If you long for spectacular Alpine walking on easy trails, reliable systems of cable cars and mountain trains then Wengen is the perfect place for you, a car-free village perched above a magnificent valley. Ride up, ride down, and stroll through the meadows in between.
See what's planned
- Visit colourful Swiss Villages.
- Enjoy scenic travel to the start of walks on funiculars, cable cars and trains.
- Stay in a beautiful three star hotel in the centre of car free Wengen.
- Explore the impressive Schynige Platte with a vast mountain panorama including the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to one side and the Thuner and Brienzer lakes to the other.
- Cross Lauterbrunnen Valley to discover the photogenic village of Mürren.
- Travel with ease using the Jungfraubahn Pass, included in the holiday price.
Anyone arriving in Wengen thinks that heaven probably looks something like this. A car-free village perched above a valley. The sparkling mesmerising face of the Jungfrau. If you have ever longed for spectacular Alpine walking on easy trails, a reliable system of cable cars and mountain trains, then Wengen is the perfect place for you. Ride up, ride down, and stroll through the meadows in between - this continues to be one of our Adagio best sellers.
Our holiday is based in the beautiful village of Wengen high in the Bernese Oberland. Only accessible on foot, by train or cable car, it is a magical place. Whilst tourism is the main source of income, farming still plays an important part in village life. From all around there are stupendous views of glaciers tumbling off the Jungfrau and other 3000m plus mountains. During our week here a superb network of trains and cable cars allows us to explore paths high above the valley floor with relatively little effort. We use this transport network to explore the Jungfrau region, visiting a different area every day. All the journeys and walks from start to finish are spectacular – so sit back and enjoy the mountain views as the trains and cable cars take the strain!
If you have never visited the Alps, the flowers will be a revelation.
- Return flights from London to Zurich
- Airport transfers
- Half board en suite accommodation
- Three course fondue dinner at a forest hut
- All local transport costs
- Six day Jungfraubahn Pass
What's not included?
- Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary Tips
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
On an Adagio Plus holiday, there is more emphasis on getting out into the countryside with days having more of an active content, although the walks will be on unchallenging trails and at an undemanding pace. You will need to be able to walk for longer periods than on a standard Adagio holiday. Adagio Plus holidays, in general, have less sightseeing days and are more about being out in the open countryside.
We will be walking at a high altitude on many of the walks featured in this programme, three of our walking days will take us up to around 2500m and on two days at around 1600m. The Jungfraujoch is up to 3500m.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
On arrival in Zurich we travel by road to Lauterbrunnen, and then from here we take the cogwheel train for a short but scenically stunning journey to Wengen.
Transfer Time = 3 hours
Wengen is a mountain resort which of course experiences mountain weather. Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.
We cross the Lauterbrunnen Valley and take the scenic funicular ride up to Grütschalp. From here we walk along a broad easy track to the village, which along with Wengen, claims to have invented downhill skiing. Some of Mürren’s older houses are decorated with flowers and are very photogenic. From Mürren there is a wealth of walking and sightseeing options available.
Today we take a cogwheel train to the plateau at Schynige Platte, with a vast mountain panorama including the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to one side and the Thuner and Brienzer lakes to the other. A beautiful winding path takes us through open meadows and along an easy ridge. We pass more tranquil meadows to the tiny train station at Schynige Platte. Above the station at Schynige Platte is an alpine garden in which all the plants are clearly labelled – well worth a leisurely visit.
Today is a free day – there are many ways in which you can use your Jungfraubahn Pass. In addition there are several other worthwhile places to visit. Amongst these are:
The Trümmelbach Waterfalls. Down in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where a mountain torrent gushes with immense force through a series of waterfalls inside the mountain. This trip will cost approximately 15 Swiss Francs.
A trip to the Jungfraujoch. At 3454m this is Europe’s highest railway station. With the Jungfraubahn Pass, you can take this trip for approximately 65 Swiss Francs. Please ensure you are insured for this altitude.
Interlaken. You can visit this busy alpine resort in the valley, and take a cruise on lakes Brienz or Thun using your Jungfraubahn Pass.
Harder Kulm. On the other side of Interlaken, this mountain café viewpoint is included in the Jungfraubahn Pass.
The Schilthorn. The mountain that rises above Mürren, otherwise known as Piz Gloria. The mountain is nearly 3000m high and was used in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The approximate cost is 80 Swiss Francs return from Mürren.
We take the cable car up the Männlichen again, then another cable car down to Holenstein towards Grindelwald. Our walk takes us across pretty verdant meadows and through alpine woods, towards the well-known café at Brandegg, famous for its tasty apple fritters. The panoramic views on the way of the Wetterhorn, Eiger and the Grindelwald valley are breathtaking. We take the train down to Grindelwald for a look around, before catching the cable car to the summit of First at 2166m. Glaciers… 4000m mountains… flowers… can views really get any better than this?
The cog wheel train takes us up to the dramatic Eiger Glacier station at 2360m. A broad track heads down to Kleine Scheidegg, from where a small path crosses the flower-rich meadows under the Eiger before rising to the train station at Wengernalp. You can stop at either of the stations.
You will have fallen in love with Wengen, but unfortunately it’s time to go. We take the train back down to the valley, then transfer back to Zurich Airport by coach.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
We include the six day Jungfrau Pass, a local cable car and train pass that provides reduced fares and free unlimited travel on all the local trains and cable cars used in our proposed itinerary. For more information, please see the Jungfrau Rail Pass Website.
Currency in Switzerland
The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. The euro is widely accepted in Switzerland, however occasionally change may be given in Swiss Francs. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout Switzerland.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Getting to your Holiday
We fly from London to Zürich and return. The flight takes about 1 hour 45 minutes.
Our transfer from Zurich Airport to Lauterbrunnen is by private coach and will take around about 3 hours. We then take a train to vehicle free Wengen taking around 15 minutes. During the week we’ll travel on foot, by cogwheel-railway and cable car.
If you intend joining and leaving the party in Wengen, we assume unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
We eat a large buffet breakfast and four course dinners in the hotel. On one evening we will be treated to dinner in a traditional Swiss Forrest Hut. This evening is relatively informal so you can sit back and relax whilst being served traditional Swiss delicacies such as fondue cheese, sausage, bread, potatoes and fruit. We don’t include lunches in the price of the holiday – normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a mountain cafe.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
- Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
- A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
- Sun cream.
- Hand sanitiser
- Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
- A water bottle. (see Water-to-Go below)
- A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
- A simple basic first aid kit.
- A daypack to hold all the above.
- Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday currency
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in Switzerland
Electricity in Switzerland is supplied at 230 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two prong round pin continental pug adapter which will fit into any three prong receptacle. More information can be found at www.power-plus-sockets.com.
Maps & Guidebooks
Ideal Maps & Guidebooks
Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful.
Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK.
The best map of the area, and one which covers all of our walks, is the 1:25,000 scale Swiss Topo Map 2520T ‘Jungfrau Region’. This is available in Wengen for about 30 Swiss Francs. There is a cheaper 1:40,000 map available locally, which also covers all the walks, but not in as much detail. The tourist office in Wengen also has a map of the area immediately around Wengen for 5 Swiss Francs.
The Rough Guide to Switzerland has about 30 pages on the Jungfrau area and lots of other in-depth information about the country.
The Wengen Tourist Office has lots of information on all sorts of things in Wengen itself, and links to the other villages in the area. Their webcams, accessed via the ‘News’ tab, are particularly good.
Cicerone guide to Alpine Flowers. We like this pocket-sized book on the 230 Alpine flowers you are most likely to come across on a holiday in the Alps. There’s a really interesting introduction to the properties flowers need to survive life at altitude and good clear photos with short descriptions arranged according to the predominant colour of the flower. Order it from Cicerone directly and quote code RAMBWH for a 25% discount.
Furthermore, the Jungfrau website provides some great live links to many of the places we visit on this holiday.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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Staying Healthy on Holiday
Health Advice for Switzerland
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Switzerland.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Adagio that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking up to 2500m. If you plan to go to the Jungfraujoch, you need to be insured to up to 3500m.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.