May 28, 2011 - 11:18 AM
Hello Satish, welcome to the forum. We are planning to stay in Thun - it is just over half an hour by train from there to Interlaken, the starting point for excursions in the Bernese Oberland. We choose Thun because it also gives the option to go on day trips to Lucerne (1hr 24m), Zermatt (1hr 50mins) Geneva (2hrs10 mins) Gstaad (1hr 20mins, Basel (1hr 5mins), Zurich (1hr 20mins), Montreux (2hrs) to name but a few!
On our first few trips to Switzerland we concentrated on exploring Bernese Oberland but now we like to mix that with visiting other areas too. Solothurn, Fribourg, Bern and Kandersteg are also within easy reach of Thun which might be a little cheaper than Interlaken - worth a look anyway. Google Thunersee Tourismus for more details.
While we always spend a little time in Interlaken on our way to other places, we haven't stayed there as it is a bit too crowded and "touristy" for our tastes! It is very convenient for the mountain excursions so it is a question of priorities. By the way, travelling can be part of the fun in Switzerland so count it as part of your day out not an inconvenience!
As for passes - you are right there isn't a 5-day Swiss Saver Pass so if you buy the 4 day one you will need to decide whether you are likely to get any use out of it other than the journey to your base on the first day or before you leave your base on the last day which depends on the time of day your inward and outward flights are.
I hope you enjoy your planning and your holiday. Maggie