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ideal place to stay to see the Alps.

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I am a student studying in Zurich. My family is coming over for vacation and I am thinking of bringing them to see the Alps, preferably staying somewhere where we can see the some of the snowcapped Alps, meaning seeing it at the doorstep, no need to hike any further up.

Right now, I am considering Aletch Arena region, Bettmeralp. I've been there to do the glacier trail and I feel its really scenic to stay there. Another place which I heard is not bad is Murren but I've not been there. Anybody could give me some opinion on this matter? Also, anywhere else worth checking out?

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Re: ideal place to stay to see the Alps.

I have taken family to stay in Wengen, which is on the other side of the Lauterbrunnen valley from Murrin. I think the view from both sides is spectacular, but for showing people around, I like the Wengen side best. I recommend the Baren (Bear) hotel. It has a great view of the snow covered mountains from all rooms. Alternatively, actually staying inLauterbrunnen is spectacular as well, amongst the starck rock walls of the valley. If you are going by train, then you change at Interlaken to a little train, then again in Lauterbrunnen to the wee cog train that chugs up to Wengen. There are countless walks to do at that level, amongst meadows ( cows with bells) and forested areas. Also, a nice public swimming pool for hot days, several little restaurants and a couple of cafes in the middle of nowhere. There is also a grocery shop, to buy sandwich making things, fruit etc. From Wengen, you can get the cable car up to the next level, where you can almost see back to Interlaken, and can see down the otherside to grindelwald. Fantastic view and good place to eat. If you are lucky, there may be the odd alpine horn player there. Fro there, you can either walk down to Wengen again, or walk the panoramic route around the side of the mountain ( easy, no great height changes) to the next little village and the train. Take the train back down to Wengen OR, first take it up to Jungfraujoch (expensive, but interesting for a one-off to the highest altitude train station in Europe. Great place to take photos. If your family are not great walkers, then they can just do the cablecar up and down, or have gone all the way up and down by train. Lots of options to suit all.
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My family is coming over for vacation and I am thinking of bringing them to see the Alps, preferably staying somewhere where we can see the some of the snowcapped Alps, meaning seeing it at the doorstep, no need to hike any further up.
Above all, check the weather forecast ... we have been in Mürren since Saturday and have just had a few glimpses of the big three for about an hour yesterday
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... preferably staying somewhere where we can see the some of the snowcapped Alps, meaning seeing it at the doorstep, no need to hike any further up.
Given good weather the very best views are not from villages but from higher elevations, many accessible by train or lift. Switzerland is a surprisingly big country, and I only know a few corners of it, but the view from the Gornergrat is hard to beat. There are many other great views, including some much closer to Zurich (Rigi, Pilatus, Titlis .. .). If going up high on a sunny summer day (assuming we get any this summer ) remember that the temperature drops dramatically with elevation, bring lots of warm clothes.

Mürren is hard to beat as a village when the weather cooperates, but then we all have our favorites.
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