Carrie you can keep walking up the hill to the side entrance and you will not have steps.
Ok onward TRIP REPORT PART 3:we sadly had to leave Wengen and head out as we were going to Austria. To break up the train travel we went to Lucerne for one night. This is one of the train rides where we ran into someone (in this case American woman) who was sick. Neither she nor her son wore masks except when conductor came around,. So we moved to the far end of the compartment and fortunately we weren’t on the train too long with them.
We stayed at the Hotel des Alpes everyone loves. For us both the hotel and Lucerne were just OK. We checked in, ate lunch (split a $30 burger) and then walked around to see sights. Meh. I know many of you love Lucerne but it just did not float our boat. Also it was extremely crowded. While eating lunch we had a homeless guy stop and ask for money. Told him in English we didn’t speak German and then he replied in English the funniest thing when he figured out we weren’t going to give him money, he said “you are clearly NOT Canadian”. We laughed over that the rest of the trip. Are Canadians a soft touch? Must be. Anyway we just didn’t like Lucerne overall and one day was plenty so we left earlier than planned the next morning for Zurich. We had rented a day room back at Hotel St, Gotthard because that night we were headed out on the Nightjet for Vienna.
Got to the hotel, dumped our stuff. It was a beautiful day in Zurich so headed out. Walked across the river area that leads into the Lake and just wandered. Saw some churches and just had a great time wandering Old Town areas.Had a fabulous outdoor lunch at a restaurant along the river. Crossed back over and wandered some more. We really like the vibe in Zurich, go figure. Then back to the hotel, showered and cleaned up, popped across the street to our little Simplon bar, ate dinner and then headed to the train station for our Nightjet sleeper car to Vienna.
What a hoot! We booked a first class sleeping compartment with private bath. Nice amenities including sparkling wine, water, slippers. Hopped in our beds, I had to take the upper bunk but it was fine. Slept great and in the morning we were given a continental breakfast.
Arrived Vienna about 8 am. I had booked our room at the hotel to include the night before as I knew we wouldn’t want to wait to get into the room and to have breakfast. I guess I will continue the rest of this report in Austria forum.