Hiking in the Alps

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Simplon Pass: Stage 6 of the Blue Trail of the Via Alpina (reverse direction) – part 1

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October 3rd 2019

Over Stockalper’s and Napoleon’s road

Today I left in the 10.18 hrs Postal car for Simplon-Dorf over the Simplon Pass. Because of today’s fine weather I had planned to hike a part of a stage of the Via Alpina: Stage 6 of the Blue Trail officially runs from the Simplon Pass to the village of Zwischbergen, on the border to Italy. Today I hiked from Simplon-Dorf to the Simplon Pass, a part of this stage and in the reverse direction! And again in an aera I didn’t know. Continue reading

Eischoll: a walk through the village and along the Suonenweg

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October 2nd 2019

Autumnal colours and rainbows

The rain that had set in last night had stopped this morning, but the outside world looked however quite like autumn: the top of the Glishorn rising high above Brig had disappeared into the clouds and despite the small patches of blue the sky was just overcast… At Hotel Europe they had apparently had the idea that Autumn had really started, because in the breakfast room there was a nice autumnal arrangement on a table with many shades of orange. For today I had planned to go to Eischoll: a village on a mountain shoulder above the left bank of the Rhône downstream from Brig. It is some 20 minutes by train to Raron in the Rhône valley – and some 10 minutes with a tiny cable car to Eischoll. When last year I had been hiking several stages of the Via Alpina, I could see the village with its characteristic white church at the opposite side all the time. Continue reading

Bellwald: a part of Stage 94 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina?

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October 1st 2019

From Fieschertal over the suspension bridge to Bellwald

Today I have made another attempt to start Stage 95 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina: from Fiescheralp to Riederalp. Therefore I took the train to Fiesch again: on arrival again a large crowd got off the train and into the Postal car, that would also stop at the valley station of the cable car to the middle station Fiescheralp. At that bus stop I didn’t get off: this time I didn’t like it either… Meanwhile I had the impression that all those crowds, like “distaster tourists”, wanted to have a look how the glaciers were melting and that it could be the last time these glaciers could be seen. Unfortunately it is a fact that the glaciers are melting and that it is a worrying development as well of course. I just didn’t want to be part of that “disaster tourism”… The Postal car continues it course to the village of Fieschertal. There I got off. Continue reading

Blatten/Belalp: Stage 96 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina – part 1

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September 30th 2019

Through the Aletsch forest and over the dam of the Gibidum Reservoir

This morning I took the 10.48 hrs train from Brig to Mörel, and got off two stops and 17 minutes later. The railway station in between is called Bitsch – it is funny to hear in what way this is announced in the train in English: it really sounds like “bitch” instead of “beach“! In Mörel it was only a three minutes’ walk to the valley station of the gondola, which eventually ends in Riederalp. The first part of the track goes to the village Ried-Mörel on the mountain shoulder. The gondola moves on very slowly, so people heading for Ried-Mörel can get off without a problem. Passengers for Riederalp have to remain seated: the gondola continues on another cable to the end station Riederalp. Continue reading

Binn, Heiligkreuz: Stage 4 of the Blue Trail of the Via Alpina – part 1

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September 29th 2019

Beautiful hike over green mountain slopes and through an impressive valley

This morning the weather was fine again, but somewhat cooler than yesterday and with much more wind! My plan for the days to come was to go hiking on the Via Alpina once more. Last year on September 16th I had started to hike the second part of Stage 96 of the Red Trail in Belalp above Blatten and had ended in Mund. This year I would like to try to hike Stage 95 (Fieschertal to Riederalp) and the first part of Stage 96 (Riederalp to Belalp): then I would have hiked four long stages in a row. Stage 95 to Stage 98 from Fiesch to Leukerbad actually form a coherent area within the Rhône Valley and the Canton of Valais. Continue reading

From Andermatt to Brig: from the Reuss to the Rhône

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September 28th 2019

Hospental-upon-Reuss and Brig/Naters-upon-Rhone

This morning I had breakfast in Hotel Drei Könige&Post in Andermatt for the last time. I needed to make just a short journey to my next destination: in Brig, where I had enjoyed myself so much in September last year. I took the 10.38 hrs. train and passed by the village of Hospental, from where the road over the Gotthard Pass towards the south starts. The day before yesterday, Thursday September 26th, I had gone there by foot – only in the early afternoon, when the rain had stopped. The weather improved more and more as that afternoon went on. Continue reading

From Wallis into Prättigau: through the Walser’s land

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September 21st 2018

A trip on the Glacier Express

This morning I have enjoyed for the last time the tasty breakfast in Hotel Europe with the homemade cereals and the dried fruits. Today I would like to travel from Brig to Küblis: a place in Grisons, between Landquart and the Vereina Tunnel on the road to the Engadin. I will stay in Küblis for a couple of days, also to hike one or two stages of the Via Alpina. Continue reading

Visperterminen: a small village with a great panorama

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September 20th 2018

A special vineyard and a beautiful mountain lake

On this last day of my stay in Valais I wanted to escape the forecasted high temperature in the Rhone Valley and decided to go to the small village Visperterminen in the side valley to the south of Visp. Because in Visp the Postal car to Visperterminen would leave only an hour later, I had time to stroll through the old city centre of Visp. Continue reading

Gampel/Steg: Stage 97 of the Red Trail – part 2

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September 19th 2018

Pioneers of watercourses and railways

Today I continued from the point of Stage 97 of the Red Trail, where I stopped the day before yesterday: in Ausserberg. I took the 08.36 hrs. train from Brig, the track of the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon line. We were even slightly delayed on departure – there were engineering works on this part of the line. Continue reading

Near Brig: wellness and an old defensive wall

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September 18th 2018

A day to relax, but with a lot of activities

Today I opted for a day of leisure with in the morning a visit to the “Thermal bath” in Brigerbad. My Hotel Europe had an interesting offer for a “Badecombi”: a bus trip to and from the thermal bath and an entrance for three hours. So I got on the Postal car into the direction of Saas-Fee. Continue reading

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