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.