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A peak experience from Meiringen, Switzerland: Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten

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

We spent a week in Meiringen, Switzerland, in one of the apartments offered by Untours.  Meiringen, with its museums, festivals, shops had far more to offer than we had imagined. We even had our own alpine gondola experience right on the mountain behind us.  The ride from Meiringen to the mountaintop is half price with the Swiss Travel Pass and free on your birthday.

gondola, Hasliberg
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gondola, Hasliberg

The series of three gondolas took us through forests, past gushing waterfalls, over chalets on rolling hills and to the alpine terrain of the summit.

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

The first cable car runs from Meiringen to Reuti, where we had enjoyed dining at several restaurants with spectacular mountain views.

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

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

Bidmi
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Bidmi

Families with small children disembarked at Mägisalp, where hands-on theme trails run through woods and meadows.

Mägisalp, Switzerland
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Mägisalp, Switzerland

It features 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 downhill to Bidmi.

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

We continued higher on our third gondola toward Planplatten, where there is a 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

There was the sound of cowbells as we passed alpine huts and pastures.

Mägisalp, Switzerland
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Mägisalp, Switzerland

We enjoyed lunch at the summit at the panoramic Alpen Tower restaurant, also a popular spot for Sunday buffet breakfast.

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

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

There was also a mountain crystal display. Kaspar Fahner’s 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

We were nearly 7400’ above sea level and had a 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 path where we hiked the easy highland paths.

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

Later, back in Meiringen, we found English versions of Muggestutz books for our granddaughter at the Jenny & Banholzer bookstore. The clerk offered free gift wrapping.

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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