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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Mountain
“the highest train station in Europe. the views are breathtaking and the train ride is an adventure for itself.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“You can take the bus and you will be there in about 20 minutes. It is very beautiful both in summer and winter.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Oschinen lake is a good place to go if you dont want to hike a lot but would like to go up a mountain (when you take the cabelcar). ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
“Don’t miss a visit to this family favourite of ours. If you are after a real bar with character then you have to visit AVOCADO ! Great bar, fantastically friendly staff, easy going atmosphere, playing some great music and interesting locals. Alex, the owner is an absolute legend, makes you feel very comfortable and he loves what he does which makes it a better experience. The highlight here is a large beer garden and bar out back, perfect for summer days. You can’t beat having the view of the Eiger Mountain while having a delicious beer. It is simply awesome!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Mountain
“If you want to go up on a mountain and not spend to much. We can recomend Niederhorn. It's close and easy to acsess with public transport.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Museum
“Interessante Einblicke in die Geschichte Grindelwalds und des Eigers. Verschiedene Ausstellungen”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
“This is a great place for a well earned coffee and dessert after a long day in the hills, or on the slopes. The menu here is always original, and locally sourced.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Mountain
“You can hike it or take the cable car. But the view is fantastic from up there. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Auditorium
“Wonderful walk to the Thun Castle on the Schlossberg. Go inside the Castle, up to the Towers and enjoy the stunning view over the Lake and to the Swiss Mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Cascata del Toce Situato a Frazione Cascata, Formazza, 28863 Conosciuto per Parco, Per turisti wonderfull falls Modifica Mottarone Situato a Piedmont, 28838 Conosciuto per Viste Mozzafiato, Hiking Trail a beatifull mountain near the lake with a wonderfull view Modifica Piancavallo Situato a Piancavallo, Piemonte, 28824 Conosciuto per Hiking Trail is a mountain over my country, with a beatifull view on the lake Majeur. there are many hiking trail on foot or bike.near there is a little country AURANO where is the ZIPLINE ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Incredibly immense, incredibly beautiful: the Large Aletsch Glacier is the Alps' mightiest ice flow. And the most popular, for it is easily accessible and is ideally situated for extensive hikes, winter sports and special nature excursions. It is also UNESCO World Heritage.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Either hike up all the way or take the cable train up halfway/or all the way. There is a great restaurant at the very top and the view you get is stunning. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The bay of Spiez with the Castle and the wineyards....Just very nice to walking around and to do some sightseeing. There you find also some nice restaurants.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“The thermal bath & spa area can be reached within 40 minutes and offers relaxation and fun for the whole family. A day ticket is available for under 30 CHF.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Museum
“One of Europe's finest living history museums, Ballenberg spreads across 124 acres of alpine countryside in a series of village and farmstead groups representing different Swiss regions and their traditional ways of life. Historic houses, barns, shops, and other buildings were brought here from their original sites, with their furniture, decorations, utensils, and implements. Old crafts and traditional customs are revived here, and in the course of a visit, you may see everything from woodcarving and cooperage to lace- and cheese-making demonstrations. The homes represent all styles from the most modest cabins and rustic farmhouses to elegant homes of the well-to-do, but the focus is on how people lived, how they produced their own goods, and how they traded and shared within their communities. Special exhibits may examine one facet of life in detail, such as child labor on farms or a particular craft and its evolution. You could easily spend an entire day seeing all the buildings and exhibits in this fascinating look back in time. Ask at the Interlaken Tourist Office for information on packages that include boat and bus travel from Interlaken to Ballenberg. Address: Museumsstrasse 131, Hofstetten bei Brienz Official site: www.ballenberg.ch ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“At 2.970 meters, the Schilthorn attracts visitors with a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of the “Swiss skyline” including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and a delicious meal in the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria. Since 1967, the aerial cableway makes its way from Stechelberg in the Lauterbrunnen valley up to the summit in four legs. Visitors can follow in James Bond’s footsteps by visiting the interactive adventure exhibition “Bond World” or on the new “007 Walk of Fame”. Unusual and truly bottomless perspectives open up on the “Skyline Walk” and the “Thrill Walk” at the intermediate stop Birg. ”
  • 32 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Right in the heart of town, this bright, modern cafe rustles up inexpensive snacks and mains, from wraps, club sandwiches and salads through to numerous takes on rösti. It's also a good place for an apéro (aperitif). Snag a spot on the terrace if the sun's out.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bei zauberhaftem, urchigem Hüttenambiente mit vielfältigen inszenierten Geschichten rund um den Lawinenhund Barry, finden Sie Schweizer internationale Gerichte. Oder geniessen Sie einfach ein gutes Glas Wein in der Lounge! Enjoy Swiss and international dishes in a cozy atmosphere. Find staged histories over the famous avalanche dog Barry. Or just enjoy a good glass of wine at the Lounge!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Swiss Restaurant
“This wonderful restaurant is owned by a sweet local family. They cook fantastic traditional food. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Die Chemihütte ist bekannt für gutbürgerliche Küche für gross und klein, für jung und alt. Nebst Kinderteller für die jüngsten Gäste bietet man für Senioren oder kleine Esser auch kleine Portionen an. Etwas unterhalb des Berghaus Seeblick, mit sehr schöner Aussicht. Kein Ruhetag. Tel. 033 654 46 81 www.chemihuette.ch”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stylish, upbeat & welcoming, the Hüsi Bierhaus is a unique bar and restaurant concept in the heart of the beautiful Swiss Alps.... It offers an abundance of choice with a wide range of high quality food and drink, brought to the table with the highest level of service, with comfortable restaurant spaces and flexible bar areas, designed to make you feel at home at any time of the day, be it a light lunch, family meal or private party.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Mountain
“Winter or Summer ... a trip to the top of the Titlis is sensational with plenty to do at the top. Glacier park, Ice Grotto, restaurants and Shops.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Garden
“Spezialitäten, wie Bananchips, Stör, Kaviar aus der Aufzucht des Tropenhauses Frutigen”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They have a great selection of local and international draft beers, ciders, wine and great pub food. They also cater to vegetarians and vegans. It is a must try! They also have a great terrace out front and serve breakfast and brunch on the weekend as as well as lunch and dinner every day of the week. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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