Dec 3, 2014 - 7:00 AM
Hi maxine4, welcome to MySwissAlps,
You're right about Interlaken: the town itself is not very scenic, but it's a convenient place to stay with many (budget) hotels, stores and good train connections to the entire Bernese Oberland. Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are easy to reach from Interlaken. You can base yourself there too, but may be difficult to find cheap lodging there since the week between Christmas and New Year is the most popular one of the year. Rooms may be booked out by now.
Bern is close to the Bernese Oberland, so I would advice to pick Lucerne as your last base to see a different region. It does not make a difference for your trip to Paris. You can indeed first travel to Bern for the day, then take a train via Schüpfheim to Lucerne. It's a scenic route so be sure to arrive before 5:00 PM to see it in daylight. See here for hotels please.
I'm not sure if a Eurail Select Pass is the best choice for you. A Swiss Pass includes much more in Switzerland, and that's where you do most of your traveling (e.g. Eurail does not included buses, trains to Grindelwald are discounted instead of free, as well as trains to Zermatt). You can best check yourself and compare:
I would pick a Swiss Pass for Switzerland and point to point tickets for Switzerland - Paris and Paris - Madrid. Also I noticed that you're from Spain. Travelers from Europe can't use Eurail Passes. They can use InterRail Passes, which have about the same advantages and disadvantages.
Have a wonderful journey!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 12:53 PM by Arno