Dienstag, 21. Oktober 2008

Hiking in Maienfeld, a Heidiland

Again we were in the mountain weekend.

Hiking in Maienfeld

Maienfeld. A place where Heidi comes from. This small village is famous as a stage of Heidi which is very popular story even in Japan.

Hiking in Maienfeld

A hiking course staring from this village leads you to Heidi's field. Follow a sign of "Heidiweg". Red course is easy one, but in order to visit Heidihütte, where you see Heidi's house, you have to take advanced level Blue course.



Hiking in Maienfeld

As soon as we started our way, beautiful scenery jumped into our sights. A huge grape field with mountain behind.

Hiking in Maienfeld

Hiking in Maienfeld

sheeps are also enjoying the view..

Hiking in Maienfeld

This is the end of Red course, easy peesy way. Blue course is more steep. This mountain is not as high as in Brienz last weekend but there is a 600m height difference from staring point to the Heidi Hütte, our goal.

Hiking in Maienfeld

We head our jouney of course further to Blue course.

What interesting in this hiking course is that you see a board with Heidi's episode.

Hiking in Maienfeld

Peter hit these woods like an instrument in order to tell Heidi in mountain that he will visit her soon..(that was a sign)

Hiking in Maienfeld

Heidi and Uncle Ulm had rest in the bench whenever they walk down to the village.

Hiking in Maienfeld

From this point, Peter threw away Klara's wheel chair and broke it into pieces from here. (but from this incident, Klara started to learn how to walk)

Hiking in Maienfeld

By reading these episode, our hiking went fast, it took only 1 hour from the starting point up to top. (My Japanese guide says it will take 2 hours!) Here is Heidihutte, a goal of Blue course.

Hiking in Maienfeld

Up on the mountain was a real Heidiland!! Heidi Hütte, where Heidi and Uncle Ulm live in story. Now this place functions as restaurant.

Hiking in Maienfeld

We went further up on the hill and had lunch here, overviewing amazing view of Graubünden.

Hiking in Maienfeld

This is the best part of Hiking. Enjoying breathtaking view after long walk.

Hiking in Maienfeld

On the way down, we took another way, a small road through forest covered by full red leaves. These leaves makes confortable sounds every step we take.

Hiking in Maienfeld

Heidi's fountain.

Hiking in Maienfeld

We went off from Blue course, continues further to red course and came back to the starting point of blue course again. So many back and forth. We walked indeed a lot this day.

Hiking in Maienfeld

But now I got to know better to Heidi's world. In Japan, Switzerland is popular because of this Heidi's story. Even now, many Japanese think whole Switzerland is like here, Maienfeld. Well, I'm living in normal city in Switzerland but these photo I took from Maienfeld would be a nice gift for my friends in Japan.. This is the exact image of Switzerland they have.

Hiking in Maienfeld

Mittwoch, 15. Oktober 2008

Hinking from Brienz Rothorn Kulm

Last weekend I have experienced again new Swiss culture. I absolutely wanted have ride on special SL train running from Brienz to Rothorn Kulm. Since this is a very special open air SL train, it operated only during summer. This month is the last chance for this year.

Rothorn Kulm

Upon we arrived in Briez, I saw a long qeue... A line for the Rothorhn Bahn. (SL train) Whatttt?? It's not a high season in summer anymore! Are they all in the line??

Rothorn Kulm

yes they are.. My dream SL train is right there but it looks like already full...

Rothorn Kulm and while we were in the line to buy ticket, my dream train has departed... Shock!!



But soon Odie realized that there is an another train waiting for us behind. He dragged me to that train which is a "diesel train". Nooooo this is not that train what I wanted!! My dream SL train has no window and you can breathe fresh air!! Beautiful wooden bench are in the row, not like this plastic chair!!

Rothorn Kulm

I was pushing my forehead to the window with sorrow...

Rothorn Kulm

But soon impressed by it's unbelievably beautiful scenery.

Rothorn Kulm

Brienz lake is amazingly blue.

Rothorn Kulm

The train goes quite steep way, through nicely coloured tree.

Rothorn Kulm

Beautiful autumn day.

Rothorn Kulm

Family are hiking. In their behind, you see my dream SL train who left me behind.

Rothorn Kulm

Finally we have reach the top, Brienz Rothorn Kulm!! Wowwww the lake is so down below and now I'm facing to those amazing Swiss alps!!

Rothorn Kulm

It's very beautiful but now I want to fly away like him... because I know I have to go advanced hiking course. Not like those easy couse which I saw from the train.

Rothorn Kulm

Odie,, he is pausing in front of beautiful landscape but I know how it goes behind him..

Rothorn Kulm

Oh my gott!!!

Rothorn Kulm

Unstable rocky way goes all the way down with some melted snow looks slippy and dangerous!!

Rothorn Kulm

I have to go thougth cliff..

Rothorn Kulm

I felt natural power fully in my body..

Rothorn Kulm

After fighting with those steep rocky way. finally I have reach to the peak!! The scenery is only for those who conquered steepy freaky way. Tomato tasted soooo good after a big work!

Rothorn Kulm

This is REAL SWITZERLAND...!

Rothorn Kulm

Mountain plants are also pretty.

Rothorn Kulm

Although we had to go thourgh norrow road, the way after lunch was not so tough anymore.

Rothorn Kulm

This is the point to Canton Bern.

Rothorn Kulm

From Schoenbuehl, we took lift down to village. Funny to riding lift without snowboard:) In summer, the list functions for hikers, very practical!

Rothorn Kulm

After exploring swiss mountain and experiencing my first hiking in Switzerland (advaced course!!) I'm back in the village.

Rothorn Kulm

Lovely goat brothers are telling me "Well down!".
I was totally crash in the train back home but very comfortable after spending time in full nature. Hiking in Switzerland is fun!!

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