Trains and Greens And All Things Beautiful

Wengen is a village in Bern, located in central Switzerland.
It is one of very few car-free resort villages in Europe, with a few vehicles for taxiing to and from the railway station.

The trains in the region is run by Wengernalpbahn, the world’s longest continuous cogwheel railway which was in service since 1893.

Since the village is car free, the only way to get around the region is either by foot or by train which explains the amount of walking and hiking we did.

We only use the taxi service in the village, usually very old minivan, when we arrive and depart as the chalets we stayed were usually some distance from the railway station and requires some walking up and down on steep slopes.

The picturesque scenery looks like a page from my son’s story book and it explains why The Sound of Music has been the boys’ recent craze since the trip.

To get there, we took a 12 hours overnight flight from Singapore to Zurich
Then a high-speed rail from Zurich to Bern
Change train from Bern to Interlaken Ost then to Lauterbrunnen before we finally arrived at Wengen
The total train ride from Zurich to Wengen took about 3 hours
It took us more than 20 hours including waiting time, to finally arrived at Wengen

The most convenient way to travel in Europe is perhaps by train. One need not have to sit behind the wheels for hours. The seats are more spacious then those in economy flights. No check-in is required and we save a lot of time, which would otherwise be spent at the airport security checks.

The traveling time might seem long and the journey a little too arduous especially when traveling with kids and elderly but knowing that a quaint village awaits, we will do it again if time and financial permits.

Here’s Malcolm in the train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen

Here’s us sitting on our luggage, after traveling for more than 15 hours, waiting for our train from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen

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10 comments

  1. Jolene says:

    You’re amazing! How did you manage a baby and a pre-schooler on a trip like this? Going away to M’sia with Thaddeus is enough to set worrying…

  2. Sandra says:

    Love that last photo!! i’ve been to that region but always on the opposite side – maybe we should explore Wengen too 😉

    Rachel : hey Sandra, u mean Grimmelwald ? or Murren ? there are so much more to explore even though we have been to that area a few times. Wengen is definitely worth visiting

  3. Vicky says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Wow….the scenery is awesome & you take great pictures too!!! Can’t wait to be there…..

    We’ve finally confirmed our trip for this sept. Its going to be London, Paris & Switzerland. Since we just have abt 3 days in each place, where would you recommend the “must-go” places?

    Cheers,

    Rachel : hey Vicky, great to hear that the trip has been confirmed…pls check your email for my reply 🙂

  4. byihui says:

    u know, the photos r so breathtaking that i’m really inspired to want to go for a europe trip! may i check hw much per pax roughly we shld budget for?

    Rachel : hey byihui, pls check your email 🙂

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