We caught an early cab to the train station at Mannheim. We made it there much faster and arrived before the ticket office even opened. We decided to try the automatic machine but weren’t sure our credit card would work since it isn’t “chip and pin”. It went through without a problem and we were on our way. The trip was about 4.5 hours and took us through Basel, where we changed trains, and then into Interlaken. We thought we could walk to our hotel but it was too far. We ended up tromping through most of Interlaken pulling our luggage before we gave in and got a cab. The Hotel Seeburg in the little town of Ringgenberg will be our home for the next few days. It’s right on Lake Brienz and has a beautiful view, especially from our balcony. We checked in, dropped our luggage off, and got settled quickly. Then, since the weather was nice, we spent some time hiking around the town and lake. We located the train station via a very steep uphill path and stairs behind the back of the hotel. It a good workout and you can get there in less than 10 minutes.