Hi Scigirl7 -
Glad that they can help you.
As you focus in on specific hikes, let us know what you are considering. Some of the forum members are quite familiar with the hikes in the area, as you can tell if you look through Kim's tip for one example.
There are, in fact a quite a number of books that have been published over the years on hikes in the Alps. I do have some on my shelf, even if I have not made most of the hikes because they make one climb too much at high altitude for me.
If you like to carry paper maps while hiking or for planning, as I do, I can recommend the many different scales and series of topographic maps available from the Swiss Federation Land Office. They are the "gold standard."
The most useful ones are readily available in convenience stores, sporting goods stores and major bookstores throughout Switzerland. Usually, in the smaller stores, the emphasis is on maps of the nearby regions.
I like to plan from the 1:50,000 Wanderkarten, (hiking maps) which have the well marked "Wanderwege" trails shown in red.
Recently, they have added Wanderkarten ( hiking maps) in 1:25,000 and 1:33,000. Not sure how good the coverage is for different regions.
For detail, I sometimes also use the 1:25,000, most of which are "National Maps" (not Wnderkarten), which are particularly helpful in steep terrain.
This link shows what is available. Study the menu on the left.
www.swisstopo.admin.ch /internet/swisstopo/en /home/products/maps.ht ml
If it does not get you there, go to the SwissTopo home page, look under products, then maps, then leisure maps, then hiking maps.
Generally, I buy in Switzerland. Since I come in through Zürich, I go down the stairs one flight from the main level toward track 2 and walk into the Barth Bücherei facing me with my list of maps, and pick up any I do not have. They have a map showing which individual map niumbers you can get for a region. In Luzern, Orell Füssli close to the main station is useful. In Bern, Stauffacher is half a block from the main station.
I have attached a few of my favorite pictures of the area near Wengen in another thread. Look toward the end.