19.11.2011 - 19.11.2011
For today we went on a day trip to Mount Rigi.
After a long bus ride we took a rail car up the mountain. It took us to a station were we needed to transfer to a cog-wheel car up to the summit. Instead we decided to hike the rest of the way to the top. The hike was officially just over an hour, but we had rest stops during the way.
We didn't realise how much the thin air at such an altitude can affect you. I got puffed out as soon as we hit the first incline. Which I knew was too soon to be from being unfit as I'd walked up inclines fine in Prague.
We finally got to the top and the views were spectacular. We also got to see a couple of gliders take off from the top. The gliders they used looked more like parachutes.
The mist below looked like a sea, with hills coming through it as islands. It was freezing below and we thought it was going to be worse up but I actually only had a shirt and jeans on, carrying my jacket as we went. Even though we were higher, the sun was out and the freezing cold from before was due to the sunlight being blocked by the mist.
This is my best picture of the landscape with the mist and a picture of the mountain-side in general.
We took a cog-wheel car down, then a boat ride, then a bus ride to get back to Zürich. No hiking after getting to the top.
Afterwards we went to a good restaurant nearby and I had a good Cordon Bleu with Rösti (hashbrowns).