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Old 02.05.2011, 19:18
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Valais / Oberwallis by public transport

We live in Geneva, little one has got "Carte Junior" and I've got the 1/2 price card, so as a family of four we decided to treat ourselves to 4 days in the Valais canton. We took the tram to Gare Cornavin, then train to Leuk (every hour), enjoying (for once I was not driving) the fantastic views of the lake on one side and vineyards on the other. Arrived in Leuk exactly on time, took a minibus connection to our booked B&B in the middle of nowhere (i.e. a lovely, unspoiled Alpine village called Albinen). From there, we could take a bus (about 6-7 a day) along a completely scary but thrilling road to Leukerbad (famous for its hot springs and spas + cable car ride to Gimmipass, amazing) and back. The Swiss have got this fantastic network of public transport, yet everyone looked at us as if we were mad because we left the car at home.

I'd highly recommend to anyone to have a go, the journey is definitely part of the holiday (although I wonder if the expats of Geneva could part with their 4x4 for that long!! )
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Great isn't it! Did you go to the spas at Leukerbad? All the Valais valleys and destinations can be reached by bus from the train stations- brilliant.
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The Swiss have got this fantastic network of public transport, yet everyone looked at us as if we were mad because we left the car at home.

I'd highly recommend to anyone to have a go, the journey is definitely part of the holiday (although I wonder if the expats of Geneva could part with their 4x4 for that long!! )
Over the years I have never given a thought to renting a car when in Switzerland ... public transport is fantastic. In the remoter valleys it is not perfect, and they are cutting back on the frequency of buses on lines with little traffic, but with planning it is very doable.
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Re: Valais / Oberwallis by public transport

Absolutely! Did Burgerbad because with the kids it had more to offer, and it was a nice way to relax our "muscles" after our little escapade at the top of the Gimmepass the previous day. We had planned a picnic by the lake Daumensee and when we got there found out it was buried under the ice and snow!

Loved Valais, although I could not understand the "Oberwalliser" dialect at all!

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If you wanted to test your legs, and your head for heights ... you should have climbed up the Echelles d'Albinen - a set of ladders going right up the cliff face hald way between Leukerbad and Albinen- an ancient shortcut between the two - not for the fainthearted. Leukerbad is also a great ski resort- the other cable car (East of town) takes you right over to the valley above and you can ski all the way to Albinen.
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If you wanted to test your legs, and your head for heights ... you should have climbed up the Echelles d'Albinen - a set of ladders going right up the cliff face hald way between Leukerbad and Albinen- an ancient shortcut between the two - not for the fainthearted. Leukerbad is also a great ski resort- the other cable car (East of town) takes you right over to the valley above and you can ski all the way to Albinen.

Sorry for late reply: busy enjoying life to the full back in Geneva! Thanks for teh Albinen ladders: saw them... I've got height fear, definitely not for me... I was already shaking in the cable cars, so imagine on those ladders!

The Maison des Elfes B&B in Albinen was absolutely fabulous, though, cosy and tastefully decorated, something I seem to find in short supply here.
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