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Old August 3rd, 2008, 10:26 PM   #1
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tour de Alps - My holiday photos



Time for yet another holiday trip. I decided to do something else than the usual bigcity trip this year, so I took an 8 day drive to the wonderful Alps. I spend 1 night in Bad Hersfeld in the middle of Germany (on the way), 3 nights in Bern, Switzerland, 2 nights in Hohenschwangau, Southern Bavaria, and 1 night in Hannover, Germany on the way home. Although the driving part took much time (4000+ kms driven) I had a wonderful trip, and the Alps are surely amazing. Here're a bunch of photos from the trip, with short descriptions:

1. Evening view of the Swiss parliament in Bern. Bern is the capital of Switzerland and has a population of some 344.000 (incl the metro):



2. The old city of Bern is surrounded by the river Aar on 3 sides. It's very beautiful, and recognised by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage Site. The river is hard to see here, but you can see the narrov streets:



3. Another view of the old city, here from the east:



4. The reason I chose Bern was because it is located very close to the alps, so driving there was easy. Here a shot from between Thun and Interlaken, which is some 40 km southeast of Bern:



5. Waterfall somewhere in the same area (close to Mürren):



6. Again from the area, though now in Grindelwald, which is just at the foot of some huge mountains. Here you can see the Grindelwaldgletscher, but you have to climb some 890 wood steps to get there. The beginning of the "climb":



7. View from around halfway up:



8. At the "top" (still far from the top of the mountain) there's this small bridge over the running water from the gletscher. Pretty far down:



9. The same, just from the other side of the bridge:



10. Another day and another place. Now we're in the Wallis/Valais region, which is in southwestern part of Switzerland. From the city Sion I drove south in a valley between two mountains (Val d'Hérémence). At the end there's a small hairneedle turn road, and at the end of that you meet this:



11. La Grande-Dixence - Europes highest Dam with it's 285 tall concrete wall. From the bottom you have to take a cablecar to the top, where there's an amazing view of the valley and mountains:



12. Futher back you see the top of the wall and the lake, which looked stangely white this day.



13. Panorama with the lake, valley and mountains. Click to enlarge:



14. Nothing too exiting, just a mountain I thought looked cool. It's quite close to the town Zermatt which again is close to Matterhorn, but I didn't go there since you had to take a train:



15. After 4 days in Switzerland I drove to Hohenschwangau in Southern Bavaria. It is most or less at the foot of the alps, and it's also just a few km's from Austria. This is a very small village, but still it is one of the most visited places in Germany. This reason is the Neuschwanstein Castle, which is also why I went there:



16. I did really enjoy the days I stayed there, although 2 small things irretatated me. First all of the back was being renovated (I know they have to do this, just not when I'm there ), and then the amazing view you see on all the postcards are more or less impossible to get, since it's taken from a cliff (a view from the east with lakes and mountains behind the Castle). Anyway, here the castle from walking bridge in the mountains:



17. In my idiotic search for the "perfect photo" (which I never got) I deciede to followed a very small walking path on the mountain behind the castle. I did get some unusual views from up there, but not what I wanted:



18. What I did get though, after walking some 3 hours or so was some great views of the beginning of the alps. I had no idea where I was going when I started the walk uphill, and after the very long (and hard for me) walk I ended on the top some 900 meters above the town:



19. I was happy when I saw they had a restaurant at the top, since I was absolutely exhausted from the walk. Not to forgot a cablecar to so I could get down again with killing myself:



20. Again the great view form up there:



21. And a panorama from the same place. Click to enlarge:



22. Paragliders jumping from the top:



23. From the cablecar I got a few more views of the Castle, although I wish I had brought some bigger lenses:



24. Again:



25. View from the opposite side again (the bridge). The mountain to the far right is the one from the previous walk:



26. Evening view over the area from close to the Castle itself. The mountains at the far left is in Austria while the rest is Germany:



27. Another view of the Castle, again in the evening:



28. And now to something completely different. On the way back home I decided to spend one night in Hannover (which I also visited some years ago - thread). Here the cool NORd/LB (Norddeutsche landesbank) building by Behnisch:



29. And finally 2 shots of "Das Neue Rathaus", just next tot he NORD/LB building. This was one of the reasons why I chose Hannover for the night. Last time I was there it started to rain before I got all the shots I wanted:



30. And again...:



That's it for now, might add some more later.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 10:43 PM   #2
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Absolutely stunning. Who cares about big cities when you can visit scenery like that. Excellent pictures. And they should make a postcard out of the last picture. I don't think it can be done any better.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 12:05 AM   #3
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Awesome pics mate!

I love Neuschwanstein Castle and you got some great shots of it!!!

Oh and mountains.. I miss mountains so much!


Looks like an awesome vacation - thanks for sharing it mate!
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Damn what a beautiful view! It looks like something from the Lord of the Rings or some story tale.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #5
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/\ Yeah the scenery is absolutely stunning. That shot is taken through the glass of the cablecar, and it was as close to the "perfect angle" as I could get. I have hoped to get something like this, but it's impossible...
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Simply beautiful. Stunning pictures...
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Old August 5th, 2008, 04:31 AM   #7
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Always enjoy your photo threads and this one is no exeption - absolutely stunning work and the scenery is just...wow!I believe there will be more right?

Oh is Hersfeld really that bad?
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Old August 5th, 2008, 08:46 AM   #8
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/\ Not bad at all

Actually I was wondering about all the German cities that called "Bad blablabla" so translated it, and turns it it means "spa" or "bath" (if you didn't already know).

And yes I'll probably add a few more. Thanks for the comments.

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AWESOME.
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Actually I was wondering about all the German cities that called "Bad blablabla" so translated it, and turns it it means "spa" or "bath"
Makes sense!In the UK we have many towns called Something Spa too they tend to be quite grand aswell as they were favoured by the high society in the old days!
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Old August 5th, 2008, 10:01 PM   #12
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Just amazingly stunning! Love these photos, and again i have to remind my self to get a new lenses soon and get much better at photography!

You should do more nature/mountain photos, since i see your just as good at that as urban photography! And when mountains and nature landscapes is more stunning than urban i recommend you to take more trips to places such as this one!
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Sheer magic, mlm! Absolutely spellbinding.

I'm glad you had such a nice vacation.
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Very beautiful shots! Some shots of the castle really look magic!
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Haven't been around for a while, but threads like this makes me want to check out everything I've missed! Great!
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High quality pictures these are. Amazing sceneries. Bern does have a charming old town.
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Amazing once again mlm!
I'll go to Neuschwanstein anytime soon myself - by then there will probably be some spring colors surrounding this fairytale castle.
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