Another intriguing option for a village-base in the Bernese Oberland is Stechelberg. Stechelberg is a tiny village at the far end of the Lauterbrunnen valley. It’s towered over by huge cliffs and waterfalls, and bookended by beautiful mountains. Stechelberg doesn’t have the grand panoramic views that Mürren does, but it is very peaceful and convenient for a trip to the area, particularly if you have a car. Stechelberg is a great place to base yourself for daytrips up to Schilthorn, Gimmelwald and Mürren, Jungfraujoch, Trummelbach falls, Interlaken, Schynige Platte, and all the other great sites in the area. There are great dayhikes from Stechelberg directly, and a slow, pastoral quality that can’t be matched.

One great place to stay in Stechelberg is the Alpenhof Inn, a simple B&B with great prices, private rooms (bathroom down the hall), and a kitchen you can use for cooking. It is run with warmth and a family atmosphere by Marc and Diane, a British-Australian couple with a deep love of Switzerland and the Lauterbrunnen valley. For budget travelers, they’re the best deal in the valley.