Switzerland is the last country we visit during our three-week whirlwind tour of Europe. We spent three days total in the Alps region.
After getting our 3-Day Swiss Pass in Geneva Airport, we began our very long journey to Wengen, where we booked our stay for the night. Earlier I had debated the Geneva-Bern-Interlaken route vs. Goldenpass. In the end, we went with Goldenpass route since there was thunderstorm in Bern the day we traveled. However, if the weather is pleasant, I would recommend stopping by Bern for a couple hours to get a different taste of Switzerland. Having visited all the major cities in Switzerland including Zurich and Geneva, Bern is by far my favorite, with clock towers dotted all over the medieval city. The Goldenpass train passed through mountains and creeks and the scenery was beautiful. However, you can get similar (if not better) scenery if you are staying in the Alps region.
The view from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen was spectacular with waterfall.
Our Guesthouse Wengen’s B & B is part of a family house. For 90CHF per night, it was a steal. It was very comfortable with great view of the Alps. However, I do not recommend this for family with young kids or elderly, as there is a 10 minute hike up a steep road to the train station and town center.
After checking into our guesthouse, we ventured back to town for dinner. We had opted to stay in the a Alpine village, as opposed to Interlaken because I wanted to experience the serenity of the region. Wengen did not disappoint and we truly felt that we were worlds away from the hectic streets in Athens. As Wengen is a car-free village, we had traded in the roaring of car engines for the sound of cow bells. It had stopped raining by then, and the emerald trees were well-moisturized with the Alps in the backdrop. We also saw snails coming out of hiding for some crisp, fresh Alps air.
The only downside is that, at 8:00pm the town is dead quiet with only few restaurants open. As we didn’t plan ahead for our first meal in this secluded village, we were stuck to pay for expensive meals. We saw a pub selling sausages for 8CHF apiece. In the end, we settled for a cute looking restaurant with 48CHF cheese fondue for two. Having starved for the last seven hours in Goldenpass, we were picturing a feast like this:
To our disappointment, we ended up with merely a pot of cheese and pieces of bread. I didn’t even have the mood to take pictures. My boyfriend overheard that the restaurant was running out of cheese, so they made up by adding more alcohol. As a result, the hotpot reeked of strong alcohol. Even though I was hungry, I couldn’t finish the cheese because it hurt my stomach. It was hands-down the worst meal of our entire trip.
Word of warning: If you do end up in Wengen or other Alps village after 6:00pm, I highly recommend either grabbing dinner in Interlaken first, or get supermarket food beforehand. Otherwise, you may end up overpaying for measly and mediocre food.
It was not a perfect start of our stay in Switzerland, but we were still happy to be spending the night in a mountain village in the Alps!
Tomorrow, we will try to make full use of our Swiss pass by hopping on the train to the various towns in Berner Oberland Region.
This is one of my posts for our three-day stay in Switzerland. For other posts, please see:
- Part I: Goldenpass to Wengen
- Part II: Town-hopping in Berner Oberland
- Part III: Ballenberg and Lucerne
- Paris to Athen: Our Whilwind Europe Itinerary