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The Bernese Oberland is well-known as the most dramatic region of Switzerland and perfect for exploring by foot. The walk, from valley to valley, self-guided and hotel-to-hotel, offers breath-taking scenery and thrilling vistas.


From £895pp (from £1235pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

Duration: 6 days, 7 nights
Departures: Various departures from June- October
Start point: Kandersteg
End point: Lauenen


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Overview of Walking the Bernese Oberland Holiday

The Bernese Oberland is the perfect region for walking as every corner offers beautiful views and landscapes. The Oberland also hosts villages tucked away in the quiet, sheltered valleys, where you will find peace and serenity.

The paths are well-marked and boast the most thrilling views. You'll see meadows carpeted in flowers from mid-June to mid-July with a backdrop of dramatic, snow-capped peaks. Our pleasant walk is accessible to most, with grade 3 options high into the mountains, and opportunities to shorten ascents with cable cars to make walks of a grade 2 standard.

The start point Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria in Kandersteg is run by the charming Platzer family and offers a blend of comfort and home charm. With spacious lounges, a pleasant bar, attractive gardens, a sauna and an indoor pool with views of the mountains, there is plenty of space to relax.

What our customers say:

Mrs Taylor of East Hampshire
An absolutely wonderful holiday. We loved Switzerland, the people, the scenery, the transport system. All so impressive. We're definitely going back - hopefully next year and with Inntravel.

Mrs Ward of Hampshire
We had a truly marvellous holiday! The beauty of the Alps, the miles and miles of Alpine meadows ablaze with wild flowers, the incredible Swiss transport system, the superb service in all the hotels, the excellent food and your marvellous walking notes and organizational skills which included giving us wonderful sunny weather all in all terrific. Many many thanks!!

Mrs Humble of Germany
This was our 6th holiday with Inntravel. Thank you for another very enjoyable, well organised holiday. We loved the spectacular alpine scenery, the friendly locals and hoteliers.

For more reviews of this trip, see: Reviews of Walking the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland

What price includes

  • 7 nights B&B accommodation in friendly hotels,
  • four 3-star hotels
  • 7 dinners
  • route notes and maps
  • luggage transported
  • wonderful spring flower meadows



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria in Kandersteg

Nearest train station to meeting point:

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
Exit Kandersteg railway station and walk about 5 minutes along Bahnhofstrasse and then left on to Hauptstrasse to Hotel Victoria.

How to get there:
Train from London to Kandersteg (via Paris and Lausanne/Basel)

Plan your journey by train to Lausanne

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Hotel Alpenland in Lauenen

Nearest train station to finish point:
Lauenen railway station

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
Walk from Hotel Alpenland in Lauenen to railway station

How to get back:
Train from Lauenen to London (via Lausanne/Basel and Paris)

Plan your return train journey from Lauenen