Day trips Lauterbrunnen and Bernese Oberland

Day trips Lauterbrunnen and Bernese Oberland

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Canuck646
Canuck646
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Sep 4, 2016 - 7:51 PM

Hello! We are traveling from Canada to Switzerland in June 2017. Our itinerary is Zurich 1 night, Lucerne 2 nights, Lauterbrunnen 5 nights, St. Moritz 1 night, Salzburg 3 nights and then Bernese Oberland beside Lake Brienz for 7 nights. We are looking for Day Trips when in Lauterbrunnen and Bernese Oberland while we are there. Any suggestions?? We will have the Swiss Travel Pass. Thank you!!!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2656 posts
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Sep 5, 2016 - 12:57 AM in reply to Canuck646

Hi Canuck646- Welcome to the forum and Mt Swiss Alps.

Nice time to visit... especuially at lower altitudes. What time in June?...much of the Jungfrau region is shut down for between seasons break in late May and early June....

Here are some links that may help. Please follow the links with in these links:

www.myswissalps.com/be rneseoberland

and,

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim/page/2

After you have read the latter , there will be a quiz. ;-)

It would help us to help you if we understood a bit more about the nature ( ages and fitness) of your party, and your interests. Do you like to walk? Hike? Photograph? Museums? etc.

Why the trip to Salzburg in the middle?

The times spent in Lauterbrunnen and by the Brienzersee are redundant....unless you have specific reasons to do that.

Slowpoke

Canuck646
Canuck646
2 posts
new member
Sep 5, 2016 - 9:55 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Thanks so much for responding! We are 43 and 52- fitness level might be one too many pizzas but not too bad! We are going June 1-19 so it is early. I found this forum too late before itinerary was created- hotels etc have been booked sigh. Lauterbrunnen was going to be our base for day trips- any other suggestions to go instead?

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2656 posts
expert
Sep 5, 2016 - 2:46 PM in reply to Canuck646

Hi Canuck-

I was in Switzerland in 2015 during the first couple of weeks in June with my grandson, and we saved a trip to Wengen for the very last days we were there. We stayed the nights of the 14th and 15th.

The special trail from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg had opened a few days before that. We went up and found we could walk it, although there was a lot of snow still around. It was completely socked in. The micro-weather forecast had said that there might be a few hours break in the clouds. Did not happen. We went to Mürren for lunch- still socked in...and then to Brienz. No sun, but below the clouds at least.

The critical element- the lift from Wengen to Männlichen - was running.

That lift starts running sometime in late May or early June, depending on skiers trying for their last snow or optimistic hikers hoping for no snow.

You can use the timetable:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

which will have explanations in the footnotes, and also check with he Wengen or Interlaken tourist offices as the days approach.

the stations to use are Wengen, Wengiboden and Männlichen LWM for the cableway.

The conditions change rapidly in the middle weeks of June, and depend on how much residual snow pack there is.

if the dates for your trip are fixed, I'd suggest that you push the Jungfrau region to the very last days.

I have never found a Swiss hotel that requires no change in reservations if booked directly, until you get somewhere nearer the actual date....3 months for the fussy ones, less for the less fussy.

And, if you book directly with the hotels, especially if you phone them having checked out rates on the internet or e-mail directly, you can get the best rates, because they don't have to pay booking fees to the booking services.

In that region they all speak English, and some might appreciate your pure and long established version of French if that is what you prefer.

You can of course use Brienz as a base, but the total of 12 nights close to the Jungfrau region will give you a chance for some good weather days, and perhaps you would want to aim for the last days of your schedule.

Plenty to do in the area:

www.myswissalps.com/be rneseoberland

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

You could profitably spend more time in the Lake Luzern area, which will be well into Spring at that lower altitude. Good for many days:

www.myswissalps.com/ce ntralswitzerland

Slowpoke

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