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Skillthorn & Grindelwald-Shortest Route

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Skillthorn & Grindelwald-Shortest Route

We plan to do take the gondola to Skillthorn, and after we are back, we want to know the shortest/cheapest way to go to Grindelwald -we have two other activities on our list- the first flyer and the hike down to Lake Bachalpsee.

There are so many connections in that map its confusing-

We are looking for the shortest route- avoiding trains and using chairlifts/gondolas as much as possible as one of us has train nausea on heights.

So shortest route Interlaken-Skillthorn-Grindelwald-Lake Bachalpsee-Interlaken.

Would it be more convenient to stay in interlaken or Grindelwald for this itinerary- we are taking the train from Zurich to reach the Bernese Oberland area. We have one and a half day in the area.

And one last question-given our short time would you suggest doing Lake Thun instead of Lake Bachalpsee to avoid the hike and save time? Im afraid it wont have the same mirror-like charm? Thanks!

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1. Re: Skillthorn & Grindelwald-Shortest Route

Once you come down from the Schilthorn you can take the bus from Stechelberg to the Lauterbrunnen train station. The valley train to Zweilutchenin where you can change for the train to Grindelwald where you can get the lift up to First for the walk up to Bachalpsee.

It's up to you to decide what to see. The Bachalpsee is a small mountain lake, Lake Thun is huge by comparison.

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2. Re: Skillthorn & Grindelwald-Shortest Route

If you want to avoid lifts and gondolas you will miss some of the best aspects of visiting Switzerland. If you can cope with the Schilthorn then others shouldn't be a big problem.

There is no comparison between the two lakes you mention - I think you need to do a lot more research into your trip. Perhaps buy a couple of good guide books?

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3. Re: Skillthorn & Grindelwald-Shortest Route

You have nausea on trains due to heights? Surely the cable cars and gondolas are worse.

It's not possible to avoid using trains as they connect with the cable cars and gondolas.

If you want to avoid trains as much as possible you need to take the cable car down to Lauterbrunnen valley, walk or catch bus to Lauterbrunnen, train to Wengen (no other way), cable car to Mannlichen, gondola to Grindlewald Grund and then either walk or catch train to Grindelwald. Walk through Grindelwald to First gondola.

You need to look at the Swiss trains web site to work out timings. SBB.ch there is an English site. Sorry cant give you a link.

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4. Re: Skillthorn & Grindelwald-Shortest Route

Thank you those routes are helpful. If we take the gondola routes you specified, and are coming from Zurich and leaving for florence, italy the next day, are we better off getting individual tickets or swiss passes? are these tickets changeable/refundable in case we need to make changes due to weather? thanks!

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5. Re: Skillthorn & Grindelwald-Shortest Route

How are you coming from Zurich? If by train then something like the half fare card may be helpful.

Tickets are not refundable. Thats why it's important to not buy them until the day you plan to travel and can see what the weather will be.

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