Via Alpina, Day 8: Meiringen – Grindelwald

When we leave the campsite we are kindly waved goodbye by three men crossing Switzerland on their bikes. We have to follow tarmac for a while and pass a large yard where men are already hard at work sorting gravel, which they extracted from a quarry a few meters away. After a while we choose…

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Via Alpina, Day 7: Engstlenalp – Meiringen

I slept restlessly last night. The lightning bolts of a thunderstorm in the distance made the tent lit up. Fortunately, the bad weather has already blown over in the morning and we can - albeit under a heavy sky - continue our way dry. We thought that Engstlenalp consisted only of two hotels and a…

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Via Alpina, Day 6: Engelberg – Engstlenalp

With a fresh "Apfelstrüdel" from the camping shop in our hand, we leave the campsite. Today we eat our breakfast "on the go". How modern. Although the "Apfelstrüdel" is very sweet, it only adds just enough energy to our sugar level, so we don't immediately throw in the towel after one kilometer. After all, the…

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Via Alpina, Day 5: Altdorf – Engelberg

We make extensive use of the hotel's breakfast buffet. I eat a croissant, two small sandwiches with ham, some oatmeal and dried fruit. We're not focussing on the calories, because today we need all the energy we can possibly take in! In total we have to climb 1900 meters and descend another 1200. According to…

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Via Alpina, Day 4: Braunwald – Altdorf

We are still having breakfast when suddenly we are startled by a few unexpected visitors. A whole group of cows is released by a farmer in our bivouac meadow. It seems that we give the cows as big a fright as they give us. Determined, they immediately come our way. They sniff all our stuff…

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