Holidays in the Bernese Oberland - Switzerland
Tranquil lakes and majestic mountains with flower-decked alpine villages
Holidays in the Bernese Oberland, unlike no other region of Switzerland, offer so many varied places to visit with different types of transport, where every turn of the wheel is to discover something new.
Dominated by the Jungfrau mountains and the two lakes of Thun and Brienz, this region offers everything you would expect from a traditional view of Switzerland. Stunning traffic-free mountain villages such as Wengen and Mürren, each perched on opposite sides overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley. Grindelwald, a larger mountain village, offers a wealth of visits including the Eiger mountain which stands like a sentry above the village.
Lower down we have Wilderswil, a charming village close to both lakes, and its own mountain railway which goes up the Schynige Platte. Interlaken is the main town, which makes a great base for visiting both the mountains and the lakes.
On Lake Brienz the charming resort of Bönigen is the closest to Interlaken, with Brienz and stunning Giessbach at the other end of the lake, where just along the Hasli Valley is the village of Meiringen an excellent centre to visit this outstanding area of natural beauty. Lake Thun boasts the small resorts of Gunten close to the famous Oberhofen castle and the picturesque resort of Spiez is in an ideal lakeside setting, with its own castle and marina.The beautiful small town of Thun itself rises from the lake with views over the snow covered high Alps.
The best way to see the fantastic beauty of Switzerland is to strike out on your own and use the unrivalled network of small mountain railways and cable cars to explore in your own time and at your own pace. These are a selection of trips available in the Bernese Oberland - all the mountain and lakeside destinations mentioned have terraced restaurants where you can relax with a drink or maybe stop and admire the views over lunch.
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- Decide which resorts you would like to visit
- Do you want to include any scenic journeys?
- 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
- Choose the number of nights in each resort
- 3 or 4 star hotel accommodation
Bernese Oberland Hotels
Bernese Oberland Regional Pass
Discover the most beautiful valleys, mountains and lakes in the Bernese Oberland – and all with a single ticket! The Bernese Oberland Regional Pass is ideal for excursions by rail, bus and mountain railways and cableways. For 4, 6 or 8 consecutive days, you can enjoy free travel on the entire railway network in the Bernese Oberland, free travel onboard the boats on lakes Thun and Brienz as well as free connections into the neighbouring canton of Valais. Most mountain rail and cableways grant a 50% discount. What could ever surpass an unforgettable trip to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, or a journey up the Schilthorn, the famous 007 filming location.
Prices and full map
The Regional Pass is available for 4, 6 or 8 consecutive days.
The Jungfrau Railway Pass (valid 1st May until 26th October) entitles you to 6 consecutive days of unlimited travel in the Jungfrau region including Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen, Mürren, Grindelwald, First, Schynigge Platte, Harder Kulm and Bussalp. The Jungfrau adventure can be extended as far as the Jungfraujoch with a half price connecting ticket for just 53.50 Sfrs.
The price is £124 per person for holidays which include a half fare card.
Bernese Oberland Walking Holidays
Luggage-free hiking tour in the Bernese Oberland
On the Bear Trail across 2 passes from Wengen via Grindelwald to Meiringen
An incredible way to enjoy hiking between resorts.
On this independent hiking tour (4 or 7 nights), against the magical setting of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, you hike on the legendary Bärentrek (Bear Trail) over the Kleine and Grosse Scheidegg. You can choose to walk whatever stretches you like as the cable cars mean you can take short cuts which reduces your hiking time. Your luggage is transported for you from one hotel to another which enables you to admire the wonders of nature unencumbered.
In the past, the trail was only passable for bears and wolves - today it is one of the most popular in Switzerland for everyone.
2015 departures 10 June - 30 September:
4 nights Wednesday or Friday. Prices from £789
7 nights Saturday. Prices from £1125