Balmers or Backpackers Villas?

Jun 7th, 2000, 04:45 PM
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Balmers or Backpackers Villas?

I've heard so much about both! I'm travelling the rail over Europe with 3 teenage sons, and plan on a few days in the Jungfrau region. I need cheap sleeps that would be fun for the kids, and comfortable at the same time. Thanks!
Jun 8th, 2000, 12:20 PM
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About 10 years ago I stayed at Balmers and it was fun! Full of recent college graduates though who are there to party. I was one of them at the time, so what can I say.

My favorite place to stay in that area is actually across the lake (Briensersee I think it's called). There is a lake side youth hostle there that I've stayed at twice (completely separate trips). It's cheap, quiet, clean and cozy (fluffy comforter covers too). Next door is a recreation center that sits on the lake. Has a high-dive, nice grassy area, picnic tables, etc.

Hope this helps.

You have to take the train to Brienz from Interlakken (spelling?) to get there, but it's not too far.

Jun 8th, 2000, 05:46 PM
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I stayed at Balmer's 5 years ago after graduating from college. It was a lot of fun at the time and is just as Maria described. It's not really a family place. I would recommend finding an inexpensive pension or hostel near Lauterbrunnen. There is the Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald (haven't stayed there myself, but it seems to get a lot of recommendations). You may also want to look at - have a great trip!
Jun 8th, 2000, 06:09 PM
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The lads may enjoy Balmer's. If you enjoy being in the middle of a fraternity party you will too.

Better than Interlaken, which is not in the mountains, you should go to one of the interior villages.

Our favorite is Muerren. Small village, no cars, superbly sublime scenery. The Chalet Fontana is a good buy, and the Eiger Guesthouse is quite reasonable.

Gimmelwald has both a mountain hostel and a pension. Gimmelwald is a bit isolated for us, but certain picturesque with scenery almost as good as from Muerren.

Lauterbrunnen in the valley below has a hostel, and the Hotel Staubbach operates as a B & B and is quite reasonable with a fine setting near the Staubbachfall.

Info on these at and on the area at

Jun 9th, 2000, 04:08 AM
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Thanks for the info! I want the kids to have a great time but I'd like to get some sleep, too. Balmer's sounds a little to wild. Again, thanks!

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