I went to Switzerland for the second time ( on 28June 2006-10 July 2006), a region called the "Bernese Oberland". I stayed with my husband and young brother in a Youth Hostel, as it is a very expensive country. I have stayed at this hostel before. The staff are very friendly and considerate and try their best to be of assisstance.
It caters for all ages and is not too big. The average price is about 28CHF a night and that includes breakfast. You have the option to order supper at 13.50CHF (about £6) and that includes a starter, main course and a dessert. The food is simple fare cooked by local people who run the hostel. It is very good and alot cheaper than the eating else where.
We struggled with the poriton sizes as it was very large and heavy - most restaurants seem to serve large portions.
We had a family room, so you do not have to share if you do not want to. It was very clean and comfortable. The view from this Hostel/Chalet is spectacular, it overlooks the Eiger and Jungfray is just nearby. This town is also very small. Alot of cows about and goats - all with bells - chocolate box houses - evreything you would expect Switzerland to be.
We were here for 12days and still did not find that it was enough as there was so much to do and see.
At the station in Grinelwald you can purchase a Jungfrau pass, which enable you to take most cable cars and trains in the jungfrau region for a period of 6 days. If you are staying in this region for 6 days it is advisable, as the trains and cable cars are very expensive otherwise. We bought a Family pass which cost my husband and me 190CHF (approx £95) my brother of 15 got a pass for a year for the price of 20CHF - which was very good.
However if you take the train ride up to the Jungfraujoch (top of europe) then you have to pay an extra fee as it is further along and the pass does not cover it all.
We did alot of short hikes, but the altitude is very high and one does get short of breath. The most scenic (all of them are scenic...) if thought for myself was a place called First, then also the longest cable car in europe runs from Grund to Manlichen - we decided to walk back - but it took us 6 hours and we are not experienced walkers. We were ofcourse shattered the next day, but it was wonderfull. The alpine flowers growing at various altitudes were beautifull and if you love flowers this is spectacular.
Then there is the train from Grindelwad up to Kleine Scheidegg where you change trains and take the train up to Jungfraujoch, this was very beautifull but i found it very claustrophobic as the train goes straight through the mountian and when you do finaly get there the altitude is so high that people do get dizzy and struggle a bit to walk, people with breathing problems must bear this in mind. The view over the glacier is out of this world. You also have the option to snowboard, ski, there are dogsleighs, restaurants all up ther as well as an ice sculpture gallery - it is a great day out. One must however take sunscreen and glasses, we found it very warm up there despite the snow.
We also discovered the delightfull town of Wengen, which is a carfree town and it can only be reached by train, it is a beautifull village and worth walking around in.
We alslo went further down the Valley to Brienz which is by a lake, where you have an option to swim in the lake, it was very hot - so it is a great place for bathers.
There is so much to say about this area - however it is strictly for lovers of nature and walking- as you do alot of it. There is some nightlife, but nothing too major. It has a bit of every thing, anyone who has any questions can contact me. I will try my best to answer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best of the Alps - have fun in the Grindelwald youth hostel! It is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable hostels in the Alps. The welcoming cosiness has remained, but modern bedrooms and practical facilities for groups and families have now been added. More than ever before, the youth hostel is a rendezvous for sport fans and young guests from all over the world who want to experience the impressive world of the mountains around Grindelwald. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jugendherberge Grindelwald Hotel Grindelwald