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Old 10-10-2018, 10:07 AM   #31
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:47 PM   #32
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wow!! how nice it is !! thank you very much
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Day 7 - Day Trip to Bern

Paiseh, haven't updated in a while. On Day 7 we took a break from the mountains and day tripped to Bern! Wengen - Bern Chf42.40 return (s$59).

Bern, despite being the capital of Switzerland, is only the 5th largest city in the country (behind Zurich, Geneva, Basel, and Lausanne). Something to do with the politics of the French-speaking West vs the German-speaking East I suppose.



Anyway for this day trip we visited (on foot):
- Federal Palace - House of Parliament
- Prison Tower
- Zytglogge Tower
- Einstein House
- Bern Cathedral
- Bear Park
- Bern Old Town
- Peter & Paul Church

Statue in front of the Federal Palace



Zytglogge Tower



Einstein's House



Bern Cathedral



No pics of the bears in the bear park, but it really is just a pretty small forested enclosure with maybe 3 or 4 bears roaming around. Next to the bear park runs the Aare river, where during summer months, Swiss people go to the river, dump their clothes in a waterproof bag, and just jump in and let the current bring them downstream. We would've tried if we were more prepared but .... oh well. There's always a next time.

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Day 7 - Day Trip to Bern continued ...

Meals in Bern were Rabbit Roulade & Ossobuco at a restaurant in the old town named Metzgerstübli for lunch (chf51), and Mussels at Brasserie Chez Moules-Edy for Dinner (chf66)



After dinner we took the train back to the hotel to catch a moonlit silhoutte of the Jungfrau again.



Day 8 - Männlichen and Grindelwald

From Wengen, we took the cable car up to Männlichen, and then hiked walked around 45mins up to the viewing point at the end of the Royal Walk trail.



We then walked back down to Männlichen and decided to do the summer luge (which was super scenic, chf29/pax!!) down to the halfway point down to Grindelwald ...



... continuing the rest of the way by cable car, and making it to Grindelwald just in time for a quick burger lunch at the Eiger+ cafe

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Day 8 - Männlichen and Grindelwald continued ...

After lunch we explored the town of Grindelwald a bit but we were tired and it was a hot summer day so we went back to hotel to rest. Dinner was at the hotel's restaurant which was kind of a mistake (food was really "meh" ...)



Day 9 - Travelling to Rigi Kaltbad

It was quite a long journey for us ... a 4.5hr trek from Wengen - Lauterbrunnen - Interlaken - Luzern ... then ferry to Weggis ... then finally cable car to Rigi Kaltbad.

On the way we saw this cute sausage dog ...



... lots of lake scenery on the train rides ...



... and finally reaching the Hotel Rigi Kaltbad, which normally has a great view, but for us we only saw clouds ...

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Day 9 - Relaxing at Rigi Kaltbad

So after that 4+hr journey it was pretty much lunchtime ... so more salty swiss food i.e. mac & cheese (with cold applesauce) and sausage and rosti ... again ...



Swiss hotels tend to not have actual queen / king-sized beds, but instead they put two single beds together. Strange and a little bit annoying to be honest.



View from the room ... it's probably a lot nicer when it's not all misty and cloudy like this ...



We decided to walk around a little bit before getting into the spa.



... speaking of the spa, I wonder what prompted the management to come up with this sign?



Anyway the water in this swimming pool (pictured in previous post also) supposedly comes from "the 'Three Sisters Springs' located right beside the chapel. This legendary source promotes health and well-being through its revitalizing, mineral-rich water." So basically the Swiss version of a Japanese Onsen.



It's not as hot though - heated to 'just' 35deg C.
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Day 10 - A few hours at Zurich before heading home



Final day in Switzerland, and final update to this thread! It wasn't really a full day, just a few hours in Zurich while waiting for the flight to depart ...



There was apparently a fire on the building next to the train station ...



Flight home via Qatar economy.



... home sweet home!



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You landed in Geneva, but flew off from Zurich? That’s quite cheap for such flights Hor.
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You landed in Geneva, but flew off from Zurich? That’s quite cheap for such flights Hor.
Technically speaking I flew Qatar open jaw Singapore to London, and then Zurich to Singapore (and a seperate one way British Airways London to Geneva). Yeah the flights were quite reasonably priced I guess, Qatar also not bad except that I don't like Doha airport lol.
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