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Axalp is an alp high above Brienzersee and Giessbach, in winter it is a good place to ski, because they have a lot of snow even when other places dont have some and it is also a great area to go hiking.
Axalp is a perfect daytrip from Interlaken, when you stay for a longer time and want to explore the scenery far away from the main-stream-tourism ! There are 2 hotels up on the mountain and many "chalets" - wooden houses that could be rented also by tourists.
On my picture you will see the former " Hotel Kurhaus Axalp " , today it is called Alpengasthof Axalp, and this building was constructed completely of wood. It is a really cosy feeling in such an old building, when it is cold and stormy outside.
In summer you can take various of hikes from Axalp:
Walk down to Giessbach and Brienz
Walk to Hinterburgseeli, to Zuun and finally Meiringen - a fullday-tour.
Hike to Hinterburgseeli ( a small and cristall-clear lake) - about 2 hours
To Faulhorn and First (see my Grindelwald-page !) - a scenic fullday-trip
The hotel on my picture has a special meaning to me, because it was there, where I started my carreer in the hotelbusiness and it is a lot of fun for me today to think back of my first severe struggles with the terrible Swiss-german-dialect and hundreds of young skiers, driving me crazy with their orders....

Take the train from Interlaken and a bus from Brienz station to Axalp.
drivingtime from Interlaken, mostly on a narrow road, is about 60 minutes !
driving to Axalp by your own car is possible , but NOT advisable !
The road is really narrow and has only a very few passing-places.
before driving that road, you better check the timetable of the buses !!

Phone: +41 (0) 33 951 16 71
Website: http://www.alpengasthof.ch/

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  • Written Dec 22, 2009
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