<<"Would you have any suggestions for us, it seems that most activitiesare outdoor based, I don't think that I have come across anything thatwould suit poor weather, maybe you could guide us?I have discovered how organised the Swiss railway system is, ">>
It is always a pleasure to help someone who listens carefully and checks out the offered advice.
It took me a few years to learn this....and, you are or will be 50 or so minutes from Interlaken Ost, which makes this harder for you ( more timeconsuming.)
Nontheless, it may perhaps apply. Something to think about.
Early every morning, the TV (SF1) shows the expected weather for the regions of Switzerland, and major newspapers also make projections.
The weather can be dramatically different in various regions. With the internet, it is now quite possible to get detailed forecasts that are quite up to date.
The weather in Switzerland varies quite a bit from region to region.
It is possible to take a long day trip to parts of Switzerland from I.O. that are much longer than you might think to be practical, especially if you are motivated by clouds behind you and sun ahead of you. Another way to view it is that you are using the rail car as your umbrella. ;-) Riding the trains and watching the scenery is not an unpleasant occupation. ;-)
You know how to use the Timetable. Add this map -
For example - the Rhone Valley has a very dry climate.
You can catch a train via Spiez to Brig (include a "via" of Kandersteg or Hohtenn) on a train called the "Lötschberger." If you don't pick the "via" as noted you go by the default fastest route through a fast boring new low level tunnel.
If you choose the older, upper route as suggested, you get a fantastic train ride. 1 hr 54 minutes to Brig (from I.O.), change at Spiez.
Brig is a different sort of town with history going back to the trans-alpine traffic of the Roman empire. Good bet it is sunny. A nice way to avoid the clouds and rain, if any.
The train ride once you come out of the old upper short tunnel at Goppenstein and then reach Hohtenn goes gradually down the south-facing wall of the Rhone Valley. Very scenic ride. It is the so-called BLS Südrampe. BLS is the name of the rail line. South - Ramp.
The stretch from Hohtenn to Brig has a hiking trail that parallels the train line, offering fantastic views. It would be hard to fit that in unless you had done it before and knew the terrain. (Maybe next time.).
I have done it, from Brienz.
Other day trips that would not be justified ordinarily because you do not have time to really explore the destination, become a nice break from the weather with a pleasant lunch.
I have used that process to somewhere about once on each trip to Switzerland. If all you want to do is have lunch somewhere and avoid the clouds, it is better than sitting around complaining.