Mountain walk at 2200 meters
17 August, 2006
We woke up at 9AM and after opening the curtains we were really in good mood – the weather was good (despite the forecast which promised rain during the whole stay) and view from our window was magnificent. Jungfrau peak was just there.
We had wonderful breakfast in our Hotel Bären and after that asked for advice from Theresa, the owner of the hotel, where to go. She suggested taking a nice walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. She also was very helpful and borrowed us fleeces to wear, as our suitcase had still not arrived and therefore we had only t-shirts.
In the center of Wengen there is an aerial cableway between Wengen and Männlichen. Wengen is at 1350m and the cableway takes up to 80 passengers to Männlichen summit station at 2222 meters in five minutes. The single ticket costs 23SFR, but as our plan was to walk to Kleine Scheidegg and come back to Wengen by train, it cost 38SFR (for two persons with half-fare card).
The weather was just excellent for the walk in the mountains, sun and temperature around 20˚C. An almost flat and excellently prepared hiking trail goes from Männlichen (2222m) to Kleine Scheidegg (2061m), with permanent views of the impressive Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. This is really easy walk, everybody can do it. We did it with the trolley.
On the walk we saw several cows with cowbells. This sound in the mountains is amazing, it is impossible to describe, it should be experienced. As the trail was easy and weather was good, it was quite crowded on the trail. There are several possibilities for picnic at this Wanderweg – the benches, green grass; there are also two restaurants to have a lunch or a drink. It is advisable to buy some snacks and water before going to highs, because there you pay more than triple price for everything. First day we were not so clever yet.
Although the trail was easy, we were quite tired after this trekking, probably due to walking and fresh air, and also because of the scenery we enjoyed. It is so beautiful!
In Kleine Scheidegg we took a train and went back to Wengen. We had a lunch in Café Gruebi – Cheese ravioli and Goulash soup, the service was quick and food was tasty. On the way back to our hotel we stopped at train station and happily found our suitcase waiting us there.
As it was still quite early – around 4PM, we decided that we have enough time to see something more. We thought that it would be good idea to go to Lauterbrunnen and visit Trümmelbach falls (Trümmelbachfälle), the only glacier-waterfalls in Europe which is inside the mountain but still accessible. Our train arrived in Lauterbrunnen after 5PM.When we asked from travel office how we could find Trümmelbach, we unfortunately got the answer that we are too late already. Falls are open until 6PM and to see it an hour is needed. And the falls are not near the train station, it is about 10 minutes by bus which goes 20 and 50 minutes past the hour.
So we had to find something else to do and of course we did. We walked on the Falls Trail – there are several other falls in the area. We walked only up to Staubbach falls. Staubbachfälle had captivated many writers, including Goethe, with their threads of spray floating down the cliffside. Just next to the Staubbach falls there is Camping Jungfrau, which is called by Lonely Planet as a Rolls Royce of the camping grounds. We did not try, but we can assure that views are magnificent.
Back in Wengen we decided to try the dinner our hotel serves to Half Board guests for 20SFR per person. Lonely Planet guidebook recommends visiting the restaurant of hotel Bären. Today we can say that this Swiss cuisine was really excellent. Our menu included maiscremesuppe, Quiche Lorraine, the duck with potato crockets and ice cream. The whole dinner served was beautiful and extra delicious.