There’s something about traveling, about seeing things beyond your backyard. As technology continues to advance, the world continues to grow smaller and smaller. My kids have the world at their fingertips, literally. Through the web, you can learn about and experience things like never before. Pictures, videos, live feeds… technology serves up the world on a platter.
I have fond memories of visiting Mürren, a village in Switzerland, when younger. So that’s what I’m going to share with you today. These images are not only a virtual visit across the Atlantic, but travel back in time. When I visited Mürren, it was a car-free village, as were most of the mountainside towns and villages. It took us 24 hours of travel to arrive in Mürren from the Zurich, the capital of Switzerland. You can’t drive to Mürren, but have to travel by funicular up the mountainside (or hike it on foot). There are also cable cars that get you up and down the mountain.
The funicular is a mountainside train that travels up and down the mountainside. There are actually two cars — they counterbalance each other, so one always travels up the track as the other travels down an adjacent track. It’s fun for kids to watch for the other car and wave at the other passengers as they cross paths mid-way up the mountainside.
We would travel to Lauterbrunnen by train, then up in the funicular to Grutschalp. From there we would take a smaller train past Winteregg to Mürren, the end of the line. My grandparents always enjoyed staying at the Hotel Eiger, which overlooked the station.
We would spend our days exploring the countryside around Mürren… the Blumenthal valley was always a popular excursion — we would stop for lunch at the Suppen Alp, a restaurant in the middle of the valley. We also enjoyed visiting the top of the Schilthorn by cable car, where the revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, is located. You might be familiar with it, as it was featured in the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.