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Holidays in Merlingen - Switzerland The best of Lake Thun and the Bernese countryside

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.  

Please call us on 0800 619 1200 to discuss your Merlingen holiday. 

Your choice of Merlingen hotels

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5 star hotels

Hotel Beatus Wellness & Spa


Your time in Merlingen - things 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 Stockhorn for more fabulous views. You could take a leisurely 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 at 3,454m or the magnificent Schilthorn with its revolving restaurant and 360º views. Please CLICK HERE for our summary of the best the region has to offer.  

Explore the region with our great value Travel Passes

Our holidays include the Half Fare Card* which is valid all year and entitles you to a 50% discount on 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! Valid May-October, it includes all your rail journeys across the region (and as far afield as Bern, Lucerne and Brig), plus lake cruises and mountain travel such as Brienzer Rothorn, Kleine Scheidegg and the Niederhorn. It also offers a 50% discount for the highest mountains including the Jungfraujoch and the Schilthorn. 


Other Passes such as the Jungfrau Travel Pass are available - please click for more information. 

We will be delighted to help you choose the Pass that's right for you, depending on how you plan to spend your time. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice on the most cost effective option for your holiday.


*except self drive holidays - may be purchased as an extra.

Scenic rail holidays - a wonderful way to see Switzerland

Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.


Merlingen has excellent connections via Spiez to the Lötschberg Regio Express and the GoldenPass Line . You can also enjoy the Luzern-Interlaken Express via Interlaken.

We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.

Planning your holiday - Call 0800 619 1200

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