>> We travel via Paris and Strasbourg, changing at Basle and Interlakenhoheweg, where we join the Bernese Oberland Rly. to Wengen.
The Höheweg in Interlaken is the main street that runs between the Interlaken Ost and Interlaken West railway stations. I imagine you will be changing trains at Interlaken Ost railway station. Access to the platform is via a ramp with handrail.
The trains that run up to Wengen are of two types. Some are low floor, others have several steps. If you get the more modern low-floor train, boarding/alighting at Lauterbrunnen (and I think also Interlaken Ost) is level with the platform, and at Wengen you have one small step up or down.
When I was there in September 2016, I encountered only the low floor trains on the Wengen side, but some trains with steps on the Grindelwald side. In December the same year, the trains on both sides were mostly those with several steps. Unfortunately, I don't know how to tell which trains will be used on any given connection.
>> During the week there are excursions to ... Mannlichen Cableway
Boarding the cable car from Wengen to Männlichen is level, but there are steps up to reach the cable car platform. However, it is designated as wheelchair-accessible, so there must be a lift somewhere. You can make enquiries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Seating in the cable car is limited (bench-style, against the walls/windows). However, with crutches, I'm sure someone will offer you a seat if all seats are already taken when you board.
>> and Grindelwald Cableway
This is a gondola, which seats 4 people. Gondolas move constantly, never stopping, but they move extremely slowly in the boarding and alighting areas so people can step on and off. I doubt you would manage this with crutches, especially getting off. However, it is not all bad news ;-)
This service is also designated as "Wheelchair-accessible, prior notification required". The prior notification has to be made at least 2 hours beforehand. Contact details from the timetable are:
Phone 033 854 80 80
I'm not sure how they manage this, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that they have a few bigger cabins they can attached to the cableway for passengers who are unable to use the standard cabins.
Almost every time I have been on a gondola, I have experienced it stopping mid-journey for a minute or two, but have never known why that was. Perhaps they are stopping it to allow someone with reduced mobility to board or alight at one end or the other.
>> train return to Wengen
I assume this will be from Grindelwald Grund to Wengen, either via Kleine Scheidegg or Zweilütschinen. There is a bit of a walk from the gondola valley station to Grindelwald Grund railway station (about 450 metres, mostly flat), but there is also a bus service. I have attached a timetable.
For details about boarding and alighting at Kleine Scheidegg, see below.
Depending on the train used, Zweilütschinen can be a difficult station to board at if you have reduced mobility (no raised platform). If you had the option of going all the way back to Interlaken Ost, and then up to Wengen, I would take that option, or else go via Kleine Scheidegg (more expensive).
Otherwise, there is apparently boarding and alighting assistance for passengers in wheelchairs at Zweilütschinen, which you might be able to make use of. The only contact number I can find for Zweilütschinen station is that for baggage services: 033 828 74 51. Perhaps they could redirect you.
>> 2 to Jungfrau Rly. to Jungfraujoch & return ... The Jungfrau trip seems the highlight of the week and the only one entirely by train.
I have been up to the Jungfraujoch three times, and as far as Eigergletscher an additional time. All the trains I have been on had several steps, but there are rails you can use for assistance.
Although these trains might have steps, they are designated in the official timetable as wheelchair accessible. Perhaps they have ramps or some other equipment to facilitate access. The number given in the timetable for enquries is 0800 007 102.
There is also the following information on the Jungfrau website:
It is possible for wheelchair users to travel by rail to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe. Reservation for groups is essential. Maximum 10 persons per group (max 3 wheelchairs per train composition). Please inform the railway personnel at the station of departure so that a member of staff is available to assist with changing trains at Kleine Scheidegg. The Jungfraujoch is also wheelchair accessible. The entrance to the Ice Palace is fitted with a stair lift.
>> Cablecar to Schilthom & return via Stechlberg.
Which way are you going up?
Boarding the cable cars is level, but there are steps to reach the cable car platform. However, the Stechelberg-Mürren-Schilthorn service is designated as wheelchair-accessible, so there must be a lift somewhere. The number for enquiries is 033 826 00 07 or 033 856 21 41.
>> We will have a railcard to use as we wish on the free days - depending on our experiences earlier in the week.
Let us know what you decide to do, in case we can offer any additional information.
I hope you can report back after your trip and fill us in on your experiences getting around Switzerland with mobility limitations. It would be good to be able to give better information to other people who have this question in the future.
I have attached some photos to illustrate some of the comments I have made above.