This is an excellent campsite as we had the pleasure of experiencing this August when we spent a week camping here. Built on the edge of Lake Thun, the campsite is a mixture of permanent pitches, caravans and tents. There is a restaurant (italian, expensive, tasty), a well stocked shop with English papers and a fine selection of breads, a very helpful office which acts as a tourist information centre, and several lakeside areas to picnic and enjoy a swim. There are excellent bus services and even a ferry that will drop you in central Interlaken which are free if you are staying at Manor Farm.
The first night we arrived we pitched our tents, had a pizza from the on-site restaurant (£15), washed it down with a local beer (£5.50) and soaked in the MAGNIFICENT VIEWS of the hills and mountains, including the Eiger, that are stunning in which ever direction you care to gaze!! That evening we watched the sun going down whilst sat drinking a beer on the jetty and dangling our feet in the cool lake water, watching a firework display over Thun in the distance. We were pinching ourselves to see if we were dreaming, but no we weren't, this was close to perfection!!
Then it rained. And rained some more. Then it stormed and got cold. Then it rained again and got colder (we shivered in our thin jumpers). Then it just kept raining for a week! We never got to dip our feet in the lake again and the Eiger was hidden behind thick rain-clouds but at least we had that first night of heaven. But then it seems this is Switzerland and the fickle moods of the mountains. If it's nice it's really nice, if it's wet it's painful.
We visited Bern which was really nice; Thun which has a nice Castle; Lauterbrunnen which is amazing (and is good in the rain due to all the waterfalls) and Grindlewald which I imagine would have had great views if not for all the cloud and rain. Interlaken is a bit touristy but pleasantly inoffensive.
In summary, this is an excellent campsite in a perfect location with great amenities, but beware falling for the myth of the blue skied Switzerland of the postcards. It rains here in August. It rains a lot.
- Also Known As:
- Manor Farm Hotel Interlaken