Category Archives: Zurich

Hotel Alpina and the Ice Caves of Jungfraujoch

After paragliding I took a cable car from the valley up to Hotel Alpina in Murren where I had decided to stay for the night. The photo below is the view from my room balcony overhanging a 1000m cliff. Take a look at the photo on flickr if you want a bigger version.


The next day, before I left Interlaken for Paris, I took a train ride to “The Top of Europe” to see the ice caves and the Jungfraujoch glacier.



Paragliding in Interlaken

I left Burglen early and took the mountain pass over Sustenpass to Interlaken. When I got there I went paragliding with a company called Interlaken Paragliding – fitting name, huh?

Paragliding Over Interlaken

Hotel Tell in Burglen, Switzerland

On Monday I walked around Zurich a while and got bored, so I took off on a scenic route through the alps. My drive to Burglen took me through the Klausen Pass. The video here has snippets of me talking during the drive, but of course for the most part I was quiet, enjoying the scenery and the sound of the turbo. If you don’t understand why I’m yelling, you’re not alone – you’d have to see it for yourself to understand.

Linthal 1

When in Switzerland what better place to stay than at Hotel Tell in Burglen? In case you don’t understand my muddle-headed ramblings (apparently it’s the altitude ;-) ) in the video, check out the legend of William Tell. The three generations of Gislers that run the hotel, Katja Gisler, Nicole Gisler, and Nicole’s mother, are fun people. Oh yeah, I loved the hotel and its prices too!


On the advice of Jean-Claude, I decided to reroute my trip and cruise through the alps as I had originally planned but later rejected. Here’s my revised route:

Swiss Scenic Route

OK, I admit Zurich isn’t too exciting, but let’s see what lies ahead.