I am currently finalizing my itinerary for my July trip to Wengen and Lucerne. We are a fit late 50s couple. We do quite a bit of hiking here in the States but no altitude. Typically on vacation, we like to take moderate difficulty level hikes (no technical) and also seek to get away from people if we can. As we are going to the BO in July, I know this will probably not be possible but we are so excited to see Switzerland’s beauty. We are not interested in going to Jungfraujoch. I am unsure as to what level of hiking we can manage because of the altitude. I don’t want to go too easy but am nervous about aiming too difficult! We like to explore an area pretty thoroughly but walk the line between that and packing in so much that we are not relaxed.. We will be spending 6 full days in Wengen and then another half day on either side of travel days for a total of 7 nights and then on to Lucerne for 3 days. We did the math to the best of our ability and will be getting the BO Regional for 8 days. THank you for all your advice and input to this point which I have factored in! Here is what we are looking at (with all days being flexible).
Travel Day-Arrival at 6 PM-explore town
Day 1 CRUISE LAKE BRIENZ/ROTHORN
Brienz-Rothorn-Brienz (walk through town upon return) boat to Giessbach Falls (short) funicular to GrandHotel for lunch- Hike behind the falls and walk back down to Lake-Brienz (short)- Iseltwald--boat back to Interlaken Ost
Day 2 HIKE-MURREN AND NORTHFACE TRAIL
#52 HIKE Grutschalp to Winteregg to Murren (1 hr 15) > take funicular to Allmendhubel-Loop- Hike NorthFace trail to Murren (2.5 hrs)- Walk to Gimmelwald (45 mins)
Day 3 HIKE -MAANLICHEN/KLEINE SCHEIDEGG
Take cable to Maanlichen
#47 HIKE Royal Walk Loop (1.hr) then #33 HIKE Maanlichen to Kleine Scheidegg 3.6 miles 1hr20 (Panaramaweg), #37 HIKE Jungfrau Eiger Walk (1 hour)
Train back to Lauterbrunnen
Walk around Lauterbrunnen and dinner
Day 4- COGWHEEL KLEINE SCHEIDEGG/ HIKE BACHALPSEE
CogTrain Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Grindelwald, Or cable car Wengen-Männlichen, Maanlichen Grindelwald bus.
#4 First-Bachalpsee > Waldspitz > Bort (Blumenweg) 2.5 hours
Day 5 Lake Thun- boat ride, Spiez Castle - near Lake Thun, Oberhofen Castle near Lake Thun, Lake Brienz- boat ride, St. Beatus Caves (Optional).
Day 6 -not sure what to do here
Day 7-half day
Questions: Just want to make any day isn’t too packed/too light.
Day 2- -I am having difficulty figuring out how to get from Gimmelwald back to Wengen. Would like to head back to hotel and rest and then what? Dinner?
Day 3- Any favorite suggestions for dinner
Day 4-Would love to take the cogwheel train but will it be super crowded to the point where we have to wait for hours?
Day 5- are 2 lake cruises too much? We also will be doing a cruise on Lake Lucerne as well as Brienz
Day 6-not quite sure here what to do. Was thinking about taking the Lauterbrunnen walk through the valley
Day 7-this is a half day as we will be training to Lucerne and will want to explore there that night so we will need to be there around 4 at the latest (which means train by around 1 pm)
We also wanted to see several other things including (in no order):
Reissbach Falls and Meiringen
Can any of these be combined with what we already have going? Good for a half day? Must dos/can skips?
Thank you for all your advice/input