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Switzerland 2011: Gruenseeli and Rheinschlucht

posted by Martin Rubli at 14:15

Next up are the photos of two little hikes we did, the first one to an idyllic mountain lake called Grüenseeli, the second one to what some people call the "Swiss Grand Canyon".

After a huge landslide covered large parts of a valley with rubble 10,000 years ago, the Anterior Rhine started digging the canyon known as the Ruinaulta. It has become a popular destination for hikers, bikers, rafters, and, apparently, Swiss people living abroad. ;-)

The Grüenseeli (probably) doesn't have such an exciting history. It is a tiny lake that lies not too far from Arosa, yet far enough to keep away the tourist masses. Luckily this wasn't a concern for us in the first place since summer vacation season hadn't started yet. More of a concern was the weather which set an abrupt end to my taking pictures when the looming rain clouds finally opened their flood gates and forced my camera to retreat.


A bench by a little lake called Grüenseeli. Swiss German likes diminutives, so this one means "Little green lake". :-)

A bench by a little lake called Grüenseeli. Swiss German likes diminutives, so this one means "Little green lake". :-)

The inflowing creek to the lake.

The inflowing creek to the lake.

The water in these mountain lakes is so clear you could have a swim - if it weren't for the cold temperatures.

The water in these mountain lakes is so clear you could have a swim - if it weren't for the cold temperatures.

A second little lake just above the first one. In the background the Western half of the Tiejer Flue.

A second little lake just above the first one. In the background the Western half of the Tiejer Flue.

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Gentiana ("Enzian" in German) along the way.

Gentiana ("Enzian" in German) along the way.

Some more alpine flowers that look nice but whose names are beyond my botanic knowledge.

Some more alpine flowers that look nice but whose names are beyond my botanic knowledge.

A fallen tree serving as an island to flowers.

A fallen tree serving as an island to flowers.

And yet more flowers ... The last ones to hit my viewfinder before rain forced me to pack away the camera and throw on a rain jacket.

And yet more flowers ... The last ones to hit my viewfinder before rain forced me to pack away the camera and throw on a rain jacket.


What looks like your ordinary mountain on this photo is actually the South side of a massive high plateau, the Flimserstein.

What looks like your ordinary mountain on this photo is actually the South side of a massive high plateau, the Flimserstein.

The forest hiking trail leading from Trin Mulin to the Rheinschlucht (Ruinaulta).

The forest hiking trail leading from Trin Mulin to the Rheinschlucht (Ruinaulta).

Angry Birds meets traditional Swiss chalet.

Angry Birds meets traditional Swiss chalet.

The brown bear is making a return to the Swiss forests.

The brown bear is making a return to the Swiss forests.

Il spir, the spectacular view platform that opened in 2006. Although not exactly obvious its shape was inspired by that of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Swift Common Swift].

Il spir, the spectacular view platform that opened in 2006. Although not exactly obvious its shape was inspired by that of the Common Swift.

The view down into the "Swiss Grand Canyon", a canyon dug by the Rhine's headwaters after a vast landslide about 10,000 years ago.

The view down into the "Swiss Grand Canyon", a canyon dug by the Rhine's headwaters after a vast landslide about 10,000 years ago.

Il spir.

Il spir.

The view platform is a popular attraction for hikers and other outdoor fans.

The view platform is a popular attraction for hikers and other outdoor fans.

"Zault", a more recently erected view platform on the opposite side of the canyon.

"Zault", a more recently erected view platform on the opposite side of the canyon.


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