The Gelmersee is tucked away on-top of a mountain in the Bernese Oberland. The lake is actually a reservoir and accessible by the steepest funicular in Europe.Read more
Many people reach out to me looking for advice on visiting Switzerland, in-particular the Swiss Alps. I have created an easy itinerary of what I would recommend on your first visit to Switzerland. If you have more time, of course, I would recommend visiting so much more of Switzerland. But if it is just the Swiss Alps you are looking to visit, I think this may be the perfect start for you.Read more
Have you ever been somewhere where you feel like you could be in a fairy-tale? Well, Switzerland can definitely do this to you. Imagine a valley, where every direction you look there are waterfalls cascading off the sides of mountains, cows grazing, and Swiss Cottages dotting the rolling hills. Really, it is straight out of painting and difficult to explain until you see if for yourself. We’ve lived in Switzerland for more than a decade and it still takes my breath away.
When arriving to the Lauterbrunnen valley you are greeted with jaw-dropping views. Even from the train platform you can see gorgeous waterfalls. The town of Lauterbrunnen is a beautiful Swiss village, lined with flower boxes and chalets. There are many options for lodging in the valley but on this trip we decided to stay in a small village just outside of Lauterbrunnen, called Wengen.
Wengen is just a short train ride from Lauterbrunnen up the mountain. As you slowly creep along the edge of the mountain the views will leave you breathless. The little train that brings you up is reasonable priced at 6.80 chf for a one-way ticket. (Tickets can be purchased on the platform or on the SBB app).
On arrival to Wengen we were greeted by our hotel pick-up service. Cars are not allowed in Wengen, with exception only given to the service industry. We choose to say in the oldest family run hotel in Wengen, Hotel Alpenrose. This 4 generation family-run hotel has been offering their guests with rooms for over 130 years. Not only is this the oldest hotel in the area, it is also one of the hotels with the best views. Hotel Alpenrose is perched on the side of the mountain over-looking the Lauterbrunnen Valley, really an impeccable location.
The welcoming staff and family make you feel right at home in their hotel. We enjoyed an afternoon aperitvo on their meticulously groomed terrace. The views were enough to entice one to sit all afternoon, even without a beer in hand.
When we opened the door to our room on the 3rd floor, we were greeted with spectacular views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. I loved little touches and crisp clean feeling of the room. Overall, the room was very clean and welcoming, we even had Swiss chocolates adorning our pillows.
Hotel Alpenrose offers Half-board to all their guests. This includes a very hearty Swiss Breakfast ( muesli, yogurts, cheeses, breads, fruits, etc). A multi-course dinner is served in the evening. Each room is assigned to a table in the Restaurant and waited on by friendly waiters/waitresses. Our evening dinner started with a delicious soup, followed by a salad, main course and dessert. (Half-board meal option is only 20 chf per person, it really seemed liked a great deal for the hearty meal we were served).
Even with all the lovely services included, the views alone were worth the stay in Hotel Alpenrose. I would highly recommend a stay at this beautiful family-run hotel. Our stay was very enjoyable and I would of course stay in Hotel Alpenrose on our next trip to Wengen, hopefully during ski-season!
Familie Ursula und Daniel Binder-von Allmen
CH-3823 Wengen Tel +41 33 855 32 16 firstname.lastname@example.org