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This photo was taken while going down on the gondola from First to Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland in beautiful Switzerland. I was looking down through the open window of the gondola to take this photo. This area just looks like a fairytale with many green mountain valleys and the beautiful Swiss chalet style home.

About this photo: On that day it was our last free day of our "Bernese Oberland Regional Pass" and we decided to go up to First to walk to the Bachalpsee from where I took one of my previous photos from this area. The weather wasn't clear, but it was fairly nice. On the way back down with the gondola I noticed these beautiful grassy hills dotted with typical Swiss houses. Note the waterfalls coming down from all the way up top. I liked the view here and the sunlight.

~Camera Settings:
*Camera Model: Sony DSC-H5
*Focal Length: 6mm
*F-Number: F/8
*Exposure Time: 1/100sec.
*ISO Speed: ISO-125
*Exposure Program: Aperture Priority (A)
*Exposure Compensation (E/V): -0.3 step

I added some contrast and saturation in photoshop to bring out the colours a bit more. I hope you like it! We sure loved Switzerland...what a great place!

Thank you for dropping by!
Ann :)


Some information on the Bernese Oberland: We spend about 10 days in the Interlaken region in July 2008. We stayed in Ruchenbuhl which the Thunersee about 4km (2.5mi) from Interlaken. This was our base for exploring the surrounding area known as the Bernese Oberland or Jungfrau Region. The Bernese Oberland is part of the canton of Bern which is located in the centre of Switzerland. You will be able enjoy the following: snow-covered mountain tops, fresh green meadows, forests, blue lakes, beautiful villages and gondolas that take you to amazing view points.

The Jungfrau region is also the most popular tourist area in Switzerland as you can find some of the most famous mountains here: The Eiger (3,970m/13,025ft) with its almost completely vertical north face which attracts many climbers. Besides the Eiger you will also have beautiful views of the Monch (4,107m/13,474ft) and of course the most famous one the Jungfrau (4,158m/13,642ft). The Jungfrau is known for the train trip to Jungfraujoch which is also called the Top of Europe. Here you will find the highest train station in Europe at an elevations of 3454m. From the Top of Europe you can enjoy beautiful views of the whole snowy area and the well known Aletsch Glacier. These mountains, as well as the area behind them in the canton of Wallis, are considered as a natural inheritance by UNESCO and therefore it’s a protected area. Another famous viewpoint is the Schilthorn, with its rotating restaurant call Piz Gloria it was also the set for the James Bond movie called "On her majesty’s secret service".

The gateway to the Jungfrau area is the city of Interlaken which is located between two lake: the Thunersee and the Brienzersee. The Thunersee is loved by sailers and windsurfers, especially some places at the southern side of this lake can be a good starting point for day trips in the Bernese Oberland and bordering areas, because of their central location and the fact that they can be reached quite easily. The Brienzersee, a bit smaller, is closed-in between two ranges of mountains. There are some small but beautiful villages on both the northern and the southern shores, which can be a good place to enjoy your vacation. The town of Brienz is very well known for their wood carving.

South of the Thunersee the Kandertal valley begins. This valley is the gateway of the Lφtschberg route to Wallis. There are many hiking opportunities in these areas and valleys such as the Gasterntal valley. The most important towns are Frutigen, in the centre of the valley, and Kandersteg, at the entrance of the tunnel to Wallis. Many trains to the city of Brig and on to Italy run through this tunnel. The road ends in Kandersteg and here you will be able to put your car on special car trains which can take you to Wallis. The Simmental valley with towns like Zweisimmen and Lenk are less well-known but they’re also a beautiful part of the Bernese Oberland.

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