Wengen or Grindelwald as home base

Wengen or Grindelwald as home base

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DebbieSD1
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Jan 8, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Do you recommend Wengen or Grindelwald as home base for 3 days? We will have a Swiss Pass and plan to do as much as possible in our 3 days in the area.

Last modified on Jan 8, 2018 - 2:25 PM by Chantal
Chantal
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Jan 8, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Hi Debbie,

Grindelwald is bigger and has more facilities. Wengen is car-free. They are both stunning in their own ways. It's really a personal choice. From both villages you'll have access to highlights such as Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn.

When you search this forum using the search box in the upper right corner you'll find several other threads related to this topic.

P.s. I think you mean Swiss Travel Pass - not Swiss Pass.

Last modified on Jan 8, 2018 - 4:19 PM by Chantal
rockoyster
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Jan 8, 2018 - 8:05 PM in reply to DebbieSD1

Wengen. More central and stunning views to Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Slowpoke
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Jan 9, 2018 - 12:37 AM in reply to DebbieSD1

Hi Debbie- everyone has their own preferences.

I like Wengen.

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

Grindelwald is more commercial.

Attached was taken from Wengen.

Slowpoke

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Peterli
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Jan 9, 2018 - 1:16 AM in reply to DebbieSD1

Hi Debbie,

My vote, without any hesitation, is Wengen.

Mageo
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Jan 9, 2018 - 4:08 AM

Hi Debbie - as Slowpoke says everyone has their own preference re. Grindelwald or Wengen. We spent a wonderful nine days using Grindelwald as a base in September. From there we did the Schwarzwaldalp Meiringen and Four Passes bus trips and some great easy walks - Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, Allmendhubel to Gimmelwald, First to Bachalpsee. On the cloudy days we went for boat rides on Lakes Thun and Brienz and walked from Faulensee to Spiez. So much to see. We stayed in a nice apartment booked through E-Domizel. Thanks to MySwissAlps contributors for all the above information.

Have fun with your planning! Mageo

Slowpoke
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Jan 9, 2018 - 9:45 AM in reply to DebbieSD1

Hi Debbie-

Forgot to ask.

When are you traveling?

Season of the year makes a real difference.

Slowpoke

DebbieSD1
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Jan 9, 2018 - 12:22 PM in reply to Slowpoke

I will be traveling in June. We have decided on Wengen!

Slowpoke
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Jan 9, 2018 - 1:26 PM in reply to DebbieSD1

H Debbi -

<<"I will be traveling in June. ">>

When in June?

It makes a lot of difference as the climate and weather change over the month. Early June has lot of snow on the trails, and many but not all tourist facilities are shut down

By the middle of June, and definitely by the end, trails such as Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg are open. That one usually opens on about the 15th, plus or minus several days depending on snow pack.

The floor of the Lauterbrunnen Valley is usually in good condition for walking during May....maybe late May and after. The waterfalls will be at their peak from snow melt in June.

The hotels and restaurants open up as June proceeds.

You can have some beautiful days in any part of June.

Plenty to do for 3 days, but check out schedules of individual trips if you plan to use the cableways. I think that the one from Wengen to Männlichen is open at the very end of May, for example. Nice views from up there, and a nie place to have lunch.

Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch access will be running.

Slowpoke

DebbieSD1
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Jan 9, 2018 - 7:42 PM

We are planning to be there on The 9th of June.

salviorm
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Jan 10, 2018 - 3:00 AM in reply to Slowpoke

such a stunnng view! great pic.

Slowpoke
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Jan 10, 2018 - 8:10 AM in reply to salviorm

HI salviorm -

<<"such a stunnng view! great pic.">>

Glad you like it.

You will get almost that identical view if you go to the lookout out at the church at the northern end of the village, or if you stay at the Hotel Bellevue.

www.bellevue-wengen.ch/en/hotel/bre athtaking-views.html

It did take a few visits to get a day that was clear way back in the valley...tends to be hazy there. Maybe 8 or a bit more km.

You also get it, briefly, as the train climbs into Wengen from Lauterbrunnen. Sit on the right.

Slowpoke

Alpenrose666
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Jan 11, 2018 - 1:56 AM in reply to DebbieSD1

Here are directions for getting to that lookout mentioned by Slowpoke. It is about a 5-10-minute walk from Wengen station.

From the station, head left up the main street lined with shops and hotels (Dorfstrasse), past the Hotel Silberhorn on the right, Männlichen cable car on the right, Hotel Bernerhof on the left, and uphill a bit past the Hotel Schönegg on the right and a chemist on the left. At the top of the hill, you will see a path on the left leading to the Swiss Protestant Church, where there is a lookout and seats.

I have attached a map.

Alpenrose

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