My wife and I are going on a short vacation to Grindelwald, Switzerland. I decided to use the internet for two things - finding out what is there to do around there, and finding accommodation there.
It seems that even this simple task is not so easy to do… I visited about 5 known web sites, and many blogs and small local pages.
If you want to find accommodation, there’s a clear winner here - TripAdvisor has a lot of hotels, they are all rated by users, and you can read tips about them. It’s easy to do, and really gives you the feeling that you can choose. Ordering via TripAdvisor is not so cool, as they simply open up a few web sites (orbitz, expedia, hotels.com, etc.) and each gives you the rate. I must say that Kayak’s approach of aggregating all offers in the same page is more elegant.
Finding out what to do in Grindelwald was a lot harder. Even though it’s one of the most popular places in Switzerland, information is hard to find one. I looked at several blogs, but didn’t have the patience to actually read them. Sites like RealTravel or VirtualTourist have too much text and I just couldn’t bear it to actually go over and read it all. WikiTravel usually has good content, but not for my location… that’s the problem with user generated content I guess. At the end I found one nice blog who had mostly pictures, and a few sentences about every little trek around the village. That one was the most useful…