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Luftseilbahn Jakobsbad-Kronberg

Jakobsbad, Switzerland
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Luftseilbahn Jakobsbad-Kronberg
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travel0723 wrote a review May 2019
St. Louis USA273 contributions143 helpful votes
It was a rainy/windy day so hiking was out of the question but we decided to go up anyway. You could hear and feel the rain blowing against the side of the gondola as we traveled up to the top. That was a new experience for us. What a nice surprise at the restaurant. There was a german band playing and various celebrations going on. People were singing with the band and so on. The food was good and the prices were in line for this kind of place.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Traveller_123 wrote a review Aug 2018
San Francisco, California803 contributions167 helpful votes
Wonderful experience in Jakobsbad. The whole place is so authentic. The activities are perfect for kids and there is a single resturant mostly catering to hikers and locals.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Andrea wrote a review Jul 2018
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Great adventure for family with kids older than 4 yo. There is bob trail which is suitable for kids. Kid 8+ can ride it by himself and younger can ride it if accompanied by adult. It is the only bob trail in surroundings for such small kids. There is also a playground and little adventure park. You can take cable car to the top from where start hiking trails. There is also a restaurant with terace and stunning view to Cronenberg. Waitresses are so kind, food is decent (French fries, cordon blue, sosidges, salads...).
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Petra P wrote a review Aug 2017
Basel, Switzerland175 contributions74 helpful votes
The Kronberg is a mountain of about 1600m in the Prealps in the Canton Appenzell. You can take the cable car or walk uphill and/or downhill. And you can enrich the walk with tricks that is with the treasure search or Schatzsuche. We did the Schatzsuche with two girls of 8 and 10 years. There are six milestones on the way to or from Kronberg to Jakobsbad, and each of them has a message about how to continue the hike. BUT... the messages are encrypted, each post by a different method. For instance the first post from top applies the Caesar cypher (the plaintext is transcribed by shifting all letters by a fixed number of positions (e.g. a shift of 2 means, each A becomes C). The last message points to the place where the magic word is hidden. The tour takes about 3 hours downhill or 4 hours uphill. I found applying the encryption methods very interesting, but demanding and I noticed, these were good lessons for the girls. I admired, how well they deciphered the texts supported by their parents (that have great didactical skills). The focusing required was a challenge for them and a good practice. I would recommend the Schatzsuche to parents that like to share brainteasers with their children - more with young teens than with young children. The Kronberg offers more activities for kids such as summer sledging, a climbing park, a barefeet walk (with a Kneipp station), playing grounds for children and a park to practice motion skills. I will keep the Kronberg in the back of my mind for later, when my godchild becomes a small teenie. A little more about it: It is an outdoor activity. I recommend hiking shoes and a comfortable hiking outfit (athletic wear is not required). The encryption methods are also interesting for history lovers.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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TAMCTraveler wrote a review Jun 2017
Cypress, Texas35 contributions13 helpful votes
This is not a high price, high altitude alpine excursion. It is a simple and beautiful way to spend an afternoon, especially with kids. It's been a while since we had young children but when we did this is the kind of place we looked for. At the base cable car station there is a large playground with all kinds of things for kids to do. Then there is the Bob-Bahn (summer bobsled on a track) and is the first one we've seen with carts big enough for two people. At the top station there are plenty of easy walking trails and a simple restaurant. After we walked the gravel surface trails for about an hour were not exhausted and got to see some beautiful scenery. We had a light meal and the food was good and reasonably priced. The cable cars run every 30 minutes. With the Appenzell vacation pass we got from the hotel, the train, cable car and one ride on the Bob-Bahn were all free. If we had known about this place when our kids were younger we definitely would have visited.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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