Mountain travel in Switzerland is possible wherever in the country one is: Here from the lowest point in Switzerland, the Rhine River in Basel it is an easy walk to climb the Minster Hill.
No matter what mode of transportation one chooses: Each one of them will create its own challenges, particularly in winter time.
For me, the most comfortable way to travel to the mountains is by train. In the comfort of a heated wagon, one arrives usually on time at many destinations near or even on top of mountains.
But the winter season can be tough on the equipment and infrastructure: The engine of a BLS (Berne-Lötschberg-Simplon) train composition en route from Lucerne to Berne.
In comparison to a snowed-in railway track, the road conditions for the yellow post busses and private motorized vehicles look way more treacherous at this time of the year. Why live with the stress?
For the most relaxed way of mountain travel: The fleet of steamships on Lake Lucerne on stand by.
Sometimes, the specialized vehicles from the mountains make a journey to the city: This old one-axle tractor and carriage combo made an appearance for the carnival season in Lucerne.
For me, the most reliable mode of transportation that brings me to the mountains, up the mountains, and safely back down is still on foot! The entrance to the Aare River Gorge near Innertkirchen.
And this may be the reward for one’s efforts. The Unterhorn and the Oberhorn near Tenna in the Safien valley on a clear day with a fresh coat of snow. How beautiful and majestic.
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Beautiful and nicely written. Thanks.
Estar, thank your for your feedback.
As part of a simple lifestyle, I am experimenting with ‘unhooked travelling’: I am resisting the dominant discourses of cost, efficiency, and speed. Instead, I try to choose the mode of transportation that awards me the best experience of the journey and the surroundings. My adventure is to seek and feel the “brotherhood/sisterhood with all living beings and creation as a whole” (A. Rotzetter).
Lovely, that is definitely a reward worth all that effort! Thanks for joining in the travel challenge! 🙂