Before we left for Switzerland, I read that our accommodations were in a "car-less" village. I had no idea what that meant. Also, I had heard our friend who was coordinating the trip state that he hadn't figured out yet how we were going to "get up to Wengen." I asked my hubby some time later if he knew how we were going to get up to Wengen and WHAT exactly does "car-less" village mean??? He had no answers for me. Those of us who were clueless found out that first day what it meant. After hours and hours of traveling, we landed in Zurich. We rented a van in Zurich and drove to Lauterbrunnen. In Lauterbrunnen we had to park our car and get train passes to get up to Wengen. So, there you have it! You get "up to Wengen" on a train, which means you take your luggage with you. From the van. To the train. On the train. Off the train.
The first day, the manager of the property we were staying at had a guy meet us at the train stop and drive us up the hill to our accommodations. Thankfully. We soon learned that the trek up that hill was a great leg and butt workout! The last time I was walking up that hill, I cheered! "It's the LAST time we have to walk up this hill!" Although I was definitely going to miss the quiet, calm and beauty of the Swiss Alps, I most definitely was not going to miss that hill!
Now. . . . to get on the train, we had to buy train passes. There were all kinds of options for the train passes, but we chose the one that allowed us to go back and forth between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen via train, and then also from Lauterbrunnen to Murren, via gondola and train. There might have been other routes that we were able to take, but those were the only ones that I personally used. Once we finally decided which train passes we needed, the gentleman told us that we needed to have a photo to put on the passes. Okay??? Makes sense. Here's the funny part. There is one of those "fun" photo booths down the hall on the way to the actual trains. We all had to traipse down there to get our photo for our passes. So, after getting to the airport at 9:00 a.m. our time, flying to New York, flying from New York to Zurich and arriving at 8:30 in the morning Zurich time . . . 2:30 in the morning our time, THEN waiting for our other friends to arrive on their flights and THEN make the 2 hour drive to Lauterbrunnen, we had to have our photos taken!!! Ha! Let's just say we all look kind of tired in our train pass photos.
The first time I rode the gondola up, I was holding on for dear life and saying, "No, no, no, no, no. No!" I do not like gondolas. I'm sure the engineering and physics makes sense, but in my head, it's like "Yikes!" How many pounds can that cable hold? And it sways back and forth when you go over the pole thingies. . . . . . I can not for the life of me know what that part is called right now. Some other people have pictures of me holding on for dear life.
They all thought it was funny, although they were all very supportive. That's what you get when you travel with a bunch of BASE jumpers and their wives, who although they are not BASE jumpers are still WAY more adventurous than I'll ever be.
The gondola in this picture is actually the one from Wengen, which was not included on our pass. This is what they looked like though. On the first couple days we were there, the cable cars (gondolas) just kind of went up the mountain and then disappeared into the clouds.
I really enjoyed my time in Switzerland. I hope to make it back someday. I'm sure my hubby wouldn't mind jumping off the cliffs again.
Have you ever been to Switzerland? What are your favorite memories?
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