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Interlaken and Bernese Oberland

We are planning to stay in the Bernese Oberland region for 4 days in September. After touring the mountains and trails we would like to spend a couple days on/around the lakes adjacent to Interlaken for purely relaxation. There are multiple small town options but we're not sure which would be optional, especially considering we will not have a car. Are there transportation options between these small towns for minor excursions around the two lakes. Any recommendations for which towns to seek housing.

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There are several villages on the north side of Lake Brienz that have good public transport connections, thanks to the Interlaken - Luzern railway. So look at Brienz, and other places between Brienz and Interlaken.

On lake Thun the situation is different, as the nice towns are on the North side, but the railway is on the southern side, so that is transport wise not so convenient. Spiez is on the railway, but the station is some distance (uphill) from the town.

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I enjoyed my time in Thun; it has interesting medieval streets with riverfront restaurants and cafes to hang out, plus beautiful lakefront walks and several places to relax while you enjoy the view across the lake. There are several castles to tour and other attractions as well. The Thuner Trampelwurm offers tours in a ten-meter-long team bicycle where each person has their own carriage.

Buses run frequently along the lake to Interlaken and back with stops at other small towns, and you’re 20 minutes from Bern by train as well. You can also take the boat around the lake or travel by boat part of the way, then by bus.

All the best,