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Gsteigwiler?

I found a well reviewed reasonably priced villa in Gsteigwiler. I am wondering what the thoughts are on staying there? I would like to go to Murren, Jungfraujoch, Interlaken while I am in the area. I thought this would be a nice central hub. What are the groups thought on this? I figured that I will only use to sleep since we will be out on activities all day. I can take transportation from there to all these places?

Would it be worth paying double or triple the price to stay in Murren?

Thanks!

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We have walked thru Gsteigwiler on a path from Lauterbrunnen to Wilderswil and found it a nice village. It is a 20 minute mostly downhill walk to Wilderswil and there is a bus stop for the #105 which will help you get around when you don’t want to walk. Wilderswil is right on the Berner Oberland Bahn that connects you to the rest of the area. Certainly the mountain views are better in Mürren and Wengen, and both of those locations are bases for many walks and activities, but only you can decide value versus convenience. Hope you have several nights to spend. If it is a short stay, probably suck it up and pay the big bucks for best use of time.

FWIW, Wilderswil has a very good Italian restaurant, Luna Piccante.

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I thought this would be a nice central hub.

It would be quite a stretch to call this a central hub, although it is a lovely little ‘Dorf’ and is very Swiss in character.

I can take transportation from there to all these places?

Yes, but be aware that the bus runs only every half hour and switches to once an hour after 8:00pm, with the final bus of the night leaving Wilderswil at 10:07pm. If all this fits into your plans then you will be fine, and of course you can always make the uphill walk back to your lodgings if need be.

You can check the bus schedule on the exact days you will be there at sbb.ch

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Thank you @Maureen. One more question.

What are your thoughts on your thoughts on if we go to murren , driving our car to Lauterbrunnen instead of taking the bus and parking it there?

I felt like it was a “central hub” because it’s close to Interlaken and not to far from Lauterbrunnen.

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What are your thoughts on your thoughts on if we go to murren , driving our car to Lauterbrunnen instead of taking the bus and parking it there?
I felt like it was a “central hub” because it’s close to Interlaken and not to far from Lauterbrunnen.

Why rent a car when public transportation is so easy? Your car will remain parked most of the time no matter where you stay.

With only 3 nights and 2 full days, you won’t want to spend time in Interlaken. You barely have enough time to enjoy Mürren, Wengen, and the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

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If for some reason you will have a car (following Laurel’s suggestion above is a better idea), don’t drive to Lauterbrunnen, it is much better to park either in the Matten or Wilderswil Park + Ride lots and take the train in and out of the valley. There are far too many vehicles going in and out this narrow road already, and the short train ride is relaxing and beautiful with easy connections to every destination in the valley.

Here is a link to the parking options, click on them to see the live status of free parking spaces as well as where it is located and cost for the day.

https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/arrival-at-station-car-parks/parking/

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@maureen.
Thank you! We will have a car as we are driving in from Colmar area. However our Airbnb has parking and she said it’s rebar route 105.

I saw that route 105 is only to go to the Interlaken area.

One more question as you are very helpful. If we are there for two full days, what type of travel pass do we get? Buy a 2 day transportation pass for the area or pay single ticket fares?

Thanks!

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I don't drive (no car) so don't know the routes. You will definitely have to go to Interlaken, then on to Gsteigwiler from there. Interlaken - then towards Wilderswil and on to Gsteigwiler. I don't think that there would be any other way to get there.

As far as a train pass goes, this is something you will have to price out according to what you want to do. Use SBB.ch to to see how much different routes cost. See if the one month half fare card or the Berner Oberland pass, or both of them together will give you enough of a savings.
When we have visitors we only get them a pass if we are going to do a lot of travel, in only two days you might be best just to pay as you go.
You can ask for help at the Wilderswil train station, a staff person there would be able to advise you.