg, Switzerland

Locals to Spiez, on the shores of Lake Thun, are familiar with the vineyards on Spiezberg hill. There is a well-used and well-loved path along the upper edge of the vineyards, which leads along the edge of the forest from the huge Katzenstein rock to the council office and library, and on towards Spiezmoos. It’s a […]

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Männlichen, Switzerland

The mountain slopes near the world-famous Eiger are a destination for thousands of skiers and snowboarders in winter. On the Männlichen plateau, above Grindelwald and Wengen, the best time of day for photography is shortly before sunset, when the sports people have left for the day and only cable-car staff and a few sunset-hunting visitors are still on the mountain.

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Männlichen, Switzerland

Low cloud drifts through the Lauterbrunnen Valley, below the level of the cable car station on the Männlichen plateau.

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