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Berner Oberland from Geneva in April

Hi, Flying into Geneva for 7 days in Switzerland the last week of April. First priority is to see the Berner Oberland (via train). If time remains would probably check out areas south by Lake Geneva (wine/cheese country). Have previously visited Zurich, Luzern & Bern. Any itineraries or tips are greatly appreciated! Thanks, Ann

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It is 4 hours from Geneva to either Murren or Wengen in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It is worth two or three days given your 7 days. When you leave you can hit the areas on Lake Geneva that you like heading back to Geneva for your departure.

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When you go to the Lauterbrunnen Valley, in April, are you hoping to hike or ski? Or are you not intending to do either and only visit the parts by train and cable car?

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Thanks for the responses! Where is the best place to stay in Berner Oberland and is two nights sufficient or would 3 be better? We don't ski, and hiking would be minimal. We are most interested in just experiencing the mountain views and the quaint towns.

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I'm not sure April will be the optimum time to visit the Berner Oberland, but you could be fortunate and get good weather. As I recall, that's also about the time that local farmers spread some rather malodorous fertilizers on their pastures.

If you want quaint alpine villages, Mürren would be a good place to stay. If you'd rather be more central to both sides of the valley, stay in Lauterbrunnen.

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Search these forums for "Berner Oberland" and "April" to see why this time of year will likely not provide the Alpine experience of your dreams. If you can, reschedule this trip for late June or early July.