For some hiking in the Swiss Alps, we had decided to tackle the Bernese Oberland region for a few days and headed to Interlaken. From there we took the mountain train into the mountains and the resort town of Grindelwald.
A sky in the winter with hiking in the summer there are plenty of hotels and we had reserved one close to the train station. After checking in at the tourist office and the local coop grocery store for some lunch items we were ready.
Departing from its base station near the tourist office where you can take a 35-minute cable car ride up to the station at first. If you want to learn more about the free walking tours Switzerland, then search the browser.
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If you have a Swiss Rail Card you can expect to receive a discount on all-mountain trains and cable cars so keep it handy. First, there is a restaurant with great views including across the valley to the famous Eiger, you target for tomorrow.
There is a wide choice of well-signed trails from first indicating the estimated time to complete the route. One trail headed back down the mountain to Grindelwald but instead we decided to follow the majority of the people to Bachalpsee on a two-hour walk.
The trail winds through the alpine pastures with a few short climbs along the way. The cows along the journey have the traditional Swiss cow bells so you have some great music as you are hiking. Bachalpsee itself is a small alpine lake and from here you can retrace your steps or take several much longer options.