One of the first trips we did on our holiday to Switzerland was a day trip to Männlichen, Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg.
We’d invested in the Bernese Oberland Pass before we left so much of our travel around the area was covered for eight days.
My wife and I had previously stayed in Wengen and we wanted to show the kids the places we had discovered.
And it would be our first opportunity to see if we could spot any of the marmots we’d told them about.
Getting The Gondolas From Grindelwald To Männlichen
We managed to gee them up enough though to make it there.
There was a sting in the tail when we got there because we were told we needed to purchase Bernese Oberland Passes for the kids too.
We were advised before leaving the UK that the Swiss Family Card would cover them but maybe things have changed.
After the initial hiccup, we parted with our cash and excitedly boarded the gondola and set off for Männlichen.
The gondolas only fit four people in them so it was ideal for our family.
It takes about 30 minutes to ride from Grindelwald Grund to Männlichen.
The views are stunning, although we didn’t see a real marmot that day.
There were workmen on the mountain who were building new towers for the gondola and marmots being shy, they were hiding in their burrows.
Talking To The Cows At Männlichen
My daughter was fascinated by the cows that live at Männlichen and wanted to stroke them.
With it being really hot that day there were so many flies around that it wasn’t very pleasant to approach them.
We soon gave up and went into the cafe and had an ice cream and a drink.
Afterwards the kids played in the play area at 2,225m whilst my wife and I marveled at the views.
I wasn’t sure what the reaction was going to be when we had to leave and go down to Wengen on the big cable car.
My son was up for it but my daughter was starting to flag even though we weren’t even half way through our day trip.
Spending Time In Wengen
It felt great to be back in Wengen.
It’s a car free resort that you can only get to by train, walking to it or by cable car.
We spent some time wandering around the shops and bought a marmot stuffed toy.
Great that there was a supermarket there to get something for a picnic which we planned to eat in Kleine Scheidegg.
I remember staying in Wengen previously with fondness.
It was a very different time of our lives before the kids arrived and we could spend time looking at things.
At this stage in the day trip the kids were getting a little grumpy and wanted to go back to the hotel.
So we got on the train again and headed up to Kleine Scheidegg.
Kleine Scheidegg – Gateway To The Mountains
Kleine Scheidegg is where you get the train from to go up to the Jungfraujoch.
We decided on this trip that it would be too much for the kids to go up to that altitude.
It also comes with a hefty price even if you get the Good Morning Ticket.
Instead we had a picnic of crusty rolls and cheese taking in the impressive sight of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch.
I would love to stay in one of the hotels at Kleine Scheidegg one day.
What an amazing experience it must be to wake up each morning and see those mountains in all their glory.
Whilst we were in Kleine Scheidegg my daughter had her picture taken several times by Japanese tourists.
They were fascinated by her and she loved the attention!
Finally, after completing our picnic, we hopped on a train back to Grindelwald.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable day trip and I’d recommend visiting Männlichen, Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg if you get the chance.
Have you ever visited Männlichen, Wengen or Kleine Scheidegg before?
What did you think and would you recommend them for a family day trip?