Switzerland 2015

Switzerland Day 2 – St Beatus Caves

Written by Graham Oakes

Our second day in Switzerland kicked off with a bit more drizzle and cloud, which wasn’t a problem as the days activities were due to be mostly indoors.

In the morning free time was on the agenda, and many groups walked into the village while others ventured to the nearby waterfall. Table tennis was also practised on the table outside the chalet in preparation for the Adelboden Table Tennis Cup (the chalet wide competition that everyone is entered into, more on this as the tournament progresses!)

After lunch in the chalet we headed out on the coach to St Beatus Caves, just outside Interlaken near Beatenburg (just on the banks of the Thunersee). Before heading into the caves the explorers got the chance to ride a dragon…slide, in a playpark (St Beatus famously slayed a dragon in the caves).

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The time then came to enter the caves. St Beatus caves date back hundreds of years and have rich local spiritual and geological significance, consisting of impressive and seemingly endless corridors of limestone, stalagmites and stalactites. The total loop of the caves spanned approximately 2km and told the tale of the caves discovery and St Beatus via tour guide and audio tour.

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After leaving the caves the heavens opened and we headed back to the chalet in the coach. Dinner was had, the chalet was cleaned, an impromptu performance of the macarena was performed and then it was off to bed.

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