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Beatenberg

Bernese Oberland

Beatenberg, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

ABOVE: Chalets in Beatenberg, above Lake Thun.

A century ago, the hillside village of Beatenberg, near Interlaken, was a health resort frequented by tuberculosis patients who came for the fresh, crystalline air. Even now, the village has two private health clinics, although most of today's visitors favor hiking or skiing. Beatenberg has some 30 km (20 miles) of marked walking paths in the immediate neighborhood, and skiers of all levels can make advantage of five lifts serving ten pistes--including a chairlift to the summit ridge of the Niederhorn, 6445 feet or 1950 meters above Lake Thun.

If you're looking for a taste of the "real Switzerland" within commuting distance of Interlaken, Beatenberg is worth investigating. The village has nearly a dozen hotels and guesthouses, from the imaginatively modern Dorint Hotel Blüemlisalp to the Naturfreundhaus (Friends of Nature) hostel and the Berghaus Niederhorn at the upper station of the Niederhorn chairlift. Vacation apartments are another option.

In addition to hiking, you can enjoy paragliding from Beatenberg or the Niederhorn--an activity that offers wonderful views of the Thunersee-Interlaken-Jungfrau region, although it's not for tourists with faint hearts or thin wallets.

Even if you don't stay in Beatenberg, it makes a pleasant excursion from Interlaken or Thun. And for visitors who aren't carrying much luggage, it's also a pleasant side trip on a journey from Bern to Interlaken.

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General information

Wikipedia: Beatenberg
The online encyclopedia covers the basics with historical, geographic, and demographic information.

Beatenberg, Bernese Oberland
Switzerland Tourism provides a good introduction to the "sun terrace of the Bernese Oberland."

Transportation

Niederhorn.ch
Beatenberg's "house mountain" Web site has timetables for funiculars and chairlifts. Click "Getting here" for a map and a preconfigured SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) interactive journey planner.

PostBus: Beatenberg Route
This page describes Swiss Postal Bus service between Interlaken and Beatenberg. It includes links to timetables, hiking maps, and more.

Accommodations

Booking.com: Beatenberg
Our discount booking partner is Switzerland's largest reservations service. It listed nearly a dozen hotels and self-catering apartments in Beatenberg the last time we checked.

Haus Hubelhuus
If you're hosting a group, you might inquire about renting this house from the YMCA.

Paragliding

Gliding Stones
Glide from the Niederhorn or another peak in the region. Rates include photos and a video.

Paragliding Interlaken
Choose between "Big Blue" (1 hour, including 10 to 20 minutes in the air) and "Double Air Time" (90 minutes, with a flight time of 25 to 40 minutes).

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Interlaken switzerlandforvisitors.com
This article has links to tourism, hotel, transportation, entertainment, sports, and other Web sites for Interlaken and the Jungfrau region.

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