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This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

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Planning a 3-4 day trip in German speaking Switzerland around Easter with our 2 "kids" (11 and 17), we don't want to go too far and we have discovered Oberwallis already. I was thinking of Interlaken/Bernese Oberalpen, as we'd like to mix a bit of town/mountain hiking. What would you recommend within 3 hours of Geneva + if anyone can recommend cosy, welcoming accommodation (no, we're not "wealthy Genevans" and I hate camping, so somewhere in the middle!), I would be most grateful. Thank you.
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

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Planning a 3-4 day trip in German speaking Switzerland around Easter with our 2 "kids" (11 and 17), we don't want to go too far and we have discovered Oberwallis already. I was thinking of Interlaken/Bernese Oberalpen, as we'd like to mix a bit of town/mountain hiking. What would you recommend within 3 hours of Geneva + if anyone can recommend cosy, welcoming accommodation (no, we're not "wealthy Genevans" and I hate camping, so somewhere in the middle!), I would be most grateful. Thank you.
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

Not really sure what kind of place you want? Something like a hotel but small and not in the middle of nowhere?
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

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I suggest that you take a day and half between Brinz and Interlaken,
Then visit Speiz spending another day and half between Speiz and Thun

Then one day to see the city of Bern itself.

Hope this info helps you

About Bern City - and a guide to famous visiting places there
http://wikitravel.org/en/Berne

About Interlaken and what to do there
http://wikitravel.org/en/Interlaken

About Speiz and what to do there
http://wikitravel.org/en/Spiez

About Thun
http://wikitravel.org/en/Thun

If you need more specific information, please feel free to ask.
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

Wengen and Mürren are always great places to visit.
They are really cute mountain towns. You can hike
in the area as well.....
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

The open air musem "Ballenberg" might be something to visit, starts the season at April 6th.http://ballenberg.ch/en/Welcome

I really like the Brienz/Meiringen areas. Nice nostalgia hotels in the area are eg."Grand Hotel Giessbach" (lake Brienz) or "Hotel Rosenlaui" (Meiringen, good hikes to a nearby high moor and gorge). Though they might not be ideal for kids and are quiet expensive (at least Hotel Giessbach).

But you can easily visit Ballenberg, the Meiringen hiking area, the Brienzer Rothorn ("many" capricorns, chamois(?) and eagles around) from Interlaken (around 20/30 min by train).

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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

I would second HolllidayG in saying that Murren is a great place. YOu have to use the cable car to get there and it's quiet and charming. Try looking on TripAdvisor and put Murren in. That should give you some ideas about accommodation. You could also check the Gstaad area which has a lot to offer. I would also suggest using boat transportation across Lake Thun and Lake Brienze. It's a great way to enjoy the views while traveling at the same time.
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

and I second the boat trip suggestion by jerallie. If you are on lake Thun visit the St. Beatus caves.
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

Thanks to all of you! Lake Brienz and Thun keep coming up, and I have pruchased a Swiss B&B guide that seems to have accommodation for both. So, Brienz oder Thunsee??

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Hello,

I suggest that you take a day and half between Brinz and Interlaken,
Then visit Speiz spending another day and half between Speiz and Thun

Then one day to see the city of Bern itself.

Hope this info helps you

About Bern City - and a guide to famous visiting places there
http://wikitravel.org/en/Berne

About Interlaken and what to do there
http://wikitravel.org/en/Interlaken

About Speiz and what to do there
http://wikitravel.org/en/Spiez

About Thun
http://wikitravel.org/en/Thun

If you need more specific information, please feel free to ask.
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

Thanks for this. I'll look Murren up but Gstaad, I've been told, is a real show off place, and coming from Geneva, we'd like precisely the opposite.

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I would second HolllidayG in saying that Murren is a great place. YOu have to use the cable car to get there and it's quiet and charming. Try looking on TripAdvisor and put Murren in. That should give you some ideas about accommodation. You could also check the Gstaad area which has a lot to offer. I would also suggest using boat transportation across Lake Thun and Lake Brienze. It's a great way to enjoy the views while traveling at the same time.
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

If you are looking for quaint, Gstaad is not the place, but I always suggest it for variety. Brienze is great as well. Since it is spring, if you go to Brienze, check out the Aareschlucht. It is the gorge where the Aare river carves through the Alps. It is just 15 minutes up from Brienze. Really a cool place to go. here is the link.

http://www.aareschlucht.ch/
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Thanks to all of you! Lake Brienz and Thun keep coming up, and I have pruchased a Swiss B&B guide that seems to have accommodation for both. So, Brienz oder Thunsee??
Depends on your plans, really. I prefer lake Brienz for the scenery (more mountainous), maybe just because I have been on and in lake Thun so many times.

If you are planning to not go further up the Aare than Interlaken and will stay in the surroundings (Mürren, Grindelwald etc.) then I would suggest a trip on lake Thun. If you would like to visit Ballenberg, Brienzer Rothorn or something else up there then I would suggest a trip on lake Brienz. In any case I would just make the boat trip as a beautiful way to visit some place and not as the main attraction of the day (as you are only a few days in the region).

Timetables April 6 - May 12 http://www.bls.ch/e/schifffahrt/fahrplan.php
As for accomodation...I would not go for anything on the shores on lake Thun (it's not really Oberland;-)...Either Interlaken, some village in the valleys/mountains around Interlaken or further up on lake Brienz, Meiringen etc.)
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Thanks to all of you! Lake Brienz and Thun keep coming up, and I have pruchased a Swiss B&B guide that seems to have accommodation for both. So, Brienz oder Thunsee??

My personal view, I did not like much Interlaken honestly - it was nice for a couple of hours visit and that is it for me, but you may have a different view than me, I saw it too much touristic than it is everywhere else in Switzerland.

The way from Brienz going to Luzern is really interesting and full of wonderful landscape - I liked so much Lungern and Hergiswil.

I suggest that you spend more time around Brienz then when you are coming back - via Speiz and Thun, stop by and possibly if the Boat season starts, then take the boat from interlaken or speiz to Thun, however I am not sure if it will be started by Easter time.

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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

We have found a really nice self catering chalet in Wilderswil, south of Interlaken. It seemed convenient for touring around Brienz, Ballenberg and all your recommendations, plus the place itself looks gorgeous. Thank you everyone, wish me luck with my (Swiss)German!

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Depends on your plans, really. I prefer lake Brienz for the scenery (more mountainous), maybe just because I have been on and in lake Thun so many times.

If you are planning to not go further up the Aare than Interlaken and will stay in the surroundings (Mürren, Grindelwald etc.) then I would suggest a trip on lake Thun. If you would like to visit Ballenberg, Brienzer Rothorn or something else up there then I would suggest a trip on lake Brienz. In any case I would just make the boat trip as a beautiful way to visit some place and not as the main attraction of the day (as you are only a few days in the region).

Timetables April 6 - May 12 http://www.bls.ch/e/schifffahrt/fahrplan.php
As for accomodation...I would not go for anything on the shores on lake Thun (it's not really Oberland;-)...Either Interlaken, some village in the valleys/mountains around Interlaken or further up on lake Brienz, Meiringen etc.)
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Thank you everyone, wish me luck with my (Swiss)German!

Viel Glück / Alles Gueti --> you will hear it in bärndütsche something like fieuu khluukh, Awwes Gueti


All the best wishes of a wonderful holiday times to you and to your family
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

In 1974, at Easter, I had a school trip to CH from UK, and stayed in a quaint little village on Lake Brienz - Iseltwald.

From this base we visited many of the places already mentioned, plus it is well placed for most others (those that we didn't visit - Ballenburg, St. Beatshölen).

Then it could only be accessed by a bimbly little lakeside road. When I revisited , '98 on another holiday (before moving here), it was then an exit off the motorway, so links to destinations are much easier and quicker. We stayed at a very good B&B - of which there seemed to be several, plus a few hotels.

It is also a steamer (ship) port for trips across the lake.


I'm sure this would fill your requirement.

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Blimey! I don't think I could even pronounce something as barbaric sounding as this! I'm glad I live in the French speaking part of Switzerland!

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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

This looks surreal! Is the lake really that turquoise?? Anyway, we won't be in Inseltwald, but not far off. Thank you again for the info.
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In 1974, at Easter, I had a school trip to CH from UK, and stayed in a quaint little village on Lake Brienz - Iseltwald.

From this base we visited many of the places already mentioned, plus it is well placed for most others (those that we didn't visit - Ballenburg, St. Beatshölen).

Then it could only be accessed by a bimbly little lakeside road. When I revisited , '98 on another holiday (before moving here), it was then an exit off the motorway, so links to destinations are much easier and quicker. We stayed at a very good B&B - of which there seemed to be several, plus a few hotels.

It is also a steamer (ship) port for trips across the lake.


I'm sure this would fill your requirement.

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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

Affordable accomodation in Interlaken:

http://www.brasserie17.ch/ws/br/en/happyinn/hostel/

Run by two dutch guys. Decent food in restaurant. Fresh Zwickel beer in the bar! Simple rooms.

in in Chateau d'oex (12 mins from Gstaad): http://www.vieuxchalet.ch/index2.html

Run by my brother-in-law (excuse the pitch!). BnB or self catering, family rooms available. Around 60 chf per person BnB. Clean and comfortable and plenty of walking, cycling, hiking in the valley. Stunning area! Interlaken is about and 1h30 drive from Chateau d'oex and Chateau d'oex is a 1h30 drive from Geneva (through Bulle). Or catch the train from Geneva and enjoy the MOB train trip from Montreux to Chateau d'oex.
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Re: This is Geneva calling Interlaken and Bern!

If the weather is fine, train from Wilderswil to Grindelwald, (make sure you get on the right end of the train or you can find yourself doing the trip in reverse), to Grund, cable car (gondola) to Mannlichen, approx 20 minutes, wonderful panoramic views from Mannlichen and plenty of hiking trails if required, or down to Wengen by Gondola and back to Wilderswil by train via Lauterbrunnen. This is a round trip and can take the best part of a day if required.
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