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Fun4
Fun4
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Jun 1, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Hi ,

We are planning 3 day trip to Jungfrau region and Zermatt in July for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids of 4 years and 8 years. Out interests are best panoramic landscapes viewing and waterfalls with public transport, cable car/mountain rail. Please suggest a best base for stay and travel pass to cover most of the scenic places.

Reggards,

Rail Europe
Janice3401
Janice3401
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Jun 2, 2020 - 3:13 PM in reply to Fun4

For the Jungfrau part of the trip I recommend you stay in Wengen, a sunny, car-free town high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, with sweeping views of the valley, mountains and several waterfalls (a 12-minute train ride from Lauterbrunnen). You can take the Mannlichen gondola (departing from central Wengen) to Mannlichen peak for stunning views of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch. There are numerous hiking trails from Wengen and the town has a swimming pool and a playground. A must see nearby are Trummelbach Falls, powerful flows of glacial water inside a mountain. They are unlike anything you have probably ever seen and can be reached from Lauterbrunnen by a 10-15 min bus ride. You should consider the 3-day Jungfrau travel pass that allows unlimited use of the mountain trains, gondolas, and boat in the area (there is a surcharge for the train going to the top of the Jungfrau).

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jun 2, 2020 - 8:45 PM in reply to Fun4

Hi FUN4,

and Welcome to My Swiss Alps!

Either region could easily fill a week or weeks with visiting and seeing your interests.

(By the way, thanks for providing the details in your post).

Wengen happens to be my favorite place to stay in the Jungfrau region, but there are plenty of good choices:

www.myswissalps.com/jungfrauregion

The four nice villages close to the Jungfrau are described in that link. Interlaken larger, and is a good transport hub, but it is not so charming or scenic as the four villages listed. Of the 4, Grindelwald is the most commercial and the most spread out. Lauterbrunnen is in the valley, with good connections and access to the waterfalls. Mürren and Wengen are up on the sides of the Lauterbrunnen Valley with great views.

The Jungfrau region is the better of the two for waterfalls.

www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/experiences/route/valley-of-the-72-waterfalls-lauterbrunnen-stechelberg/

I have attached some images from a trip in 2009, going up to Männlichen by cableway from Wengen, and walking to Kleine Scheidegg. That walk is spectacularly scenic and rather easy. Easy enough to have the nickname "The Grannies' Walk."

My then 8 year old granddaughter (and her mother) had a wonderful time on it, although I'm not sure about a 4 year old's stamina:

www.myswissalps.com/hiking/maennlichen-kleinescheidegg

There is a nice playground at Männlichen. They have added to it since then.

Slowpoke

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Ildiko
Ildiko
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Jun 3, 2020 - 11:11 AM in reply to Fun4

Hi Fun4,

you'll find a list of accommodations in the Jungfrau region at www.myswissalps.com/jungfrauregion/hotels and www.myswissalps.com/jungfrauregion/rentals.

If you would like to optimize travel times, I do not recommend to stay in Wengen or Mürren. For checking the timetables use this one: www.myswissalps.com/timetable.

Ildiko

Fun4
Fun4
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Jun 3, 2020 - 7:02 PM in reply to Janice3401

Hi All,

Thanks all for your replies. I have got fair idea about the must visit attractions around Jungfrau region.Which is best travel pass Bernese Oberland pass or Swiss travel pass ? It is confusion among Jungfrau pass vs Bernese Oberland pass or Swiss travel pass for 3 to 4days for Schilthorn and Jungfrau Top of Europe discounts.As we are interested in public transport and less likely in hiking or long walks due to kids.Top priorities are Schilthorn and Jungfrau Top of Europe in the Jungfrau region with Cable car or mountain trains.

Regards,

Fun4

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Jun 3, 2020 - 7:33 PM in reply to Fun4

Once you know your itinerary I recommend to use our calculation spreadsheet at www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass. You can find the validity maps of those train passes here:

Mürren to Schilthorn is discounted by 50% with the Swiss Travel Pass and also with the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland but only 25% off.

Train from Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch is discounted by 25% with the Swiss Travel Pass. Train from Eigergletscher to Jungfraujoch has a fixed price with Jungfrau Travel Pass: CHF 74. Trains to Eigergletscher are for free. ith the Regrain from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch: CHF 99.

Do not worry, it looks more difficult than it is actually. Use the downloadable spreadsheet, it will help to do the math.

Also it is worth to mention the Swiss Half Fare Card, whereas you get 50% discount everywhere with it: www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard/validity.

I hope this helps,

Ildiko

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