May 29, 2013 - 10:34 AM
The most attractive thing about Interlaken is its surroundings, not the town itself. It's a nice town but Brig (with its castle), Zermatt and Lucerne are prettier. For Brig you can check out Hotel Europe. It's across the station, 100 m to the right. For Lucerne, please review the Lucerne page. The Ibis Budget Hotel is quite affordable but it's a bit out of the town center, about 15 minutes from the rail station.
Whether to cover the Jungfraujoch from Brig is about the same dilemma as whether to cover Klein Matterhorn from Interlaken. It's a very long trip, 3.5 hours one way. It's a matter of what you prefer: doing very long day trips without your luggage from one base town, or choosing towns near your preferred attractions and thus change hotels more frequently. A bit of an in between option would be to choose Brig as your first stop as you're passing by that town anyway, and Interlaken as your second base for the Jungfraujoch and Lake Lucerne. Then you still have the flexibility in Interlaken to choose what trip you'll make on what day, according to the weather. From a price point all options are equal if you use a rail pass.
One more thought: a boat trip on Lake Thun (or Lake Brienz which is a bit smaller) can be done directly from Interlaken. You can save time by doing that instead of Lake Lucerne. If you want to see Lucerne, you could start your last day early and travel from Interlaken to Lucerne via Meiringen, put your luggage in a locker and explore the town. Then travel to Zurich and take a train to Paris from there.
Last modified on Jun 28, 2016 - 4:14 PM by Arno