The Mannlichen is the range of mountains behind Wengen. They are not hugely high, but they are covered with very skiable snow slopes, and so there are various ways of getting up there! The simplest is straight up by cable car, starting about 50 yards from the door of my hotel. But I like trains.
So I first went up to Kleine Scheidegg, and then caught another train down the other side towards Grindelwald. The weather was glorious and the scenery very pretty.
The weather was good enough to have the windows open on the train, so it was easy to take photos!
As we neared the bottom of the valley, the effect of the sun in melting snow was very visible. The south-facing slopes had much less snow on them.
Leaving the train at Grund, I walked over to the Mannlichenbahn. This is a 4-man gondalbahn going right up to the top of Mannlichen, taking 30 minutes for the journey.
The first part of the journey up is over farm land, then it is through the trees. Apart from the slight him of the wires, all you can hear is the sound of running water, and looking down, you can see streams through the trees.
In the slightly more open areas, the sun casts shadows on the snow – this is trees, their shadows and a pylon reflected in the car window….
….and this is a bit higher up, once out of the main forest.
In summer this whole area is alpine pasture, and in amongst the trees and ski slopes there are real farms with housing for the cows over the winter.
Once above the tree line there are huge areas of skiable snow.
The top of the gondalbahn is on the top of the ridge….
…. with views all round.
And where there is sun, there are deck chairs (at 5 CHF per time!)
The view down to Wegnen is breath-taking. The drop is shear, going down 2,000 feet…
…with another 2,000 down to the floor of the Lauterbrunnen valley.
Turning further round on the same spot, the view is of the Eiger and Wetterhorn.
Or you can look nearer to hand and see the Tschugger with some of the vast area of snow round about. The dots are skiers….
There are two ways to get back down to Grund. Guess which one I took!!