Interlaken Journals

The Bernese Oberland - Switzerland

A November 2002 trip to Interlaken by dfrb

Jungfrau Massif Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: One place in Europe I always return to is the Interlaken area. It is my favorite because of the small town appeal and the beauty of the mountains surrounding the town, especially the Jungfrau. No trip to Switzerland is complete without visiting this area.

Post-Hardermanlii

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Post-Hardermanlii Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland
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I selected this accommodation because I loved the photo on their website. When I travel, I like to REALLY feel I am in that country and this building says "Switzerland" to me. We had a room with two beds. The balcony overlooked the Jungfrau. What a view!! Although we were there in November, the window boxes were full of beautiful red geraniums in full bloom. The accommodations were fairly basic, but very clean. There is a faint odor like freshly cut wood throughout the place. As is usual for Europe, the bathroom was small. The beds were very comfortable and the walls had a light wood paneling. When we arrived, there was no one at the front desk but we found a note addressed to me under ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2004

Post-Hardermanlii
Hauptstrasse 18, 3800
Interlaken, Switzerland
41 (0)33-822-89-19

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The Chalet at the Hotel Chalet-Oberland is one of my favorite restaurants in Interlaken. It is conveniently located on the main street and you can just drop in without worrying about reservations. The decor is Swiss.

The menu has a wide variety of choices of mostly Swiss/German type dishes. You can get fresh fish (caught locally) and venison, as well as pork, beef, and chicken dishes. Most meals are served with noodles or potatoes, but there are many more vegetable choices. We equate Switzerland with fondue and this is the place for it. The cheese fondue with bread was wonderful. Servers are very courteous. The next time I am in Interlaken, this is my first choice in restaurants.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2004

Chalet at Hotel Chalet Oberland
Postgasse 1
Interlaken, Switzerland

Jungfrau Massif

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Attraction

Jungfrau Massif Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland
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A trip to the Bernese Oberland is not complete without a trip to the top of the Jungfrau. Actually there are three major mountain peaks -- Jungfrau (13,642 feet), Monch (13,449 feet), and Eiger (13,026 feet). There is a train station, known as the Jungfraujoch, located on the Jungfrau at 11,333 feet. It is the highest railway station in Europe. From either of the Interlaken train stations, you can purchase a ticket (prices change, but the cost is between $100 and $150). You catch the train in Interlaken, then transfer to a cog railway later in the journey. The view going and returning is like nothing I have ever seen. Every time I have gone, there has been snow. The sights of the small v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2004

Jungfrau Massif

Interlaken, Switzerland

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Interlaken is a fairly small town (population not much over 15,000). It is very easy to tour on foot. It lies in a valley between the mountains and between two lakes -- Thun and Brienz. If you arrive via Berne in the west, the scenery around Lake Thun prior to reaching Interlaken is breathtaking during months when snow is on the mountains. My last trip was in November. The first snow of the season had just fallen and there was none to speak of in the lower elevations. When I visited in June, the snow from the winter was still on the ground and it was absolutely wonderful. I would not want to return in November -- either later in winter, spring, or early summer. Interlaken has two train stati...Read More