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    Bakerstreet 221b is just 25km off Interlaken

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Meiringen - in a distance of about 25km east of Interlaken - is a must for all fans of Sherlock Holmes : In der very centre of the lovely village of Meiringen you may see the world's first authentic replica of the living-room of Sherlock Holmes in Bakerstreet 221b. This replica was made according to the exlanations, given in the books and it includes all the small details beeing mentioned there. This room is shown in a small museum that includes plenty of other interesting Holmes-souvenirs, letters that were sent from all over the world to "Sherlock Holmes, Bakerstreet, London" etc.etc.etc.
    You really might get the feeling, Holmes was a real person, how else could they show his private things there...
    The Sherlock Holmes Museum is open
    May-September : Tue-Sun 01.30-06.00p.m.
    October-April: 04.30-06.00p.m.
    The Sherlock-Holmes-museum is next to Parkhotel du Sauvage inside a small wooden church.

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    Trip up the mountain to Jungfrau

    by adventerrtravel22 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Jungfrau

    Leave OST INTERLAKEN train station and take a ride up the mountain. Expect to spend the whole day doing it. It's a bit pricey but if your in Interlaken for a few days it's a MUST DO. You'll have to change trains I think two times, take in the unbelievable scenery.

    TIP:Bring a HEAVY JACKET with you despite the temperature at the bottom of the mountain. When I left interlaken it was about 72 F, at the top it was -2 F

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    Lauterbrunnen

    by besbel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lauterbrunnen

    Lauterbrunnen is a tiny village in the Bernese Oberland, with no more than a thousand inhabitants, and it's the point where you can, either by bus or rail, get to either the mountains Jungfrau, Eiger, Mönch or visit other villages like Wengen, Mürren and Gimmelwald, where the landscape is impressive.
    However, Lauterbrunnen should be visited for its own merits: all of the landscape you can see from this place! You can go whenever you want, but I found it especially beautiful in the summer :-)
    You can go to Lauterbrunnen from Interlaken by both train (the Bernese-Oberland railway) and car. Time to reach there: 20-30 minutes.

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    Grimsel Pass

    by jorgec25 Written Feb 24, 2010

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    Not very far from Interlaken, you can find some impressive mountain roads. A trip to the Grimsel Pass provides dramatic views, and some thrilling driving (especially if you like Motorcycles).

    Coming down the road from the Grimsel Pass is an adventure itself, and not very advisable for people that suffer from vertigo.

    All and all, the road to the Grimsel Pass is a must if you live in a mostly flat country, like me.

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    Aletsch Glaciar

    by jorgec25 Written Feb 24, 2010

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    The great Aletsch Glaciar is not exactly close to Interlaken, but it's a great opportunity for a nice road trip to leave from Interlaken, and drive through the mountain passes (via Grimsel Pass) until Fiesch. There you can catch the funicular up until the Eggishorn and have a fabulous view of the entire Aletsch Glaciar.

    Another highlight of the Eggishorn is the possibility to climb to the summit, using a trekking path (not for the fain of heart).

    If the weather permits, you can also have lunch outdoors, with a view that I believe not many restaurants have.

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    Watch Crazy Birds playing around!!!

    by Tripack Updated Aug 15, 2007

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    Interlaken International Airport is invaded once a year by an acrobatic Air Race...

    I am not particulary fan of this kind of event as in the Swiss army my job is the anti-aircraft defence... no just kidding. We had a polemic about the opportunity to held this show in the heart of Alps due to additional noise and pollution about this air race. As I win to a competition a get free ticket not miss this amazing aerial ballet.

    So on July the 15th 2007, I was welcome in Interlaken Ost by a wonderful sunny day with warm temperature (30°C) for the show. The attendance was also in the rendez-vous not as much as the organizers waited for about 140'000 - we were (hopefully) the half around 70'000... Yep I was worried about the access to the show as our local Swiss train company forcasted until 3hours of waiting time... at the end no waiting time, you just need to anticipate... I manage to left Interlaken by boat (see my to do tip).

    The principle of the air race is to slalom between cones not higher than 20m by executing acrobatic figures and other looping and the all as fast as possible. Between the qualyfing and final session, I will reward by the Bretling Jet Team, the RB acrobatic team, base jump from helpicopter and other free fall kamikaze ;-)

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    Brienzer Rothorn - for a perfect alpine panorama

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Brienzer Rothorn is a Must, when you would like to see a perfect alpine panorama at a place close to Interlaken . A romantic steamtrain will take you uphill. Planalp is the first station of the Brienzer Rothornbahn, in a height of 1341 meters above sea-level. It is there, where you will have the first possibility to take photographs of the interesting lubrications- and maintainance-works that has to be done during the train-ride of the oldfashioned cog-wheel-trains on their way to Rothorn Kulm. In Planalp the trains of both directions may pass by each other, and water will be refilled as well. You may get out for about 5-8 minutes and watch everything !
    The Brienzer Rothornbahn has several passing-places, where the train stops for a few minutes in order to wait for the oncoming train, so you may leave the train in order to go hiking in that area, BUT you better inform the conductor in advance, that you plan to do so. The first train that arrives at the passing-stations will stay there waiting for the oncoming train, but the other train will just go through without stopping.
    The return-ticket to Rothorn-Kulm is about 60 sfr / 40 Euros
    You may walk down from Planalp to Brienz within 1 hour and 50 minutes
    The one-way-ticket to Planalp is 29 sfr / 20 Euros

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    Hiking from Wengen to Maennlichen & kl.Scheidegg

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Hiking from Wengen to Maennlichen & kl.Scheidegg

    By cablecar you may get easily from Wengen to Maennlichen, a mountain 2230 meters above sea-level ! There you may start hiking to Kleine Scheidegg - the total distance is about 1:20 h - along one of the most scenic hiking-paths in that area. You will pass by several nice restaurants and simple alpine-hotels and for your way back to Wengen you will have the possibility to take the cog-wheel-train from Kleine Scheidegg back to Wengen or to Grindelwald.
    Hiking down all the way from Maennlichen to Wengen will take about 3 hours.

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    Beatushoehle - not far from Interlaken

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    When driving from Interlaken along the panorama-road along the noth bank of Thunersee, you have to leave that road close to Sundlauenen in order to get to St.Beatushoehle. When arriving by ship you just have to follow the path through the woods in order to get to the caves. St. Beatushoehle is a cave, where St.Beatus spent several years in a hermitage. Next to the cave with stalagtites there is also a waterfall, a museum and a souvenirshop.
    The caves and the museum are open
    between Palm Sunday and October daily between 10.30a.m. and 05.00p.m.
    the museum closes 30 minutes later

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    Huenibach - Art Nouveau at Thunersee

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Another highlight, when taking a cruise on Thunersee from Interlaken is Huenibach, a small village , just a few kilometres from Oberhofen and it has another small palace close to Thunersee : Schloss Huenegg was built in french renaissance-style between 1861 and 1863 and in summer 2005 it was unfortunately under reconstruction, as you may see on my photograph.
    Already in the year 1900 it was redecorated and furnished with a lovely Art-Nouveau-interior.
    Schloss Huenegg is open for visitors
    daily between May 15th and October 15th
    daily between 02.00p.m. and 05.00p.m.
    sundays also between 10.00a.m. and 12.00 noon.

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    Schloss Schadau - a jewel of Thunersee

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Schloss Schadau - close to Thun - is another lovely palace dating back to the middle of the 19th century and it was built for a rich banker from Neuchatel. Nowadays you may see inside that palace the "Museum of Gastronomy" with various fancy cork-screws, precious china, cooking-books and menus and in another part of the palace you may see the largest painting in Switzerland : It was made by Marquard Wocher in 1814 and shows the city of Thun in a size of 39x7,5 meters !!
    Inside of Schloss Schadau you will also be able to dine in a speciality-restaurant named "Arts Restaurant"
    The gastronomy-museum is open Tue-Thu 02.00-05.00p.m.
    The "Arts restaurant" is open daily except mondays
    for reservations call:

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    Meiringen

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    When going from Interlaken to Meiringen it makes sense to take a little walk through the village. Next to the church you will see some of the most beautiful houses with lovely balconies, full of flowers and an interesting museum. Meiringen is not full of tourists like Brienz, Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen, you will rather see hiking-tourists there or skiers in wintertime. Do not expect a fancy nightlife, but at least they have a cinema ! (in the street that leads from the station to the big church.
    Directely at Conan-Doyle-Square you may see the tiny English chapel. The church itself is not very special from inside, except for the Sherlock-Holmes-Museum in its cellar and a carved trunk in front of it, showing "Triichlen" - a local custom taking place each year between december 26th and end of the year, it is a parade of people with strange costumes and masks, accompanied with music and dancers.
    The church of Meiringen was the very first church in the valley - the big church that you may see today dates back to 1684 but underneath it's wooden floor you will find remains of the very first church that was built at this place. Outside of the church you may enter the vaults under the church - free of charge and without restrictions during the day. Automatic lights will turn on, when you enter !
    The campanile / belltower was built seperately - quite unusual for a church in Switzerland !

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    Aareschlucht - a great excursion on a cloudy day

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Aareschlucht is NOT really a Must, BUT it might be a good halfday-excursion from Interlaken on a hazy or cloudy day. Aareschlucht is a gorge, where the river Aare flows through a rather narrow valley - at first the rocks on both sides of the gorge are in a distance of about 200 meters and at the very end you may even touch the rocks on both sides at the same time. 1400 meters of artificial paths, tunnels and bridges are leading you through that gorge. In my personal opinion Aareschlucht is somehow over-rated and only recommendable, when you have not seen similar places like Truemmelbach in Lauterbrunnen first.
    From Meiringen you may take the train to Aareschlucht West and walk down the gorge, or you may park your car at the Aareschlucht-Westeingang, walk up the valley - and start with the most spectacular part and end finally at the east-entrance, where you may just walk back again.
    Aareschlucht is open between April 1st and November 1st
    In July&August there will be light-effects each Wed&Fri 09.00-11.00p.m.!
    2/3 of the path, beginning at the West-gate - are adapted for wheelchairs
    Parking for guests is free of charge at the West-gate
    There is a restaurant, a self-service and a kiosk there !
    Aareschlucht is a bit outside of Meiringen, 2 km to the east. From Interlaken you need about 45 minutes by car.

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    Reichenbachfalls - the place where Sherlok Holmes

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Reichenbachfall is the giant waterfall opposite of the village of Meiringen, about 2 km to the south from the Sherlok-Holmes-museum. Conan Doyle - the author of Sherlok Holmes - was a regular guest in Meiringen and he was so very much impressed of the scenery of Reichenbachfall, that he thought, this would be the perfect place to die for his famous dedective. When you get out of the funicular you may see a yellow star at the other side of the waterfall and this indicates the place, where Sherlok Holmes had a fight with his arch-enemy Prof. Moriarty and both of them finally fell down and died.
    Reichenbachfall is a perfect place to start hikes to Rosenlaui, Grosse Scheidegg and other scenic places.
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    Reichenbachfall is in the south of Meiringen,on your way to Aaraeschlucht. Driving there by car takes about 35 minutes from Interlaken.

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    Allmendhubel - smaller brother of Schilthorn

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Allmendhubel might make another halfday-excursion or may a fullday in combination with Muerren or the Schilthorn ! Allmendhubel is a small mountain close to Muerren with a hight of 1912 meters above sea-level. This might be an interesting alternative to Schilthorn / Piz Gloria, in case that the higher mountain-levels are hidden in the haze on a foggy day.
    The view from Allmendhubel is similar to the one from the village of Muerren, BUT you see everything from a place 300 meters higer than from Muerren.
    It will always depend on the weather, that could change really fast in that area.
    Allmendhubel is also included in most of the pre-paid train-tickets, while the Schilthorn has extra-high ticket-prices !!
    The cablecar to Allmendhubel starts behind the small church of Muerren - you may see the station in the back on my 2nd picture !

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