While I am surrounded by mountains, I don’t often plan whole weekends away to enjoy them. My mom’s visit was the perfect excuse to plan an excursion. It would mark the end of her visit, would give her an opportunity to break in her hiking boots, and would be a chance for both of us to enjoy the beauty of the Swiss Alps.
I decided to book a room for us at a chalet in Wengen (pronounced Ven-gen), which is located above Lauterbrunnen. On the way, I surprised my mom with a quick stop in Gruyères (her favorite)…
…then we stopped in Thun for a walk and lunch at Ristorante Beau-Rivage da Domenico.
[Cooling off in the ice cold water]
From there, we drove to Lauterbrunnen, where we parked our car and boarded the train to go up the mountain to Wengen. The views from the train were spectacular!
Outside of some golf carts and vans transporting people and luggage to/from their hotels, there are no cars in Wengen. We made our way to Hotel Edelweiss, which was simple, but adorable.
[Someone was VERY excited about the water fountains throughout Switzerland]
Before dinner we went for a walk. Despite being a bit cloudy, there were lovely views, and of course, cowbells.
On Saturday, we spent the whole day outside…taking the lift from Wengen to Mannlichen, hiking Mannlichen to Kleine-Scheideg (which was an easy 1.5 hour hike with panoramic views of the Monch, Eiger, and Jungfrau), taking the train from Kleine-Scheideg to Lauterbrunnen, lunching on the terrace at Hotel Oberland, and walking through the Lauterbrunnen Valley to Trummelbach Falls. As pictures are a better way to share the beauty we experienced throughout the day, I’ll stop gabbing and let them do the talking. I don’t think these views will ever get old. Hope you enjoy!
[Quite possibly one of the most scenic playgrounds in the world]