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  • Sledging in the regions of Beatenberg
    Sledging in the regions of Beatenberg
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  • Sledging in the regions of Beatenberg
    Sledging in the regions of Beatenberg
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  • Sledging in the regions of Beatenberg
    Sledging in the regions of Beatenberg
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    A castle with a beautiful setting

    by Paul2001 Written Jun 20, 2012

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    Because time was an issue, once I arrived in Interlaken, I set out for Spiez Castle. Situated on Lake Thun, this is one of the most romantic castles that I have ever visited. The castle was originally built in the Middle Ages and was occupied from the 13th century to the 18th century. Today much of the castle is a museum which is great to wander around. You can climb to the top of the "keep" and take in the views. Otherwise the collection includes medieval and baroque furniture and suits of armour. The little tower you see out on the lake in this photograph was actually an addition built in the 19th century. The castle also has many small and very lovely gardens on the exterior.

    Spiez Castle from the Thun Ferry Museum exhibit Suits of Armour Main Hall and Fireplace The Garden Outside of the Castle
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    Winter Activities ,Sledging

    by S.VTM Written Jun 9, 2012

    Sledging fun for young and old! More than 70km sledging runs in the regions of Beatenberg.

    Sensational sledging for the whole family! Beatenberg offers racy downhill runs as well as easier rides for tiny tots. The sledge runs on Niederhorn are famous far beyond the region. Enjoy super sledging and a spectacular Alpine panorama!

    Sledging in the regions of Beatenberg Sledging in the regions of Beatenberg Sledging in the regions of Beatenberg
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    Alpengarten at Schynige Platte

    by Ann75 Written Feb 16, 2012

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    When visiting Schynige Platte don't miss to walk through the "Alpengarten". This famous botanical garden consists of about 500 different flowering plants and ferns grouped in 15 groups of near - natural locations. From mid-June until late September you will find array of colours in the Alpine Garden. Don't forget to enjoy the beautiful views of the Swiss Alps while walking through the garden.

    You can find the Alpine Garden on top of Schynige Platte.

    Another pretty flower in the Alpine Garden An Edelweiss at the Alpine Garden Signs to indicate what kind of flower it is Another pretty flower in the Alpine Garden
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    Take the train to Schynige Platte

    by Ann75 Written Feb 16, 2012

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    On one of the beautiful sunny days we had in Switzerland we wanted to visit the Schilthorn (Piz Gloria), but we heard that it’s another very busy tourist attraction and we just did the Jungfraujoch before and didn't feel like being in big crowds again. So we heard from the home owners where we stayed that Schynige Platte is also very beautiful but less busy. I did a bit of reading on the internet about this place and indeed it looks like a great place. We decided that we were going to visit Schynige Platte today. We also used our Regional Pass for another free day today. We had get on the train in Wilderswil, but first we stopped at the Wilderswil visitor centre to get some information. The lady gave us a nice folder for Schynige Platte and said that it was a very good choice to go up there. We parked our car at the Wilderswil train station where we took the cogwheel train up to Schynige Platte.

    During the train trip we had beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, the Thunersee and the Brienzersee, the surrounding scenery and more. It was really beautiful! Once we got up to the top of Schynige Platte at an elevation of 1,967m/6,490ft we could choose from several hiking tails. First we visited the Alpen Garten where you could find over 500 different species of wildflowers and plants that are found in the Swiss Alps. Some of these flowers and plants are so pretty. I really enjoyed seeing Edelweiss in real life growing here. It’s such a pretty flower with fuzzy flower petals. After visiting the Alpen Garten we found ourselves a nice picnic bench in the sun with amazing views over the mountains and we had our lunch. We packed our own sandwiches, some fruit, drinks and a couple of snacks. Wow, it’s amazing how this mountain air helps with the appetite…my sandwich never tasted this good, haha! It was quite warm and I think it must have been around 25 C up here. After lunch and relaxing for a while we decided to do one more hike which would follow a panoramic trail. This hike took us about an hour and a bit with beautiful scenery, tons of wildflowers and amazing mountain views. We walked for about a good hour and then we slowly returned to the train station.

    We had an amazing time here, this place was absolutely beautiful with great views of the Swiss Alps, the lakes and so much more. There were no big crowds which was really nice too. We truly enjoyed our time up here!

    View from the Schynige Platte train View from the Schynige Platte train One of the trails on Schynige Platte View from Schynige Platte Another trail at Schynige Platte
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    Visit the Top of Europe

    by Ann75 Updated Feb 1, 2012

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    During our visit to Switzerland we took a whole day out to visit Jungfraujoch which is a very popular tourist attraction in this region. But even with all the crowds it's definitely worth a visit! We drove to the Zweilutschinen train station where we parked the car as you can park there for free (not sure if this is still in effect). From here we took the train to Lauterbrunnen where we got off the train to take the train to Kleine Scheidegg. Once we were at Kleine Scheidegg we had to get off again and hop on the Jungfraubahn, the train to Jungfraujoch. Jungfraujoch is the train station inside of the Eiger mountain and it is the highest train station in Europe with an elvation of 3,454m/11,333ft. It was very busy on the trains because everybody wanted to take advantage of this beautiful weather after having a few rainy days. So be prepared that it can be quite busy.

    During the trip from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch the train enters a tunnel that was created within the Eiger and Monch. The train has to overcome an elevation gain of about 1,400m/4,600ft, so it goes fairly slow. On the way to Jungfraujoch there are a couple of stops so you can get out and a look through huge windows created in the mountain wall to see the Eiger glacier and the Eiger wand (a straight mountain wall popular with mountain climbers). Once we arrived at Jungfraujoch we were able to visit different areas through a set of tunnels. Up here it’s like winter forever…it was 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) which is freezing and there is snow everywhere you look. The day before it was pretty cool outside and fresh snow had fallen here as well.

    Up at Jungfraujoch there are several things to do and see. You can visit the Ice Palace which is created inside the Eiger Glacier, you can visit the sled dogs who can give you a fun ride on the snow up at Jungfraujoch. There are possibilities for skiing, snow walks and such. There are several areas to go outside onto the snow and glacier, the most interesting area was the Sphinx Observatory which is located even higher than Jungfraujoch. This Sphinx Observatory is located at an elevation of 3,571m/11,760ft. The views from the Sphinx Observatory were amazing, you could walk out on a big platform and see for miles and miles in the distance, the mountains were up close and you could also see the amazing Aletsch Glacier which is the longest one in Europe with a length of 25km (15.5mi). Inside Jungfraujoch there were a couple of restaurants, a gift shop of course and big windows for viewing the surrounding mountains and beautiful scenery.

    Definitely a must if you are in the area!

    We had a Bernese Oberland Pass with 3 free travel days. This day was one of our free travel days, so we took the train from Zweilutschinen via Lauterbrunnen to get to Kleine Scheidegg where we took the Jungfraubahn train. On the way back the Jungfraubahn would go back to Kleine Scheidegg, but from there we took the train to Grindelwald instead of Lauterbrunnen. From Grindelwald we took another train back to Zweilutschinen, so we made a big loop which was nice as we saw different scenery this way. We only had to pay for the Jungfraubahn and that was 50% off because we had that Bernese Oberland pass. All the other train rides were free as we enjoyed a free travel day.

    View from the train to Kleine Scheidegg View of Jungfraujoch from Kleine Scheidegg View from Jungfraujoch Aletsch Glacier seen from Jungfraujoch The buildings at Jungfraujoch
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    Cruises on Lakes Thun and Brienz is a must!

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    What a great way to relax and enjoy the alpine view surroundings the lake.

    The fleet is quite modern but for nostalgic two historic paddle steamers are still cruising: the Blümlisalp on Lake Thun and Lötschberg on Lake Brienz.

    During my cruise the crew members were really efficient and obliging. I could order some refresment from the rear deck to the barman, I was serve in the minute! The captain was at time to my destination, the Swiss punctuality legend is safe, once again ;-)


    My insider tip: Cruise on Mondays

    For the entire season (7 May to 8 October 2007), you'll be able travel onboard luxury liners and authentic steamers the whole day every Monday for the special price of CHF 25.- (in 2nd class instead of CHF 50.-!) or CHF 35.- (in 1st class instead of CHF 70.-!).

    There's also a daily menu from the on-board galley for only CHF 15.-.

    Departures from Interlaken West (Thun Lake) or Ost (Brienz Lake).

    Enjoy your Swiss cruise!!!

    The Beatus Berner Oberland Beatushoehlen The Interlaken canal A Swiss rocky pyramid...
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    Skydive in the Swiss Alps

    by ADV27 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As if jumping out of an airplane before I ate breakfast or even had a cup of coffee wasn't wild enough. Watching the Swiss Alps surround me as I flew through the air was truely amazing. If your going to come to Interlaken go skydiving, or at least bungy jumping. Also, if you really want a rush, skydive out of a helicopter, it's a whole different world.

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    Check out the gardens

    by Maryimelda Updated Jul 10, 2010

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    Switzerland as a whole is renowned for what seems to be an endless profusion of beautiful flowers. In summer and spring especially, there are flowers on or around just about every building and street. The gardens of Interlaken are particularly colourful and beautifully designed. A photographer's dream come true.

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    Downtown Interlaken

    by jorgec25 Written Feb 24, 2010

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    The main avenue of Interlaken, crossing the city from the train station is mostly covered in shops, restaurants and hotels.

    But, standing on the left of the main avenue, in a small park, lie two churches, standing side by side, and that are worth a visit.

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    VISIT LAKE BRIENZ

    by MaheshSamtani Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    We happened to be in Interlaken in off season just by a few days and there were no boat rides to go around the lakes. However this was not going to stop us from making the most of our trip and visiting the lake areas. We were recommended to go to Niederried, which is a few kilometers and is home to part of the shores of Lake Brienz. We get there by bus - with the Interlaken tourist card - you do not have to pay anything. Once you get off, try to find a place to get down the mountain towards the lake. You might have to pass through small very well decorated lanes with private houses. We came to the place from where some boats leave for trips, simply fantastic The pictures I have posted might give you a slight idea of what we experienced. Nothing compared to of course, really being there.

    Be sure to find out the timings at which the bus will pass from your stop, on the way back. Depending on the season there may be one or two service, each hour

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    Schloss Kirche Interlaken

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 25, 2009

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    History dates the church back as far as 1133 when it was built as an Augustinian Collegiate Church. With the dissolution of the college in 1484, the church was joined to the Collegiate Foundation of Bern. In 1528 it was closed and from 1563 it was used as a district granary and wine cellar.
    It was handed back to the Church by the Bernese authorities in 1909 to the parish of Interlaken Gsteig. The new nave was erected between 1909 1nd 1911 and in 1950 the whole church was renovated. It features wonderful stained glass depicting, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the Birth of Christ and the Condemnation of Christ.

    Castle Church of Interlaken..... Interior..... The pulpit...... Baptismal Font....... Beautiful Stained glass.....
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    Romisch Katholische Pzarrei Heiliggeist

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 25, 2009

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    This is the primary Catholic church in the Oberland with smaller churches in Grindelwald, Wengen, Muerren, Beatenburg and Lauterbrunnen. It is quite simple but really lovely.
    A feature of the church is a sie chapel dedicated to Mary and Child. Once again, quite simple but to me, very touching in its simplicity. There are also some very beautiful stained glass windows in the building.

    Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Ghost..... Side Chapel to Mary and Child..... Very simple, but lovely. The Altar..... Stained glass window.....
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    Nostalgic Train Tour

    by riorich55 Written Nov 25, 2008

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    Although we didn't have time to ride the train, we saw it several times riding around town with passengers during our day in Interlaken. According to their website the ride consists of an approximate 30-minute sightseeing tour of Interlaken, Matten and Unterseen with an interesting commentary in German and English. Pick-up points: Höheweg, Interlaken Ost and West Railway Stations and Marktplatz.

    In daily operation all year round / According to timetable (subject to change).

    Cost: Adults CHF 9.00, Children (4-12) CHF 4.50, Familys (2 Adults + 1-2 Children) CHF 20.00.

    Reservation: The „Train“ can be booked for special events.

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    day trips from Interlaken

    by winterson Written Jul 3, 2008

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    Everyone goes up Jungfrauhoch but there are trips up other mountains in the area. The village of Murren is great and you go up Schilthorn - Piz Gloria. Its got a revolving restaurant and great views. Cable car up can be a bit expensive though.

    Next there is the cog railway trip to Schynige Platte which also has great views of Jungfrau, Eiger et al. There is also an Alpine garden up there to visit. Also the other side there is the trip to Harder Kulm and is one of the cheaper options for views. There is an wildlife park there too.

    What about The St. Beatus Caves, around Thun. They are a prehistoric settlement and also the cell of Saint Beatus. You can visit 1 km of lighted stalactite caves.

    Lots of villages have guided walks so check it all out by visiting the local tourist office.

    Good luck,
    John

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    Grimmelwald

    by rundoyle4 Written Jan 30, 2008

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    Grimmelwald is the cutest little village in the mountains next to Interlaken. It has sheep and goats and donkeys in little barns and has a real mountain living feel to it. Definitely worth a hike and an afternoon.

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