Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bores Backpack Europe: Triftbahn, Switzerland

The Bores Backpack Europe trip came to an end on Monday (Labor Day) at around 1:31AM. It was an excruciatingly long flight back, especially when you're exhausted, hungover, homesick, and cranky.

Nonetheless, when we woke up Monday morning at approximately 7AM with 5.5 hours of sleep, Mr. B rolled over, looked at me and said, "I am ready to go camping!" If I had the energy, I would have smacked him. Hard!

We were lacking energy all week. I suppose it takes awhile for your body to adjust after such a long [amazing] trip. As much as I love to travel, I realized on this trip, I love home twice as much.

I've thought about how to document our travels, our stories, and our experiences and still haven't quite figured out how I am going to organize my thoughts. But I do plan to capture them on this plain white screen over the next few weeks.

One thing, I do know, is our first day in Switzerland deserves a post all on it's own.

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We literally waited until the VERY last minute to plan an agenda for our trip. Two days before departure we googled "Top 10 Best Things to Do in Switzerland" and found a variety of articles, blogs, and websites. The one consistent excursion was "Trift Bridge."

It was going to be an inconvenience for us to get to. It's not really near a major/common city. It's nestled in the middle of the Alps and kind of off the beaten path. Which gave us even more incentive to find a way to get there.

It required an early rise (5:30AM), a bus ride to the train station, a train ride to Meiringen, a short walk to the Meiringen, Bahnhof bus station, and another bus ride to Nessental, Triftbahn. Let's just say it was a quick way to get us accustomed to European travel. By 9:30AM we were standing at the Triftbahn cable car station and being told we had to wait 2 hours for the next available cable car. You see, when the bus let's you off at the station, you aren't necessarily at the trail head. You have to take an 8 minute cable car ride to get you there. So we waited.

I read. Mr. B took photos.

When Mr. B was bored 15 minutes later he tried to convince me to hike to the trail head and skip the cable car. I contemplated, but that adds 2 more hours to the already 90 minute one-way-hike we had ahead of us. We were still adjusting to the time zone and I really wasn't sure I could hike 2 hours, then another 90 minutes, cross the bridge, and then hike back another 90 minutes. Thankfully Mr. B listened to me and we waited for the cable car. The level of difficulty for the hike was listed as Medium. Well guess what, I'd list that sucker as EXTREMELY difficult. We were literally climbing the Alps and I was totally unprepared. No one told me I needed to train for this vacation. I mean we only packed one bottle of water each and a handful of snacks. Guess what, I needed a case of water and an entire aisle at the grocery store to give me enough energy to put one foot in front of the other. You will laugh when you hear how long the hike was, 1.7miles. Go ahead, laugh. But let me watch you climb, what felt like 5000ft of vertical, and then see if you're laughing. Mr. B doesn't complain when he hikes. Somehow this kid was born conditioned for strenuous outdoor activities, even though he hasn't been to a gym...ever. But even he was complaining.

Somehow, we made it. I think seeing wild sheep along the way helped give me a boost of energy. As for Mr. B, well the excitement of crossing the bridge, gave him all the motivation he needed.

I introduce, Trift Bridge - 328 feet high, 557 feet long, and overlooking the Trift Glacier. It is one of the longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the Alps. Originally it was built for climbers to access the Swiss Alpine Club, but has since been turned into a tourist destination. Guess what, you can add Mr. and Mrs. B to that tourist club.


Triftbahn Station / Cable Car Tickets
Ride on the Cable Car
Trailhead / Bar
Trail Options
Time is given, not distance
Break / Trift Bridge is behind us
Trift Bridge
Trift Bridge
Trift Bridge Details
Trift Bridge Selfie
Well Earned Biers
I introduce, The Swiss Alps!

For those of you planning to visit Trift Bridge, I had the hardest time finding information online regarding the best way to get there and purchasing tickets. So I leave you with a few tips! 
  • Visit SBB for route details. Type in your departure city (ours was Lucerne) and then your arrival city as "Nessental Triftbahn." More than likely it will include a train ride and a bus or two! We purchased our tickets directly from the site so we didn't have to worry about purchasing that day. 
  • The bus will drop you off directly at the cable car station. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase cable car tickets in advance, so I would advise getting there as early as possible. As I mentioned, we had a two hour wait and we arrived around 9:30AM. The cars only hold 8 people at a time it runs every 16 minutes. 
  • We were there on a Sunday, so a weekday may be a better option. 
  • Good luck, have fun and pack water!

[All photography by The Bores]

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