Situation: Townscape Climbs 72 Canton Bern 18E
Altitude: 1357 mi4452 ft
The village of Adelboden, a popular altitude and winter sports resort in the Bernese Oberland, ties in a sheltered situation on the west side of the Engstligen valley at the end of a road from Lake Thun. Along the east side of the wide valley with its scatter of huts rises the Lohner chain; to the south is the Wildstrubel.
This attractive mountain village is lamed for its scenic beauty, its many charming old farmhouses, and its hotels and chalets scattered about on sunny terraces. On the south wall of the church 11433) is a late 15th c. painting of the Last Judgment. Via Hahnenmoos up the Laveygrat (2254 m/7395 ft: 3’h hours, not particularly difficult); via Schermtanne up the Albristhorn (2765 M9072 ft 5.14 hours, for experienced climbers only); from the 5’h-6 hours, with guide, up the Wildst rubel (the east peak, Grosstrubel, net 10,673 with magnificent views (west peak climbed from Lenk in the Simmental): from the Engstligenalp by way of the Engstligen Rat to the Gemmi pass 14-5 hours. with guide bendbend), runs south up the Engstligen valley and passes through Boden to the hamlet of Unter dem Berg, at the Lower Engstligen Falls 16 km/4 miles), from which a cableway takes us up past the Upper Engstligen Falls to the Engstligenalp 11940 m/6365 ft: Berghaus Bartschi, 15b. Berghotel Oester, 40b.), a former lake basin at the foot of the Wildstrubel. A bus runs south-west up the Gilbach valley to Grills. Cableway from Geilsmbder 11707 m/5601 ft) to the Hahnenmoos pass 11957 mr6421 ft: Berghotel 15b.) Chairlift 1650 m/5414 ft long from Gells to the Laveygrat 12200 mr7218 ft) and a chairlift from Cells to Lugli (2080 m16824 ft), both operating only in winter. From Hahnenmoos it is a 45 minutes’ descent to the Btihlberg restaurant (1660 M5446 ft), from which a road leads down 16 km/4 miles. with steep bends) to Lenk in the Simmental (see entry), or alternatively along the valley by cableway.
All about Aigle
Canton: Vaud/Waadt (VD) Altitude: 420 m/1378 ft. Population: 6500 The small town of Aigle is situated in the Chablais on the banks of the Rhone, surrounded by the well known vineyards of the Vaud Fondant. The history of Aigle goes back to the Bronze Age. Ruled by Savoy from 1076, this small market town was conquered by Borne in 1476 and remained In its possession until the independence of Vaud was declared in 1798.
Sights A stroll through the Fontaine quarter and the picturesque Rue Jerusalem with its old houses connected by covered arcades is to be recommended. The main shopping street is the Rue du Bourg (pedestrianised). Other attractions include the market square. the medieval church of St Jacques, where the reformer G. Farel (1489-1565) once preached his sermons. and the old clock tower.
Renowned as one of the most important castle sites in Switzerland the 12th c. Schloss Aigle, surrounded by vineyards, towers above the town. It has a square keep, numerous small towers and a balcony from which boiling pitch was poured down. This former residence of the Bernese provincial