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The sound of cow bells tinkling across Interlaken’s alpine meadows is almost as soothing as hiking up or skiing down the nearby mountains: the peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are about 25km south. Located in a gorgeous setting between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, the town of Interlaken is also close to the alpine villages of Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren and Meiringen. “The outdoor possibilities around Interlaken are endless in summer and winter – they range from sailing, hiking, biking, gliding, skiing, sledging and climbing or just relaxing in a spa,” said Beat Hartmann, founder of Hartmann Singleton. “A lot of people want the dual resort effect, with golf and boating in the summer and skiing in the winter.” Whether its ice climbing or zorbing (rolling down hill inside a plastic ball), this mountainous region covers nearly everyone’s adventure needs.
Foreign nationals are not allowed to purchase property in Interlaken itself, but can buy second homes in nearby ski resort villages such as Wengen, Grindelwald, Mürren and Beatenberg. “Meiringen at the end of Lake Brienz is also popular and it has its own smaller ski and summer area called Hasliberg,” said Hartmann. “People who want to retire to the area most often settle on the shores of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.” A two-bedroom, 80sqm flat in the bigger resort of Grindelwald starts from around 800,000 Swiss francs, and a three bedroom, 120sqm flat starts around 1,300,000 francs. A four-bedroom luxury chalet in Grindelwald would cost around three million. Keep in mind that foreign nationals need a permit to purchase property in Switzerland and they only give out 1,500 per year countrywide. Rentals tend to be holiday properties, and the starting price per week for an upscale two-bedroom property is about 1,000 francs.