Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sledging Fun at Kleine Schedegg

Exotic Trip Departures 2014

Winter is a lovely time to go to the Alps if you love skiing, snowboarding or even sledging.

Some of these activities can be done at a few places in Switzerland.

Mt Titlis (Engelberg)
You can travel to Engelberg from Lucern by train, from the Central Train Station. No advance booking is required. All you need to do is just show up, and buy tickets from the Tourist Office, located inside the Train Station. It will only take you about 45 minutes by train. There are a number of services throughout the day, and thus, it is very convenient.
You could easily walk to the Mt Titlis station from Engelberg, and buy the tickets for the cable car ride up. There are three cable cars that you have to take to arrive at the highest point.
Note - there is a Ski Rental shop right at the base of Mt Titlis, so it is very convenient, even if you do not have any equipment on your own.
Accommodation at Engelberg is available, and it is lovely to stay here.
NOTE : Mt Titlis is open the whole year round, except it will be closed for maintenance in Oct/Nov for a period of 7 days. So, do refer to the Mt Titlis website before you make your trip there.

Kleine Schedegg
Kleine Schedegg is located in the Jungfrau region, and it is only accessible by train. There are a number of train stations in the whole Jungfrau region.
The most convenient place to stay is at Interlaken (Latin name which means 'in between two lakes').
From Interlaken, you can take a train ride up to Kleine Schedegg. However, most of the locals do not like to stay at Interlaken as it is very touristy, with many tour groups staying here, for their early morning ascent up to Jungfraujoch. It is actually more scenic if you were to stay at Grindelwald, or even Lauterbrunnen, or maybe even Wengen, which hosts the annual World Ski Cup in the month of January every year.
So, it will only be a 45-minute train ride up to Kleine Schedegg , and up there, again, you could rent your ski equipment or even a sledge to have some fun here. There is a restaurant, and even a hotel located at Kleine Schedegg.
NOTE; If the weather conditions are bad, especially when the wind is too strong, the trains will not operate for the trip up to Kleine Schedegg.

Pictures of sledging

Wonderful Excursions in Switzerland
Take the train ride up to Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in the world.
3,454m high. At Kleine Schedegg, take another train that will bring you to the Top of Europe, the highest railway station in the world.

Other places that you could do a more challenging sledge run, will be at Mt Bussalp or even the nearby mountains. Do make enquiries at Grindelwald, as there is a snow-bus that will bring the tourists and locals up the mountains.

Here are some photos that I took for my tour group when they went up to Kleine Schedegg in December 2013.

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