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Home » Destinations » Europe » Switzerland » Great Rail Journeys Wengen and the Jungfrau Express
The spectacular mountain landscapes and lush meadows of the majestic Alps await on this unforgettable holiday in Switzerland’s famous Bernese Oberland. Travel to the summit of the Schilthorn and experience the tremendous Trümmelbach waterfalls, all on some of the best heritage railways in Europe.
We meet in St Pancras International at our dedicated departure office before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. Here we transfer to the high-speed TGV service for Strasbourg where we spend one night.
We have a relaxed morning on Day 2, giving you some free time to explore the delights of Strasbourg. You may like to visit the city’s Old Town, dominated by the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, this church has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. Petite France, located on the Grande Île, is the ancient heart of the city and well worth a visit. Here you can take a short boat ride through this World Heritage site, taking in the pretty medieval timbered houses and baroque sandstone buildings that line the river’s banks. This afternoon we head back to the railway station and connect with our train into Switzerland.
Today is free for you to explore Wengen and the surrounding areas at your own pace. A paradise for hikers, skiers and snowboarders as well as those seeking out the tranquil beauty of this region, Wengen is the perfect base from which to discover the Swiss Alps.
Our excursion today takes us on this innovative cableway, originally built in 1954 to connect Wengen resort with the mountains for the safety of skiers and walkers. Within five minutes, the difference in altitude reaches 2,970m and we are in Männlichen for more sensational views that can be enjoyed from the café here.
After some time to look around, we continue our journey to Grindelwald on Europe’s longest gondola cableway. This pretty Alpine village is nestled at the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger and as a popular tourist destination, there is plenty to enjoy.
Today is unquestionably the highlight of our visit to the Bernese Oberland region as we travel on the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch – the highest railway station in Europe. The famous narrow-gauge line was completed in 1912 and is now celebrated as a major feat of engineering.
Today we continue our journey into the dramatic Swiss landscape with an excursion by cable car to the summit of the Schilthorn. We travel firstly by train to Lauterbrunnen, changing for our onwards service to delightful Mürren, before joining the cable car for our ascent to the summit, 2970m above sea level. The views are truly unparalleled and on a clear day we are able to admire a magnificent vista.
Today is free to spend at leisure, exploring the Bernese Oberland using your included Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares. Perhaps journey up to the Schynige Platte and travel in restored 19th century carriages, hauled by a vintage electric locomotive, as you ride on this classic cog railway.
After breakfast, we begin our journey home. Departing Wengen, we travel by rail via Interlaken, Basel (on the high-speed service) and Paris, where we connect with the Eurostar service back to London. Here our holiday concludes.
In Wengen, we say at the delightful 3-Star Hotel Belvedere. Built in 1912 the art nouveau Hotel Belvedere boasts magnificent views to the Jungfrau and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Located just five minutes from the centre of Wengen, and close to the train station, the hotel is an excellent base for exploring this pretty car-free town and its surroundings.
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