Sunday, July 29, 2007

Riederalp, Swizterland

We only spent a couple more days in Geneva after we returned from the trip to Stuttgart & the Black Forest. On Sunday, we took the train from Geneva to Valais canton, where we transfered to a gondola that carried us high up into the Alps! Riederalp, to be specific -- elevation 6,250 feet. (See webcam page.)

Riederalp is a car free zone, so people walk, ride bikes, or take one of the few electric vehicles to help transfer luggage to chalets and hotels. Chair lifts and gondolas from Riederalp carry summer visitors (the lazy, non-hiking type) to the ridgetop, where they can overlook the Aletsch -- largest glacier in the Alps and central feature of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
Our chalet is second from the left.
The view from our deck looks southwest....
... where the Matterhorn stands as the lone peak, center in the picture.
Our cabin is half way between Reideralp and Bettmeralp. A few minutes walk either way take s us to the small grocery store, several restaurants, and ski resort type shopping.
June and July are the height of the wild flower season. The lupines come in purple, pink and white, while smaller wildflowers carpet the ground.

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