Trip Start Feb 15, 2008
60Trip End May 31, 2008
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70% of Switzerland is mountainous and the Swiss have ensured that their country can never be taken over by installing hidden fortifications and networks of military tunnels inside the mountains
As we crossed into Switzerland the scenery changed from flat grazing land and vineyards to rolling hills, mountains and lakes. The Swiss Alps seem to rise up to the heavens and, as one would expect, the mountains are covered by snow and glaciers. The cities and towns of Switzerland are connected by networks of motorways which rarely traverse around mountains; rather they tunnel through or bridge across them. The country is also connected by a modern railway network which, you guessed it, runs like a Swiss clock.
The towns of Switzerland are as pretty as they appear in the postcards with their classic timber chalets, well kept gardens and white churches with pointed bell towers. And moustaches; I saw plenty of guys here sporting some great mo's. We headed on to the tiny village of Lauterbrunnen which lies at the base of the Jungfrau Mountain where we spent the following two nights.
The next day I took a cog rail train to the top of the 4000 metre Jungfrau Mountain. The trip offers some fantastic scenery as the train ascends to the snow line
On reaching the village I found a small trade show which was running that day and an exhibit was showcasing some electric power assisted bicycles which were available for trial. The bikes have no throttle but automatically respond to your peddling and can increase your physical effort by up to 150% with the use of a 2.5KW electric motor. I took one of these bikes for a ride up an extremely steep hill and found that it was capable of assisting me to climb the grade with ease and at a brisk speed. The following day we crossed back to France and visited the seaside city of Nice.