4 adults are landing in Zurich, renting a car and traveling to Germany, then Austria and back to Switzerland, staying in Wengen, which is a no-car city, so we want to return our car in Lauterbrunnen. Can we do this?

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    At slightly more than 1000 inhabitants, calling Wengen a city is a bit of a stretch.
    – gerrit
    Commented Apr 5 at 13:09
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    being car dependent.... in europe?
    – Rainb
    Commented Apr 5 at 13:19
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    @Rainb Depending on where you visit and what you want to do, also in Europe a car can be a major time-saver. Even in Switzerland, some places only get buses a couple of times per day and making day hikes without a car offers only limited possibilities. For visiting cities a car is a hinder, but for exploring rural areas it offers much greater flexibility and time savings compared to public transportation. Wengen, however, is one of the top tourist destinations in the Alps and one where one is much better off without a car (parking in Lauterbrunnen, like Täsch, is not fun).
    – gerrit
    Commented Apr 5 at 13:25
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    Return it in Zurich before going to Wengen and take the train from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen: cheaper, faster, more relaxing and scenic.
    – Thomas
    Commented Apr 5 at 15:42
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    There are places in Europe which can not be visited without the use of a car, even more so if one of the party is not able to walk longer distances. And more so if you have a lot of luggage. So yes, car dependent is reality also in Europe.
    – Willeke
    Commented Apr 6 at 5:35

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No, you can't, because as far as I can tell there are zero rental car agencies in Lauterbrunnen.

Your options are:

  1. Return your car in Interlaken, which is only a few train stops away
  2. Ditch the rental car and travel by train, which is cheaper, faster (on many routes), avoids the need for winter driving on twisty roads that may get closed at short notice, lets you fully appreciate the great views, and is extremely punctual in Switzerland (but less so in Germany, alas). You're going to need to board a train for the final stretch to Wengen anyway.
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    @JonathanReez or keep the car while you're in Wengen and pay for parking in Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald. If there is a one-way rental fee it could well be more than the cost of parking for a week.
    – phoog
    Commented Apr 5 at 6:17
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    @StuartF i think the train suggestion makes sense, they would either need to take the train from Interlaken to Wengen anyway (after returning the car since there are no agencies in Lauterbrunnen), take the train from Lauterbrunnen from Wengen (if there were agencies) or take the train from Zurich to Wengen. Zurich to Lauterbrunnen is a 9 hour bicycle ride so not feasible with luggages (and frankly exhausting anyway). The fact that they want to return the car in Lauterbrunnen to go to Wengen instead of searching for a parking probably means that it's not needed for their trip in Switzerland
    – John Doe
    Commented Apr 5 at 11:40
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    @xLeitix OP wants to ditch their car, so clearly doesn't need it anymore after the Wengen visit. That makes the advice to ditch the car a little earlier perfectly sound. Drive Zurich - Germany - Austria - Zurich, return rental car, and do the Wengen part of the trip entirely by train.
    – gerrit
    Commented Apr 5 at 13:06
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    @JonathanReez car friendly towns are usually people un-friendly towns. They rarely make for good holiday destinations. That we have no cars in Wengen is what makes it such an agreeable place. Commented Apr 5 at 14:54
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    @StuartF Wengen is famously a car-free region only accessible by train so it's kind of bizarre to take a recommendation "don't use car to go to car-free region" as some kind of rant, especially when mentioned train will be necessary to reach the place in any case.
    – Mavrik
    Commented Apr 5 at 14:58

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