Aus Solingen komme ich, und bin gerne draußen unterwegs. Am liebsten mit Wanderschuhen, aber auch im Fahrradsattel, es gibt viel zu entdecken. Das kann auch mal im Kanu sein. Und ich widerspreche Goethe: Auch mit dem Fahrrad kann man „wirklich dort“ gewesen sein.Tagestouren, Streckenwanderungen, mit Zelt oder ohne, mit Höhenmetern oder im Flachland, das alles mache ich nah und fern der Heimat. Nur fotografieren, das gehört immer dazu.Wer Lust auf gemeinsame Erlebnisse hat erreicht mich unter
While we're at Zermatt, we wanted to try to see the Matterhorn. That's why I planned this tour. First we went in from the campsite with the taxi shuttle to Zermatt. We saved ourselves the first few meters with the Sunnegga cable car. Then we went along the 5 lakes (Leisee, Mosjesee, Stellisee, Grindjisee and Grünsee). The Stellisee is known for the reflection of the Matterhorn in the water - if it could have been seen at all. But in the morning we first walked in the haze for a long time, or with our heads in the clouds. 😂
Shortly before we got to the Grindjisee, the sun came through - and the Matterhorn condescended to allow itself to be photographed. But only for this point in time, after that it was covered in clouds again.
From the Grünsee we started the ascent to the Gornergrat. For the first time in my life that I exceeded the 3,000 meters of altitude on foot. An uplifting feeling.
Then there is a view of the snow world with the Gorner Glacier. Really overwhelming. In any case, we enjoyed the views extensively.
We started the way back with the Gornergratbahn, which is easy on the knees. By the way, this was the first electrically operated rack railway in Switzerland.
When we arrived in Zermatt, we were hit by a blow. Such a touristic place (which I don't like anyway) with so many people on the street - phew, you don't need that.
But that in no way diminishes the beauty of the tour described.
4 days ago
After Bern, Zermatt was the next destination on our Tour de Suisse.
The - by the way, recommendable campsite - Attermenzen is located in Randa and is therefore the ideal starting point for ascending to the Charles Kuonen suspension bridge. And the word ascent can be taken literally. 😂
At first it went up very steeply from Randa, later it flattened out and became a bit more “comfortable”. And then it was there: the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world: 494 meters long, 85 meters high.
The floor is made up of gratings, so you have a nice view down. And it does sway a little too, but you hardly notice that.
From the bridge in particular, there were wonderful views of the Weisshorn, the Bishorn and the Brunegghorn, but above all of the Bis glacier.
The bridge is part of the Europaweg here, we went as far as Europahütte for a short rest before starting the way back. Shortly after the start we were able to observe a few marmots - it's always nice.
The descent took us past the Chüebodmen, a kind of alpine pasture that was once again pleasing to the eye. From there it went back to the campsite.
For me this hike is a real highlight; a crystal clear recommendation for imitation! 😉
PS: The suspension bridge was named after the main sponsor (gold sponsor).
5 days ago
Since I am standing on Lake Maggiore, I thought that I could go to the Verzasca Valley. This valley is well known for its role in the 007 film "Goldeneye", or better known for the bungee jump from the 220 meter high dam. Which, of course, many do there too, whether it's a Bond fan or not.
So I started in Lavertezzo on the Ponte dei Salti. The path goes along the river, moves away and approaches again. This on almost romantic forest paths, which can also be adventurous stairs.
The Verzasca reminds me of the Solenzara on Corsica, where the rocks are in the water and there are many bathing places to be found.
But today it was too fresh for me to swim.The nice thing about the path is that there are always suspension bridges to shorten the path if necessary.
But I went through to Sonogno.
For the way back, I then chose two alternative routes that led to the upper regions. And there it looked, well, just like in Switzerland. Huge boulders that lay all over the forest. But I thought it was nice there. And very impressive.
I hope you can see the rest of the photos.
When you stay here you get the Ticino card, with which you can use the bus for free, even to the Verzasca valley.
September 12, 2021
The Viamala Gorge, read many times, now it was time to go through it. We started in Rania on the Via Spluga, a long-distance hiking trail with a total length of 65 km. From there it goes over a narrow path to the Suransun Bridge, there we crossed the Hinterrhein. We continue through the forest to the Wildener Brücke, which is currently a fairly large construction site.
Shortly behind it is the Viamala visitor center, and for 6 CHF you can descend into the gorge, next to a lookout point to the Wildener Brücke there is a short rock gallery through the gorge. You should definitely do this if you are in Malta.
Up again, we continued towards the Traversinersteig, a bridge that is actually a staircase. It spans a side valley.
After the crossing, we are reversed on the same path. I only wanted to make a detour to a lookout point shortly after the Wildener Brücke, but either it no longer exists or I haven't found it. 🤷♂️Another tip:
A little further south there is the Roffla Gorge. I don't do a separate tour for the 600 m long path, but the way to the waterfall there is worthwhile.
You can even walk through the rock under the waterfall.
The trail has an interesting story, but I'm not going to reveal it here; go there yourself and read. 😊
But the last four photos here belong to the Roffla Gorge, as appetizers.
September 10, 2021
After crossing Switzerland many times, I take the time to look around here. I started in Appenzell, today I went to Bad Ragaz (in Heidiland 🙄) From there I went to the Tamina Gorge. Steep ascent through a forest, then along the road to Valens, then turned onto the forest path to the gorge.
In the old Bad Pfäfers (baroque building with restaurant and museum) you get the tickets and for 5 CHF you can see the gorge. Overall, the entry is worth it.
In the gorge you can make a short detour to the thermal spring, from where the 36.5 ° warm thermal water comes and is directed to Bad Ragaz.
Back it went along the Tamina.
In Bad Ragaz we then explored the sculpture park. My favorite is the car in the trash. 😉
A worthwhile tour for me, but on fairly wide paths. Sculpture Park explored. My favorite is the car in the trash. 😉
A worthwhile tour for me, but on fairly wide paths.
September 9, 2021
Today was the first LSW "plus" of the long-distance hiking group of the DAV Solingen: 41 KM around Engelskirchen.
11 Fellow hikers insisted on facing the ups and downs in the Oberbergischen in summer temperatures.
Beautiful passages through forests and meadows are replaced again and again with - unfortunately larger - cleared areas.
Ultimately, a successful tour with almost no asphalt. Thanks to the good planning of our manager Anke, who ran the tour again beforehand.
Thanks for that!
September 5, 2021
I have often wanted to go to Müngstener Brücke. With the opening of the Brückensteig there is now the possibility.
I found it exciting, it is not difficult to climb, the crossing at the highest point over a bar gives a slight adrenaline rush when you switch from the ascent on the left side to the descent on the right side. You walk securely all the time, accompanied by two trainers and equipped with radio. Everything is very professional, but it also has its price.
Still, I've been able to enjoy unique views.
And as a Solinger you should have done it once. But everyone else is also allowed. 😉
August 29, 2021