This cozy village is on the shores of Lake Brienz, alongside the resort of Interlaken in Switzerland's Bernese Oberland.
R is a village that doesn't show up in many guidebooks, and few English-speaking tourists are even aware of it. For one thing, the town doesn't have any obvious tourist attractions, except for a handsome little stone church that was built on the ruins of a castle in the 1600s and a nearby mini-lake that's warm enough for swimming from late May or early June through September.
So why visit Ringgenberg? Easy: It's less crowded than its popular neighbor, Interlaken. It's also prettier. And you'll probably save money on accommodations, too, thanks to several reasonably priced hotels and a large number of private rooms that you can rent with help from the local Verkehrsb�ro (tourist office). Chalet apartment rentals are another option if you're staying more than a few days.
Getting to Ringgenberg
Ringgenberg is practically a suburb of Interlaken. The village center is just 3 km (1.8 miles) from Interlaken, and the walk takes you through pleasant scenery along the shores of Lake Brienz.
Alternatively, you can catch the local bus (a 6- to 8-minute trip) or drive your own car on the road toward Brienz.
Best of all: If you've got 15 minutes to spare, you can board a lake steamer at Interlaken Ost and get off at the scenic boat landing below Ringgenberg's (photo above). Then follow the path uphill to the main street of the village. For transportation information, see the Swiss Federal Railways journey planner.
Bottom line: Ringgenberg may not be the liveliest resort in Switzerland, but it's an attractive village of chalets and is a handy touring base for Interlaken and the Lake Brienz region.
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