Sep 6, 2021 - 1:51 PM
Thank you Anna and Annika!
Yes, we made it to Switzerland with no problems whatsoever. We arrived Saturday 4 Sept. It was a full day - taxi, car ferry, 5 different trains -- but thanks to the fabulous Swiss rail system we made every connection. Even though we had connections as short as 5 mins. And that's with two backpacks and four suitcases! Amazing.
The weather in Wengen is glorious since we arrived. It is not nearly as busy here as we have become accustomed to. Have yet to see any large tour groups. Usually the village and surrounding area is chock full of groups. Masks are of course required in all inside areas (hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, grocery stores, etc) and on all public transportation. However it seems any requirement for FPP2 masks has gone away. Most everyone are wearing the basic medical masks (this was also true in Germany other than in very crowded restaurants and beer halls)
Things are very quiet at Kleine Scheidegg, it's not completely overrun as it has been for many years already. COVID, lack of large tour groups, and the fact that V-Bahn now runs directly from Grindelwald to Eigergletscher (bypassing KS) then on to Jungfraujoch have all contributed to this happy fact. It was quite enjoyable yesterday not to have to wait in long lines for everything and jostle about!
All in all we are finding this to be a wonderful time to be in Switzerland. It took lots of planning and many anxious moments thanks to COVID regulations and Deutsche Bahn strike but it is worth it! For the fully vaccinated anyway. Rumor (from reliable source) is that on Wednesday 8 Sept the Swiss authorities will begin requiring proof of COVID vaccination to enter any inside businesses. We will all just have to wait and see.