Merlingen nestles in a sheltered cove on Lake Thun at the foot of the Niederhorn mountain and enjoys a mild, almost Mediterranean climate.
This is an ideal spot for a lakes and mountains holiday. You can hop on to a boat for a cruise along Lake Thun or simply relax by the water's edge at the resort's Lido. The walking on the Niederhorn gives spectacular views, and just across the lake you will find Mount Niesen, also highly recommended. The ancient limestone St Beatus caves are close by, or you could spend time in the lively resorts of Spiez and Thun, perfect for a lunchtime visit. The Bernese Oberland countryside is glorious and Merlingen is particularly well placed for exploring the Justis Valley, with is fabulous scenery and walking opportunities. Head for nearby Sigriswil and one of the largest suspension bridges in Europe - a walk across the bridge offers panoramic views over the lake and the surrounding mountains.
Just a short boat or bus ride away is Interlaken and from here, a whole host of alpine excursions are possible, as well as scenic rail journeys, connecting you with other resorts around Switzerland for a two centre holiday.
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Where to stay
Our handpicked Merlingen hotel
What to see and do
Staying in Merlingen, you are well situated for exploring the region. The local Niesen mountain (the 'Swiss Pyramid') is well worth visiting for the funicular trip and fantastic views. Take the Beatenburg funicular and the Niederhorn gondola to experience a panorama sweeping from the Jura to the Bernese Alps, or try the cable car up to the Stockhorn for more fabulous views. You could enjoy a lake cruise along Lake Thun to Interlaken then hop over to Lake Brienz to visit its pretty villages such as Bönigen and Iseltwald.
From Interlaken, ever popular Harder Kulm and the Schynige Platte with its Alpine Garden are also easily accessible. You can even head up to the high Alps to experience the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe at 3,454m or the magnificent Schilthorn-Piz Gloria with its revolving restaurant and 360º views. Please click here for our summary of the best the region has to offer.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a day to visit the amazing Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier with a stunning mountain rail journey to the Jungfraujoch and awesome views across the glacier from the summit. You can also reach the beautifully historic Old Town of Bern from Merlingen. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! Other passes such as the Swiss Travel Pass and the Jungfrau Travel Pass are also available. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Merlingen
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Take the short transfer to Spiez, to join the Lötschberg Regio Express (for Brig) and onward to the famous Glacier Express to St. Moritz. Spiez is also a calling point for the GoldenPass Line/Luzern-Interlaken Express (for Montreux or Lucerne).
If you prefer to be based solely in Merlingen, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.