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Seawindfall
Seawindfall
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Aug 4, 2019 - 12:33 PM

If you are looking to completely unplug and revel in the beauty of the Alps, I highly recommend the Lauterbrunnen Valley. After we figured out that everything was so close in Switzerland, we opted to make this Valley our home base for our entire vacation. We rented a VRBO apartment in the lower part of a home across from Breithorn Campground. No car is needed though the location is very private. The Swiss public transportation system is extraordinarily efficient. We bought ten day Bernese Oberland Regional passes. Do NOT be scared off by the cost. This pass gave us the freedom to travel all buses, boats, trains, cable cars, etc. for free as well as discounts on Schilthorn and Jungfrau, which are further discounted on early morning excursions. Having the passes took away all stress. We could spontaneously travel anywhere in a huge area and simply flash our pass. We could ride a nearby cable car up to Gimmelwald or Mürren and in minutes be on hiking or biking trails, a trail runs the length of the valley making it possible to walk to Lauterbrunnen for any food shopping, etc. We could catch a bus to Lauterbrunnen and within minutes be on a train to Interlaken and points beyond. We paraglided in this valley, which our instructors believe is one of the best places to paraglide in the world. And lest you thing this is for twenty somethings, we are nearing 70. By avoiding large cities and crowds, we were able to immerse ourselves in the landscape that inspired Tolkien’s Elven kingdom and many poets and artists. The 72 waterfalls that fill the air with mist are a constant soundscape. This was bar none the most peaceful, active, spontaneous, soul filling vacation we have ever had.

Arno
Arno
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Aug 5, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Thank you for your report Seawindfall! I agree that the Lauterbrunnen valley is amazing!

NinaZ
NinaZ
8 posts
new member
Aug 6, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Thankyou this was great to read as we will be there for 9 days in September

Seawindfall
Seawindfall
8 posts
new member
Aug 6, 2019 - 11:03 AM in reply to NinaZ

You will love it! Let me know if you want more specific information. I used Find Penquins to create a travel journal and have pics and videos and writing for the whole period if you are interested. Can’t wait to read about your experience!

Meemskirk
Meemskirk
84 posts
active member
Aug 12, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Thanks for your summary--congrats on the paragliding! We will be going in just a few weeks!

Question: although you have a pass, do you still need a "ticket" at most mountain transports to go through the turnstyles? i.e. you have to go to the queue/window even with a pass?

Thanks!

Steph
Steph
2293 posts
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Aug 13, 2019 - 9:08 AM in reply to Meemskirk

Hello Meemskirk,

In certain places it will be the case that you need to pick up a ticket for the turnstyles even if you hold a Swiss Travel Pass. Where exactly I can't say as I as a Swiss resident am not eligible for this pass.

If you can tell us which places you're referring to maybe other members have personal experience to share.

In any case it would make sense to open your own thread in the correct forum with this question, as it's currently in the "trip report" forum, with less chance of receiving accurate input from other members.

Best,
Steph

Also see:
- www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/howtouse

Last modified on Aug 13, 2019 - 9:09 AM by Steph
Seawindfall
Seawindfall
8 posts
new member
Aug 13, 2019 - 1:03 PM in reply to Meemskirk

We never purchased a ticket except for Shilthorn and Jungfrau, and there is a discount for early morning travel. We carried the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass in the plastic folder they provided and simply flashed it on every bus, train, boat, almost all cogwheel trains and cable cars and some funiculars. Incredibly simple. They provide you with a map of coverage and time table when you purchase it, which we did at the visitor information center in a lauterbrunnen.

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