Choosing a rail pass for Paris - Lausanne - Wengen

Choosing a rail pass for Paris - Lausanne - Wengen

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Chowens
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Apr 11, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Hi! We are coming to Switzerland May 26-June 1. I am having trouble deciding which rail pass to buy. We will be in Wengen 3 days to go hiking, and we won't know exactly which lifts/hikes will be open then because of weather. I feel like we can't make an exact itinerary until we get there. Could you give me some advice about which train pass you would buy? Also, could you direct me to a list of opening times of lifts and/or hikes? Lastly, could you recommend the best hikes to do near Wengen at the end of May? Here's our itinerary:

May 26: Paris to Lausanne

May 27: Lausanne to Brig

May 28: Brig to Wengen

May 29, 30, 31: Stay in Wengen and hike as much as possible, depending on which trails/lifts/gondolas are open

June 1: Wengen back to Paris

Thank you for any help! I appreciate it!

Cathy

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Apr 12, 2018 - 12:26 AM in reply to Chowens

Hi Cathy,

>> We will be in Wengen 3 days to go hiking, and we won't know exactly which lifts/hikes will be open then because of weather ... May 29, 30, 31: Stay in Wengen and hike as much as possible

Most of the mountain transport will be operating when you are there.

  • The cable car from Wengen to Männlichen will not be operating (reopens on 1 Jun)
  • The funicular from Mürren to Allmendhubel will be closed between 9 Apr and 22 Jun.

Everything else will be in full swing.

Alpenrose

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Lucas
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Apr 12, 2018 - 6:15 AM in reply to Chowens

Hi Cathy,

The hikes will be hit and miss due to weather - best to check with the tourist office when you are there. For suggestions on hikes in the area click here.

Chowens
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Apr 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Thanks for your responses! So it sounds like mountain transport will be mostly open, but hiking trails may or may not be open. Do people ride the transport up and down, even if they can't do the hikes surrounding the transport? Or is it better to just stay at low altitudes and hike where you don't need much transport? I ask because I'm trying to figure out which train pass to buy. If it's unlikely that we can do many hikes that need mountain transport, then maybe the HFC would be more economical than the Swiss Pass? But if you recommend riding the mountain transport just for fun, then I will plan my itinerary around that. Mostly, we just want to see the awesome views and get lots of exercise.

Lucas
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Apr 12, 2018 - 5:05 PM in reply to Chowens

Yes, I think a fair number of people go up to the mountain tops without doing much hiking - I do!
It is all about costs though for everyone and whether you think it is worth it for you.

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Apr 13, 2018 - 12:20 AM in reply to Chowens

>> Do people ride the transport up and down, even if they can't do the hikes surrounding the transport? ... But if you recommend riding the mountain transport just for fun, then I will plan my itinerary around that. Mostly, we just want to see the awesome views and get lots of exercise.

Yes, the mountain tops cater to all types of visitors, including those just going up for the views. Most peaks have a restaurant at the top, either adjacent to the top station of the cable car, funicular or train, or else close by. They usually have an outdoor sun terrace, where you can enjoy food and drink at reasonable prices (for Switzerland) whilst overlooking a stunning view.

Many peaks are also suitable for short strolls on top, even if you are not heading off on a hiking trail (or if the hiking trails are closed).

Alpenrose

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