When my wife suggested we try the hiking trails from Grindelwald on the other side of the valley from Murren (where we had spent an unforgettable week several years ago), I expressed reluctance. Why change perfection and after all, Grindelwald is a bigger village with cars and hordes of tourists. In the end, we decided to split our week: four nights in Murren, four in Grindelwald. I was a bit more comfortable when she found a hotel perched on a shelf above and away from town with an Eiger view.
When we arrived at the station in the late afternoon, the hotel sent a car to transport us and our luggage. On arrival, we received a particularly warm welcome from Elisabeth who assured us that 'we were not in the middle of nowhere.' We responded that we hoped we were! She showed us our room: lovely and charming though the Eiger view wasn't visible due to the fog. After a short walk to stretch our legs, we came back and spent a relaxing hour in the hotel's sauna which, uniquely I believe, has windows looking out on the goat sheds. Perfectly delightful.
Next, dinner in the Bodmi's superb restaurant where we decided to have all of our evening meals. (The kitchen is excellent with each dish prepared to perfection with an interesting selection of wines and impeccable and friendly service.)
The weather cleared over night revealing a simply breathtaking view of the Eiger but we didn't linger after breakfast - wonderful yoghurts - as the hikes trails were beckoning: They range from the incredible to the iconic. We asked about the famous Shynigge Platte to First walk - listed at about six hours. Elisabeth printed out rail tickets while we had ate. She said if we got to First after the cable car to Grindelwald stopped running or it was getting dark, to call her. Needless to say, we wouldn't have dreamed of bothering her and got back in time for another sauna, enjoyed the light fading on the Eiger from our balcony and had another fabulous meal. That evening, we had the pleasure of meeting Kurt, Elisabeth's husband as well, and enjoyed his tales of life in the mountains.
Four days in heaven and I still miss it two weeks later. We've already blocked off the same week next year for a return visit with perhaps one fewer day in Murren and an additional day or two at the Bodmi. The combination of magnificent vistas and perfect hospitality makes the Bodmi the ideal choice for a Bernese Oberland holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vacation like in a picture book. A hotel for individuals! Our hotel offers you all comfort with spa in the stable and a unique view. Very quiet location within green meadows, situated directly at the ski-runs, hiking-trails and ski-school area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bodmi Hotel Grindelwald