The devils are said to roam free on the glacial plateau of Les Diablerets. On stormy days, they throw stones at the 40m-high rock tower known as the Quille du Diable (Tour St. Martin). No wonder the people on Alp Derborence 1,500 metres below used to be so afraid of landslides.
Many may know this name thanks to the Gurten festival, but also on the other 361 days of the year Berne’s home mountain has plenty to offer to visitors, hikers and families from near and far.
Every couple of minutes, a train from Lausanne-Ouchy by Lake Geneva runs almost silently uphill to the SBB railway station and onwards via the city centre (Flon) to Epalinges-Croisettes. The fully automated Métro trains are remotely controlled and spend half their time underground.
A 1500-meter climb leads up from Andermatt to the Gemsstock at almost 3000 meters above sea level – from where you enjoy 360° views over half of Switzerland standing at the heart of the Swiss Alps.