If there ever was a place that I wish I could snap my fingers and be there in an instant, it’s Switzerland, Wengen to be exact. This place was more than I ever could have imagined. It was awe-inspiring.
When planning this trip, Switzerland was at the top of our list. We knew we absolutely had to spend a good amount of time here, we knew we would love it and we weren’t wrong. My dad didn’t have many requests for this trip but he has always wanted to go to the Swiss Alps and stay in a chalet where he could look out and see mountains surrounding him. It’s always been a dream of mine as well so we made it happen.
Wengen is a small, car-free village that you access by railway from the station in Lauterbrunnen. It’s perfection. You don’t have to worry about cars driving down the streets, maybe sidestepping the occasional cow patty, and you get your leg workout out from climbing up and down the hills to get into town. Most of our time here was spent relaxing, doing nothing but reading and hiking through the trails around our chalet. After the whirlwind time in Rome, it was needed. We did venture out of the village a few times and one was up to Männlichen area. We took the cable car from the Wengen station, about a 10-minute ride.
And arrived at this beautiful place. It didn’t look real.
We were literally in the clouds at times.
There are several trails you can take from the top and we decided to just do the Royal Walk. It looked like a relatively easy walk along a paved path. Once you start though, you quickly realize how high up you are when you have to stop to catch your breath. The views on the way up are amazing though. Europe’s three highest peaks; the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau – are all visible from the top.
We didn’t want to leave. This place is one of my most vivid memories of our time in Switzerland. It felt surreal being surround by these towering mountains and clouds.
YaYa even made it up to the top!
Looking back at these pictures, I can remember being overwhelmed with gratitude. Sitting atop this mountain feeling incredibly small in this vast world, and being so thankful that I was here with my husband, my children and my parents.