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Up the valley from Interlaken, Switzerland’s most famous mountain trio — the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau — preside over the country’s most famous Alpine resort area. There’s a vast network of winter sports facilities, including 50 lifts, 220 km of ski and snowboard slopes and 30 km of cross-country tracks. Grindelwald is the largest town, with famous views of the Eiger and several glaciers, plus a great selection of lodging from 5-star luxury hotels to backpackers’ hostels and holiday apartments for families. Higher up are the smaller and more upscale villages of Wengen and Mürren. The scenery in this region is spectacular, with ...

Up the valley from Interlaken, Switzerland’s most famous mountain trio — the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau — preside over the country’s most famous Alpine resort area. There’s a vast network of winter sports facilities, including 50 lifts, 220 km of ski and snowboard slopes and 30 km of cross-country tracks. Grindelwald is the largest town, with famous views of the Eiger and several glaciers, plus a great selection of lodging from 5-star luxury hotels to backpackers’ hostels and holiday apartments for families. Higher up are the smaller and more upscale villages of Wengen and Mürren. The scenery in this region is spectacular, with up-close views of massive granite peaks. A network of cog railways and cable cars connects the various ski areas. You can take the train all the way up to the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station, with an awesome view of the Aletsch Glacier, but it’s only worth the high price on clear days. In case of bad weather, you can visit the Gletscherschlucht (Glacier Gorge) near Grindelwald or the Trümmelbach waterfalls near Lauterbrunnen.

Charlie Morris
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Charlie Morris is the author of the Open Road guidebooks Best of Honduras, Best of Costa Rica, Best of Belize, and Switzerland Guide.

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    February is high ski season. January is less crowded.