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... the line at 'Top of Europe' being the highest railway station in the continent at over 11,000'. The weather was bright and sunny though the temperature noticeably dropped as we climbed, putting on more layers as we went. Some were clearly not prepared for the climatic changes of altitude! One guy had his photo taken wearing flip flops and what looked like a tea towel wrapped around his waist - must have ...
... of twirling a coin in a bowl along to music. I didn't really get it, but they were all excited, so it was still fun! Courtney was chosen to dance a traditional Swiss folk waltz. She was very funny up there! The final performance was a yodeling contest. I was chosen to participate, but with my cough, I declined. After seeing the reward, a mug of beer that needed to be chugged as quickly as possible, I was REALLY glad I'd declined.
We got our dessert, ice ...
After waking up early n having a refreshing swim in the lake (which looked very mystical due to some fog blanketing the surface) we packed up n hopped on to our next destination.
We got the train to Luzern (on which a group of about 30 old ladies all got on together, sat around us, and proceeded to natter noisily- as in full blown sqwarking) its a slightly bigger town so we hopped on another short train to a place called Horw which we had seen advertised at our last campsite.
... opposite the Matterhorn, I called Dad, before braving more of the hairy decent. Actually, much of the track was perfect and very enjoyable. But these enjoyable moments often get overshadowed. Like but the 1 hour of (very unexpected) uphill we had to endure. Yep, we were hurting by the top. (And don't tell anyone, but I don't think we rode all that much of the up).
The reward though for the up was amazing. Perfect ...
... even if it was smothered in melted dark chocolate. We were at dinner for almost 2 and a half hours. I don't think they intend for people to stay that long, but they had a large tour group that arrived soon after we did and they got all the attention. We thought we'd picked a place that was out of the touristy area, but I guess not! We had to walk off some of our large dinner so wandered down to the river and walked across ...
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Best value stay in Europe
Stayed at the Hotel Goldey for three nights. The Hotel and gardens are in excellent condition, staff are super friendly and helpful. In the afternoon there is free tea and coffee and cakes for guests in the lounge. A beautiful setting overlooking a canal with mountain views - its simply a beautiful place to stay and extremely good value too.
Convienient and peaceful location.
My wife and I picked this hotel for an overnight stop due to the reports of other Trip Advisor members. We were not dissapointed.
Interlaken has two rail stations. We arrived by train and got off at the second station which I think is the main one. Both stations are on the main road with the main shopping area roughly central between them. It's about a 15 minute walk from either station to the hotel.
Rooms are clean and comfortable and quiet. Ours was at the back overlooking the carpark and the hillside that towers above the hotel. If you wish to eat dinner at the restuarant you will need to book it as soon as you arrive. This is because it is a set menue and the cook caters to the numbers booked. We arrived mid afternoon but were still able to book a table. The meal was delicious and the dining room overlooks the Aare River which runs past the hotel.
To get to the shops , cross the bridge and it's a 5 minute walk. You can't get lost.
Absolutely Loved Hotel Goldey!
We selected Hotel Goldey sight unseen based upon a hotel guide we obtained from the Swiss Travel Bureau.
We arrived by rented car and were a bit concerned at the very limited size of the hotel parking lot, but it was never so crowded that we couldn't find a parking spot.
Our room was on the second floor, with a balcony overlooking the river and a fantastic view of Jungfrau. About 80 yards downriver is a spillway which produces a pleasant "water sound" without being disturbing. Upriver there is a railroad trestle across the river, but we were never bothered by the passing of the trains. In fact we rather enjoyed it as a mild diversion to the extremely tranquil atmosphere.
The continental breakfast was fine although our usual taste is for a heartier meal than is usually available as a continental breakfast. There was also a daily afternoon tea and coffee break - sometimes with a musical performance by a local teen-ager.
There appears to be an elderly clientele who are there on a semi-permanent basis and they always sit together and keep to themselves. They were not unfriendly, just preoccupied with their own group.
To us, one of the best things about the hotel is that it is off the beaten track somewhat on a backstreet. It is quieter and prettier than the main street downtown. At the same time, there is a footbridge over the river nearby and you can walk to the heart of town in five minutes. It is also quite convenient to walk to the train station.
Interlaken IS touristy, but that is because it is an attractive area. It is a grand starting place for drives through the mountains in a rented car as well as for taking the traditional gondola rides up to Jungfrau or one of the other tourist destinations. We went up to Piz Gloria on the Schilthorn where the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was filmed and had lunch in the circular moving restaurant. The visit was well worth the cost!
One more word about the hotel. The staff at the hotel were bilingual and quite friendly. When we were there the Internet facility for guests was out of order and they let me use their office computer for a quick check of my e-mail.
I recommend Hotel Goldey highly.
A beautiful place!
This is exactly what we had in mind for our honeymoon....excellent views, great room, brilliant and discreet service
lovely breakfast, welcoming staff !
Both stations are close, just about 10mins walk...the hotel is surounded by lovely flowers!
what more can you ask for?
If you are staying in Interlaken this is THE place to stay!
Great Hotel, Great Location
We stayed at the Goldey for four nights in July. The staff could not have been more helpful or friendly, and the breakfast was just incredible. The rooms were very clean, comfortable and of good size. When you walk up to the Goldey for the first time it looks a little dated, but once inside you are blown away. They even have T-Mobil wireless with a starter kit that includes 4 free hours. At the front desk you can get train and attraction tickets, and they even accept all the various discounts (Eurorail, Swisspass, etc.). No waiting in line and the staff are very knowable on all there is to see and the best ways (i.e. trains and busses to take) to get there. Oh yes, free coffee in the afternoon, a great pick-me-up.
Try to get a room with a south facing view.
Interlaken is a tourist trap, but a overwhelmingly beautiful one. It is a good place to stage your visits to nearby mountains and lakes, though. Thank goodness Goldey is located off of the main drag away from the gift shops, on a beautiful river with a walking trail along it. It is a short walk to "down town", but do yourself a favor and checkout everything on the Goldey side of the river. If you walk along the river to the west for about 1 mile you'll find the Coop grocery store. The food selection is great and we had many a picnic with the wonderful bread and cheese you can buy. Upstairs their is a cafeteria style restaurant. Eat great food with the locals on the balcony overlooking the mountains at reasonable prices!!! They even have a deal for children. (No credit cards at the restaurant, but they do take Euro bills.)
Really nice place
Wonderful hotel and really nice staff. It is a bit off the main drag in Interlaken, but still only 5 minutes from the center (pleasant walk).
Very nice staff. The only downside is that it is close to a train bridge, and if you get a east-facing room, you WILL hear the train as it goes past. Even given that, though, I'd stay here again for sure.
We picked this hotel due to other reviews on this website. Really glad we did, friendly hotel, great views, great position and good breakfast.
Certainly recommend it and we would stay there again.
Excellent Choice - Goldey TOP Hotel, Interlaken
Excellent location - on the river, close to city center / restaurants, train stations. Absolutely beautiful views. Very curtious and helpful (reception) staff. Good value. Very relaxing & peaceful setting.
Great Hotel, absolutely breathtaking views. staff are very accomodating, perfectly positioned for excursions to the surrounding mountains. Been to several interlaken hotels over the years but this was without doubt the best one.
Hotel Goldey near the TOP
Very pleasant hotel! On the river. Great views. Well appointed rooms. Tasty breakfast. The staff is pleasant and the location is wonderful.