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Swiss Alps in summer

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Switzerland is a relatively small, landlocked Central European country. It shares borders with Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. It is a neutral country, but certainly not flavourless. Its fusion of German, French and Italian has formed an intriguing culture, and its alpine landscapes are beautiful beyond belief.

The Jungfrau is the highest peak of a mountain massif of the same name in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. The other two peaks are the Eiger with its infamous North Wall, and the Mönch. (The three peaks translate to Virgin, Ogre and Monk!)

While Switzerland has some of the world's best snow sports available, it also has plenty to offer after the thaw. The hills come alive — waterfalls flow, wildflowers burst open, cow bells ring and birds chirp.

Wengen, a car-free village in the Bernese Oberland, belongs to the Jungfrau region. It is reached by rail, using the Wengernalpbahn from Lauterbrunnen. It has 1400 residents, but in the winter high season, 10,000 visitors arrive for some of the best skiing to be enjoyed anywhere.

In summer, around 5000 tourists go to Wengen to hang-glide, climb, paint or take advantage of 30km of walks in the clear and invigorating mountain air. Nordic Walking is popular amongst German, French and British tourists, while groups of Japanese tourists love to stay in the historic town.

Wengen has a beautiful reformed church, constructed in 1953, which stands under monument protection. It also has an English and Roman Catholic church.

Wengen in summer is just as magical a place as it is in winter. Just travelling there is an experience in itself — a succession of mountains, streams, lakes, woods and waterfalls become more impressive as you approach the village. Many of the flowers you see are important components of natural cures.

Walking abounds for all levels of fitness, but cable cars and trains are available as well. They always run on time!

Enjoy the scenery, cheese, chocolate and there are plenty of souvenirs to take home — Swiss Army knives, cow bells and cuckoo clocks.

Drive Travel can have a car waiting for your arrival. Just book before you leave and away you go.


Switzerland's Jungfrau region.


Drive Travel has car hire starting at $57 a day.

Emirates has return flights to Zurich with sale and travel validity dates dependent upon city of departure.

Fares from;
  • Perth, $2034
  • Melbourne, $2082
  • Brisbane, $2084
  • Sydney, $2099
  • Adelaide, $2706
  • Darwin, $2821

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

For further information

Drive Travel
2/1 Balmoral Street
Frankston 3199
Ph: 1300 883 588

Ph: 1300 303 777

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