5 Days In Switzerland Itinerary and Tips

Tour Switzerland Bernese Oberland 5 Days 4 Nights

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Summary of Our Experiences

Date of Tour : 16 July – 21 July 2013 (Summer)
Days Spent : 5 Days  (Tues to Saturday)
Airlines: Flight Back [ Swiss Air Transfer to Lufthansa ]
Flight Hours: About 15 hrs (1 transfer at Frankfurt)
No. of Travellers : 2 adults & 1 child (5 yrs old)
No. of Towns Visited : 4 ( Interlaken, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald )
No. of Places Visited : 10
No. of Homestay B&B / Hotel Stayed in : 1 in Wengen Village

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Highlights


:: Our Switzerland Bernese Oberland Itinerary ::

{ Updated with ‘Trip Reports’ – Scroll Below For TIPS }

Day 1 – 16 July (Tues) [ Arrival / Stay Wengen Hotel ]

1200 — Took ICE Train From Germany (Freiburg Station) to Basel SBB
1250—  Arrived in Switzerland Basel SBB Station. Buy Swiss Pass & Get Family Card
1330 — Took train (Basel(IC)->Interlaken OST(R)->Lauterbrunnen(R)->Wengen) to Wengen using Swiss Pass
1620 — Arrived Wengen Station & Village
1645 — Check in Hotel Edelweiss / Explore Hotel Surroundings / Supermarket COOP (buy sandwich ingredients for hike)
1800 — Rest & Dinner at Hotel Edelweiss / Walk After Dinner

Day 2 – 17 July (Wed) [ Hike Männlichen/ Lauterbrunnen ]

0830 — Breakfast at Hotel
1100 Aerial Cable Car in Wengen Village to go up to Männlichen
1115 — Walk about Männlichen Area
1145 — Took Hike Route 33 to Kleine Scheidegg
1420— Walked around Kleine Scheidegg Souvenir Shops
1430 — Train to Lauterbrunnen
1535 — Arrived in Lauterbrunnen Village / Explore and lunch
1640 — Bus to Trümmelbach Falls/ Explore
1745— Bus back to Lauterbrunnen Village / Train back to Wengen
1900 — Rest & Dinner in Hotel Edelweiss

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Day 3 – 18 July (Thurs) [ Interlaken Region ]

0930 — Breakfast at Hotel
1100 —  Train (Wengen(R)->Lauterbrunnen(R)->Interlaken OST(IR)
1200 — Cruise on Lake Brienz (Brienzersee) to Brienz Town
1325 — Quick Snack Lunch in Lake Brienz Town
1355—  Steam Engine Train (Brienz Rothorn Bahn) up to Brienzer Rothorn Mountain
1455 — Walk About Brienzer Rothorn Mountain
1530— Steam Engine Train Back
1630-–Cruise back to Interlaken Town
1815-Dinner in Chinese Restaurant in Interlaken Town
1920-— Explore Interlaken Town
2000 — Back to Wengen Village / Rest

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Day 4 – 19 July (Fri) [ Jungfraujoch / Grindelwald ]

0830 — Breakfast at Hotel
1020 — Take train (Wengen(R)->Kleine Scheidegg(R)->Jungfraujoch) to Jungfraujoch
1205Jungfraujoch Railway Station / Sphinx Observatory at Aletsch glacier
1230Experience Snow at Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Snow-Slide down the slope
1355Walk in Alpine Sensation Gallery displaying history of Jungfrau Tourism and Railway
1405 — Jungfraujoch Ice Palace
1435 — Lunch in  Restaurant Aletsch Self-Service
1700— Train to Grindelwald Village
1800 — Walkabout in Grindelwald
1900 — Dinner in Grindelwald Village
2040 — Train Stop at /Wait For Transfer Back to Wengen
2140— Arrived Wengen Hotel Edelweiss / Rest

Day 5 – 20 July (Sat) [ Wengen / Departure ]

0800 — Breakfast in Hotel / Luggage Pack Up
1045 —  Explore Wengen Village / Buy Souvenirs (realised most shops closed on Sat morning!)
1200 — Check-out from Hotel
1330 Train from Wengen(R)->Lauterbrunnen(R)->Interlaken(IC)->Bern(IC)->Zürich Flughafen
1620 — Arrived at Zurich Airport
1700 — Lunch / Tea-break Snack at Airport MacDonald’s
1840 — Take Swiss Air Flight Back Home with 1 transfer to Lufthansa in Germany Frankfurt

Day 6- 21 July (Sun)

0950 – Arrival in Singapore




Cost of Transport

Rail Passes

–  Entitles to one return trip between any Swiss border/airport station and your destination on any line marked on the Swiss route map with a continuous line. (We crossed Germany into Switzerland and will be back to Frankfurt airport)
–  Purchase  additional tickets at half price on all routes marked with  continuous or dotted line.
–  Valid for maximum of one month starting with first transfer day

– Children under age 16 travel free accompanied by at least one parent holding a Swiss Travel System ticket

Train Fares:

Wengen–Männlichen Aerial Cableway


Cost of Accommodation

  •  Hotel Edelweiss (4 Nights) Double Room with Extra Single Bed : CHF 860 (Inclusive Breakfast for Three)
  • Additional Dinner for Two Nights for Two Adults: CHF 100

Tips on Travel in Switzerland

1. Clothing for Hike & Walk:

  • Wear Shoes with Traction as it is slippery on some snow-capped grounds or rough terrain. (We did well with Nike and New Balance sports shoes though)
  • Waterproof Shoes or Extra pair of socks if not able to have hiking boots like us. (Socks would be wet once you step into thick snow at Jungfraujoch Top of Europe snow-capped ground if shoes are just normal sports shoes)
  • Männlichen Hike (Summer): Waterproof & Windproof Jacket with Hoods (Rain occurs fairly often) / Layer Fleece Sweater over normal clothing/ Thick weatherproof pants (We wore normal t-shirt plus extra sweater- 2 layers)
  • Jungfraujoch (Summer): Extra Fleece Jacket Waterproof or layered with waterproof light jacket + sweater +  t-shirt. Winter hat or sun hat/ a pair of gloves / thick socks.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen /Sunglasses. (We regret not bringing sun glasses. Glaring for eyes due to reflection of sun on snow)
  • Alpine Sensation Gallery: Extremely Cold walking through the long gallery with the breeze blowing so child should wear thick winter jacket with scarf for neck area/winter hat. We had to put on gloves ourselves. Other areas on Jungfraujoch were alright and comfortably cold.
  • July Weather in Villages : It’s actually quite warm in the villages (Wengen/Lauterbrunnen/Interlaken/Grindelwald) and we wore normal T-shirts and pants.
  • Trümmelbach Falls : Raincoat or Waterproof Clothing with hoods needed to prevent getting wet from the splashes of water droplets.

2. Activities

  • There’s only a café restaurant with washroom the last 1/3 of the Männlichen Hike to Kleine Scheidegg so please go to the washroom first before going on the hike.
  • Need to pay for a Summer Snow Slide on Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Snow Slope but unlimited rides down for as long as you wish.
  • Cruise on Lake Brienz is breezy and quite cold. Wear a light windproof jacket. May get sea-sick after a while so child might need to eat a pill for sea-sickness before starting. Cruise Journey from Interlaken —> to Brienz Town (to take Rothorn Bahn) takes about 1 hour 10mins.
  • The Brienz Rothorn Bahn up to Brienzer Rothorn Mountain arrives and departs again in about half an hour so if you wish to stay for longer, you would have to eat at the Rothorn Kulm Mountain Restaurant or hike around until the next train departs 1.5 hrs later. (We didn’t want to wait for so long as we wanted to go Interlaken so took the same train back down) Time-Table of Brienz Rothorn Bahn

3. Travel By Train

  • Train Transfer in Bernese Oberland Stations is within minutes so one needs to be fast to walk across to platforms to board the next train with the correct train compartment.
  • Train Compartments are divided into 1st Class and 2nd Class. For 2nd Class, seating is free and on a first come first served basis. There is no need to reserve seats.
  • There are special carriages on certain train for large tourist groups which individual travellers cannot board.
  • Train Conductors check tickets often so make sure tickets is available on hand, ready to show. Fine is hefty for not having a ticket so please do not lose it!

4. Food & Drink

  • Pack Food For Hike:

–  We made sandwiches when we rested at a stop in the middle of a hike. Essentials can be obtained from the supermarket in the village and we brought the ingredients individually in our backpack, ONLY making the sandwich when we rest.
– Sandwich Ingredients — Bread / Jam or Peanut Butter or Nutella / Canned Tuna / Cheese / Canned Hotdogs.
– Cutlery — We brought along a butter spreading knife / small teaspoon / long fridge storage container – cover when turned over acts as clean surface for making sandwich.
– Snack — Large amount of Chocolates/ Mixed chocolate bars. (really helps to boost energy!) / Tidbits (We love Pringles potato chips for ease of carrying and cracker biscuits)
– Fruits — Bananas are easy to carry in bag and give lots of energy!

  • Drink For Hike:

–  Two Large Bottles of Drinking Water — Although hotel owner said we could get drinking water from the tap in our room’s washroom (supposedly water from alps?), we preferred getting bottled drinking water from the supermarket in the village.

  • Meals in Restaurant or Hotels

–  Beware, Meals are very expensive in Switzerland ! Our Swiss delicacy dinner of Fondue / Beef Stew  in the hotel cost CHF 25 per person(abt SGD 35) We took them because we wanted to try local Swiss food and restaurants in town were more costly at CHF30 and above.
– Chinese Restaurants charge chinese simple dishes at CHF 28 at least to CHF 62 each. At the lowest price of CHF 28, you can only order fried noodles and fried rice. SGD$40 for a plate of fried rice?! Meat ranges from CHF 36 (chicken) to 98 (horse meat)! We were not used to Swiss Cuisine and craved for rice so had no choice but to eat in one. Rice costs CHF 3.50 (SGD$5) for a plate. O_O
– That’s why many people around us ended up buying sandwiches or instant stuff from supermarket CO-OPs.

12 Comments

  1. Sam April 19, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Nice website! Your report on the hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg brought back memories of the very same hike we did in 2006.

    Happy travelling and exploring!

    Sam & Yun

    1. Vin April 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Sam & Yun,

      Thank you for your comment and encouragement! It must have been a wonderful hike for you too!

  2. Eric Higgins July 31, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    What a wonderful and detailed overview of your experiences in and around Wengen. My wife and I will be spending 6 days in that same area in August. Your blog really allows us to get a feel for what to expect.

    Thank you very much for sharing this.

    1. Cat August 1, 2014 at 12:32 am

      Hi Eric,
      Am so glad to hear that our tips and experience helps! ^_^
      Have a great time in the beautiful Bernese Oberland Region. If we had more time, we would do more hikes. The air was so fresh.

  3. Skee November 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Are the instant noodles (Nissin,maggie) available in supermarket CO-OPs?
    and how much the cost?

    1. Vin November 18, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Hi Skee,

      We did not notice the availability of instant noodles while there. Bread and biscuit items were certainly much more prominent.

  4. Paulo@Travel Bugs February 12, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks! This is helpful for my potential family trip to Switzerland 🙂

    1. Vin February 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Paulo,

      You are welcomed!

      Nice travel blog you have there too! I strongly agree with you that we should all travel while we are still young and healthy, and not waiting until we are old and frail!

  5. Ivan September 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Your article is very resourceful. May I know the total cost (accommodation + local transport + meals + activities) for this 5-days trip?
    Thank you.

    1. Vin September 30, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Ivan,

      The breakdown of most of our expenses are as listed above. We no longer have the details for the remaining expenses.

      Thanks.

  6. Konstantinos October 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    very nice tips for travel in Switzerland and i impressed with your post and thanks for share this zmazing tips.

    1. Vin October 19, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Konstantinos,

      Thanks for your kind words, and glad that you have enjoyed our posts!

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