Tips based on our experience in Switzerland in August 2006
We would recommend choosing between following options:
Lauterbrunnen – As Lonely Planet says, ideal base camp, good starting point for hiking trips. Here is also beautiful Staubbach falls, but town is quite crowded.
Grindelwald – beautiful touristy town in a valley, all the famous hikes can be reached easily. Scenery is magnificent – Oberer Gletscher, Eiger, Mönch,
Wengen – we stayed here and are really pleased. This car-free village (means quiet) is at 1420 meters high, at the sunny side of the mountain. Jungfraujoch and Männlichen peak are as close as they can be to the accommodation place.
Mürren – another car free village, although it is not so close to all hiking routes.
In our opinion staying in Interlaken would be waste of time and money – too far from main attractions.
Our original plan was to go by car. But now we are very happy that we chose a train. Because you can’t see much in the mountains by car, it is needed to walk and to get there it is much easier by train.
The worst option (most expensive) would be to buy regular ticket every time you step to train. Careful planning can save you huge amount of franks. When going to Jungfrau region, consider buying Jungfrau region pass (Jungfraubahnen Pass) for 6 days for 190SFR, with that all trains will be free and cable cars with half price. Regular prices can be seen at www.jungfraubahn.ch
– Mostly it is possible to pay with the credit card. Although, when going up hill, take some cash with you because in some places the minimum amount to pay with a card is 20SFR.
The temperature is lower at mountains, it is good to have fleece available. For hiking boots would be best. In many places there was an option to test Lowa hiking boots for free- this is experience worth trying.
Don’t miss an opportunity to taste a fine Swiss white wine together with a Swiss fondue. We had most pleasant experience with fondue in restaurant Eiger in Wengen. Contrary to popular belief that Switzerland does not produce wine, it appears that white Swiss wine is world class.