|Subject: Re: Berner Oberland in 2nd week April 2004|
We stayed in both Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen in early September one
year. The weather was great during the day - dry and sunny - and cold
enough at night that we had to used eiderdowns for sleeping.
Grindelwald provides access to the Jungfrau via the oldest cog railway in Europe, with the highest elevation. We took the first train up (leaves around 6:00 a.m.) and spent an hour or so at the top of the mountain. Our hotel kitchen prepared us a box lunch, because we were up too early for breakfast, which we were able to enjoy on the snowy, cold mountain top. As I recall, the trip is expensive (though there is a discount for taking the first morning train), but it is well worth it.
Lauterbrunnen has a gondola that takes visitors up to a mountain top village. Lauterbrunnen itself is nestled in a valley and is quiet and peaceful. It provides a contrast to Grindelwald which is hemmed in by the mountains.
So, if your parents are flexible, I'd suggest time in both villages. Lucy, Toronto