We got up early as we were leaving Garmisch to take the train to Switzerland.
Taking the Train to Switzerland
It was going to be a very long day involving taking six trains to reach our destination of Wengen, Switzerland, where we would be spending our next week. After breakfast, we walked to the train station to begin our journey. It was only a twenty minute walk and the streets were empty at 7:30 a.m.
The evening before when the train station was nearly empty of people, we spent a few moments looking at travel times, different routes and costs before purchasing our tickets. The tickets we ended up purchasing would take us to Innsbruck Austria, then to Buchs SG station, which is the first station in Switzerland, where our Swiss Travel Pass would be used for the rest of our vacation. Our costs for two train tickets was 96.20€.
Garmisch Train Station
When we arrived at Garmisch train station, we went to the ticket office, which was empty of travelers and had our Swiss Travel Pass validated for the next 8 days. With that out of the way we headed to our platform.
Lockers at the Train Station
As we were going to the platform, we passed by the lockers to store luggage, which could be used if touring in the area. They were a nice size, and we could have gotten all our luggage into one locker, not including our backpacks. We never had to use them, but it was nice to see what others were talking about from our reading.
There were not many people at the train station this morning and only a couple of people taking the 8:02 train to Innsbruck. The trip was about 1hr 21 minutes and we arrived at Innsbruck at 9:23.
We had plenty of room on the train to keep our luggage with us.
It was a pleasant ride with beautiful scenery to pass the time.
Arriving at Innsbruck train station, we had plenty of time to pick up a sandwich and a drink for our long travel day. This turned out to be a smart move, as the rest of the day our connections were very tight.
Our next train was going to Zurich. We checked the board for the time and platform.
The sandwiches at the train stations were fresh and tasty. We were so glad we bought our sandwiches as the rest of our connections did not leave us much time to do anything except make our train.
There was a grocery store in the train station, and I wish I would have purchased some supplies before going to Switzerland, but J did not want to carry anything else with us. But in hind sight we both wished we would have picked up a few things in Germany.
TIP: If traveling by train from Germany to Switzerland, pick up a few things to take with you as Switzerland is VERY EXPENSIVE.
Innsbruck Austria to Zurich Switzerland
Our train to Zurich left on time. This trip was 3hr 32 mins, arriving at Zurich 13:20 p.m. The conductors came around and checked our Swiss Pass. One of the conveniences of the Swiss Pass was not having to stop and purchase tickets. We were able to go directly to the train, which was a great saving of time during our week in Switzerland. We had no problems getting seats and settled in to pass the time looking at the the beautiful scenery.
As we came closer to Zurich the train got busier and the next several connections were tight. This is where it pays to pack light, as there are plenty of stairs to carry luggage up and down, as you had no time to wait for an elevator, or you would miss your connection. I was so glad J handled the bags 🙂
Zurich to Bern
Our train departed Zurich at 13:32 p.m. We had 12 minutes to transfer to our next train. This trip was 56 minutes arriving in Bern at 14:28.
Zurich is a very large station and with only 12 mins to hop off the train, find the platform, then board the next train, knowing the arriving and departing platform before arrival is vital. This is where having a phone with a data package becomes priceless as it made our ability to get off and get on the correct trains easy. If we had missed this train, the next available train would be 30 mins later.
Bern to Interlaken OST
Arriving in Bern we had 6 minutes to transfer to Interlaken OST. This trip took 32 mins. After arriving in Interlaken OST we had 7 minutes to transfer to our next train to Lauterbrunnen. It took 20 minutes to reach Lauterbrunnen. Finally our last train, we had a 12 minute transfer. The last train took 14 minutes to reach Wengen. After traveling since 8 in the morning and catching six trains, we finally reached Wengen around 5:00 p.m.
Wengen is a car free village with a few service vehicles along with local farm vehicles. Be prepared to walk around Wengen and admire the gorgeous views.
Arriving in Wengen Switzerland
The train dropped us off at the center of the town. We were just blown away by the views surrounding us.
We made our way to Alpine Holiday Services, where we picked up our key for our chalet. It had been a very long day and we could not get over the views as we made our way to where we would be spending the next week.