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Jungrau/Bern/Luzene. Is this feasible?

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I am planning to spend 5-6 days in Switzerland, towards the end of May. My top priority is exploring the Berner Oberland area, particularly the Jungfrau region. However, I know that on some days, the visibility is so poor that taking the time and spending the money to get up into the Jungfrau region does not make sense. I'm considering using Interlaken or Lautrebrunnen as my base, and checking each morning on the visibility. I'm thinking that if the visibility is poor, I could head for Bern or Luzerne for a day trip, coming back to Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen at night, so I could check on visibility the next day. Once I'm able to get up into Jungfrau, I can then head for Bern or Luzerne (If I hadn't already done that) and spend day/night there.

Is this feasible? If so, would having a car help me? Any advice you can give me on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much for your help with this.

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    Yes, that is exactly how we did it. We were in Interlaken 3 days before we got one that was clear at the top (it was clear in the valleys most days - the top differs, but you can get the info online or at the train station). You can also stay in one of the towns on the lower slopes of the mountains and do hikes there - but if you want to go to other towns it will take a little longer since you need to go out through the Interlaken train station.

    We had a car and visited Brienz/Ballenberg, Thun (on a really rainy day), Gruyeres and a number of other nearby towns. Don't ignore the options of the steamers on lakes Brienz and Thun. (We had already stayed in Lucerne twice for several days and seen Bern as a day trip from there,) If you check around you will see there are a number of larger and smaller towns to visit in the area.

    We always do Swtiz by car since we lack the patience to play with train schedules and wait for trains - but then we mostly do road trips in europe - unless we are doing only one or two large cities.

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    Switzerland has superb public transportation. The trains connect to the buses and boats. You can get around more easily and see more if you use public transportation. Some of the cutest Swiss towns are car-free. Not to speak of the various highly scenic train routes in the Alps. So I would definitely advise taking advantage of the trains etc and looking into the different passes to see if one would work for you.

    We did a day trip to Brienz and the Open Air Museum at Ballenberg. We boarded the Lake Brienz boat across the street from Interlaken Ost train station. When we got off the boat in Brienz, there was a bus waiting to take us to Ballenberg. Coming back we reversed the trip.

    Another day we took a boat trip on Lake Thun, stopping in Spiez and taking the train back to Interlaken. That boat leaves from Interlaken West station.

    All this and more was paid for by a Swiss Pass, expensive but worth it.

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    First, it is really only Jungfraujoch that is weather dependent. Not all of the Jungfrau area. Generally, the cloud cover is not as low as Wengen and Grindelwald.

    It is good planning to recognize that though and give yourself time as you are planning to, to pick the right day to go up to Jungfraujoch.

    For day trips you can rent a car or get a rail pass. I like the Swissrail Flexipass which gives you X number (3,4,5 or 6)days in a 30 day period. For the rest of the 30 days it gives you discounts as well. Depending on how you are getting to/from Switzerland, may affect your choice of how many 'full pass' days you want to opt for.

    For example, fly in to Geneva, get pass, use to travel to the Jungfrau region (1 'full day pass' usage); use for discounts only on 2-3 days in the area; use for day trip to Bern/Lucerne and return (2nd 'full day' usage); use for travel to Zurich for return flight home (3rd 'full day' usage).

    Since trains run to practically everywhere every half hour or hour, I don't see any problem with 'patience to play with train schedules and wait for trains'. Switzerland without a doubt has some of the best public transportation anywhere in the world.

    I would second looking at Ballenburg as a place to visit and Bern or Lucerne for a day trip is easy.

    Regarding where to stay, most travellers familiar with the area will suggest avoiding Interlaken. Frankly, it is the busiest and most touristy place to stay. Given the number of smaller towns/villages available in the area, it is easily avoided other than as a train connection point.

    Grindelwald, Wengen, Murren, Lauterbrunnen, are all popular choices. http://www.mappery.com/Jungfrau-Grindelwald-region-summer-map

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