Maximally utilize 4 nights in Wengen - easy hikes

Maximally utilize 4 nights in Wengen - easy hikes

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Harishbiyani
Harishbiyani
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Jun 28, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Hi friends,

Me and my wife will be staying in Wengen from 10th August to 14th August i.e 4 nights. I am quite baffled and confused about the sight seeing options as i keep researching on the internet. Could you please give suggestions for excursions during our 4 full days stay here and also how can we visit places and maximally utilise the time by taking best routes.... ( I am planning to buy the Swiss travel pass, as will travel from Zurich airport to Lucerne first and will move from Wengen to Geneva)

We will be able to do hikes of Easy to Medium diffuclty ( but max 2 - 2.5 hours of walking)

As of now, have decided to do the following:

1) Trip to Jungfraujoch

2) Hiking from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg

3) Trummelbach falls

Not sure out of the above 3, how much can be covered in one day. Please give other excursion options as well. Thanks a lot!

Harish

Lucas
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Jun 29, 2018 - 5:56 AM in reply to Harishbiyani

Hi Harish,

I know you got a fair bit of information on your last post: https://www.myswissalp s.com/forum/topic/sugg estions-required-base-town-itinerary

If you didn't find a link to what to do around Wengen be sure to read through the options here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/wengen/activitie s - hiking options as well as mountain trips are noted on that page - including all details on how to get to each place. You can use the timetable to plan out all trips and find travel times. https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

Jungfraujoch and the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg hike (https://www.myswissalp s.com/hiking/maennlich en-kleinescheidegg) can be done in one day.

Trummelbach Falls could be done another day, and combined with the leisurely hike from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg: https://www.myswissalp s.com/hiking/lauterbru nnen-stechelberg

You could also continue on to Schilthorn as it is free with your Swiss Travel Pass (https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ validity).
https://www.myswissalp s.com/schilthorn

Harishbiyani
Harishbiyani
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Jun 30, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Thanks Lucas. Will try to make an itinerary for 4 full days and post it here for suggestions.

Harishbiyani
Harishbiyani
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Jun 30, 2018 - 7:51 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

I am planning to do Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg hike in early August, by taking a cable car from Wengen. Understand that the route is slightly downhill.

After hiking to Kleine Scheidegg, take train to Jungfraujoch and back to Wengen.

Is there a fee for the hiking trail? What time does the trail opens?

Can tickets from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch be bought from K.Scheiegg?

Any suggestion for other excursion when i will be back to Wengen on the same day? or do you think it will be too hectic?

Thanks,

Harish

Lucas
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Jul 1, 2018 - 8:09 AM in reply to Harishbiyani

Hi Harish,

There are no fees to hike any train (just the cost of any transport to the train, like the cable car, train etc).

The trail does not close each day - just be sure to go once it is light out. :)

Yes, you can buy tickets at kleine Scheidegg for sure.

I wouldn't plan any other trips that day. See how the hike and Jungfraujoch go first. If you find you have time I might go from Grindelwald to First and explore there. https://www.jungfrau.c h/en-gb/grindelwaldfirst/

Harishbiyani
Harishbiyani
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Jul 6, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Hi Lucas,

Here is my tentative itinerary, request your suggestions/additions/modifications.

7th - Arrive at Zurich ~8:30am. Store luggage at Zurich airport Metro and proceed to visit Rhine falls. Come back to Zurich airport and head for Lucerne.

Sightseeings in Lucerne to be done over the 3 days - Chapel bridge, Water Tower, Old town Lucerne, Dying Lion Monument, City wall, Lucerne Transport Museum.

8th - Visit Mt. Titlis (depending on weather), explore Lucerne for rest of the day

9th - Mount Pilatus -

10th - Leave for Lauterbrunnen and store luggage at the station.

Hike to Stechelberg. Check into hotel at Wengen and spend remaining day to explore Wengen

11th - Depending on weather - Hike to , than take train to Jungfraujoch from Wengen (if weather is not good to be done on some other day) and hike from Kleine Scheidegg to Mannlichen [Can return ticket can be purchased from Wengen to Junfraujoch and back to Kleine Scheidegg?, Also the ticket from KS to Wengen for travel once or can be done multiple times?]

12th - Hike from First to the Bachsee (Please suggest what additional specific places can be explored on this day)

13th - Lake Brienz boat tour and Giessbach falls at Iseltwald. Can Lake Oeschinensee be done instead? Or pls suggest any other excursion for this day.

14th - Proceed to Montreux in morning through Golden pass line from Interlaken

Store luggage at Montreux station and proceed to Vevey and than change for Chexbres village. Spend time doing walking tour at LavauxVineyards (Any vine tasting suggestions?)

Head to Montreux, collect luggage and proceed to Geneva.

15th - Catch TGV for Paris

Have gone through the forums and understand that STP will be more beneficial. Not considering Bernese Oberland regional pass as travel from Interlaken to Montreux will not be covered. Am i correct? (I know there is a different forum for questions on railway pass, didn't want to open a new thread hence posted my question here)

Thanks for your help.

Harish

Lucas
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Jul 6, 2018 - 4:20 PM in reply to Harishbiyani

Looks good. :)

11th: Yes, you can buy any tickets you like from Wengen. Ticket are valid for one trip. :)
How are you thinking of going from KS to Wengen multiple times?

12th: You could look at Schynige Platte, Pfingstegg or just spending the day on First - lots to do there.
https://www.myswissalp s.com/schynigeplatte
https://www.pfingstegg .ch/index.php/en/
https://www.jungfrau.c h/en-gb/grindelwaldfirst/

13th: You could go to Oeschinensee instead sure. Also could visit Blausee nearby as well on that trip. https://www.myswissalp s.com/forum/topic/blau see-and-brig-2-days-1-night

The Reg. Pass Bernese Oberland gets you to Gstaad and then 50% off the rest of the way to Montreux. See map here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/regionalpassbern eseoberland/validity

Harishbiyani
Harishbiyani
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Jul 8, 2018 - 6:14 PM in reply to Lucas

11th - thought would go to Junfraujoch and move to Grindelwald for lunch... than go back to KS for hike to Mannlichen and come to Wengen

12th - Thanks i think Pfingstegg Toboggan run, First flyer sounds interesting. Will spend time doing these activities.

13th - Saw some photos online, the landscape is mesmerizing. However, i think one way journey is 2 to 2.5 hours

For my 8 nights stay, was wondering if i could buy Central Switzerland pass for 7,8,9 (however this won't cover Zurich t Rhinefalls, and Zurich to Luzern) 4 day Bernese Oberland Regional pass for 10, 11, 12, 13. However not sure about 14th August for my visit to Montreux. Any suggestions here?

Lucas
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Jul 9, 2018 - 5:39 AM in reply to Harishbiyani

For days like the 13th, you'll need to check the timetable and decide if it works for you. It is just over 2 hours to Kandersteg each way yes.Lake Brienz is much closer. :)

For 8 days, I'd just look at the 8 day Swiss Travel Pass rather than multiple regional passes. It covers almost all routes as well as gives some discounts on mountain trips. https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ validity

You can buy the Swiss Travel Pass online here and have it emailed to you to print at home: https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ price

But, To know which rail pass is the best for your specific itinerary you need to plan out all trips you will make (train, bus, boat, cable car) and compare the prices for regular tickets to the rail pass price (and which routes/mountains are free or discounted). Once you have that information you can read our page here on how to choose the best rail pass. There is a spreadsheet there to help with the math.
https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass

Last modified on Jul 9, 2018 - 5:40 AM by Lucas
Harishbiyani
Harishbiyani
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Jul 9, 2018 - 9:50 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks Lucas,

Can i buy the Swiss travel Pass at Zurich airport or the airport train station?

Thanks,

Harish

Lucas
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Jul 9, 2018 - 12:23 PM in reply to Harishbiyani

Yes if you would prefer.

I find it is much more more convenient to buy the Swiss Travel Pass online. It can be emailed to you and printed at home (saving you time at the airport and giving you a copy to print out again in case you lose your pass).

Harishbiyani
Harishbiyani
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Jul 9, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Yes, buying online is convenient. Since, i am from India, i will need to make payment from my credit card and the currency conversion charges by the card companies is around 3 to 3.5%!

Arno
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Jul 9, 2018 - 1:03 PM in reply to Harishbiyani

Hi Harish,

I'd recommend to take a look at https://www.happyrail. com/en/pass/europe/swi tzerland/swiss-travel-pass-consecutive?currency=INR. Their prices are a bit better than at the airport, and you can pay the amount in INR, so there won't be a currency conversion. A foreign transaction fee may apply but that's no different than a local purchase. If the website does not display INR you can pick your currency at the bottom of the page.

Another option is http://www.raileurope. co.in/pass/swiss-travel-pass-82 but their prices are higher. They are located in India so a foreign transaction fee may not apply, but I am not sure about that.

Harishbiyani
Harishbiyani
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Jul 15, 2018 - 1:38 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks Arno.

Purchasing the swiss pass online will be more beneficial

Harishbiyani
Harishbiyani
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Jul 21, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Hi experts,

We are visiting Mt.Titlis and Jungfraujoch on our trip and would like to go out in the snow. (will there be snow in early August?)

I am guessing would need snow boots and a warm jacket. Are these available on hire at Titlis and Jungfraujoch? as we would like to travel light from India

P.S - What aspects w.r.t the weather needs to be checked before going up to the mountains? Like checking on webcam if there is fog and how clear is the visibility?

Do i need to check weather before going on hike Mannlichen to Wengen and First to the Bachsee.

Thanks,

Harish

Last modified on Jul 21, 2018 - 1:32 PM by Harishbiyani
Lucas
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Jul 22, 2018 - 7:27 AM in reply to Harishbiyani

Always a good idea to check the weather before going up to the mountains yes.
Mountains will have webcams on their websites to check. Like Jungfraujoch here: https://www.jungfrau.c h/de-ch/live/webcams/

No, you shouldn't need snow boots. For August I would pack a warm sweater and a rain or wind jacket. Dress in layers as it could be 0 or 5 degrees but it could be 15. Good walking or hiking shoes would be sufficient.

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