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Bernese Oberland Gazetteer

Switzerland Map showing Bernese Oberland

There is probably nowhere else in the world where you can get quite as close to the foot of high mountains by car or public transport.

And possibly nowhere else with such a diversity of forms of public transport in such a small area: rack railways, gondola cable ways, cable cars, funicular railways and not forgetting the post buses with their fabulous horns.

Surprisingly, when we visited food and drink were as cheap if not cheaper than in the UK, but the transport, although superb, was as expensive if not more so.

Alpine Bird Park (Alpenvogelpark)

Location

Kantonbern Map

Last Visited: 2006

Chough

Chough

Snowy Owls

Snowy Owls

Situated at Ischboden near the top of the Grosse Scheidegg pass, this small bird park specialises in the care of injured mountain birds.

The Snowy Owls were a particular favourite of mine.

One of them spent the whole time wandering round muttering, whilst the others looked on uncomprehendingly.

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Wetterhorn Cable Car

Location

Kantonbern Map

Last Visited: 2006

Disused Wetterhorn Cable Car Bergstation

Disused Wetterhorn Cable Car Bergstation

Replica Wetterhorn Cable Car

Replica Wetterhorn Cable Car

Perched high on the side of the Wetterhorn Mountain you can spot the remains of a building.

This is the top station of the old Wetterhorn Cable Car, the first public cableway in the world.

As the plaque on the replica car that sits forlornly outside the Hotel Wetterhorn at the site of the old base station explains, it was opened on the 27th July 1908 and ran successfully until 1915.

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