Arriving in Brienz, Switzlerland

Lake Thun, where the castle is, connects to Lake Brienz roughly looking like an opening pocket knife. The road from one city to the other is narrow with long tunnels. We had interesting company…

Honey, rent me a camping car like this? C'mon, be a hippy with me!

Honey, rent me a camping car like this? C’mon, be a hippy with me!

Our hotel was down both lakes and just up the tip to the other side. Hotel Lindenhof is set up the pastoral mountain, beside the path of an old cog rail train that takes passengers up to the tip of the mountain, while they sit at something like 120 degree angle in seats that are at right angles to the floor. I wanted to do this, yet never did.

Walking up to the hotel from village below, this is what you see. So lovely.

Walking up to the hotel from village below, this is what you see. So lovely.

The hotel has rooms decorated to themes, a few with spa tubs in the room. They are lovely. They also have a building behind that is designed for families. These are really small apartments, with a sort of non-cooking kitchen. Click to see more of our hotel.

Come on in!

Come on in!

We were given, as far as I can tell, the Beehouse. Signs were in Swiss-German, which isn’t necessarily German, apparently. Additionally, our limited French was pretty much useless in Brienz. What we found was that if you say a written word outloud, you have a pretty decent chance of figuring it out. Just go by how it looks? Not so much. Anyway, the room has a living area downstairs, beds upstairs, and is split level, so the back patio for the bedrooms is actually at ground level, and gives you a view of the cograil.

The kitchenette and bath with shower are in the back here.

The kitchenette and bath with shower are in the back here.

When we arrived, these down covers were each fluffed and fanned into a bow shape. Like most of Europe, the king bed is really two twin beds pushed side by side.

When we arrived, these down covers were each fluffed and fanned into a bow shape. Like most of Europe, the king bed is really two twin beds pushed side by side. Also, it is not uncommon to have only a fitted sheet and comforter.

Theo's room, with trundle bed, had a sliding wall to the stair top, then a curtain to pull for complete privacy.

Theo’s room, with trundle bed, had a sliding wall to the stair top, then a curtain to pull for complete privacy.

Rather than the traditional view from the hotel window, I am stepping right out the door to the grassy lawn in front of our building, and I’ll show you what we see from the dining table, the bench beside our door, or one of the lounge chairs strewn across this lawn.

The little bars there are where you shout GOAL! if you are small of scale.

The little bars there are where you shout GOAL! if you are small of scale.

The back of the main hotel is too my right, with the mountains and valley beyond it.

The back of the main hotel is to my right, with the mountains and valley beyond it.

Up the mountain to my left. These are not part of our hotel, but are nonetheless very picturesque.

Up the mountain to my left. These are not part of our hotel, but are nonetheless very picturesque.

The hotel also had a sauna-ish pool building. The pool was heated, which in summer, isn’t all that necessary if you ask me. There is no AC, which got a little heavy on the warmest part of the day. It cooled off nicely at night, though.

The pool-sized sauna is in that building.

The pool-sized sauna is in that building.

Your room has the option of meals in the hotel restaurant. We chose half-board, which is just breakfast. This was a good deal, considering the cost of food in Switzerland. It was possibly the best spread we had seen in Europe. It was undoubtedly the best view.

Lots to choose from on the continental buffet.

Lots to choose from on the continental buffet.

Feasting on the view.

Feasting on the view.

I could have happily hung out at the hotel, to be honest. We did put icing on my cake by taking some very nice excursions, though. Check back in and I will be sure to share them!

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