Ideas for 3 days in Grindelwald region in Feb

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tiffmonfero
tiffmonfero
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Feb 11, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Hi there! Its our first time (me and my husband) travelling to Europe and would really love some help :)

1) We are travelling to Grindelwald on Feb23-25, taking a plane ride from Prague to Basel, train ride from Basel to Grindenwald. I havent booked the tickets yet, so any recommendations/insights about this route? And if this arrangement is okay, how far is the Basel airport to the train station going to Grindelwald and how do we go from there?

2) We totally do not have any idea of what to do, where to go and where to stay and we are two weeks away from our trip! :( The only thing we both want to do is to visit Bodmi Arena as we saw we can try doing sledding and skates which we both havent done before. I have also seen the Lake Balchapsee and considered it, but i tried looking at tickets here www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/grindelwaldfirst/ad venture-package/ but unfortunately they do not show any available tickets on our travel dates. Apart from all these, we got nothing else left in mind :)

3) Can you please recommend hotels/hostels/bnb that is centrally located if say we push going to Bodmi Arena and Lake Balchapsee?

THANK YOU SO MUCH!! <3

Steph
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Feb 11, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Hello tiffmonfero

Welcome to myswissalps

First of all, nice that you're coming to Switzerland.

Here some input that will help you plan and look forward to your upcoming trip:

1) The trip from Basel Airport to Grindelwald takes around 3 hours and includes changing trains twice, in the city of Basel and in Interlaken. For details please use this link: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

You don't need reservations for these trains, just make sure you have a valid ticket on you, which you can buy upon arrival.

2) Use this link to find out where to stay and what to do in the area of Grindelwald: www.myswissalps.com/gr indelwald

Grindelwald is nice and small so most of the accommodation is within easy distance of most of the activities.

If you consider also moving a little out of Grindelwald itself, maybe this link is inspirational: www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion/activitie s

Happy planning and please know we're here for further support.

Best,

Steph

Last modified on Feb 11, 2019 - 10:55 AM by Steph
tiffmonfero
tiffmonfero
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Feb 11, 2019 - 10:42 AM in reply to Steph

Hi Steph, thank you so much! :)

Im actually planning of buying the train tickets beforehand, but since you mentioned i dont need to, i think its best that i just purchase from there to save and secure time as well since ill be flying from prague. (im scared we’ll be late or too early if i book a fixed time). But if i buy the ticket in Basel Train Station, will it be more expensive rather than buying it online? Also, how do we go to Basel Train Station from Basel airport? Are they in the same location?

About Bodmi Arena, i dont see a lot of people posting about it or interested in it. Is that not worth going to? Any insights? Thank you :)

Steph
Steph
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Feb 11, 2019 - 12:42 PM in reply to tiffmonfero

Dear tiffmonfero

Both buying upon arrival or online are fine: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland

The Swiss transportation system is very practical. Normal point-to-point tickets are not limited to a single train, so no worries about not caching a train, you simply take the next connection - with the same ticket!

Find out about how to get into the city of Basel from Basel airport using this link: www.myswissalps.com/ai rports/basel

The Bodmi Arena in Grindelwald is kind of a beginners slope for skiing and some snow activities so it's worth a visit if this is what you're looking for. Otherwise the Grindelwald link from my first post will provide more options to look through.

Hope this all helps.

Steph

tiffmonfero
tiffmonfero
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Feb 12, 2019 - 7:06 AM in reply to Steph

Thank you, Steph!

So just to confirm, using the Day Saver Pass (52CHF), i can actually ride the train from Basel to Grindelwald and other buses/trains within Grindelwald within a day right? I think this option will be way easier and cheaper considering PTP from Basel to Grindelwald is already at 60CHF based from GoEuro.com.

Also, do you have any recommendations on how we can go to Balchapsee Lake? We will probably be reaching Grindelwald around 1PM, do you think it would still be a sufficient time to visit the Balchapsee by then in the afternoon? We actually dont require ourselves to visit the lake itself as we feel like the journey going to the top of the mountain is already a magnificent experience. Are we able to use the Day Saver Pass for this journey?

Thanks!

Steph
Steph
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Feb 12, 2019 - 11:08 AM in reply to tiffmonfero

You're welcome.

Yes, your assumption and calculations are correct.

Find information about reaching the Bachsee via First from Grindelwald here:

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/bachsee

In deed you can also just enjoy the views from First without hiking. Unfortunately the Saver Day Pass does not cover this trip but it's nevertheless worth spending the money.

Check validity of the Saver Day Passe here: www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass/validity. The map is very detailed.

Hope this helps.

Steph

tiffmonfero
tiffmonfero
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Feb 20, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Hi Steph!

Just another question to trouble you with, :) I ended up deciding to buy a PTP ticket from Basel to Grindelwald instead of taking the day saver pass. My question is, do i have to pre-purchase the ptp tickets? or i can buy them directly at the station? im actually talking about cost saving, cos when i try to book it online, the price differs based from time of travel so i was just wondering, if i buy tickets from the station, will there be a standard price for the ticket or will it be dependent on the timing?

Thanks a lot!😊

tiffmonfero
tiffmonfero
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Feb 20, 2019 - 11:25 AM

This is the thing im talking about, the prices are different for the same route because of the timing, hence i am concerned it will be way expensive if i buy a ptp ticket directly from the station. My concern about not buying it online is because i dont want my time to be constrained if i have to run after the ticket timing. Any advise? Thanks!

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Arno
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Feb 20, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Hi Tiffmonfero,

Standard tickets have a fixed price and are valid for any train that day. You can buy those tickets online or at the station. The cheaper tickets are valid for one specific train only and can only be purchased online. You'll find details through the first link in Steph's second post.

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