Dec 11, 2014 - 9:50 PM
in reply to Summer15
Hi Summer 15,
If you are thinking of going on the trotti bikes from Bort to Grindelwald and you like adventure and thrills, why not go one step further and book the whole 'family fun package' at Grindelwald? This includes the gondola from Grindelwald to First high above Grindelwald, the long zip wire from First to Shreckfeld, from where you walk or take a short gondola ride to Bort followed by the trotti bikes back to Grindelwald...an exciting, fabulous and memorable experience! I did this with my adult and young teenage daughter this summer - but watch out for the weather, as the first day we tried the zip wire was closed due to poor visibility.
The next day, however, we were able to fit in a visit to Jungfraujoch in the morning, returning via Grindelwald in time to complete the fun package in the afternoon (with plenty of time to get back to Wengen). We caught the earliest morning train up to Jungfraujoch and this also had the advantage of being less crowded on the way and on arrival...I'm not sure everyone could board straightaway at Kleine Scheidegg later in the day. We saw the ice palace and went outside on the snow to enjoy the view, and had a meal in the restaurant. I believe there are also some activities in the snow, like sledging perhaps, which we did not see or do, so if you wanted to maximise your opportunities you probably wouldn't want to do the fun package on the same day, but what we did worked really well for us; in fact, if we hadn't used the restaurant, we could have returned early enough to have used the cheaper 'early bird' ticket (although from memory I don't think this is any help if you have a Swiss Card or Pass!)
Just try and avoid days with poor visibility for Jungfraujoch and First...plan activities for the days of your stay, but be prepared to move the days around. Bear in mind too there are some lovely hikes in the area e.g. based around Mannlichen (a short cable car ride from Wengen and a magical place in fine weather, so tranquil, with expansive views, and with the company of the beautiful cows you mention and their melodic bells unspoilt by urban noise or traffic hum in the clear mountain air) but if you are not used to hiking and not well equipped you can end up quite stiff on longer walks up and down mountain paths!