I happened upon this r/winterporn post. If you haven't stood at this spot, how did you infer where it was?

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    The lighting designer in me is cringing at the mismatch between LPS (the orange), HPS (yellow), metal halide, mercury vapor and various colors of LED lighting. Nov 20, 2019 at 14:37
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    @Harper-ReinstateMonica I'm not sure how many of those are fixed and how many are vehicle lights, but the contrast between sodium street lights, halogen car headlights, and LED bike headlights was, for a few years, very useful when cycling. Now everything is going to white LEDs I have less warning of approaching vehicles at some points. It's all about your use case! Yours of course could be fixed in post (or ruined by bad shopping) Nov 20, 2019 at 16:24
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    @ChrisH That's easy. The train headlight is very bright, and it can be seen actually following the curvature of the track. They don't normally do that. That makes it a time lapse. Vehicles will leave streaks not spots. Nov 20, 2019 at 16:39
  • @Harper-ReinstateMonica I was certain there were some fixed and some moving but it seems to have been downscaled from an image with blown highlights I couldn't say that all the linear lights are vehicles as opposed to rows of lights or reflections from snowbanks Nov 20, 2019 at 16:54
  • Any time you have not been in Grindelwald for, say, two months - you miss Grindelwald. :/
    – Fattie
    Nov 21, 2019 at 0:37

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I've been in Grindelwald early September this year (when there was no snow) but the hill in the background (top two thirds of the picture) is still recognizable as the hill south of the village which leads to Kleine Scheidegg.

After a bit of matching with the 3D view of Google Maps (approximate link) I've identified the Stutzgasse (right red circle) and the railroad (left red circle) which leads up to Kleine Scheidegg:

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The next question would be which street on the north hill (the main village) corresponds to the houses in the foreground. I failed to find them at first but it seems to be the Nirggen; the house in the blue circle is quite recognizable:

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The photo must have been shot from a slightly higher point, somewhere around here. There's no Google Street View from that road, but this slightly higher road comes close (I've highlighted the railroad and the gray house again):

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Views further to the east are blocked by the houses on the Dorfstrasse, and this place (photo shot in the summer) is already too far to the east.

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    Your find also proves this shot is a time exposure. The headlight of the train can be seen curving along the route. Nov 20, 2019 at 14:38

The original image might possibly be from this blog.


A similar image is this one

hotel image

And the hotel is

Hotel Cabana Grindelwald

Hotel Cabana-Grindelwald Jungfrau Region Bernese Oberland Canton of Bern

This photo of Hotel Cabana is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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    My method of finding this was less sexy than Glorfindel's. I used image search on Google, Bing and Tineye. Nov 20, 2019 at 18:46
  • Yep, that's definitely the same dark brown house (barn?) as the closest one in the picture in the question. Well done, I'm glad we've solved this mystery :)
    – Glorfindel
    Nov 20, 2019 at 20:19
  • Guys, what's with all the google .. tech .. stuff. The Schoenegg most famously has the best views like that and it's probably taken from like the room upstairs on the left. (Looking to the left from there.) Surely there is someone on here who lives in or near Grindelwald!!
    – Fattie
    Nov 21, 2019 at 0:42
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    @Fattie , google is more accurate than a guess. The Parkhotel Schoenegg does not look out on the yard and cabin next to the Hotel Cabana. It is more likely the Jungfrau Lodge or one of the places nearby. Nov 21, 2019 at 2:42

Its hotel cabana for sureenter image description here enter image description here Here is my version 😁


I believe it's taken from a verandah at one of the rooms at the left end of the Schoenegg ... Parkhotel Schoenegg.

(That is to say, ask for one of the rooms with the Eiger-side view.) (But look to your left.)

Say hi to Tschingel!

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