Schilthorn Meadow
Schilthorn Meadow

Alpine Flowers of Wengen

8 days From £2,295

25 June 2019

Lying in the Bernese Oberland region at the heart of Switzerland, Wengen, at a height of some 1,274 metres, is ringed by some of Europe’s highest and best known mountains including the Eiger and Jungfrau. With breaktaking scenery, rich green alpine meadows and spruce forests below, it is a superb destination for a range of native flora as well as bird and butterfly spotting opportunities.

Once the snow retreats there is a wealth and profusion of flowers on both the high tops and in the lush pastures of the valleys. The list of flowers is endless and included on our target list will be: Campanula cenisia, Campanula thyrsoides, Gentiana acaulis, Gentiana verna, Gentiana lutea, Globularias, Lilium martagon, Lloydia serotina, Paradisea liliastrum, Veratrum album, Primula farinosa, Androsace alpina, Aquilegias, Anemones, Pulsatillas and many more. Indeed there can be between 250 and 350 species of plants in the Bernese Oberland area, depending on season.

In Wengen, timber-framed buildings and Belle Epoque hotels transport the visitor back to another century, an experience enhanced by the town’s car free policy. In the summer months, it is a popular choice for walkers and climbers attempting some of the higher peaks, but with 500km of walking trails and 15 mountain railways, accessing the alpine meadows is easy.

Each day we will walk a different route of up to five miles, sometimes taking a mountain railway to the starting point. We will also take the rack railway to Schynige Platte where we will visit the Alpine Botanic Garden which has 600 different species of local plants.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Train travel

Led by...

Julia Corden

Julia Corden

Julia Corden is the Garden Manager at the Explorer's Garden in Pitlochry and has led numerous Brightwater tours to every corner of the globe.

Brian Cunningham

Brian Cunningham

A native of St Andrews, Brian began his life as a gardener at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where he worked (and fell in love with) Alpine plants.

Book Now £2,295 Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £175

Tour highlights:

  • Gentle hikes through some of Europe's most breathtaking scenery, taking a different route each day
  • A seemingly endless array of species, both in the wild and at the incomparable Alpine Botanic Garden
  • The nostalgic beauty of Wengen itself, with its timber-framed buildings and pedestrianised streets

Tour details

Dates 25 June 2019 - 2 July 2019
Duration 8 days
Cost £2,295 Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £175 Balance due by 2 April 2019
Activity Level Challenging
Tour code BWAFW19A

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25 June 2019: Itinerary

We depart from London on a flight to Zürich. On arrival we board the train for Lauterbrunnen. We change trains here and continue to Wengen, a car-free village which offers stunning views of the imposing Jungfrau. On arrival at Wengen, we will be met by a representative from the hotel, and walk the short distance to the hotel. Please note that our luggage will be transported separately from Wengen station to the hotel. 

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Bellevue, Wengen

Following breakfast we depart on the first of our outings as we take the train from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg (6761 feet), gateway to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau where the mountain farmers converge with their cattle and where some of Switzerland’s most attractive walks begin. We walk back to Wengernalp, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and Ibex Wood, looking for flowers on the way. From here we return by train to Wengen.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Bellevue, Wengen

After breakfast today we take the cable car from Wengen to Männlichen and walk to Kleine Scheidegg, approaching the peak from the opposite direction to yesterday’s walk, and looking for flowers on the way. From here we return by train to Wengen.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Bellevue, Wengen

Following breakfast today we take the train to Lauterbrunnen, the bus to the end of the valley and then an exciting cable car ride to Mürren and on to Schilthorn. We will then have a moderate walk from Birg back to Mürren, seeking out wildflowers on the way. We then return by cable car and train to Wengen.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Bellevue, Wengen

Following breakfast we will have a long but most rewarding day as we take the train to Wengernalp and have a moderate walk from there down to Slipper Valley to look for the most spectacular plant of the area, including the Lady Sipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus).

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Bellevue, Wengen

After breakfast this morning we travel by cable car to the glacier village of Grindelwald. There's a fine view of the massif that features the Wetterhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, and the start of many classic walks. The Upper Grindelwald Glacier terminates a short distance from the village. From Grindelwald we will travel to First for a gentle walk and look at the flowers in this most scenic part of the Bernese Oberland.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Bellevue, Wengen

Following breakfast we will travel on the rack railway to Schynige Platte. The Schynige Platte Railway climbs for 50 minutes to an alpine plateau (1987 Metres/6519 Feet) from Wilderswil, 4km from Interlaken Ost. This is the finest picture postcard panorama of the surrounding area overlooking both lakes and mountains. It is hoped that we will be able to enjoy a visit to the delightful Alpine Garden with its spectacular flora and fauna. Many of the 500 different species of plants in the garden have been saved from extinction and now the garden contains 80% of the Swiss mountain flora growing above treeline.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Bellevue, Wengen

Today we must check out of our hotel – please ensure any extras are paid and take your luggage to reception. Once again our luggage will be transported separately to the station in Wengen. We will travel by train to Lauterbrunnen and on to Zürich in time for our return flight to London. On arrival our group will disperse or travel on to regional airports.

Meals include: Breakfast

25 June 2019: Additional Info

25 June 2019: Accommodation

Built in 1890, the Hotel Bellevue is situated at the edge of the car-free village of Wengen, in very quiet surroundings. Enjoy unique views of the Jungfrau mountain and the Lauterbrunnen Valley from the outdoor hot tub.

The centre of Wengen can be reached in just a few minutes. Various lounges and a marvellous sun terraces invite you to linger and relax.

The hotel offers comfortable rooms with balcony and wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.

Fine Swiss cuisine and a wide range of drinks are served in the restaurant and the bar of the Bellevue-Wengen. On warm summer evenings dinner is served outside on the terrace, with a view of the Jungfrau mountain and the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

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