Visit in August to Wengen

Visit in August to Wengen

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Jamesw
Jamesw
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Mar 31, 2011 - 7:36 AM
We are staying in Switzerland for two weeks in August .. And for one week in Wengen. Any advice on what would be the best ticket to buy ? We are driving out from the U.K but wish to use therail network for most of our travel. We understand that we cannottake a car to Wengen and need to get the train in .. Is that line included on a swiss card ? Thanks in advance
Arno
Arno
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Mar 31, 2011 - 8:59 AM
Hello Jamesw,

Where will you spend the other week? If it's in the same region, a Regional Pass Bernese Oberland is worth your consideration. Other passes, which cover the whole of Switzerland, are:

- the Swiss Half Fare Card, if you primary travel short distances;
- the Swiss Flexi Pass, if you want to do some long trips as well.

Each of those pages links to a map which shows where it's valid. Lauterbrunnen - Wengen is included: either discounted or for free.

The Swiss Card is not suitable. It includes the in- and outbound trip which you will do by car (apart from the last 2 miles).

I hope this gets you started!
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Jamesw
Jamesw
4 posts
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Mar 31, 2011 - 9:26 AM
Thanks for the reply. Starting our trip for two days in Geneva .. Then a week in Wengen .. Undecided about last few days and i'm open to suggestions !
kim11
kim11
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Mar 31, 2011 - 5:53 PM
What do you like to do?
Jamesw
Jamesw
4 posts
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Mar 31, 2011 - 8:40 PM
We have a 15 year old daughter .. So a bit of adventure activity, walking, boat rides and general sightseeing. It's our first visit to Switzerland so also looking through the other threads as well .. A good forum !
Annika
Annika
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Apr 8, 2011 - 11:46 AM
Hi Jamesw! The Wengen area offers lots of activities, very attractive to children as well. If your daughter is really adventurous, she may want to give paragliding a try. Boat rides over lake Thun and lake Brienz can be recommended too, just as the cable cars and mountain trains around Wengen. Our examples of a roundabout journey in the Bernese Oberland may give you an impression of the mountain transportation options. Please take a look at the day trips list and hiking tips as well. I'm not sure if you are good hikers and if your daughter is trained. If so, you will love the beautiful hike First-Schynige Platte (or the other way around). Be sure to prepare well though and to be equipped with proper hiking gear. If you have little or no hiking experience, it's wiser to start off with shorter and easier trips.

As for the last few days of your stay: it's quite hard to decide where to spend them, as there are so many options. If you like Wengen and its surroundings (and you probably will), it's no problem to stay there the rest during the last days too; you won't get bored quickly. Do you want to return via Geneva (or the south-western part of the country) as well? If so, I would recommend to spend a couple of days in either the Simmen valley (Zweisimmen/Gstaad) or Zermatt/Saas-Fee. Both regions can be visited on your way back to Geneva, although getting to Zermatt or Saas-Fee would require you to make a detour. If it doesn't matter where you end your stay, you could also consider lake Lucerne.

I hope this is of any help, since I'm not able to decide for you and there are so many regions worth visiting :-). You can best take a look at the regions I mentioned (just follow the links) and find out what appeals to you most.

Best regards,
kim11
kim11
320 posts
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Apr 8, 2011 - 7:54 PM
There is way more in Wengen area to keep you and your 15 year old happily occupied for weeks, let alone a single week. I'd stay put. Lots of adventure stuff to do, such as zip lines, toboggan runs, trotti bikes, and as Annika noted paragliding. Hey, if you are really crazy you can have a helicopter drop you off atop the Eiger and face jump it.

I've compiled a 30+ page list of recommendations, things to do, etc in the area based on 15 visits (okay, it doesn't include the face jumping and paragliding, but easy enough to google that). Happy to send it to you. If you're interested, send me a PM with your email address and I'll send it to you.

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