My husband and I are planning a 3-day trip to the Bernese Oberland and I am looking for either hotels or B&Bs to stay in Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Wengen or Brienz. We are going to be there in the first week of April and I am wondering which place would be ideal to stay in terms of getting around to other places by train. We are going to be driving our car, so we also need some safe parking area. Any suggestions of which place and where to stay? Thanks!
Hi... I am also planning a trip in that very area (specifically Murren) for the first two wks of April. If you're there during the first week, you should be in luck. Any later, though, seems like hotels are closed for the break between Winter and Summer Seasons.
I have not made reservations because our dates are not firm [we're flying standby], but this website has been helpful for research:
Click on the individual hotels for availability/dates.
I can't wait. See you there! ;)
April is "shoulder season" in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. This is the transition from winter to summer. Many hotels close during this period. Check with your hotel to see if they are open. Muerren is just stunning but expect it to be a bit quiet. Try the Chalet Fontana. #1 on Trip Adisvor and very reasonable.
For getting around, you have to take a gondola to get to Muerren and Gimmelwald. For Wengen, you take a cog train. No tourist vehicles are permitted in these towns. You will absolutely love it.
If you need to stay in Lauterbrunnen, we have stayed at the Hotel Silberhorn and really liked our entire stay. The hotel is about 500 feet from the train station.
I will try to check on Chalet Fontana. From the website it seems like they are only providing accomodation on a weekly basis until May.
Thanks so much for the quick response.
If you are looking at the Brienzersee area, consider staying in Meiringen. You have the Aareschlucht, Reichenbach falls, Planplatten (which gives an excellent view of the valley below and if you are interested, offers paragliding)---lots of great hiking. The train service is excellent and I know that parking isn't a big problem. Meiringen is down in the valley with other small villages up on the mountainsides (Reutte for example) and is a very intimate town. To get more information on it, go to www.untours.com.