Myself,wife and son just returned from a wonderful 17 day trip as follows -London for a day ,then took a 11 day Globus tour from Vienna which went through Salzburg,Innsbruck,St Moritz,Zermatt via the Glacier Express ,Berne ,Trummelbach falls ,Lucerne .
The most anticipated part of the trip for me though was 3 days in the Bernese Oberland which we would do on our own after the tour .I researched a lot for this using this forum a lot ,got some great ideas for hikes ,passes etc
My toughest decision was deciding whether to stay in Lauterbrunnen or Wengen and i think Kim who is an experienced hiker and traveler tipped it for me with her love for Wengen and i can say that i was very happy with my decision
So let me tell you about the trip then in the Bernese Oberland which was our favorite part of the whole trip .stayed in the Belvedere hotel in Wengen in a Jungfrau view room and also taking half board .very happy with the hotel ,views ,food ,everything .It was drizzling when we arrived and very foggy ,we got a ride for ourselves as well as lugagge from the hotel which was included .we reached there at 10 am from Lucerne by train but they managed to get us in our rooms by 11 am and the sun came out basically from 12 pm
We had purchased the Swiss half fare card (which i also used in Zermatt to go on Matterhorn,Sunnega,Gornegat and Pilatus in Lucerne) but i think if I were only in this area especially for anything more than 3 days the Bernese Oberland pass makes more sense
we took the cable to Grutschalp via Lauterbrunnen and then hiked to Winteregg and got back on train to Murren .then took funicular to Allhmendubel and hiked back to Murren .the hike from Grutschalp was great but the hike from Allhmendubel was just ok .Initially it was fantastic in the mountains among cows and farms .I had read a lot about Northface trail and i have no idea whether i was on that or not but then the trail veered into a forest and with the recent rain my shoes and socks got mucky and wet and well I didnt enjoy that part .Besides i could not even see the mountain any more in the forest .we then hiked to the waterfall in Lauterbrunnen .
The next day went to the cable car station in Wengen to go to Mannlichen but were shocked to hear that there would be no further visitors to Jungfrau allowed for the day as 5000 tickets had been sold already .Never heard that from anywhere otherwise would have purchased the tickets the previous day .Perhaps the fact that it was a fantastic clear sunny day and the only one in the whole week from morning to night was causative but anyway we went to Mannlichen ,hiked to the top there which had great views and then did a truly fantastic hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg hoping perhaps that Jungfrau tickets would be available there .No such luck ,we went back to Wengen ,rested for few hours and then just hiked in the town itself to a place called Staubbachshankli (i hope im spelling these right ) .
We were still determined to go to Jungfrau so we did the next day even though it was projected to rain and well we didnt see anything from the top but wow we still had a blast at Jungfrau .My son had not played in snow for so many years and well neither had I .we then returned back to Wengen about 4 pm after spending almost the whole day at Jungfrau and carried on to Zurich
Ive fallen in love with the Bernese Oberland .I want to come back next summer (if my wife agrees ha ) and stay this time in maybe Grindelwald for 6 days and do all the stuff i did not do this time like First -Bachalpsee lake ,First Flyer/totti bikes ,First -Schynigge Platte ,Harder Kulm ,Brienze and the open air museum and yes definitely Mannlichen -Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfrau again .Ill definitely take the Bernese Oberland pass next time and maybe combine the trip with Prague which ive always wanted to see .
Thanks for the advice again .I did promise a detailed trip report and here it is .