I've been working on a couple of shoots I can't post yet, however i've also been taking advantage of this beautiful summer weather by making a few short trips here and there! I have a friend over from Australia so we thought we'd venture to the top of a mountain. The Niesen is a mountain which i first spotted in Spiez - Patrick an I thought "what a perfectly shaped mountain!"... It's featured in many of my Spiez photos. like this one:
its been dubbed the Swiss Pyramid because of its beautiful shape. We went up on a gorgeous day in June first thing in the morning. We left Basel at 7am and were on the funicular to its peak at 9am. I like being the early bird so its a little quieter. The funicular is red (in true swiss-style) and takes about 30 minutes - you have to change train half way. Tickets were quite expensive - its CHF57- return but with day ticket on the trains or a swiss pass its CHF28.50.
The views are pretty spectacular at the top - it has 360 degree views, a cafe/restaurant (apparently also a small hotel) and a pretty cool playground for kids. We stopped for a coffee and took in the views, snapped a few pictures and went back down around 11/11:30am.
If you're thinking about going here are my tips:
Choose a clear day - it was just starting to cloud up when we went and it's pretty pointless going up if all you can see it white... unless you're into clouds...
If possible, get the lowest row in the train on the way up, you'll get beautiful views! Second best is close to a window.
Have a hot drink at the top and soak in those views!
There's a particular point on the pathway that doesn't have a fence. Sit for a picture here and it looks like you're right on the edge of a cliff (in reality, there's a steep hill but you can still put your feet on the ground.