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how different are towns of Murren/Wengen/Ginderwald

Sep 4th, 2019, 08:25 AM
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how different are towns of Murren/Wengen/Ginderwald

How different are the small towns of Murren, Wengen, Isenfluh, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg, and Lauterbrunnen.

Does it make a difference to stay in any of above

We are looking for a central , budget friendly but beautiful scenic town to stay to enjoy the real beauty of Switzerland highland and greenery for 3-4 nights
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Sep 4th, 2019, 09:56 AM
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Gimmelwald is isolated and hard to get to. There really isn't anything there but some houses, but the views are very nice.

Wengen has the best views of the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley if you were to know where to stay. There are shops, restaurants, two grocery stores, a bakery in town. I love Wengen.❤❤

Murren is also hard to get to because you have to take a cable car up. Shops and restaurants in town. Nice views.

Grindelwald is not car-free like the towns listed above. Grindelwald is busy. Lots of giftshops here. Views are OK.

Lauterbrunnen is also not a car-free town, but has great views and is the easiest to get to. Shops in town.

Interlaken is the busiest town. Lots of shops, cafes, a casino, a Hooters, paragliding by tether in the park across from Hotel Victoria. It is my least favourite town.

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Sep 4th, 2019, 11:06 AM
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Grindelwald has breathtaking views! We felt like we could touch the Eiger from our deck.There also are more choices of restaurants and hotels. Excellent train connections. We were there in September and it was not crowded. We had a car.
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Sep 4th, 2019, 04:53 PM
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I found them surprisingly different!

In addition to what Pepper_von_snoot has said, I'll add:
  • I thought Wengen stunning and would stay there again in a heartbeat if I found a room with a view for an affordable price.
  • I thought Mürren entirely too kitschy, and at certain times of day, I found facing the wall of mountain across the way utterly oppressive.
  • I didn't stay in Grindelwald, but when I passed through it, it was packed with tourists, busses, and exhaust. Not nice.
  • If Wengen is out of your price range, you might want to consider Lauterbrunner.
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Sep 4th, 2019, 05:18 PM
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Stechelberg, Gimmelwald and Isenfluh are tiny hamlets. Isenfluh has a population of 60, Gimmelwald a population of 130 and Stechelberg a population of about 255.

I've been to all of them and none would be my choice for a stay in Switzerland...which is saying something, because I actively seek peace, quiet and isolation, but...one needs a place to stay and eat!

Lauterbrunnen, Murren and Wengen are proper villages with grocery stores, bakeries, hotels and restaurants.

I've stayed in all three, some many times. They all have their good points. I like all of them.

Lauterbrunnen is in a valley, surrounded by waterfalls and steep cliffs. It's a transportation hub - you can easily get to anywhere in the BO from Lauterbrunnen.

Wengen is situated above Lauterbrunnen on a high terrace above the Lauterbrunnen Valley and has lovely alp views. You can reach Wengen by train from Lauterbrunnen in 11 minutes.

Murren is perched on a terrace 2,000 feet above the Lauterbrunnen Valley at the foot of the Schilthorn - the views from up here are in-your-face gobsmacking. You can reach Murren in 20 minutes from Lauterbrunnen via cable and train.

It's all good.

And then there's Grindelwad...my least favorite of the bunch. A gateway to the Berner Oberland with some beautiful alp views, but too busy for my tastes. Your experience may vary.

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Sep 4th, 2019, 06:05 PM
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I know that some people love Mürren, but here's the kind of view that I found oppressive:

Here's a picture that captures my experience of Mirren

And a view from Lauterbrunnen:

And this picture captures my experience of Lauterbrunnen.

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Sep 4th, 2019, 06:36 PM
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Not be be contrary, but one's oppressive is another's spectacular
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Sep 4th, 2019, 06:47 PM
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@ Melnq8: Indeed! That's why I posted the pictures. And I would think that anyone choosing to stay in Mürren would want to think about how close or far they are from the valley's edge. Just as people who choose Lauterbrunnen should think about whether they face the valley or cliffs. And those who choose Wengen, whether they actually have a view or not. Etc.

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Sep 4th, 2019, 07:55 PM
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Wengen. View of Lauterbrunnen Valley from Hotel Bellevue.
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Sep 4th, 2019, 07:58 PM
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Wengen.
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Sep 4th, 2019, 09:01 PM
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Hi asimm,

Like so many posters above, I've visited these towns/villages a few times and have certain thoughts.

I've stayed in Grindelwald 3 times, but strangely enough, it's among the worst two places in my mind. Two of my visits were for skiing, and it was great, but the 3d visit was in summertime, and it had a totally different feel. It was filled with cars and tour busses as kja notes, and the town simply cannot absorb all the down-loaded passengers gracefully. There were mobs...er...crowds gathered at the doorways of all the shops, as well as roving gobs of people along the street, taking up the sidewalk. If your visit is in summertime (July or August), best imo to avoid it.

I've stayed in Wengen twice and simply love it. It's car free, so you get the peace and quiet and pristine mountain feeling you may be looking for with your visit to the Swiss Alps. Most hotels have an electric cart, and they will meet you at the station with your luggage. And the village is quite small, so you can meander the streets easily. I would only avoid it in January, when it hosts the Lauberhorn ski race, an international event, and the village has another personality entirely!

I've never stayed in Mürren but have skied through it a few times. As Pepper notes, it is more remote than Wengen, requiring another change to get there.

And I've never been tempted to stay in Lauterbrunnen. Every time I pass through on the train, the cliff walls feel oppressive. I far prefer to be looking over to the other mountains or down into a valley, and not straining my neck looking up to the peaks.

Have fun as you plan!

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Sep 5th, 2019, 01:36 AM
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Hi All,
Thank you for all your suggestion and great suggestions and advices. Your suggestions and guidance have made many points clear

We are visiting in first week of June, as believe that in this way we would be able to miss the real crowds of July & August & also do not want to hit by warm weather, as we are from a warm city and therefore would like to enjoy the cold weather. Is it a good decision to arrive in first week of June ?

It seems that the order of liking (As advised) will be Wengen, Lauterbrunnen and then Murren. The reason being as follows
1. One comes to the Swiss Alps and spends a lot of money to enjoy the real scenic beauty of the Swiss Alps and with too many tourist or blocked views would not be that great and this is why i am not considering Interlaken, but all this would also depend upon the if i can find a suitable accomodation at Wenge in my Budget of CHF180 (for Adult 02 and Child 01 of 13 years)

2. Secondly i totally agree that one needs to find a proper place to "stay and eat" which automatically eliminates Gimmelwald/Stechelberg/Isenfluh and we being Muslim and try to find Muslim Halal food (turkish/lebanese etc) we need to stay at a place/town offering proper restaurant/bakery/grocery store etc

Any recommendations for Hotels
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Sep 5th, 2019, 04:09 AM
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Hi again

Just to inform the group that we plan to stay for 7-8 nights in Swiss Alps and most probably at 2 locations, maybe the 2nd location will be Lucerne

We would be buying the Swiss FAMILY CARD and would be eyeing to do atleast 2 scenic train rides whether it be Jungfrau, Glacier express, or Bernina express (to be decided later)
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Sep 5th, 2019, 04:47 AM
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As said above, Isenfluh is very isolated. Among the other places mentioned in the original post, none of the is central, but there are some differencies:
Muerren is 2 hrs away from Berne (and 3 hrs from Lucerne),
Bern - Wengen is 1 3/4 hrs whereas Bern - Grindelwald is 1 1/2 hrs.
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Sep 5th, 2019, 05:47 AM
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While early June would also me my personal choice, do be aware that you might run into closures. Not all mountain excursions will be up and running and some hotels might be closed.

For example - it seems the Allmendhubel above Murren is closed from April until June 12, 2020

The Schynige Platte Railway opened this year on June 8

This site might be of help with accommodations and what to expect:

https://jungfrauregion.swiss/en/summer/services/faq/

As for hotels, it's been awhile since we last stayed in Wengen, but we've stayed at the Hotel Bellevue on two occasions and loved it both times. They opened on June 1 this year.

https://www.bellevue-wengen.ch/en/home.html

If you don't mind self-catering, you might prefer staying in an apartment - there are some good deals to be had pre-season and could well save a bundle in accommodations costs.

https://www.wengenapartments.com/

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Sep 5th, 2019, 06:17 AM
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The Schynige Platte railway plans to open on May 30th (if there isn't still too much snow).
Allmendhubel will run from June 13th until October 11th
https://www.fahrplanentwurf.ch/de/fahrplansuche.html
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While we stayed in Wengen and enjoyed it, I wouldn't hesitate to stay in Lauterbrunnen either. We visited on a clear day and actually prayed for shades because the sun was very strong. I thought the valley floor expansive and not oppressed by the cliffs. We had a lovely walk from one end to the other.

Lauterbrunnen - early evening

Wengen - evening
I don't really have a feel for Murren. I wouldn't say I dislike it, but I'm ambivalent.

As for hotel, we stayed at the Arenas (Victoria) Hotel in Wengen. It's right behind the train station, so could be loud but very convenient location wise. It has a pool and spa area that is heaven sent after a day of hiking. We paid approx 200 CHF for late August (we were there just last week!) for their nicest room with double balconies looking at Jungfrau. They may have been running promotional rates because at the time we booked a regular double room could be had for 120 CHF. Just check around.

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Originally Posted by asimm View Post
Hi again

Just to inform the group that we plan to stay for 7-8 nights in Swiss Alps and most probably at 2 locations, maybe the 2nd location will be Lucerne

We would be buying the Swiss FAMILY CARD and would be eyeing to do atleast 2 scenic train rides whether it be Jungfrau, Glacier express, or Bernina express (to be decided later)
You cannot BUY the Family card... it comes free with either a Swiss Travel Pass or Half Fare card for the adults in the family and the Family card covers all the children under 16 years for free transport when travelling with their parents who are using the STP or HFC for that trip - including to and from the Jungfraujoch.

if you do not wish to buy either a STP or HFC then to have your children travel free with you you need to buy a Co-Traveller Card for each child. Cost is 30frs per child. You cannot buy these online - you need to show their national ID cards or passports in order to prove their age. But you can buy these at any station here...
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