A brisk ten-minute walk from the hotel lies Seilbahnen Beatenberg-Niederhorn, a gondola lift stop that takes visitors up to the Niederhorn summit from Beatenberg. Visitors from Interlaken can also take a funicular (a cable railroad for mountainsides, where ascending and descending cars are counterbalanced) – Thunersee-Beatenberg Bahn – from Lake Thun.
Once we got to the gondola stop and had bought our tickets, we took the lift up to the landing platform. From there, I got into a cable car cabin that was large and could easily accommodate up to 17 passengers.
I loved climbing up the mountain slopes as we passed over lush, green fields dotted with wooden houses with cows with their signature Swiss bells ringing distinctively. In the distance, we could see the Bernese Alps such as the Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch.
Upon reaching the first stop, we thought we had to get out, but there were only stairs leading out from the cable car. To see how I would be able to get out, Dad and Diva left the cable car to look for assistance. However, after five minutes, the cable car moves on, so Mom and I carried on as they got left behind.
We got to the summit of the Niederhorn in a few minutes. Mom and I descended from the cable car. And it felt like I had arrived in paradise. Niederhorn boasts of incomparable views of the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland such as Lake Thun and Jungfraujoch.
Dad and Diva joined us shortly. After soaking in the breathtaking views and taking a few photos for the ‘gram, we walked around.Besides soaking in the gorgeous views, I was beyond excited to meet Chhaya – an adorable Siberian Husky owned by one of the locals from Beatenberg. Unlike my dogs back home, she was so well-behaved and friendly to dog-loving strangers, like me.
We popped into Berghaus Niederhorn, a simple hotel on the mountain summit. I didn’t really see the hotel, but it would be a nice place to spend the night with beautiful views of the lake and mountains. The Restaurant at Berghaus Niederhorn was inviting with a simple buffet and self-serve style setting. I was feeling rather ravenous as we hadn’t had a decent meal since breakfast, so I was glad that everyone wanted to grab a bite to eat.
We decided to sit outside as the weather was lovely, plus the views were incredible. We got Falafel with French Fries, Potato Rosti with Steamed Vegetables and of course, French Fries. The food was tasty and appetizing.
Near the restaurant was a children’s playground.
Once we were done, we descended down to Beatenberg. At the halfway stop, Dad and Diva decided they would like to bike down as there were plenty of paths for hiking and biking. Unfortunately, the bike hire station was closed for the evening. One could also try out trotti-biking, which is riding a scooter-like bike without a seat. Alternatively, one could hang-glide and paraglide across the region. Or one could hike or even try out alpine-orienteering, where you search for clues on how to reach your final destination – the summit of Niederhorn.
We got down around six in the evening, having spent an hour or so on the summit.We popped into the local supermarket for a quick browsing session (including picking up some ice cream) and then headed on to Hotel Gloria near our hotel to just soak in the views.
Dad thought it would be a good idea to have a nice Swiss beer. I may have sneaked a sip or two.
Then, as the sun started setting slowly, it started to drizzle lightly so we headed back to our cozy abode in Dorint Blüemlisalp.
Photos by Hitesh & Diva Shah