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Washington, District of Columbia
October 27, 2005
From journal Interlaken Trip
Jersey City, New Jersey
July 7, 2004
From journal Swiss Backpacking
La Grange, Illinois
June 3, 2004
Balmers is a good walk from the train station; however the Balmers van is usually circling through and can pick you up. Also, if you check the hotel board outside the train station, you'll find you can simply call the hostel and they will pick you up.
While reservations are always a good idea in the summer, many backpackers like to travel without firm plans and Balmers usually has space. If the hostel is full, they offer accommodations in a huge tent located between Interlaken and Winderswil. Room options include: dorm style, double, triple, and quad. Dorm rates begin around 16 euros and rates do include breakfast.
If you're looking for a place to hang out and party, Balmer's Metro Bar is definitely it and even has a happy hour with special drink prices from 9pm - 10 pm every night. For your munchies, there is a bar cafe with a good selection of bar food that is fairly tasty. You can choose from onion rings, soup du jour, bruschetta, beef stew, chicken pie, or even Swiss fondue.
Balmers offers summer and winter activities, coordinated through local tour operators. Prices are on their website and are competitive. Whether you are a thrill seeker who wants to parachute, an adventurist excited to try canyoning for the first time, or the more laid back traveler who wants to take a scenic flight or just do some rafting, you can arrange it all with confidence at Balmers. Winter options, of course, include ski and snowboard packages with lifts and equipment.
So stay at Balmers; you'll meet tons of interesting people! Spend your days hiking or enjoying adventure activities in the Bernese Oberland and your nights partying at the Metro. Just don't come if you're looking for a quiet, chill atmosphere! Head to Lauterbrunnen and Valley Hostel in that case!
From journal Interlaken -- Gateway to the Mountains
May 7, 2004
Plus, the lockout policy wasn't strict at the tent. The tent hosts daily happy hours. Revise that to daily happy three hours! Great times. There’s lots of drinking, but hey, if you're not up to party, don't stay here. It was fun.
From journal Backpacking in Interlaken
May 31, 2002
Balmers also has a shop onsite that sells a range of souveneirs (including the compulsory Swiss Army knives with free engraving) and a booking office to book all your adventure activities at reduced rates.
From journal Swiss Exhileration