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Wengen for the faint of heart - gruezi's trip report

Wengen for the faint of heart - gruezi's trip report

Old Feb 2nd, 2009, 10:22 AM
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It was busy, but far from crowded, nothing at all like Stowe or Killington on a winter week-end.

I admired the people who were able to ski right down through the steep streets to their hotels...that takes control (and thigh muscles!). Although it must be easier to do so on the modern short skis than on the much longer skis I learned on. (Back then, my 180 cm skis were considered to be on the short side!) Lots of kids sledging as well. I had to jump aside on several occasions, it was all part of the fun.

Interesting about the slip on spikes. I did see them on sale at Intersports. I wondered how they'd work.

I had a lovely day strolling around, looking at the mountains, breathing the fresh air, which was all I wanted. Hiking down to Lauterbrunnen would have been a bonus--although my knees are saying, Thank God you didn't.

The Lauberhorn was held Jan 17-20 this year. Speaking of which, I had a pre-home journey meal at the Lauberhorn hotel. First, I'm not a big beer drinker, but after hours wandering around in the snow, that draft Feldschlosschen tasted fantastic. I had the "Heidi salad", which sounds cheesy because it was...two lovely grilled goat cheeses with honey and a large salad with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Exactly what I was in the mood for.

By the way, on my way down, betwee Bern and Thun, the train whizzed by a field with several American buffalo in it. That was a surprise.

Another surprise was the wonderful new IC train I rode back in. Doubledecker with three first class cars. I had an entire upper section to myself. Really comfy seats, including sitting areas arranged sofa style.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2009, 10:30 AM
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Dear Passerine,

Thanks for a nice mini-report.

I will hope to get back to the area before spring. Maybe I will try Murren...

Hi Swandav -

Last summer I climbed that "hill" where they have the ski race...

Schuler -

Have a wonderful trip to Sent... I will return to Guarda the first week of March. I like Guarda for all the reasons you gave...esp. the tradition.

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I stayed at the Alpenruhe Hotel (thought that was what gruezi meant at first), and it was also very lovely. Incredible views, very comfy bed...and (at least 5 years ago when we went) the older lady who runs the place meets you at the train station with her electric cart to transport you and your bags to the hotel, so no getting lost, etc!
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The Alpenrose will also meet you... I always think I can find my way and never arrange for pick-up when I travel alone. I don't know why. Too anxious to start exploring I guess.

I'm glad to hear about the Alpenruhe as an alternative...

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Travelri, most of the bigger hotels that aren't right by the train station have that service. The Alpenrose's little blue vehicles were buzzing around all afternoon. There's a hotel phone bank in the station and you can call the hotel to have them send their shuttle for you. It's your choice whether you want to ride down to the hotel or simply send your luggage ahead with the driver while you stroll to the hotel.

I was just a day tripper, not an overnight guest, so decided not to call.

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Congratulations for overcoming your fears long enough to reach Mannlichen, gruezi! Great report.
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