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Interlaken Region

Looking for a place to stay over the holidays in the Interlaken area. Any suggestions?

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Go to the website www.interlaken.ch On the upper left, click on EN for English. You will then see "lodging" in a list on the left side. Hope this helps. By the way, you can use this format to get a website for any city you want info on. Example: www.city name.ch CH is for Switzerland, DE for Germany, FR for France, IT for Italy and AT for Austria

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Are you looking to stay in Interlaken itself or the surrounding mountain towns? Looking for a grand old hotel, ski lodge or B&B?

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We would like to stay in on of the mountain towns.

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Kari: Interlaken is not the same thing as the "mountain towns." Popular mountain towns for sleeping in are:GimmelwaldMürren (on some websites it's important to spell it Mürren or Muerren and not Murren)WengenStechelbergKleine ScheideggIsenfluh

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Actually, as incorrect as it may be, you will find Muerren spelled Murren on several websites. To see lodging possibilities in Wengen and Muerren look at these websites:

www.muerren.ch and www.wengen.ch My personal favorite of the alpine villages is Muerren and the Chalet Fontana www.chaletfontana.ch

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We just returned from Switzerland, and stayed in Chalet Helvetia in Murren for three days. Great 2 bedroom apartment with a wonderfully equipped kitchen (55 Sfr/person/night). You get there by going down a footpath (towards Gimmelwald) immediately to the right of the Murren cable-car, which was convenient. If you plan to use the train mostly, you will need to hike a bit longer uphill -- it did not bother us, though. Your porch has a lovely view looking out on Lauterbrunnen valley and mountains. Enjoy!

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I've never been there, but I just wanted to share this with you. My brother is traveling through Europe and has been emailing every few days to let me know where he is. The one I got today started with "I've been to Interlaken, so you don't have to go." He went on to say how touristy it is. According to him, they even have a Hooters!

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Interlaken and the adjoining town are very nice to stroll through and visit. It can be touristy. The small town of Lauterbrunnen is 25 minutes away by train but over the holidays, the entire Lauterbrunnen Valley should be a ski area. Still, you can easily get to the mountain villages by cog train or gondola just as in the summer months and they are simply beautiful - even in the winter.

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You didn't say how long you will be staying in the area. If you will be there for at least a week, I would recommend booking a holiday apartment (Fereinwohnungen). It will be cheaper (generally) than a hotel.

If you stay in Mürren, keep in mind that you will have to take the cable car each time you want to travel somewhere else. That can get rather expensive unless you have a pass that covers the cable car from Stechelberg.

The Lauterbrunnen valley is a personal favorite of mine -- not as touristy as Grindelwald or Mürren. I've stayed at the Staubach Hotel there. Should be better than ever now with rennovations, I think, completed. It overlooks the Lauterbrunnen Falls is run by a transplated American (Craig) and his Swiss wife.

I just came home 2 weeks ago from staying in an apartment in Schwendi just outside of Grindelwald. The train station is about a block away. Let me know if that interests you and I can dig up contact information for you.

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I think this is the first time I've ever heard of Muerren being described as touristy :-))

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"He went on to say how touristy it is..."

Interlaken was one of the original Alpine holiday resorts, so yes, of course its touristy! Its been that way for over a 100 years.

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David
We will only be in the area for two nights. I have stayed in Gimmewald at Walters Place but it will be closed during the holiday season. We will be there right after Christmas. I will look up that hotel in the Lauterbrunen Valley. Any other thoughts...I know its a short stay!

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Kari-I'd second David's suggestion of the Hotel Staubbach. We stayed there in July of this year and loved it! We paid a bit extra to have a room that looks down the valley and looks right at Staubbach Falls. Definitely worth the extra! The staff were very friendly and the room was great! Breakfast was very good too. We visited up both sides of the valley so it was nice to be located right in the middle and not have to take lifts down in the morning. Have a great trip!

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Jed
Thanks so much! Do you have a website or contact info for Hotel Staubbach? I can't find anything online.

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The Valley Hostel in Lauterbrunnen is great. Clean, well run by a family and very convenient.

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Hi Kari! Here you go!

http://www.staubbach.com/

Lauterbrunnen was one of our highlights on our trip this summer. Never been there in the winter, but summer is wonderful!