A Swiss Stroll

Classic Switzerland, the easy way
 
Enjoy gentle yet panoramic walks along lakeside paths near Lucerne and in the high mountains of the Bernese Oberland on this two-centre, self-guided holiday. Historic cog railways and mountain cableways provide easy access to the mountains, and you can ride on nostalgic paddle steamers too.
A Swiss Stroll. 7 nights
A Swiss Stroll. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

An easy walking holiday in Switzerland

Easy walking in Switzerland's majestic high-mountain scenery is no oxymoron, as this relaxed holiday proves. Making use of the highly efficient network of trains and cable cars to transport you to the heights, it is, from start to finish, a very leisurely affair that nonetheless gives a taste of the best the country has to offer, from serene waters and lakeside orchards to the lush meadows and iconic peaks of Switzerland’s Alpine heart.

You begin on the shores of Lake Lucerne, staying in a family-run hotel situated right by the water’s edge. Thanks to the excellent Swiss Transport System, you have a wide choice of how to pass your days here: let scenic cable cars and historic cog railways whisk you up high for leisurely walks with heart-stopping views; explore the lake by paddle steamer; or immerse yourself in the cultural riches of Lucerne – a city famous for its covered bridges and beautiful Old Town.
A spectacular rail journey then takes you into the heart of the Bernese Oberland, to the car-free village of Wengen. From our wonderful hotel here, you can gaze up at the three iconic mountains – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – that are the area’s big draw, and perhaps even ascend the Jungfrau on an exceptional rail journey. For most visitors, however, it’s the chance to stroll through flower-filled meadows and to pause for refreshments in the rustic chalets dotted at regular intervals along the trails while watching cows graze, waterfalls tumble and distant snow-capped peaks glisten, that makes their time in this remarkable region so special.
 

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes and sightseeing trips as the mood takes you.

Not only does the famously efficient Swiss Transport System link the two centres of this holiday, it also ensures that the walking routes can be easily adjusted to personal preferences, so are never strenuous. For your time in Beckenried, we provide a half-fare card giving a 50% discount on local transport; for Wengen, an unlimited travel pass is included.
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  • Arrival in Beckenried
    Night 1: Hotel Nidwaldnerhof (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking/exploration.
  • Choice of routes: 6km to 9.5km

    Klewenalp to Stockhütte: 6km, 2hrs; ascent 95m/descent 420m
    Tremendous views north across Lake Lucerne are a highlight of this route, which begins with a cable car ride from Beckenried to the mountain hamlet of Klewenalp. Drink in the vistas which stretch across the waters to the mountains and plains beyond, then amble gently across alp and through forest to the Stockhütte cable car. This makes light work of the descent to Emmetten, from where you take a bus back to Beckenried.

    Beckenried to Rütli: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent 310m/descent 595m
    Catch the local bus to nearby Sagendorf to begin this route through idyllic Swiss farming country with magnificent lake views, to reach Rütli. This lakeside meadow is thought of as the heart of the country and is where, at the end of the 13th century, an oath was sworn between representatives of the founding cantons of Switzerland. Return by boat to Beckenried.

    Rigi, Queen of the Mountains: 6km, 2hrs; ascent 155m/descent 505m
    Take a boat to Vitznau, from where Europe’s oldest cog railway takes you to the 1,797-metre summit of the Rigi, celebrated internationally and best known for Mark Twain’s humorous account of its ascent in A Tramp Abroad as well as for Turner’s series of paintings. Admire the exceptional 360-degree panorama of lakes and mountains before descending across meadows and forest to Rigi-Kaltbad, then return by cable car and boat to Beckenried.
    Views from Mount Rigi
    Klewenalp to Stockhütte: 6km
    Beckenried to Rütli: 9.5km
    Rigi, Queen of the Mountains: 6km
  • Lucerne & Mount Pilatus

    Lucerne walking tour
    Use our city walking tour notes to explore Lucerne’s narrow streets, known for having a fountain on almost every corner and fine Renaissance architecture. Other highlights include the striking views from the city walls and the famous covered bridges – the Kapellbrücke and Spreuerbrücke – with their 17th-century paintings depicting scenes of Lucerne.

    Mount Pilatus
    Take the world’s steepest cog railway from Alpnachstad near Lucerne, to reach Pilatus Kulm – a craggy 2,132-metre peak with far-reaching views and an exciting walkway from the top station. You can descend to Lucerne via the panoramic Dragon Ride cable car, gondola and bus, before a tranquil boat ride back to Beckenried.
    Mount Pilatus
  • By bus and train
    Leaving Beckenried, you take the bus to Stans, and here connect with a train to the traffic-free village of Wengen. The scenery becomes ever more dramatic as you head deeper into the mountains of the Bernese Oberland. In Wengen, you stay for four nights at the Hotel Alpenrose.
  • Choice of routes: 4.5km to 6km

    Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg: 4.5km, 1.5hrs; ascent 50m/descent 100m
    To make the most of Wengen’s spectacular surroundings, we suggest that you take the cable car to Männlichen, a superb vantage point from which to admire the soaring peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. From here, panoramic paths lead to another classic vantage point, Kleine Scheidegg, the traditional observation point from where tourists can watch the progress of climbers on the Eiger’s north face. Return by train to Wengen.

    Grütschalp to Mürren: 4.5km, 2hrs; ascent 150m/descent 20m
    Descend by train from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, with spectacular waterfall views, before a cable car ride to Grütschalp. From here you follow the gently meandering route of the historic railway which traverses the mountainside to the quaint car-free village of Mürren and its classic sun-blackened timber chalets. Enjoy its spectacular cliff-top setting before descending by train back to Grütschalp, and from there returning to Wengen by cable car and train. You have the option, during the course of the day, for an extra cable car ride from Mürren, to the top of the Schilthorn – a spectacular peak with a revolving restaurant and James Bond museum.

    Iseltwald to Giessbach: 6km, 1.5hrs; ascent 170m/descent 75m
    Head by train to Interlaken (the region’s hub, sitting between Lakes Thun and Brienz, and meaning literally ‘Between the lakes’) to catch a boat to the pretty village of Iseltwald. From here, a shady path follows the lakeshore east to reach a funicular leading to the historic Grand Hotel of Giessbach. You can earn your tea and cake on the hotel terrace by exploring the series of waterfalls, which cascade nearby – there’s even an impressive path behind one of them, for the full effect. Return from Giessbach by boat and train.
    Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg: 4.5km
    Grütschalp to Mürren: 4.5km
    Iseltwald to Giessbach: 6km
    Walk beneath the Jungfrau
  • High peaks, steep falls & James Bond

    Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe
    The astonishing train ride from Wengen, via Kleine Scheidegg, to Europe’s highest railway station on the Jungfraujoch is not to be missed. The train climbs within the Eiger itself, stopping en route to allow access to ‘windows’ in the north face. More incredible views can be enjoyed from the saddle of the Jungfraujoch – gaze over the ice cap which connects multiple 4,000-metre peaks, and from which the Aletsch, the Alps’ largest glacier, flows south. (The last leg of this journey is not covered by your rail pass and should be paid for locally.)

    Trümmelbach Falls
    The deep, steep-sided glacial valley of Lauterbrunnen is famous for its waterfalls. Most impressive is the Trümmelbach, which drains up to 20,000 litres of water per second from the glaciers of the Eiger and the Mönch. Wide paths and walkways take you close to the heart of the multiple falls and flumes, which have carved their way through rock over millennia. The falls are easily reached from Wengen by train and bus.

    The Schilthorn
    A classic excursion is by multi-stage cable car to the top of the Schilthorn, a mountain also known as Piz Gloria, made famous as a location in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. On the summit is a James Bond museum and a revolving restaurant, with 007-branded burgers completing the homage.

    Visit Spiez
    Take a train to the town of Spiez, on the shores of Lake Thun. Follow our walking tour to explore the castle and surroundings, then enjoy a long lunch overlooking the pretty marina.
    Spiez
 

Accommodation

You stay at two high-quality, welcoming hotels where you can relax in comfort after a day of exploring.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 15 June 2024 - 30 September 2024

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    15 Jun - 5 Jul 2024 £1800 £145
    6 - 30 Jul 2024 £1755 £145
    31 Jul - 24 Aug 2024 £1535 £145
    25 Aug - 23 Sep 2024 £1725 £145
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 15 June 2024 - 30 September 2024

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    15 Jun - 5 Jul 2024 £2160 £145
    6 - 30 Jul 2024 £2115 £145
    31 Jul - 24 Aug 2024 £1960 £145
    25 Aug - 23 Sep 2024 £2055 £145
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Beckenried (TGV/regional rail & bus), approx duration 9h15. Home, Wengen–Paris (regional rail/TGV), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx duration 13h.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Nidwaldnerhof, Beckenried
    Lake view & balcony: 15 Jun - 30 Sep 2024 £53
    Hotel Alpenrose, Wengen
    South-facing with balcony: 15 Jun - 30 Sep 2024 £33

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Nidwaldnerhof, Beckenried (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Jun - 30 Sep 2024 £165 £185
    Hotel Alpenrose, Wengen (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Jun - 14 Sep 2024 £155 £178
    15 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £131 £154
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Geneva or Zurich

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Geneva or Zurich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
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    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
    Birmingham - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
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    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
    Bristol - Geneva (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Bristol - Zurich Swiss 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
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    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet 
    Glasgow - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
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    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Gatwick - Geneva British Airways,  easyJet,  Swiss 
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
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    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Luton - Geneva easyJet 
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
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    Manchester - Geneva easyJet 
    Manchester - Zurich Lufthansa,  Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Geneva or Zurich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Geneva

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Geneva airport to Stans station (3h30), postbus Stans station to Beckenried (0h15) £22 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to station (0h02), rail Wengen to Geneva airport (3h40) £22 1400

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zürich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Stans station (1h40), postbus Stans station to Beckenried (0h15) included 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to station (0h02), rail Wengen to Zürich airport (2h50) included 1300
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • half-fare card
  • bus & train Beckenried-Wengen (day 3)
  • 3-day local travel pass in Wengen
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Switzerland, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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