Jun 7, 2010 - 10:48 AM
the Swiss Card is a really good option -- it gets you "free" train travel from point of entry (Zurich) to initial destination (Wengen), then, on your departure, free travel from wherever you are leaving from (Wengen?) to country exit point (Zurich?). This also works if you are leaving from another place, like Geneva. You also get half off of all other transport during your stay, so it works like a Half Fare Card.
You can buy a Swiss Card at Zurich train station or get one sent to you ahead of time. If you buy it from this site (see "Rail Passes" link on the left) there is no shipping. You can also buy one from www.swisstravelservices.com
, but the shipping is pretty expensive.
There are lots of beautiful train trips, but I must say that the ride from Zurich to Wengen is one of them, particularly the stretch where you go right by Lake Thun just before you get to Interlaken. Really breathtaking. The last bit of the journey -- the 15 minute cog train ride up from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen is likely the most spectacular of all. Many of the excursions you may want to take from a Wengen base (e.g., Rothorn, Schynigge Platte) also involve stunning train rides.
I have a 30 page document that describes hikes, excursions, transport tips, etc in the Wengen area. If you want a copy, please send me a private email through this website's mail feature (don't post your email on the public forum) and I will send it to you. This summer will be my 14th trip to Wengen in 14 years.