Stay in Lauterbrunnen, Wengen or Grindelwald?

Stay in Lauterbrunnen, Wengen or Grindelwald?

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Tram joughin
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Jun 25, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Hi everyone, we’re a family of two adults and a two year old. Would you please recommend which is a better place for us to use as a base for a week’s trip. My little girl loves streams/rivers especially waterwall so I thought of Lauterbrunnen but I’ve also heard Wengen is very nice. We could travel a bit to see what we want to most importantly is the quality of towns and accomodation options. Please suggest a town that is car free, quaint, cute, where we can still get food and grocery but not too touristy or crowded ( we really want to avoid big crowds). Point of trip is to do beautiful scenic trails that is appropriate for us to carry out two year old on back child carrier. Also is End of July a good month? Thanks.

Lucas
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Jun 25, 2018 - 6:58 PM in reply to Tram joughin

Hi Tram and welcome to MySwissAlps!

In that region, Wengen and Mürren are you car-free town options and I think you'd be happy at either.
https://www.myswissalp s.com/wengen
https://www.myswissalp s.com/murren

We have hotel suggestions on both pages above as well for you to check out.
July is a great time to explore and do some light hiking in the area. Look here for suggestions: https://www.myswissalp s.com/jungfrauregion/a ctivities

Slowpoke
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Jun 26, 2018 - 1:33 AM in reply to Tram joughin

Also, check -

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

An excellent perspcetive on the whole area.

Slowpoe

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Jun 26, 2018 - 4:25 AM in reply to Tram joughin

Hi Tram

>> not too touristy or crowded ( we really want to avoid big crowds) ... is End of July a good month?

July is the height of the tourist season, and the Jungfrau Region is probably the most popular area of Switzerland (for a good reason).

You won't be able to avoid the crowds at that time of year.

Alpenrose

Slowpoke
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Jun 26, 2018 - 9:29 AM in reply to Tram joughin

Hi Tram -

Some data on hikes:

In general:

www.myswissalps.com/hi king

In the Jungfrau Region:

www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion/activitie s

Scroll down under 'What to do."

Attached are some images from the easy walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg which has the nickname "The Grannies' Walk."

Slowpoke

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Mark
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Jun 26, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Hi Tram

Both Murren and Wengen are nice but I would say Wengen is a little more convenient for access to hiking and has more choices for restaurants and hotels.

in addition to Männlichen to KS hike Slowpoke mentioned, you might also look at these relatively easy hikes that are short and not much uphill. First to Grosse Scheidegg,rated 1:25 hrs. Also First to Bachalpsee and back rated 1:40 hrs. Kleine Scheidegg to Wengeralp 1:30 hrs. And last Lauderbrunnen towards Steckelberg. All these hikes have very nice views but very different perspectives of the mountains.

If you are interested in avoiding crowds you might consider going in September. Generally very nice weather

Mark

Tram joughin
Tram joughin
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Jul 2, 2018 - 10:03 AM in reply to Mark

Thank you for pointing out those details about Wengen. That’ll be very helpful to us and we can still hop over to Murren for a visit as well.

I prefer September by the sound of it but July is better with our schedule. May i Ask if I will struggle with getting train tickets? Is it that kind of busy end of July? I’m only starting to plan now and have three weeks to do so.

also, if i want to add another destination now that we have added few more days to our holiday. Would you and everyone here suggest where I can consider that would allow me to go more trails and sight seeing appropriate for small family. My little girl loves the lakes and mountains . This is because i want a chance to catch a nice scenic train ride to our itinerary as well. Heading from zurich to interlaken and stay in wengen area doesn’t seem to give me a chance to catch one of those famous ride. I’ve heard of golden pass, Bernini express etc. Which one is better and which route should I ensure to pass by. Thank you very much. Switzerland is so beautiful with so many hikes it is overwhelming planning it while so busy with looking after a toddler. I appreciate everyone’s recommendations

Tram joughin
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Jul 2, 2018 - 10:03 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Soo soo helpful. Thank yo

Mark
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Jul 2, 2018 - 11:01 AM

With a 2 yo child, you might like a shorter train ride. The open air cog train from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte is close by, very scenic with views of mountains and lakes, and has a very nice walk when you get to the top. You might also consider a boat ride on the lakes at Interlaken.

Others will need to advise you on the longer scenic train routes. Mark

Lucas
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Jul 2, 2018 - 11:26 AM in reply to Tram joughin

Hi Tram,

Train tickets never sell out. If a train is very busy you may have to stand for a short while. Trains noted on the occupancy column in the timetable with 3 red figures are expected to be very busy: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable (search for a train connection first on SBB timetable and then you will see occupancy).

Some mountain trips can get busy and you may have to wait a little bit for next train or gondola. Reservations are often not possible.

I think the only scenic train that is realistic for your family (from one of the towns you are staying in) is the Golden Pass trip from Lucerne to Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Montreux (5.5 hours one-way).
https://www.myswissalp s.com/goldenpass

Tram joughin
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Jul 3, 2018 - 9:23 AM in reply to Mark

Will there be foliage already in Septemer and if it is still warm enough for hiking up ( we will only do easy trails since carring a toddler on back). Vice versa is end of July going to be too hot to hike? I’ve heard August can be quite unpleasant. Thanks

Tram joughin
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Jul 3, 2018 - 9:56 AM in reply to Mark

You suggested Wengen or Murren with the reasons which I feel would be great for us, i.e easy access to trails etc.

what are your thoughts on Lauterbrunnen? Heard loads and I definitely will visit but how is it for a base in comparison to Wengen?

I heard that some places are not a good base because to train connections etc that you always have to go down the Valley to go anywhere else. Does this mean Lauterbrunnen is sort of the gateway into jungfrau region? Making it a better place regarding access? Thanks

Mark
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Jul 3, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Lauderbrunnen is nice too. I would say the difference in travel convenience between Lauderbrunnen and Wengen is minimal but most would chose Wengen because it is car free and more scenic. The weather for hiking in September is generally very good but it can vary from quite warm to chilly or even a brief snow at higher altitude. In my opinion it is my favorite month for hiking in the Jungfrau area

Of course Lucas may have a different viewpoint on these questions

Mark

Tram joughin
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Jul 3, 2018 - 11:34 AM in reply to Lucas

Hi some thoughts from your kind respond. I was going to fly into Zurich and take SBB train to Interlaken which should be approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Is it worth it for me to take train from Zurich to lucerne in order to get on Golden Pass train to get to Interlaken.

How long would this journey take? Also, not as direct but it it with it with the intention to be on golden pass 'panoramic train' and if the view is a lot better than the other route via SBB.

I know I will use cable car, cog wheel train etc in Junfrau regions which my daughter will love. Is Golden Pass ( Bernina express etc) are one of those once of a life time experience train ride and sights see where i should put a lot of effort into getting on? Convenient is very important to me as well traveling with a little kid. Thanks

By the way, I think I will extend my trip from 5 to 8 days now. I would like to add another destination, thinking of either Zermat or St Moritz. Any thoughts ?

thanks you so much so responding again.

Slowpoke
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Jul 3, 2018 - 11:49 AM in reply to Tram joughin

Please use the timetable for planing your routes:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

This map will help for the Jungfrau region:

map.search.ch/?pos=641696,160848&z=32 &poi=bergbahn,halteste lle,zug

Or- for the journey via Luzern:

map.search.ch/?pos=666112,211840&z=4

Zoom in to zoom level 32 to see the train lines clearly

Slowpoke

Lucas
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Jul 3, 2018 - 12:02 PM in reply to Tram joughin

Hi Tram,

Yes, go via Lucerne to Interlaken - it is worth it. The timetable from Slowpoke with tell you trip duration.

I'd try to get do the Golden Pass from Interlaken on to Montreux. A longer day but doable. https://www.myswissalp s.com/goldenpass
The Bernina Express and Glacier Express are great but not convenient for you to get to (and very long days) from the Lauterbrunnen area. https://www.myswissalp s.com/glacierexpress & https://www.myswissalp s.com/berninaexpress

I'd go to Zermatt: https://www.myswissalp s.com/zermatt - you could also do part of the Glacier Express route: https://www.myswissalp s.com/glacierexpress/g ettingthere - to or from Zermatt and Andermatt could work

Slowpoke
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Jul 3, 2018 - 1:54 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi lucas-

With three added days, I suppose he could go from Interlaken to Zermatt, then take the Glacier Express ( or regular trains on the same route) to St. Moritz.

Then return to Zürich via Chur.

It means a lot of travel, as well as changing hotels, and it depends on what he wants to "cover."

My own preferences would be to stay longer in the Jnugfrau region, because I like it and there is a lot of variety, but everyone has their own preferences. It also makes it more likely that he'll have a clear sunny day on high.

I wonder if the "named" special trins might not be fully booked by now for July? I always go in September. Better weather, fewer tourists.

Slowpoke

Lucas
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Jul 3, 2018 - 5:07 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Yes, good points Slowpoke.

I wrote not being able to do the express trains very easily before I read that he is tagging on 3 days. :) Certainly with the extra days, those trips are doable (if they want to as you say!).

Yes, it is quite possible the express trains are booked by now

-Tram you can also travel the same route on regional trains so you still get the same scenery.

Slowpoke
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Jul 3, 2018 - 7:29 PM in reply to Tram joughin

Hi Tram-

I forgot to mention that the instruction page on the "timetable" link is worth a bit of study.

In particular, the timetable will usually default to the fastest route.

So, from Zürich Airport to Interlaken, it will route you through Bern. And, for Interlaken to Montreux, on the Golden Pass route, the computer will try to send you through Bern instead of using the Golden Pass Route. Going through Bern or returning that way is a lot faster. And, a pleasant ride, even if it is not as scenic. To look at the Golden Pass Trains on the Golden Pass Route or regular trains on that same route, you would enter "Zweisimmen " in the "via" box.

To go through Luzern, use the advanced time table and put "Luzern" or "Lucerne" in the "via" box.

You can do that for a whole lot of "vias", but I usually break the trip up into smaller segments in those cases, and work my way along the route. Sometimes, it offers more options and , for me, it is clearer to do it in pieces.

I always keep that map handy while I'm doing it.

map.search.ch/

Slowpoke

scrapinasnap
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Jul 3, 2018 - 8:28 PM in reply to Tram joughin

We just stayed in Wengen a few days ago (family of 4 with 2 young teens). We loved Wengen because it was quaint and car free. We stayed up the hill away from the town and it was lovely. However, aside from the one day we went up to the Jungfrau area and Grindelwald, we did note that Lauterbrunnen might have been a more convenient location. Every day we tacked on an extra 20-30 min each way by staying in Wengen. It might really depend on how convenient of a location you want.

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