Interlaken in late May - Help getting around

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Jan 19, 2018 - 8:22 PM

My friend and I are going to go to arrive in Geneva and plan to take the train to Interlaken. Is that possible and are there any recommendations on what trains to take.

We were wondering if you might have any recommendations on any places to stay and how to get around. Like which buses or trains to take to get to the places we plan to go. I do understand that there will most likely be some walking to do but that is fine. We will be there from May 27 - 30.

These are some of the places we will be visiting.

- Trift Bridge

- Harder Klum

- The Eiger Trail

- Staubbach Falls

- Oeschinen Lake

Thank you for your help!


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Jan 20, 2018 - 4:37 AM in reply to JackieMoreno

Hi Jackie,

The most scenic route to Interlaken from Geneva is via Montreux where you catch the Golden Pass Line train to Zweisimmen then on to Interlaken via Spiez ( ldenpass). There is some construction work on the route at that time but should not be a problem for you. See dmin/doc/01_News/Const ruction_works_MOB.pdf

The train stations nearest the features you want to visit are:

  • Trift Bridge - Meiringen, then PostBus from Meiringen in the direction of the Susten Pass up to "Nessental, Triftbahn", continue with the cable car.
  • Harder Kulm - Interlaken Ost
  • The Eiger Trail - Between Eigergletscher and Grindelwald
  • Staubbach Falls - Lauterbrunnen
  • Oeschinen Lake - Kandersteg

There will definitely be some walking invloved to reach some of these places. See rum/topic/trip-report-part-9-triftbrucke and rum/topic/trip-report-part-5-kandersteg-oeschinensee and rum/topic/trip-report-part-6-lauterbrunnen

You can use the Swiss Train Timetable ( metable) to figure out how long it takes to get from A to B.

The only problem you might strike is that it is still late winter at higher altitude in some of the places on your wish-list. Someone more knowledgable than me may be able to advise on what is achievable for you.

Last modified on Jan 20, 2018 - 4:46 AM by rockoyster
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Jan 20, 2018 - 10:44 AM in reply to JackieMoreno

Hi Jackie-

Welcome to My Swiss Alps!

Rockoyster has mentioned the most scenic route for you, and also given you a link to the timetable. The time table selects the fastest rout unless you put in "via" points to force it to a particular route. The fastest route to Interlaken will be to go from Geneva to Bern, thence to Interlaken. Not as scenic. Faster. Your choice. You don't have al ot of time and that night influence your choice.

Check out the timetable. It will be very very useful. metable

Make sure to read the instructions on the first page of that link.

This is good for general information: avel/inswitzerland

Rockoyster has mentioned the key point.

It will be late Winter at higher altitudes. Definitely at 2000 meters and above, probably at 1500 meters more or less, the trails will still be blocked with snow. or, they may be unsafe due to the possibility of avalanches.

The floor of the Lauterbrunnen Valley at around 800 meters will likely be free of snow, or what is left will not block trails. Due the location, it does not get a lot of sun.

Altitude is critical. Geneva will definitely be experiencing Spring as will Luzern ( the local German spelling, pronounced essentially the same as the English Lucerne).

This is a good map for general traveling, to go along with the timetable that Rockoyster mentioned. Check out the menus under Points of Interest. Under "Traffic" you can turn o a layer with icons for the transport stations. Unfortunately, it does not show altitudes.

Zoom in to zoom level 32 and you can see the train lines.,159944&z=32

Here is a link to a map that does show altitudes. It is dense with information, so it is a bit more complex. Actually, a lot more complex. But, it has altitudes. You can turn on Hiking Trails in the Menu: yer=ch.swisstopo.pixel karte-farbe&layers=ch.bav.ha ltestellen-oev, tlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visi bility=false,false&E=2 642035.73&N=1160787.17 &zoom=4

It seems that you may be coming to Switzerland for the first time? If so, the many links and sublinks on this page will be very helpful for general orientation: ttingstarted

In particular: outswitzerland/nature sttimetovisit

For a start -

Harder Kulm -

Harder Kulm will be open. (the German word Kulm is related to the Englihword culmination, and means the top of the mountain, in this usage.

The Eiger Trail -

The Eiger Trail typically opens in late June. Because of snow conditions it may be later in the year. There is a fair amount of water flow from melting snow and ice until later in the year. A significant part of the trail is scree, meaning good boots or rugged hiking shoes, as well as hiking staffs, are necessary.As a result, the trail is maintained frequently, and may be closed on some days in late June and early July. It traverses the lower part of the North Face (Nordwand) of the Eiger. North means less sun than other exposures.

The trail begins at Station Eigergletscher and descends 400 meters at the end, to Alpiglen. If you have not done much hiking on steep hills, your knees will be stressed. Tired., and sore for a few days.

If you walk all the way down to Grindelwald Grund , your descent is from 2320 to 934 meters. Unless you are in good shape, particularly, your legs, that is sufficiently downhill to be very tiring and very very hard on your knees.

Trift Bridge-

Will require serious walking: excursion-tips/trift

You have a steep 400 meter climb over about 2- to 2 1/2 km. from the upper station of the cableway to the "Triftbrücke." In late May, I'd expect snow on the trail, if it is open. yer=ch.swisstopo.pixel karte-farbe&layers=ch.bav.ha ltestellen-oev, tlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visi bility=false,false&E=2 669396.00&N=1172432.88 &zoom=7

Staubbach Falls. bach-falls/

Open all year, easy to get to from Lauterbrunnen

Oeschinensee (Oeschinen Lake) /

At about 1500 meters, the trail may be snowy or slippery, but should be passable. The ski season is probably over at that altitude, so I don't know if the trail is maintained in late May.

There are lots of nice walks around places such as Luzern.

Some excursion transport will be available in the Jungfrau region. The cograil train runs all year. You can go up to Schilthorn. The cableway from Wengen up to Männlichen will open on May 26th for the season. The trail from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg rarely opens before June 15th.


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Jan 25, 2018 - 2:57 AM in reply to JackieMoreno

Hi Jackie,

>> We were wondering if you might have any recommendations on any places to stay

This page might help: commodation

>> We will be there from May 27-30.

  • Trift gondola operates 31 May to 21 October 2018
  • Funicular to Harder Kulm will be operating
  • The season for the Eiger Trail is generally late June to October
  • Staubbach Falls can be viewed all year round
  • Oeschinen Lake cable car operates 10 May to 21 October 2018.

In general, May is a tricky time to visit alpine areas if you want to use mountain transport or hike. Some mountain transport has yet to reopen after the winter closure, and year-round transport closes for 4-6 weeks between approximately April and early June to undertake maintenance after the skiing season has finished, and before the hiking season begins.


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