Switzerland, Lake Thun
Merligen lies on the serene Lake Thun, with the old town of Thun and its proud castle at one end, and Interlaken,with its glorious views of the Jungfrau, at the other. Lake steamers stopping close to the Hotel Beatus regularly visit all the charming lakeside villages, and provide a delightful way of exploring the area. Alternatively, a regular bus service links the lake resorts with Thun and Interlaken in just 30 minutes. Merligen is a peaceful village, with just a few shops and cafés. Gentle lakeside walks are wellsignposted, and further well-trodden paths take in sights such as the vineyards and castle at Oberhofen, and the picturesque villages of Faulensee and Beatenberg. Guests will be overwhelmed by the choice of day excursions: there is plenty to explore. See Interlaken for full details and for multi-centre options.
Multi-Centres | You can combine your stay in Interlaken with any one or more resort (s) of your choice in Switzerland. We recommend Lucerne or Montreux. Flexible durations available. Transfers between resorts via the Swiss transport network are included. Interlaken is also featured on our recommended independent rail holidays: ‘Glacier Express’; ‘William Tell Express’ and the ’Golden Pass’.
Resort Code: CHMG
Time difference: GMT +1
|Departure day||Duration (nights)||To||Depart from|
|3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14||Zurich||Gatwick
Transfer Approx. 2hrs 30mins by rail/boat or postbus.
|Departure day||Duration (nights)||To||Depart from|
|3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14||Geneva||Gatwick
Transfer Approx. 3hrs by rail/boat or postbus.
Flight supplements may apply and are based on 7 nights midweek/weekend departures. Other UK regional airports are available on indirect flights.
‘Fly-rail Luggage’ - send your luggage directly from your UK airport to your hotel for only £14 per item per way. See our transfers page for details.
‘Fetch My Luggage’ - send your luggage direct to your hotel in advance so it is waiting for you on arrival from approx. £40 per item, per way.
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No
Day on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz
£28 (2nd class), £41 (1st class), daily
Spend a day cruising on the Lake Brienz, hopping on and off as you wish. Train to Brienz approx. Sfr5 return (pay locally).
Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe*
A ‘must-see’ for all visitors is the ultimate rail journey through the Eiger, and up to Europe’s highest railway station at 3,454m, for breathtaking views including the 14km-long Aletsch glacier and the ‘Ice Palace’.s.
Many more options available locally through your Representative including
Swiss Food and Culture Tour - only Sfr20 per person - Exclusive to Inghams (book locally)
Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.
Lake steamers stopping close to the Hotel Beatus regularly visit all the charming lakeside villages, and provide a delightful way of exploring whilst on holidays in Merligen. Alternatively, a regular bus service links the lake resorts with Thun and Interlaken. Gentle lakeside walks are well sign-posted, and further well-trodden paths take in sights such as the vineyards and castle at Oberhofen, and picturesque villages of Faulensee and Beatenberg. Guests will be overwhelmed by the choice of day excursions available on Merligen holidays - most of those available from Interlaken are also available from Merligen.
In & Around Merligen - Lake Thun
'Lake Thun Panorama Card' - Free to All Guests
The free ‘Lake Thun Panorama Card’ is provided by your hotel upon arrival and gives you:
Subject to change.
Discount Travel Card included for all Inghams guests
Save up to 50% with your discount card on trips of your choice across the Swiss transport network. Included in the price of your holiday, and worth over £100!
Travel card sent to you before departure with your rail transfer tickets.
Exploring on the Swiss Transport Network
Switzerland's excellent public transport network of mountain railways, cable-cars, steam boats and buses makes it a pleasure to explore the sights, at your own pace.
Great Value Travel Passes
Purchase a travel pass and only pay one inclusive price for your trips:
(Prices shown include Travel Card discount)
Jungfraubahn Pass (pre-bookable) - 3 days £97, 6 days £141, 7 days £161, 8 days £180
Enjoy consecutive days Free travel on trains, cable-cars, gondolas and boats within the Jungfrau region including:
Supplement applies for Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn.
Bernese Oberland Regional Pass (pre-bookable): 4 days £144, 6 days £183
For those wanting to travel further afield within the region, this good value pass gives you 4 or 6 consecutive days travel on regional trains, buses and boats, including:
There is an excellent selection of walking for all abilities in and around Interlaken and its lakes. Options include the roundtrip from Interlaken West to Neuhaus on Lake Thun and back (approx. 3 hrs) or the pleasant 1 hr walk from Brienz to Ballenberg. From Brinez, you can also hike to the Giessbach waterfalls in just over an hour. The themed trail at the summit of the Harder Kulm funicular, accessible from Interlaken centre, explains the history, flora, fauna and geology of the Harder mountain. More adventurous walks are also within easy reach. trails can be found in the surrounding mountains. With the Jungfrau resorts of Grindelwald, Mürren and Wengen a short train journey away, a multitude of more adventurous walks are also within easy reach.