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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 21, 2016


Planning Interlaken

Greetings . We are family of 5 (3 teen age children and 2 adults), looking to visit Switzerland.

I have set aside 4.5 days inclusive of checkin and checkout. Is it more then sufficient or just enough for the following plan?


1. Up and down to the Brienzer Rothorn by steam train (is this a day long trip, and what is the associated cost?)
2. Take cabin ride from Grindelwald to Mannlichen and walk to Kleine Scheideck (is this a day long trip, and what is the associated cost?)
3. Murren-Allmendhubel cableway. Depart from Northwestern edge of Murren. At the destination enjoy the panoramic view of lauterbrunnen.
4. Wengen: Trummelbach Falls.
5. Baregg-stieregg walk: highly recommended. 1 hour walk but set aside 1 day

a. How doable is this plan?
b. Anything worthy missing?
c. Do you suggest to take something out, if it's less attractive or similar to an existing attraction?
d. What costs should we factor in for the above suggestions?
e. For each listed attraction, is it a day long activity or less?


3 Answers

answered on 7/21/16 by
a VT member from Boston

4 1/2 days are fine. Again, be flexible in your planning depending on the weather. View the waterfalls if the weather is cloudy, and go up if the weather is clear. In general, you will want to get your high sightseeing done in the morning, as clouds tend to develop in the afternoon.

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answered on 7/21/16 by
a VT member from Naperville

They usually have video feeds from down in the valley that will show you the weather higher up on the mountains. Agree with travelfrosch that you want to do the high sightseeing early in the morning.

We did the trip up from Lauterbrunnen to Schilthorn one morning for breakfast atop the mountain at the revolving restaurant. If you have time for this and the weather is clear I would recommend.

Here is a little video I put together of that experience. It is about 4 minutes long. I think you will enjoy.

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answered on 7/24/16 by
a VT member from Ringwood

I did a similiar itinerary last year. Check out the Bernese Oberland Pass that will probably cover your needs as individual fares and charges are usually very expensive. It can be obtained at the local railway station.

Interlaken was very busy with international tourists particularly from China and India whereas other areas not far away told me they rarely saw English speaking tourists.

I chose Unterseen as my base; it was only a few minutes pleasant walk from Interlaken West station and there were several lovely smaller cafes and restaurants mostly patronised by locals.

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