THE
AXALP
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Travelling to
the Haslital and Axalp

Travelling to the Haslital and Axalp is pretty straightforward and you can enjoy some lovely views while getting there.

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Where to stay for you Axalp visit?

If you are travelling to the Haslital and Axalp for multiple days, many people obviously will want to stay in the village of Axalp. A stay at Axalp will not only offer you the tranquillity that only mountains can give you. It will also save you a daily trip with the shuttle bus. However, the amount of available beds on the Axalp is very limited. Nowadays Axalp has only one Hotel (Chemihüttli). There are also a handful of privately owned chalets for rent. But that is it.The latter are usually booked well in advance of the Axalp week. If you really want to be in the village, the best thing to do is book as early as possible to be avoid missing out. A good place to start for accomodation for Axalp looking is here. A stay in the village high up the mountain is certainly a lovely experience. But finding accommodation in the Haslital (Brienz, Hasliberg or Meiringen) should make you equally happy. Many lovely chalets and hotels are widely available here as well. Although the interest in the Axalp demo has increased year over years, I have always been able to book a room. Another reason why it is not too bad to have your accommodation in the valley is that the shuttle Bus operations to the event are very efficient. Typically most people visiting the venue will have accommodation in the valley. For clarity, I will assume that you start your trip to the show from the valley instead of the village of Axalp.

Travelling to the Haslital and Axalp

Travelling to the Haslital and Axalp is relatively straightforward. Axalp is located on the north side of the Swiss Alps. To be precise: in the Berner Oberland above Lake Brienz. The Haslital region is the valley below Axalp and contains the surrounding villages of Meiringen, Brienz and Hasliberg. Haslital is relatively easy to reach. Meaning that that your average speed in Switzerland will be lower due to the fact that you are in the mountains. No worries though: the roads are well maintained. ON top that  you will have some spectacular views on the way there.

Travelling to Axalp by Car

If you drive by car coming from direction Bern you can reach Brienz/Axalp via the A6/A8 highway. Travel time from Bern is around an hour. Be sure to keep your eyes open after you have passed Thun, as you will pass the Thunersee and -after Interlaken- the Brienzersee. This route will give you great views of the Berner Oberland. Most visitors coming from direction Zurich,Basel or Milan will come from the direction of Luzern. After Luzern you will take the A8 Highway in the direction of Interlaken. On the way up to the Brünig Pass you will climb through several tunnels, culminating in passing the Brünig Pass. The Brünig Pass is a great classic Swiss mountain pass with a few fabulous viewing points. While driving down into the Haslital you will get some good views of Meiringen Air Force Base as well.

Travelling to Axalp by Plane

If you arrive by plane in Switzerland your best choice is to fly to Zurich. The most easy thing to do from here is rent a car and drive to the Brienz region after you arrive following the directions mentioned above. This gives you the flexibility to go to other nearby airbases such as Payerne, Emmen or Alpnach. And is a good back up plan given the -not so unlikely- scenario that one or more days of the demo are cancelled. But hey, you are in the Alps remember! Why not take the train to your destination? The Swiss railway system is one of the best in the world. And will offer you a pretty amazing experience.

Travelling to Axalp by public transport (train and bus)

The best tip I can give to anyone entering the region by train is to do so via Luzern. Not only is Luzern a very nice city to visit if you have a bit of time. But, the train ride form Luzern to the Haslital crossing the Brünigpass is a classic. Outside of the Axalp week in October you can reach the village with the Postbus from Brienz. On show days a shuttle bus departs from Brienz to Axalp.

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