Zurich to Geneva.

Posted: August 21, 2012 in Switzerland

The next few days we have planned are going to be a bit full on.  Making our way from Zurich to Lake Geneva via the panoramic train stopping at a couple of places along the way.

 

Waiting at another station.

Swiss countryside from the train.

More beautiful Swiss countryside.

The first place we planned to visit is the Schilthorn, this is a mountain in the Alps where a 007, James Bond film was made back in the late 60’s.  We left really early in the morning to catch a train to Interlaken from there we had to get a bus up to a place called Muller and from there a series of cable cars to the top of the Schilthorn.

Tina taking photos.

The whole area is really scenic, with snow capped mountains (even in summer) and waterfalls running into the rivers below.

A man playing a huge horn.

At the top is the world’s first ever revolving restaurant.  We got a table and sat down to enjoy lunch with a 360-degree view of the mountains around us.

 

The revolving restaurant.

After lunch we went for a walk around outside taking photos and admiring the scenery.  Once we had spent long enough up there we made our way back down to Interlaken where we were staying the night.  Our accommodation was at a place Tina had found called The Tent City.  When got there we found a really cool setup.  Just on the edge of town a series of tents and marquees setup.

 

The tent city.

We checked in and had a look around; it was a great little setup.  A main marquee had a bar and lounge area with toilets and showers off to the side, a communal fridge, tea and coffee area also.  The bar looked out past the tents to the mountains with a yard in front of it that had a swimming pool, hot tub, hammocks, tables and chairs.

There was a supermarket across the road so we went over to grab some food for dinner then sat down at the bar with the other guests to have a drink and a chat.  We met a few Aussies and some Kiwi’s, some of them were stopping overnight like us and others were staying there for a while paragliding and taking part in all the other mountain sports that happen there over the summer time when there is no snowboarding or skiing.  It was a great fun place to visit and the tents were a really great setup and very comfortable to stay in.

Another early start to get the train to Montruex on lake Geneva.  The panoramic train took us along some really great scenic paths; we could pull the windows down and take photos as we went, getting some great shots along the way.

Lake Geneva.

Once we got to Montreux we found our accommodation, which was in a great spot in a square right on the water.  It was a nice sunny day and fairly hot, so we went for a walk along the lakeside.  There were people everywhere enjoying the sun, eating at the little cafes that lined the foreshore or getting rides on the many floating restaurants and other boats on the lake.

Shaun enjoying the lake.

A large fork in the lake outside a food museum???

There were heaps of private boats and lots of water sports happening too, with swimming areas and parks on the waters edge.  We ended up hiring a little paddleboat and going for a cruise around on the lake for a while.

It was a really nice area – if we had more time it would have been nice to stay a few days here.  However we were moving around the lake to Geneva for a couple of days.

It took us about an hour in the morning by train to arrive in Geneva.  The place we were staying at was not on the lake like the last place but it was only a short tram ride to the water and we were given a free travel card that worked in the city zone.  We checked in then caught up on some overdue laundry before going for a look around.

We got a copy of the city map and headed straight for the water.  There is a huge jet fountain that shoots up to 140m in the air we wanted to see.  We followed the map to where it should be but couldn’t see it; Lea had seen it from the tram earlier as we were going to our accommodation however it was not working now.  We asked someone and they said it was on earlier however it goes off from time to time.

 

Scenery from the banks of lake Geneva.

We decided to walk along the waterfront for a while.  There was a music festival on and the whole foreshore was lined with carnies and food stalls.  It was pretty busy, lots of families around with the kids all jumping on the rides and playing.  There were quite a few street performers also and around towards the end of the carnival was a large swimming area and man made beach setup.

 

Cruising through the carnival before it got too busy.

We spent a while walking around and we came across a huge fireworks setup right in the middle of the main area.  It was all fenced off and the pyro’s were in there setting all the fuses etc.  Not sure when they were letting it all off but it looked like a big display.

Fireworks ready to set off.

This would be good to see.

After our last few days of early starts and non-stop moving, we decided to have an early one and catch up on some sleep.

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