Jan 31, 2017 - 10:44 PM
As a rule of thumb, there are a few factors that will determine how expensive a holiday apartment (Ferienwohnung in german, or FeWo for short) will be.
1: Are you renting an apartment or the entire Chalet? A whole chalet can be very expensive, but if you are travelling with a large group it can still work out quite cheap.
2: Distance from the train station. The further you have to walk, the cheaper the FeWo, particularly so in car-free towns such as Wengen, Muerren and Zermatt.
3: Is there parking?
4: The age of the apartment, or the length of time since its last renovation,
5: View of the mountains. Expect to pay more for a FeWo with panoramic views.
6: Are there shops nearby? You can save a lot of money by cooking for yourself, but you will have to get your own groceries.
7: Incidental charges such as cleaning etc.
I personally like Grindelwald very much and visit there everytime I go to Switzerland. I've been staying in the same FeWo for the last 12 years and wouldn't even dream of using a hotel if I was there for a week or more. Grindelwald, however, is a victim of it's own success and you will have to pay a bit more to stay there.