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Heidi, chocolate and choo choo trains

19 Mar

Heidi and Peter outside Heidi's house, Graubünden

This summer we are taking our first proper backpacking trip with the children, to the land of Heidi, chocolate and railways.  This trip will be the first time any of us have been to Switzerland, which is exciting in itself, but it will also be a sort of trial run for our big trip.   We’ve travelled with backpacks before, but usually to stay with family.  This time, we’ll be carrying everything we need on our backs, travelling entirely by public transport and staying in a few different places.

As we’re only going for a couple of weeks, I’m going to plan most stuff in advance.  So far, I’ve booked a week in a self catering apartment, and a night ‘sleeping in straw’ on a farm near Maienfeld, where Heidi lived (ok, so Heidi is a fictional character, but the book was set here.)

‘Heidi’s House’ is given a very scathing write up by both Lonely Planet and Rough Guide, but I’m guessing the authors don’t have children.  The museum is a recreation of an alpine hut of the period, where you are allowed to touch everything and try out what it would have been like to live with the Alm Uncle, you can even feed goats.  It seems to be an ideal place to take small kids.  

For the railways part of the holiday, we’ll probably get Swiss Rail Passes and hop on and off the scenic routes like the Glacier Express and the cablecars up into the mountains.

I’m working on the chocolate aspect of the trip, but I’m sure plenty of it will get eaten!