Hi Kferriter -
I am impressed by the quality of your planning. Too bad that you do not have more time to spend. Mid- to late-June, while just past the end of "winter" is really only the very first beginning of the summer season in the Jungfrau region, and the weather can be quite changeable...often, wet. The wild flowers will be wonderful, however.
<<"We will be traveling in Switzerland from June 18th - June 22nd. We arrive in Zurich on the 18th and will be traveling by train to Murren. Arriving in Murren around 2pm. Depends on the time it takes to get through customs. After a lengthy journey and time change, we'll be getting into our apartment rental and staying close to town.">>
Where are you coming from?...The USA, I guess. Thinking about jet lag vs. your travel plans. I note that you have considered it. I'd perhaps not take the most strenuous hikes while jet-lagged, but everyone has their own reactions to and tolerance for jet lag.
I assume that you have not traveled to Switzerland before?
Where you are coming from also influences your time going through passport control...but it is usually quite fast for US citizens.. Customs takes no extra time unless you catch the eye of the border control agent as you walk through customs clearance on the exit from the baggage claim area.
Waiting for luggage usually takes me about 5 minutes on Delta at Zürich. Could vary with your airline....and your frequent flyer status.
You'll need a few minutes to get some cash. Don't use Travelex in your home airport.. Rates are exorbitant.
There are lots of ATM and bank windows for ForEx at Zürich Flughafen and every decent sized rail station...especially the main ones.
<<"Wengen - Kleine Scheidegg - Männlichen Having read several options for hikes involving these three points, we opted for the Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg option as the primary hike. We like this as our first hike as it is of medium difficulty based on our experience and offers several points where we can opt out and take the train. We don't plan to but it's nice to have the option. Once in Kleine Scheidegg, we'll decide if we hop the train back to Wengen or hike over to Mannlichen and head back to Wengen from there. This is the hike we'll use to figure out how we match up to the timings listed. We expect to be slower but need to figure out how much slower.">>
I am enough of a fanatic on this point to be annoying to frequent readers in this forum. Walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. The other direction is a fine hike. The "correct" version is stunning. If you have not read my comments in other posts to justify my firmly and stridently held opinion, I can amplify in detail ( and quote Rick Steves, if that has any influence with you.)
The hike that you plan from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg starts at around 1275 meters and ends up at around 2061 meters. Not that much of a problem if you are used to climbing at altitudes above one mile high. Thin air.....tiring. If you go the other direction and your legs are not trained, you will have sore knees.
This map is very good. I have added the Wanderweg overlay.
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The trails are color coded according to the Wanderweg convention. Do you know it, or would you like more details?
The Wanderwege signs give times, not distances. On level ground, I match the times, except for photography breaks.. In hilly terrain, I take up to twice the posted times. With high altitude climbs, slower still. Your experience may be different, especially depending on your conditioning for high altitude exercise.
Mt. Washington is approximately 1920 meters high. Mt. Lafayette is somewhere around 1600 meters.
<<"We're looking forward to the cog railway up to Schynige Platte and the long hike over to First.">>
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Note the altitude changes, starting higher than Mt. Washington, and going up.
<<<"Once back in Murren, we'll hike down to Gimmelwald.">> More like a quick stroll.
You have nicely planned options. They will serve you well. Once you are there and actually see the lay of the land, you can refine them. Good luck on the weather. Bern is a nice bad weather option.