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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2014
Sunday in Bern or Interlaken  (1 Answer)


We are traveling with our 8 and 14 year olds next March to Lauterbrunnen from Paris by train on a Saturday. Given the schedules I was thinking it might be better to stop at Bern or Interlaken for the night as it will make for a long train day and put us in Lauterbrunnen late. The question is which would be preferable for Sunday (the next day) Bern or Interlaken as I understand there is not much open. Thoughts? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2010
Camping Schützenbach

Hi all, hope your all well

Was wondering if anyone had been to Camping Schützenbach lately? or know of the prices?

Am going there next month and was wondering what the price are a night for 2 and a tent?

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2010
How much money to take to Switzerland?  (13 Answers)

Hi all, hope you are all well

Me and the girlfriend are heading to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland for possible up to 10 nights, everything is booked (apart from the campsite, which im looking at about £250)

but.... I have no idea how much money to take with me?!?

Any ideas welcome please


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2010
October Hiking  (6 Answers)

My partner and I will be traveling from Zurich to Altdorf (train) to hike to Kandersteg mostly via Alpine Pass, then train back to Zurich over days 5-18 Oct.

Qs: We hoped the October booking would make the central BO less crowded. Any chance of this?
We would like to stay in huts Blumlisalp, Weber, and Rotstock. Is this reasonable in terms of availability in both level of crowd and the huts being open (granted weather permitting)? If experiences are generally bad, any suggestions instead?

Lastly, we are forming backup plans incase any one day is not weather permitting on the hike. Any train destinations you think should NOT be passed up?

Thankyou kindly.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2010
Easy hikes (walks, really) near Wengen/Lauterbrunnen/Interlaken  (8 Answers)

Good afternoon everyone

I'm taking my parents to Switzerland in early June. My Dad has a bum knee. He can walk, but nothing strenuous nor long. Flat walking would be the best - at most a mile or two.

Any ideas? We are likely to stay in Wengen or near there. Lakeside walks would be nice, walks that are at a high elevation but no elevation changes, etc.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 23, 2007
Gstaad nights

Hello everyone,

I will be in Gstaad this coming Friday until Sunday and was wondering what there is to do in the evenings. Any nightclubs or parties that you can recommend?

Thanks in advance.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 18, 2007
travelling with two families


We will be traveling to Gimmelwald beginning on Dec 29 and staying until Jan. 5. We are a large group with children ages 6-17. We are planning on skiing and just relaxing. What type of weather should we expect? I know that sometimes the weather may make skiing not an option, should we plan on making day trips to other areas or is there other things to do in Gimmelwald. My teenagers are interested in meeting other teenagers is that a likely situation for them? Are there alot of tourists in the area at this time or is it mostly locals?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 17, 2007
Fun in Bern?

I'll be staying in Bern (Spiegel) for a couple months... what's there to do? Clubs, Museums, Restaraunts, Events? Any Dominican or American hangouts? I will appreciate any recommendations?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 21, 2006
Accomodation facilities in bern city...  (2 Answers)

I will be in Bern for visiting fellowship programme in february for 2 months.
Could you please advice me any accomodation facilities in this period in terms of websites in english?
Thank you very much..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2006
Walks, other things for bad weather in the Oberland next week?  (6 Answers)

As usually happens with my holidays, looks like the Bernese Oberland had great weather last week, but next week when I go the forecast is temperatures like 9 degrees and rain....
I was hoping to go up the Jungfraujoch, use the Schilthorn and walk down, do the Schynigge Platte - First walk, maybe walk to the Oberhornsee, and several others. Now it looks like I'll need lots of rainy day things to do instead.

Can people suggest good rainy day walks? I'm staying @ Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen & Lake Oeschinensee (1 night only). Will we be able to walk (& see) to the glaciers above Grindelwald at least? I know about the waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen, and I suppose we could wander about the lake towns for a day, and look at the main part of Interlaken & souvenir shop, go to the St Beatus Hohlen caves, maybe Ballenberg.
Would probably also walk along the Lauterbrunnen valley to Stechelberg, and also Gimmelwald - Chilchbalm. But are there any other good walks to do when it's bad weather? I don't want to miss exploring the area (scenically I mean..I'm not much into museums and things, I'm an outdoor person) just because it's rainy.
I'm feeling quite depressed, I've been looking forward to this for ages, I hope we still get to see the mountains at least one day!
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated..


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2006
If travelling straight through Linz to Grindelwald - where should you buy the Swiss Card?  (1 Answer)

Hi, just a quick question I hope someone can answer - my boyfriend will be travelling from Linz in Austria all the way through to Grindelwald on the same day, and he thinks the Swiss Card would be the best rail pass to get while he's in Switzerland.
As that will be the longest journey he will make while there, he of course wants to include that first day on the Card.

However looking at the timetable there's only 3 minutes between the change of trains at the border, so there might not be time to buy a rail pass while there.
So does anyone know if he can buy this at the train station in Linz? If not, what is the best way to go about this???

thanks for your help!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2006
Accommodation in Grindelwald/Lauterbrunnen/Murren etc  (6 Answers)

Hi, I'm planning to visit the Bernese Oberland for about 7 nights (haven't booked flights yet) in September, and I'm trying to find an affordable hotel/guesthouse/b&b/hostel. I think anything over US$150 is out of our price-range. Can anyone recommend any places in the area? I need at least a double with a bathroom, I'm happy to sleep in a dorm myself or a mattress on the floor if they'd let me! We just need something clean & simple.
I thought the Valley Hostel in Lauterbrunnen might be a possibility?
I had originally wanted to stay in Grindelwald for at least 4 days but I can't seem to find anything affordable there. Maybe we will be able to stay there 1 or 2 nights, if I find somethign almost reasonable...

I also saw 'Hotel Silberhorn' in Lauterbrunnen has packages, 7 nights with breakfast including either a '7 day course pass of Bernese Oberland' or '6 day regional pass of Jungfrau region' for 710 or 680 swiss francs...can anyone explain what they mean by that (are they same thing - ie, a regional rail pass - but one's just for 1 more day?), and do you think this sounds like a good price?

would greatly appreciate your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2006
ringgenberg, hotel too close to railway ?  (1 Answer)

someone out there who knows the 'brienzersee hotel' in ringgenberg?
isn't it noisy because of the near railway track?
is it a very busy main track or a minor local train only?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 06, 2006
Venice to Bern  (2 Answers)

My husband and I are traveling with another couple from Kentucky to Europe. We will land in Venice and stay for a couple of days. We will then travel from Venice to Bern, Switzerland where we will stay with friends for a week. We intended to buy the Swiss pass due to the many discounts and benefits associated with it for our longer duration in Switzerland but realized that the trip from outside of Switzerland (Venice) to Bern could be expensive. What is the cheapest way to get from Venice to Bern? Should we purchase point to point tickets from Venice to the Swiss border and then use the Swiss pass the rest of the way? Should we purchase a Eurail pass since it will cover travel in more than one country and would cover our travel from Venice to Bern? Should we fly from Venice to Bern? Are there any other alternatives we have not considered?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2005
Hotel Brienzburli accomodations  (2 Answers)

Anyone have first hand knowledge of the accomodations at the Hotel Brienzerburli in Brienz? Specifically the rooms/apartments in the Lowen section? We are strongly considering staying there in June 2006; I am unable to find any pictures of the rooms/apartments...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2005
Waldhotel Unspunnen  (1 Answer)

We are looking at possibly staying at this hotel with our group next year. I have found some info online regarding accomodations, but not a whole lot available...Anyone familiar with this place?? It is a little confusing as to where it is...Says close to Interlaken West towards Wilderswil; but this seems closer to Interlaken Ost... Any info would be appreciated. Nice place for families??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2005
Rosenlaui  (2 Answers)

Has anyone stayed at the Hotel Rosenlaui? It looks great and the location is terrific, but before I book rooms (July 2005) I thought I'd ask for reactions from those who have been there. Thanks. Don Poe [email] Charlotte, NC

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2004
Travelling to Switzerland  (1 Answer)

Hi , I am a 25 yr old guy living in yhe US,coming to Bern in Nov.Can anyone guide me regarding Travel packages/Guides/tours that I can take to see the country. Have fun Bhaskar

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2004
Wengen, Muerren, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald or Interlaken  (7 Answers)

Hi, We are planning a trip to this region in Aug/September and are unsure which would be the best of the above places to stay. We generally prefer smaller family run hotels but like a choice of restaurants for our evening meals. We would also probably look at taking a day trip to Bern and possibly Luzern or elsewhere during our stay. We will be travelling to the region by car but once there would be happy to use the trains to get around. We know some of these places do not allow cars but are not sure how close you can get the car and where you have to leave it (is there a car park on the outskirts ?) Any advice on these places would be gratefully received.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2004
Rail Options to Jungfraujoch  (6 Answers)

Hi all, I'll be staying in Interlaken during mid-July. I have a few queries with regards to the trains to Jungfraujoch. a) I have a Swiss Saver Pass (1st class). This entitles me for free travel up to which station: Grindelwald, Wengen or Kleine Scheidegg?? b) Is there a Cog-Wheel train to go up Jungfraujoch? If yes, then from which station can I catch this train.... from Grindelwald, Wengen, Kl. Scheidegg or Interlaken itself?? I'll prefer to journey using my pass as far as I can and then switch over to a paid (with discount) rail. c) Approximate time the Cog-wheel train will take to reach up to the top. thnkx cheers shash

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2004
Interlaken weather in April  (2 Answers)

Hello all, I apologize if this question has been asked recently; I could not find this topic... My entire family will be visiting the Interlaken area in the beginning of April...We are descended from Fluhmanns from Brienz area... I have done my "homework" and have an idea of where to go and what to see, but...I can't seem to find a consensus on what the weather will be like.. I have read anywhere from 40-60 degrees(f) during the day, to 30-50 degrees(f) at night. If anyone can help, I would appreciate it.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 28, 2003
new years eve?

Hello all- Just wondering if anyone knew what was 'on' for New Years eve in Bern?

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