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Day 221 - Riding Grimsel & Saas-Fee Pass: A Scenic Journey through Iconic Swiss Mountain Passes

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Day 221 (10 Aug 2023) - Innertkirchen to Grimsel Pass & Saas-Fee, Switzerland


 

DAY 221 (10 AUG 2023) – After having a hearty breakfast at my hostel, I left for an interesting ride to Grimsel Pass, one of the most famous Alpine roads of Switzerland. Grimsel Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.164 m (7,100 ft) above the sea level.


Innertkirchen, where I stayed was the starting point of Grimsel Pass, travelling through beautiful green landscapes.


I rode my motorbike through sharp curvy routes, travelling through a few tunnels, and passing by several water reservoirs, including the Räterichsbodensee Lake (see picture below), before reaching the top.


On the way up, I stopped at the point near the Grimsel Hospiz Hotel to get a good view of the Grimsel See Lake.


Shortly after, I reached the top of Grimsel Pass and got a good view of the curvy zigzag route from the top, all surrounded by beautiful landscapes of towering rocky granite mountains and greenery.


There were many motorbikes on the road, since riders normally enjoy the challenge of riding through these types of mountain pass.


The temperature was cold at 20 C. Due to the high altitude, the climate here is cool all year round, even during summer and it snows during winter.


From Grimsel Pass, I travelled for another 2 hours, about 70 kilometres to Sass-Fee. Sass-Fee is a beautiful village with a famous ski resort.


Surrounded by lush greenery, there are many wooden houses, and vacation stays, with colourful flowers, all skillfully built to suit the climate here.


This glacier village is also known as “The Pearl of the Alps”, as it is surrounded by 13 peaks of mountains, each of which are above 4000 metres (13, 123 feet).


I also came across several raccards, which are basically traditional wooden storehouses used to keep and preserve threshed grain or animal feed in bulks.


These wooden structures resemble log cabins and are built over ground, supported by wooden stilts. A circular stone slab is intercalated between the stilts and the raccard to prevent rodents from gaining access to the grain or fodder reserves.


I then travelled back down via the same Grimselpass route before leaving for a 5 hour journey to the city of Zurich.


I captured the many amazing wooden houses, and vacation stays, with colourful flowers, all skillfully built to suit the climate here.




 

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COMING SOON.

 


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