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Mar 22, 2011 - 9:46 PM
My wife and I are headed to Switzerland in September. We are so excited but a little overwhelmed. I was thinking Wengel or Murren perhaps. ...

Does anyone have any good advice on figuring out (1) where to stay at a fair price - we are not looking for luxury but not a hostel either and (2) we don't own hiking gear - do you buy it and bring it or rent it there?

Many thanks for answers to these questions or any other good advice your might have !

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Mar 23, 2011 - 2:55 PM
September is a perfect time to visit the Bernese Oberland, the weather is usually delightful. Wengen or Murren are very good choices for a home base.
Depending on how long you plan to stay, renting a flat may be the most cost-effective choice for you. In Wengen, contact www.chalet-service.com. They can guide you to a number of different properties. They will rent flats for as little as three nights. The Hotel Alpenrose in Wengen is also cost-effective and receives rave reviews.

For the best outcome, you should buy your hiking gear (particularly your boots) a few weeks before you depart your home country so you can break them in. I would not want to set out on a hiking holiday with brand new shoes. It is possible to rent boots atop the Schynigge Platte, but I'm not sure that you will be able to do so anywhere else. Even if possible, it's best to make sure your boots are comfortable before you arrive, not try to figure it out after.

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