Hi there! I have enjoyed reading many of the posts here and have learned so much. Thought I would give you a synopsis of our trip to see what you think. We will be in Murren for our first week and Wengen our 2nd week. Most of us arrive via Zurich airport and all will leave via Zurich. There will be 8 adults and 3 small children, one is 21 months. I would like thoughts on my itinerary to see if we are crazy or not. I am trying to use easy hikes then a harder one. Sometimes we will have some of the adults going off on their own harder hike. We like about 6 hrs and maybe 2500ft elevation gain over 5 miles or so for a thought of what they would like. I am thinking of getting the Swiss Transfer Card w half fare card for the adults and the free family card for the 6 and 8 yr old and the 21 month old doesn't need anything I understand. I guess what I am trying to figure out is if the half fare card will be sufficient or if we should consider the Bernese Oberland Card too for 8-10- of the days. Need to figure out which cable/trains etc for each one in order to really do the math but that is tedious!! Not sure if I am choosing the "best" origination village for these and would there be a slightly harder offshoot hike some of the older ones can take? We want to stay together much of the time but have no problem with older ones going off several times…..OR putting on the baby backpack. The two other kids are actually pretty good hikers for a few harder hikes a week. We have done a bit of hiking as a family in Alaska, Scotland and elsewhere and so the kids can manage a few days.
I have a hard time knowing the difficulty of the walks and figuring what train/gondola etc to take AND I feel I need a couple good choices for harder hikes for my son in law who will be leaving to do while in Murren
July 4th arrive Zurich and take train to Murren
July 5th Murren to Gimmelwald while we acclimate (all coming from sea level) Stroller friendly if we have one. Take Schithombahn cable back to Murren
July 6th Allmenhubel lift from Murren Take the Children's Adventure Trail--1 hr, NorthFace Trail 2 1/2 hr and Flower Trail 20 min loop. Lots of play in between
July 7th Murren to Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg Easy 4 miles to Stubbach Falls and Trummelbach Falls Can continue to Schilthorn Piz Gloria or Stechelberg Inn
July 8th We will do the Jungfraujoch train trip up to the top one day that it is clear from Murren while one son in law is here as he will not be in Wengen where it is more convenient to leave from. 3 1/2 hrs from Kleine Scheidegg giving an hour at the top but not sure how long it takes to get from Murren to KS. One will be almost 7 months pregnant but have been told this should be ok for her to do and the 21 month old.
July 9th All day trip to Schynige Platte to First -not sure there is an easier route to First to do with the kids but the adults may like this 10 mile/3200ft incline/7 hrs unless there is a better choice. Anyway to shorten it a bit??? Looks like there is an easier loop back to SP but not sure the length etc. IS there a better way to hike up to First that might not be quite so intense?? Train from Murren to Lauterbrunnen to Wilderswil to SP, there we will see the Teddy Bear exhibit and the Alpine Garden 2 hrs one way to here from Murren.
I have also seen take train to Grindlewald then gondola up First. 2 1/2 mile walk to Bachalpsee. Return to First take gondola down to Bort with a large play area. Should I fit both of these in or just one…...
July 10th Murren to Grutschalp walk 1-3 mile??? OR train to Lauterbrunnen then gondola to Grutschalp with trampoline then lift to Allemenhubel with playground to Blumental and see Flower Valley
July 11th son in law leaves are there any other activities we might like to do here? still researching…..
July 12th move over to Wengen (tried to stay 2 weeks in Wengen but the large chalet we were looking at was rented the first week but I like experiencing both areas now) Maybe train up to Mannlichen with playground and do the Felix Weg Trail back…a kids' zipline?
July 13th massage/spa day for daughter's birthday the men can take the kids to the diary to see how cheese is made etc
July 14th Wengen to KS to see the goats. Hike #42 low route 2600 ft ~ 6-7 miles/3 hrs (will take us longer with the kids) Those that want can continue up to the top of Mannlichen
July 15th Wengen to to KS to Männlichen Maybe play miniature golf then Take the Panoramaweg 3 miles back to KS and train back to Wengen
July 16th Wengen to Männlichen to Grindlewald, get off at Holenstein stop and/or Bort for awesome playground and train back to Wengen
July 17th a few more of our group leaves
July 18th Wengen to KS to Eiger Glacier Station and hike down to KS then to train at Wengernalp then train to Wengen
July 19th leave for Zurich and explore Zurich haven't even started looking here!!
July 20th fly out of Zurich
I understand there is an outdoor Waldbort pool in Wengen we will want to use on some day when we get backearly enough . Is this the heated pool in the center of town with fascinating views?
In Murren there is a playground and ice rink.
Are there any day trips out of the area that you think we should not miss??
I know I have given too much info but not knowing if too much, not enough etc etc and if missing anything!!
Thanks for any input.
oh….two more questions in relation to which pass to get.
1. Daughter, son in law and 6 and 8 yr old will be flying into Budapest instead of Zurich in advance of us. They will be training it to Austria then renting a car at some point in time then head to Lake Constance area toward Zwitzerland. They are wondering if there are high fees to drive all the way to Interlaken (meet us there to take the train up to Murren) and drop off the car. We have heard there is a fee to pay at the border and also that there is not. If they do this they would either get the Half fare card at full price OR get the Swiss Travel Pass Combi. IF this fee for dropping off the car is exorbitant then they may consider catching the train at the closest border station. Would that be Zurich or somewhere else?? If they do this then they would get the Swiss Transfer Tkt Combi and still meet us in Interlaken or Murren. I understand that needs to be bought in advance so we need to figure this all out soon!!
2. Other daughter and husband will be leaving for 3 days while we are in Wengen to meet up with friends in Frankfurt and drive up the Rhine River for a day and a half then take the train back to Wengen. I know a long trip but an opportunity to see a friend who lives overseas now. Trying to decide if the Half Fare card for them along with the Swiss Transfer Card is the best buy for them as they fly in/out of Zurich OR would the Swiss Travel Combi be better for them for 10 of the days then use the Half Fare Card the other days.
Lastly, would the Bernese Oberland Card make sense for us in addition with the amount of transport we are thinking of taking?
Thank you SO much for any thoughts, advice, further suggestions etc etc.