Aug 13, 2012 - 9:41 PM
I will be flying to Zurich on Sunday Sept 2, arriving at 12:05 PM. I plan to fly back home (to the US) from Zurich on Friday Sept 7 on a flight leaving Zurich at 9:30 AM. In between, I plan to stay in Gimmelwald in the Berner Oberland.
I will be staying in Gimmelwald the nights of Sept 2 to 5. If I were to stay in Gimmelwald the night of Sept 6 also, it would be hard (probably impossible) for me to get to the Zurich airport on Sept 7 in time to catch my plane at 9:30 AM, because the earliest Schilthornbahn cable car from Gimmelwald to Stechelberg is at about 6 AM. So, where would be a scenic place (or at least a nice place, preferably not too touristy) to get a hotel on the night of Sept 6, somewhere between Gimmelwald and the Zurich airport, that would allow me to get to the Zurich airport on Sept 7 in time to catch my plane at 9:30 AM? I was considering Lauterbrunnen, but I am looking at a timetable on farhplan.sbb.ch and it shows that the earliest train from Lauterbrunnen arrives at the Zurich airport at 8:16 AM. When I get to the airport, I still have to go through security and find the departure gate, so 8:16 AM might not be early enough. Would it be best to get a hotel in Zurich for the night of Sept 6? I don't really want to stay at a hotel in Zurich. But if that might be the best thing to do, is there a decent place to stay overnight in Zurich (easy transportation to the airport would be good) that is comfortable but not very expensive (less than $125/night)? I can afford something more expensive but prefer not to spend money on a Zurich hotel.
If instead I drive (rent a car) from the Stechelberg/Lauterbrunnen area to Zurich, would that make it easier to get a hotel somewhere along the way that is nice? Is it even possible to rent a car around the Stechelberg/Lauterbrunnen area just for one day, and leave the car at the airport?
Also, since I will be visiting the Berner Oberland from Sept 2 to Sept 5, what would be the best travel pass to get? I will probably be traveling on public transportation from Zurich to Stechelberg, probably also taking public transportation from Stechelberg back to Zurich, and definitely taking the cable car from Stechelberg/Schilthornbahn round trip to Gimmelwald (maybe more than once), and taking the train to Kleine Scheidegg, and taking the gondola to Mannlichen, and maybe taking a few other rides in the Berner Oberland.
Thanks very much for any help you can provide.