Interlaken Itinerary Suggestions - what to do

Interlaken Itinerary Suggestions - what to do

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rebebg
rebebg
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Sep 11, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Hi! We are planning to go to Switzerland this January for 5 days and my friend was thinking of having Interlaken as base as we do not want to move hotels.

1. Initial plan is to fly from London to Zurich,then take the train to Interlaken. Explore Interlaken town in the afternoon.

2. Go to Jungfraujoch top of Europe - Iv been reading about taking a train from Interlaken, but find it confusing as there are 2 options, thru Grindelwald and another one, w/c is preferred and How much will it cost return?

3. Visit surrounding small towns probably Gimmelwald and Lauterbrunnen, Lake Brienz, Bachalpsee Lake, Harder Kulm

4. Maybe continue visiting surrounding towns or visit Bern which is just 1h train ride

5. Just chill out nearby as this is the day we fly back to London

Your suggestions will be very much appreciated! I hope to hear if there are other recommended must see places. We prefer sightseeing than winter sports.

Thank you!

Lucas
Lucas
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Sep 11, 2017 - 10:27 PM in reply to rebebg

Hi rebebg and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. Staying in one town is usually a good option for sure, and Interlaken is a reasonable choice. If you want to look at other towns in the Jungfrau Region click here - Lauterbrunnen and Wengen are also popular choices.
  2. For pricing information on Jungfraujoch click here. Both routes up are great - most people go up one way and down the other. For more details on how to get to Jungfraujoch click here.
  3. You will probably want to split these towns into 2 different days for sightseeing. For a list of activities in the Jungfrau Region click here.
  4. Bern is a great option for a city visit!

Lucas

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Sep 12, 2017 - 3:47 AM in reply to rebebg

Hi rebebg,

>> We are planning to go to Switzerland this January for 5 days ... Visit surrounding small towns probably Gimmelwald and Lauterbrunnen, Lake Brienz, Bachalpsee Lake, Harder Kulm

Lake Brienz - There will be no boats operating on Lake Brienz in January. However, there will one service per day in each direction on the Thunersee (Lake Thun) between Interlaken West and Thun.

Harder Kulm - The funicular will not be operating in January.

Alpenrose

rebebg
rebebg
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Sep 12, 2017 - 7:01 AM in reply to Removed user

Many thanks for your response! These will be very helpful for our trip!

rebebg
rebebg
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Sep 12, 2017 - 7:03 AM in reply to rebebg

With this itenerary in mind, will we benefit from using the Swiss pass for trains? Iv also read about a pass that will half the cost of train fares.

Thank you!

Lucas
Lucas
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Sep 12, 2017 - 4:41 PM in reply to rebebg

The Swiss Travel Pass (STP) is probably the most convenient option (usually you don't need to buy any tickets except where the STP only offers a discount).

The Swiss Half Fare Card gets you 50% off every trip but you always have to buy tickets for each trip.

You could also look at the Regional Pass - Bernese Oberland as well.

To know the best pass for you economically, you need to do the math - read our page here on how to choose the best rail pass.

Lucas

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