|Lots of snow. In late May.|
Wengen is a carless village that is only reached by mountain train and is about 2000 feet in elevation above Innsbruck. After a mad dash to make the once-per-hour departure, we hopped on the train for the 15 minute journey up to Wengen. The Wengernalp railway is a rack railway that uses a cog wheel to manage the steap grade, just like the Zacke train that travels behind our apartment in Stuttgart. The train ride up made for some great views of the villages in the valley below.
|For sale: Cute house. Comes with dramatic waterfall in backyard.|
And we were treated to some amazing views of the moon over the Alps that night.
|Kind of spooky, right?|
In May, a number of the area hikes are still closed due to snow, but we worked with the Tourist Information folks in Wengen to find a big loop around the Mannlichen mountain that would be open this early in the season. We've heard great things about the hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, so we are excited to tackle that one later in the year.
We started at 4,180 feet in Wengen and made it up to a well-deserved lunch at 6,762 feet at Kleine Scheidegg. The views along the way were amazing as we got closer and closer to the snow line.
|This girl wouldn't have made it without all the food she smuggled out of the men's backpacks.|
|This guy looks like he just started the hike. Unfair.|
|This is not flat. And does not feel nice on the knees 8 miles in. But it is quite lovely to look at.|
After the most beautiful weather the day before that topped 70 in Wengen, we were surprised to wake up to lots of big, wet snowflakes. It made for a lovely atmosphere on our way out of the village.
Many thanks to Nathan, Sarah and Todd for letting us join them on their stop in Switzerland. A great weekend all around.