So a little late but starting this trip report.
Our trip was originally going to be Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia with a final stop in Paris. Due to some unforeseen issues we ended up at the last minute changing to just Switzerland, Austria and Paris. Fortunately in the time of Covid changing at the last minute wasn’t costly or problematic. All hotels have 24 hour cancellation policies and airlines usually at least one free change. We were originally going to use BA both over and back but after BA changed our flights about 5 times we bailed on them on the way over and just took them on the way back. We didn’t want to take a chance going over. So we rebanked the miles with BA (will use that for a trip in 2022) and just spent the big $$$ for one way tickets on Swiss for the trip over. Off to LAX via car service. Got us there super fast so we had lots of time in the lounge, which was nice. On flight in business, we each had what’s called a “throne” seat and had to sit away from each other. Spouse did not like the throne seat, felt it a bit cramped. Was fine for me. At check in in LA had to present CDC cards, the Swiss PLFs. All went fine there.
Anyway landed in Zurich, and then trying to figure out how to work the machine to buy train tickets into the city. A wonderful SBB employee helped us. People are so kind! He went all the way downstairs with us and helped us get the tix. Caught the train in, we stayed at a good hotel really close to the train station so walked there. Got settled, then our first stress problem as we were having major issues with our Eurail pass app. That was a couple of hours of hell, I would never use Eurail or their app again. Unfortunate, because we have used Eurail with great ease for many trips before this. No more! Their app is awful. Many other people also had trouble and we only found a solution by hours of research on forum websites. We had only bought these passes as we had a 50% fares.
Anyway after the fatigue of 11 hour flight and the 2 hours of trying to get the app, finally went out for dinner and found a nice place right across the street. It ended up (see later) being our go to place. By Zurich standards, inexpensive and casual, small menu but was so easy. Again people so nice, so friendly and so welcoming.
Long sleep! Off the next day to Wengen. Train Zurich to Bern to Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. Love the ease of Swiss train travel. One gets in, you have just enough time to switch platforms and off you go on the next one. We have also done this trip several times before so knew what we were doing.
Arrive Wengen! Our happy place! Our happiest place!!! See part 2 trip report.