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Limited time in Switzerland, where can we go to experience its beauty?

Old Jan 12th, 2005, 02:20 PM
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Whether you stay in Grindelwald or Wengen, there is a lift to Mannlichen. From there, there's a lovely hike (level, not more than two hours) to Kleine Scheidegg. From there you can take a train back to either Grindelwald or Wengen.

Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald or Wengen not much more than 45 minutes, as I recall.

If the weather is good, a most spectacular view is from Schynigge Platte, up steep railway from Wilderswil. Wilderswil is the first stop on the way to both Grindelwald and Wengen from Interlaken.
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Old Jan 12th, 2005, 03:51 PM
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Now that I know a little about your preferences I will offer my advice.

I do not care for Interlaken. It seemed to me like one big frat party and I wasn't thrilled with our accomodations. We planned on staying for two nights but decided to head up in the mountains for some fresh air and hiking.

We headed to Gimmewald (not Grindewald) which is a very tiny small village way up in the alps. We stayed at the Mountain Hostel. We had only planned on staying one night and then visiting other parts of Switzerland but we fell in love with this small mountain town and with the hostel and each day we would extend our stay. We ended up staying for 5 nights! There are a few other accomodations around this area as well.

My thought is that if you want to stay in the alps you should immerse yourself in the heart of it. There are beautiful scenic hikes around this area, some more strenuous than others. It is a truly magical place and I will be back again some day.

Check it out at www.gimmelwald.com


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Take a train from Geneva to Interlaken [you can do it in 2 hours if I remember correctly] and use Interlaken as a jump- off point to the rest of the alps. In my opinion, even though Murren is small, it is definatly worth seeing just for it's sheer location-- your nose to nose with the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau! The beauty is unsurpassed. I don't think it's that difficut to get two. I've done it twice already with no goof-ups.The locals are very helpful. Also, as Teacherlady said, if you can, do the Mannlichen to Kleine Shheidegg hike--it's a truly magnificant way to view some great alpine scenery!. The hike is not difficult--not steep--you go "around" the mountain, not up it. Wengen is the town to take the lift to Mannlichen. Good luck, and enjoy my favorite country!
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