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
a chairlift to the summit ridge of the Niederhorn, 6445 feet or 1950 meters above Lake
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
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.
Related articles and Web links
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."
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,
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.
If you're hosting a group, you might inquire about renting this house from the
Glide from the Niederhorn or another peak in the region. Rates include photos
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Choose between "Big Blue" (1 hour, including 10 to 20 minutes in the air) and
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This article has links to tourism, hotel, transportation, entertainment,
sports, and other Web sites for Interlaken and the Jungfrau region.
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