Balmer’s Tent Village – Interlaken, Switzerland

[ 0 ] September 10, 2011 |

The hostel we booked in Interlaken was as unique and novel to us as the town and scenery itself.  Balmer’s Tent Village was a bit of a hike from the train station but we soon found ourselves unloading our backpacks into our very own “private motel tent” code named “Shanghai”.

Our Tent "Shanghai"

Inside the Tent

Tent Interior

Being as it was our first “tent village” experience we didn’t really know what to expect.  By far the cheapest private room you could find in Interlaken, the accommodations were basic but comfortable.  Our “tent” could only be described as a wedding/tailgating tent set atop a wooden platform.  There was a central common area tent complete with full kitchen, sink, communal fridge and freezer, seating areas, and even a foosball table.  Outside they had hammocks to chill out in, a slack line, outdoor grill and smoker, and even a hot tub.  The shower facilities left a little to be desired given they were basically a line of shower heads on a wall – but al least they had separate facilities for both the guys and ladies.

Welcome to the Village

The Village People

Given that the temperature in Interlaken stays pretty cool and constant throughout the year the need for A/C during the heat of the day is a moot indulgence and an extra blanket or sleeping bag at night does just the trick to ensure uninterrupted comfortable Zzz’s.  The overall experience certainly harkened back to my childhood experiences camping in the Ozark foothills of southwest Missouri with the rather large crew of my immediate and extended family.  Other than the mouse that curiously visited us one night in search of the half eaten baguette we mistakenly left unwrapped on the floor of our tent, our tent village experience went off without a hitch.  Two thumbs up to Balmer and his ingenious Tent Village concept.

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