This was our first test of walking in the Alps and it was a sucess. We took the lift up from the city in two stages and at the top we were greeted by a Swiss charicature of an alpine farmer (dress, taliban beard and impossible to understand). He showed us how not to step out of the gondola and we were on our way up the alpine meadows. Views, air and flora were wonderful. After having negotiated a cowshit bend we soon reached our highest point and had a rest before backtracking to our reward at Malixerhof - cordon bleu and beer.