KRISTALL, MEIRINGEN, SWITZERLAND - HEARTLAND
The Kristall is a two-level apartment in a large chalet in the picturesque and central town of Meiringen. On the lower level is an open-plan kitchen, dining room, and living room. The kitchen is well equipped and has a microwave and dishwasher. The living room has a cable TV. The bathroom with shower is also on the ground floor.
Upstairs (13 steps) are two bedrooms. One is open to the 1st floor like a loft. It has two twin beds. The other is a standard double bedroom with combined twins. The bedroom windows have nice mountain views. There are some eaves in the double bedroom that are at their lowest point at the head of the bed. The entire apartment is done in a traditional style with lots of wood.
The Kristall is located about 10 minutes from the train station, but just a minute or so from the main street with its shops and restaurants. The popular Molki grocery store is less than 5 minutes away and features cheeses, yogurts, and other products from local farmers. The gondola station with service up to the Hasliberg mountainside, with its many hiking trails, is just about 10 minutes away.
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SLEEPING2 bedrooms: one with 2 twin beds and one double-bedroom with combined twins. The twin bedded room is open to the ground floor like a loft. One bed can be stowed under the other to make this a single room. The double bedroom has a door for privacy.
BATHROOMS1 bathroom with shower on ground floor
KITCHENFull kitchen with microwave and dishwasher
LAUNDRYWashing machine. Landlady can also do laundry for a fee.
LEVEL1st and 2nd floor
ACCESSIBILITY13 steps from 1st to 2nd floor
TRANSPORTATIONFlat 10 minute walk to train station.
MINUSESSteps to 2nd floor bedrooms. No bathroom on 2nd floor. Sloping eaves in main bedroom.
PLUSESLocal, English-speaking host family
SPECIAL FEATURESCable TV, Wi-Fi
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What's included with the Switzerland - Heartland Untour?
- One or two weeks in a private Swiss apartment or chalet, often with spectacular views of the lakes and mountains.
- Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Zurich, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (Click for more information on Untours' air policies.)
- Transfer assistance for most arrivals at the Zurich airport, with detailed instructions that allow you to reach your village with ease.
- An 8 or 15-day Swiss Rail Pass valid on trains, buses, lake ships; free entry to over 400 museums in Switzerland.
- An orientation session given by our very experienced local staff covering rail and sightseeing.
- Local information and our Swiss Heartland Dream Book and Swiss Hiking Guide, both researched and written by Untours staff, chock-full of suggestions for scenic hiking trails and day trips.
- A local cultural activity, such as a visit to an alpine village, a guided city tour, or a visit to a traditional alpine cheese maker’s hut.
- A dinner party (selected dates only) or excursion with lunch.
- Use of an Untours cell phone while on location.
- A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to shop right away.
- Pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
- Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.
- Special savings for kids 15 and under on this Untour in qualifying apartments. Call for details.
Landlord or Host for Kristall, Meiringen, Switzerland - Heartland
The English-speaking owners live nearby and can help if there are any issues. And Swiss Untours staff is just a phone call away.
Meiringen, Switzerland - Heartland, Home of Kristall
Meiringen, a bustling small town of 5,000, lies in a deep valley surrounded by high mountains, from which drop numerous spectacular waterfalls. Located on one of the most important and centuries-old trade routes through the Alps, Meiringen’s reputation as a tourist center started with Louis Agassiz’s scientific expedition to the Grimsel Pass in the nineteenth century and the coming of the car.
Today, it is the point of origin for more exciting Alpine bus trips than perhaps any town in Europe (Grimsel and Susten Passes, Rosenlaui and Grindelwald.) It is also the starting point for excursions to the famous Aare Gorge, formed during the last Ice Age, and the Reichenbach waterfalls. Michael’s Church is one of the most beautiful concert halls in central Europe and venue for an annual music festival in the summer.
Meiringen offers a great variety of restaurants, 2 large supermarkets, shops of all kinds, banks and ATMs, a fascinating local folk culture museum and excavations of ruins dating back to the first millennium.
If that’s not enough, an amazing number of walks, hikes and climbs originate within 30 minutes of the town and range from easy to challenging.
Meiringen is well situated as a central base for travel throughout Switzerland or as the starting point for excursions into the high Alps of the Bernese Oberland. Hourly rail service on the famed Brunig Pass line connects it in 35 minutes with the resort town of Interlaken and in 90 minutes with the city of Luzern.
"I can't imagine a more wonderful setting for our visit. Meiringen is a lovely town with accessibility to major cities. We went to Lausanne, Montreaux, Lucerne, Bern, Thun and Interlaken (many times), Murren and many points in between. What a great way to experience the cultures of Switzerland!" A. Cain
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Ratings for Kristall, Meiringen, Switzerland - Heartland
|CREATURE COMFORT FEATURE||POSSIBLE POINTS|
|Modern Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, modern ambience)||5||5|
|Television (none, TV w/o cable, TV w/cable)||2||2|
|Attractiveness (décor, charm, windowboxes, antiques)||4||3|
|Bathroom (attractive, functional)||3||3|
|Furniture Comfort (comfortable chairs, etc.)||5||5|
|Outdoor amenties: Patio, Balcony, Swimming pool||5||3|
|Laundry facilities: (yes, limited, no)||2||2|
|Sleeping facilities comfort||5||4|
|LIVING LIKE A LOCAL FEATURE||POSSIBLE|
|Apartment Host Experience (positive experience)||12||11|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the apartment and immediate surroundings||8||7|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the neighborhood (if it is in a city or larger town) or the village (if it is in a country/rural Untour)||8||8|
|Distance to Transportation/Major Roads||9||8|
|Shopping (access to everyday supplies)||5||5|
|Well-Situated To See The Region or City||8||8|
An Explanation of the Ratings: The first column of figures is the highest score possible in each category. The column on the far right is the score for this particular apartment in this category. For this set of ratings, we have asked every Untour staff person who has seen the apartment to rate the individual features. Many of these staff people have been in a position to hear reports (good and bad) from customers over the years, so they offer a particularly well-informed perspective. Nevertheless, customer ratings will be included in the overall ratings as soon as possible.
Please keep in mind that tastes vary. These ratings give an overall sense of how most people feel about a factor; you are in the best position to know if your tastes and requirements are likely to be in the mainstream of opinion or if you have particular needs. If you have any questions about the meaning of any of the factors rated, or about this apartment, please call our office toll-free at 1-999-868-6871. You can nearly always talk directly with someone who has personally seen the accommodation.
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