Hiking the Swiss Alps of Adelboden and Pontresina

08 September 2015

Today is a travel day and our return to Zürich. We bid farewell to the hotel staff and walk down the hill to the Bahnhof. We will miss Pontresina. With Swiss German and Romansch the primary languages—and very little English—we felt more immersed into the culture here than elsewhere. And, occasionally, more bewildered.

Did I mention we had a great view from our room?
Did I mention we had a great view from our room?

From Pontresina to Samedan, then Chur, and, finally, Zürich, we make our way back to the city and our hotel.

Viaduct on the Rhaetian Railway.
Viaduct on the Rhaetian Railway.
Advertising on train locomotives.
Advertising on train locomotives.

We learn that our Swiss Travel Pass will not get us into the Art Museum in Zürich but does provide free entry to the Swiss National Museum. Although we have been here before we saw little today that we viewed on that earlier visit. And there is almost certainly still much that we missed. It appears that the section of the museum that we visited today has been recently renovated and it is very nice. We see exhibits showcasing room decor and furnishings through the decades and centuries, modern and classic artwork including the work of Alois Carigiet (perhaps best known for his illustrations in the children’s book “A Bell for Ursli“), jewelry, tapestries, statues, and so much more.

Swiss National Museum
Swiss National Museum
Swiss National Museum
Swiss National Museum
Swiss National Museum
Swiss National Museum

Next we visit the well-known Hiltl vegetarian restaurant before wandering around the Altstadt and nearby shops. The sun is setting and the early-evening light on the buildings is very nice—time for some photography.

Zürich and Zürichsee waterfront.
Zürich and Zürichsee waterfront.
Grossmünster at sunset.
Grossmünster at sunset.

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