Bye bye boredom

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It’s time for a change. That’s the reason why the Keller family came to Gstaad for a week’s holiday. Robin wanted adventure, Laura wanted to pet animals, dad wanted to relax, and mom wanted to see the kids with red cheeks and sparkling eyes.


Monday

A thrilling run down the summer toboggan run on the Rellerli is a guaranteed adrenaline rush.
A thrilling run down the summer toboggan run on the Rellerli is a guaranteed adrenaline rush.

Sunshine. We went up the Rellerli. What a funny name! Luckily there's a gondola. Huge slide up there – a toboggan run. Dad wouldn’t stop talking about the mountains. Laura was a bit scared of the toboggan run. There was also a mountain inn. And even a climbing wall. It took me 20 minutes. At 3 o'clock we hired scooters. Took us 30 minutes to get down into the valley. I was the fastest.

Tuesday

I counted three clouds. Today is hiking day. But we went up an alp called Beust Alp. Dad told us that there were horses and a pony there and a nice family with children, and that they make cheese. We hiked from Gstaad via the Eggli. We were surrounded by cows. I could have touched them but thought it was maybe best if I didn’t. It took us two hours to get up the alp. There we saw a real cheese dairy. We also went into the barn. There were horses there. Their names are Picanto and Mix and Luca and the pony is called Mina.

The hiking trails in the holiday region of Gstaad take you through some very varied scenery.
The hiking trails in the holiday region of Gstaad take you through some very varied scenery.

Wednesday

Zweisimmen high-rope park offers thrill-seekers of all ages an unforgettable experience in the tops of gigantic Obersimmental trees.
Zweisimmen high-rope park offers thrill-seekers of all ages an unforgettable experience in the tops of gigantic Obersimmental trees.

Today is rope park day. We went to a place called Zweisimmen. But they call it something like Zwösimmä. Of course Laura was scared of the rope park because it’s up to 20 metres high above the ground and hangs in big trees. It has got rope ladders, bridges, climbing ropes and one can take leaps into space. In the afternoon we went to the open-air pools. This was because dad had sweated so much at the rope park (he was scared!).

Thursday

Mom wanted to go to the mountain lake. There were barbecue sites there. I think the lake was called Lake Lauenen. Robin found out that there were rowing boats there. It was 4 km to the lake. Robin wanted to give up but had no choice. We made a fire by the lake and cooked cervelats. It was like a fairy tale there. Dad said that there were at least three (!!!) other beautiful lakes here. He rattled off their names: Lake Arnen, Lake Seeberg, Lake Retaud. Robin reckoned that he saw a real deer.

Situated in the heart of a nature reserve, the splendour of Lake Lauenen is an ideal destination for hikers, nature lovers and romantics alike.
Situated in the heart of a nature reserve, the splendour of Lake Lauenen is an ideal destination for hikers, nature lovers and romantics alike.

Friday

Stiftung Alpenruhe: Linger a while at this playground with its large pirate ship, children's train and petting zoo.
Stiftung Alpenruhe: Linger a while at this playground with its large pirate ship, children's train and petting zoo.

I wanted to finally get a chance to sleep in the hay. Dad told me that there was a farm where I could do this, called B-a-d-e-b-n-i-t-h-o-f. And afterwards they give you a Zmorgä (brunch). But first we went to a super playground. There were houses there and also tractors for kids. Then we walked to Saanen. Laura wanted to go where there were llamas and mini pigs and alpacas and other animals. And a pirate ship and a real flying fox. The place was called Alpenruhe. In the evening we slept in straw at the farm.

Saturday

We woke up in the barn, and then we had our Zmorgä with plaited loaves. After that we went to play mini golf in Gstaad. I won (dad cheated so that he wouldn’t come last!). Dad said that we would go there again. And one day, when we are taller (at least 130 cm tall!), we will all be going to a place called Glacier 3000, high up in the mountains. There’s a strong suspension bridge there, and an Alpine Coaster or something like that. There’s also a cableway. I’ll have to google it some time.

Sleeping in the straw on the Badebnithof.
Sleeping in the straw on the Badebnithof.
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