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Säumerfest in Meiringen, Switzerland

Säumerfest 2016, Meiringen, Switzerland
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Säumerfest 2016, Meiringen, Switzerland

We booked an apartment stay in Meiringen, Switzerland with a company called Untours. Gondolas run from here to mountain adventures and its train and bus connections make it easy to take daytrips.

Meiringen, Switzerland
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Meiringen, Switzerland

Panorama Restaurant, Planplatten
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Panorama Restaurant, Planplatten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meiringen is home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum and is where we found local bakery treats and legendary creatures. We were also fortunate to stumble upon a special event known as Säumerfest.

Sherlock Holmes Museum, Meiringen, Switzerland
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Sherlock Holmes Museum, Meiringen, Switzerland

bakery with tatzelwurm on exterior, Meiringen, Switzerland
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bakery with tatzelwurm on exterior, Meiringen, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One afternoon, as part of an event called Säumerfest 2016, a group in traditional attire arrived with donkeys and mules laden with wooden cheese boxes to parade through town. They were recreating the times when cheese and other goods were transported by way of the passes through Meiringen.

Säumerfest, Meiringen, Switzerland
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Säumerfest, Meiringen, Switzerland

We first spotted them by the 15th century St. Michael’s Church and the Hasli-Museum, where the exhibits include a description of mule tracking.

Säumerfest 2016, Meiringen, Switzerland
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Säumerfest 2016, Meiringen, Switzerland

St. Michael’s Church was built over ruins of the medieval one that is now accessible by a stairway.

ruins below St. Michael’s Church, Meiningen, Switzerland
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ruins below St. Michael’s Church, Meiringen, Switzerland

Meiringen is at the foot of several alpine passes and was an early medieval market town along the trade routes. The restored tower of the Restiturm, a 13th century castle that regulated trade, still stands to the east, near the gondola. We learned in the Hasli Museum that cheese, salt and crystals were traded for textiles, wine, rice, and spices.

crystal exhibit, Hasli Museum, Meiringen, Switzerland
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crystal exhibit, Hasli Museum, Meiringen, Switzerland

pack saddle known as a saurnsattel, Hasli Museum
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pack saddle known as a saurnsattel, Hasli Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Säumerfest 2016 followed the Sbrinz-Route, named for the hard cheese of central Switzerland.

Muleteers, Meiringen, Switzerland
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Muleteers, Meiringen, Switzerland

Muleteers in Meiringen, Switzerland
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Muleteers in Meiringen, Switzerland

This scenic trail from Lucerne to Domodossola is now popular with hikers.

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