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Best alpine trips in Switzerland: Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten

Alpen Tower Restaurant, Planplatten, Switzerland
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Alpen Tower Restaurant, Planplatten, Switzerland

One of our favorite alpine trips in Switzerland took us to three gondola stops — Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten.

Meiringen

We were based in Meiringen during our Untours apartment stay.  The soaring mountain and base station for the gondola ride were right behind us.

Since we each had a  Swiss Travel Pass the ride from Meiringen to the mountaintop was half price. On birthdays it is free.

gondola, Hasliberg
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gondola, Hasliberg

We rode through forests, past gushing waterfalls, over chalets on rolling hills and to the alpine summit terrain.

Mountaintop trails are popular with hikers.
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Mountaintop trails the Hasliberg mountainside are popular with hikers.

 Reuti

Hike and Dine

The first cable car runs from Meiringen to Reuti. Lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants there come with a mountain view. But we were headed to an even more spectacular heights.

view from the terrace of the Hotel Reuti restaurant
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view from the terrace of the Hotel Reuti restaurant, Hasliberg

Reuti sign near gondola
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Reuti sign near gondola

Reuti from the Hotel Panorama
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Village of Reuti from the Hotel Panorama

Bergbahnen Meiringen-Hasliberg, the gondola railway, continues from there to Bidmi and Mägisalp.

Bidmi
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Bidmi

Mägisalp

Family Fun

Families with small children disembarked at Mägisalp. Hands-on theme trails there run through woods and meadows.

Mägisalp, Switzerland
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Mägisalp, Switzerland

Sites follow the magical story world of Muggestutz, the oldest Hasli dwarf, and his friends.

Muggestutz gondola, Mägisalp
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Muggestutz gondola, Mägisalp

Muggestutz, Mägisalp, Switzerland
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Muggestutz gondola stop, Mägisalp

 

There are playground and picnic areas, restaurants, adventure stations, and reminders of the stories like a swing bridge and cave.

restaurant, Mägisalp
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restaurant, Mägisalp

restaurant, Mägisalp
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restaurant, Mägisalp

Trotti Bikes, a kind of scooter, can be rented to ride from there downhill to Bidmi. The return is by gondola.

bike rentals, Mägisalp, Switzerland
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bike rentals, Mägisalp, Switzerland

Planplatten

Breathtaking views

However, we were headed higher and took the third gondola to Planplatten.

While we ascended to the summit the sound of cowbells serenaded us as we passed alpine huts and summer pastures.

Mägisalp, Switzerland
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Mägisalp, Switzerland

Soon we disembarked at the summit to take in the breathtaking view of over 400 peaks, the valley, and Lake Brienz.

view from gondola Mägisalp to Planplatten
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view from gondola Mägisalp to Planplatten

Lunch came with a view at the panoramic Alpen Tower. This is also a popular spot for  Sunday buffet breakfast.

Alpen Tower Restaurant, Planplatten, Switzerland
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Alpen Tower Restaurant, Planplatten, Switzerland

Muggestutz Winter World

As we entered the restaurant building we discovered a room of Muggestutz Winter World displays based one of the books.

Mugglestutz, Winter Wonderland, Alpen Tower, Switzerland
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Mugglestutz at the Winter Wonderland display, Alpen Tower, Switzerland

Mountain crystals

A display of mountain crystal was by the entrance to the restaurant. There was also a book by Kaspar Fahner told of the wonderful world pf crystals. His Wonder of Crystals exhibit at Fahner Sport in Hasliberg features one of Europe’s top mineral collections. Entry is free when the crystal shop is open.

crystal display at the Panorama Restaurant, Planplatten, Switzerland
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crystal display at the Panorama Restaurant, Planplatten, Switzerland

The view

We were nearly 7400’ above sea level and had a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bernese and Central Alps.

Planplatten, Switzerland
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view from Planplatten, Switzerland

Planplatten, Switzerland
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view from Planplatten, Switzerland

view from Planplatten, Switzerland
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view from Planplatten, Switzerland

Low-lying wildflowers lined the easy highland paths.  But don’t step on the tiny alpine bees!

wildflowers landed the alpine hiking trails
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wildflowers landed the alpine hiking trails

If you go, be sure to check the television broadcast of weather conditions at the summit before making the trip. Also be sure to note the time of the last gondola back down.

The Muggestutz books

Where to find them 

Back in Meiringen, we found English versions of Muggestutz books for our granddaughter at the Jenny & Banholzer bookstore.

Muggestutz books on display at the Panorama Restaurant, Planplatten, Switzerland
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Muggestutz books on display at the Panorama Restaurant, Planplatten, Switzerland

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