Tuesday, 3 September 2013


(All 22.5.1987)

The small village of Murren lies on a ridge in the heart of the Bernese Oberland and is only reachable by train, there's no road. Until a few years ago you made the journey in two stages, by funicular from Lauterbrunnen on the BOB up to Grutschalp, and then by tram from Grutschalp to Murren. Unfortunately the funicular had to close recently due to the land becoming unstable (an early victim of climate change) and this section is now done by cable car, but the rest of the journey carries on as always, via the spectacular tramway.

This was all far in the future in 1987 of course, and I did ride on the funicular one more time in about 2004.

The tramway, like most minor lines in Switzerland, is metre gauge, and is well worth a visit. Be warned, the weather can be wintry well into May, as it was here on 22 May 1987, with quite heavy snow falling for a time.


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