Brandegg Apple Fritter Trail


Route: Brandegg from Holenstein

Area: Lauterbrunnental, Switzerland

Date of walk:  19th June 2024

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.2 miles

Ascent: 400 feet (1,316 feet descent)

Weather: Sunny and very warm

We’d planned to walk along the Schynige Platte Panorama Trail this morning, which is accessed via an historic old cog railway, but for once the famously efficient Swiss railway system let us down. There was a fault on the line with no indication as to when it would be repaired. It was time to come up with a new plan. As we were near Grindelwald we decided to take a train there and then the cable car up to the half way point at Holenstein

We alighted at the cable car station and set off along the Öpfelchüeliweg (Apple Fritter Trail). The paths are well waymarked and a detailed description isn’t necessary. We walked through woodland and meadows with fabulous views of the Eiger, Schreckhorn and Wetterhorn mountains along the way. The route was mostly downhill,  but there were a few uphill sections causing us to huff and puff in 20c plus temperatures

The meadows were a particular delight, especially towards the end of the walk. The pastures were jam packed with numerous species – yellow rattle, meadow cranesbill, harebell, common spotted orchid and red clover to name just a few. All too soon we arrived at our destination, Brandegg. This consists of a restaurant with lovely views from the outdoor seating area and a small railway station. After enjoying a beer and apple fritters with ice cream (what else?) at the excellent Restaurant Brandegg we wandered across to the nearby station, caught the train to Kleine Scheidegg and from there on to our base in Wengen

It had been a wonderful walk and a perfect end to our walking holiday

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