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Apr 4, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Hello folks.

We are looking at staying three nights either at Interlaken or Grindelwald from May 3rd to May6th. We are a family of 3 including a 3 year old kid. If I choose Interlaken, I was looking at staying at Gasthof Schonegg BB (100CHF /night) which is a 20 minute walk from the Interlaken OST station. This could be a problem when we first arrive in Interlaken with luggage etc, would'nt it ?

Now, if I stay in Grindlewald, would it cause an additional overhead in terms of the travel time ? Would i have more connections to take every time increasing my travel time significantly ? We are planning on covering Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn and Lauterbrunnen. Also, will my connection to be Grindelwald be covered in a Swiss Travel Pass ?

Looking for your feedback and guidance. Any advice truly appreciated.


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Apr 5, 2018 - 6:31 AM in reply to trvlbeyond1

Have you considered Wengen? Have a look at bit.ly/2GC5E5q.

Also www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/gondolarail-access-to-mountains-in-aprilmay-2018

From Lauterbrunnen a very nice circuit to do is to Grütschalp (cable car), Mürren (cogwheel train), Gimmelwald (cable car), Stechelberg (cable car), Lauterbrunnen (bus). From Mürren you can visit Schiltorn.

The map you can download from www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity will tell you what is free and what is discounted with Swiss Travel Pass.

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top member
Apr 5, 2018 - 8:23 AM in reply to trvlbeyond1

Hi trvlbeyond1,

Have you looked through the Swiss railways timetable for connection and train timings? It does take a little more time to get to Grindelwald but not a lot. It is a nicer town than Interlaken and I'd choose it over Interlaken most of the time.

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Apr 5, 2018 - 9:20 AM


My personal favourite is Grindelwald. Just about everything you go to the Jungfrau region for is closer to Grindelwald than Interlaken and the mountains are right in front of you. I know some people prefer either Wegen or Muerren, but you really can't go wrong with any of them. Travelling from Interlaken adds about 30 minutes travel time to get to your listed destinations.

Have fun


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Apr 5, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Hello Trvlbeyond1,

As far as I know the Gasthof you mentioned is in Goldswil, not in Interlaken. It's indeed a 20 minute walk to the Interlaken Ost station, but I doubt if that route is very walk-able (safe). There is a river between Goldswil and Interlaken, so not many options and there may not be a pedestrian path. You'd better take the bus if you decide stay there I think. The 5 minute bus ride is free with the Swiss Travel Pass.

Last modified on Apr 5, 2018 - 1:15 PM by Arno
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new member
Apr 5, 2018 - 11:40 PM

Thank you so much for your replies and such valuable inputs folks. You guys are just amazing. The links to the timetable pages, the link to the other relevant threads and the other local information is all so useful.

I have decided that I will not be staying at Interlaken now for those 3 nights. Made a reservation at Central Hotel Wolter in Grindelwald (125 CHF/night) which is really close to the Grindelwald train station just now.

Thank you !


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