Walking the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland
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, offers breath-taking scenery and thrilling vistas.
From £875pp (from £1198pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
Greentraveller's Travel Advice: "The Bernese Oberland is well-known as the most dramatic region of Switzerland and perfect for discovering by foot. The walk, from valley to valley, offers breath-taking views and landscapes on well-marked paths. The Oberland hosts quaint villages tucked away in the quiet, sheltered valleys, where you will find peace and serenity."
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"Here we caught our first glimpse of the permanently snow-capped mountains that draw visitors from around the world. However, we exchanged a glimpse for a ‘ringside seat’ as we travelled by train and cable car high into the mountains to the car-free village of Murren, perched on a sunny ledge half way up a mountainside looking directly across to the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau."
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"The rail network in Switzerland is world class: punctual, comfortable and efficient; it is a sleek, stylish way to travel and outstandingly user-friendly. The world-famous Glacier Express and Bernina Express trains are only the most famous of a vast family of routes that hook over, scale around and disappear through Switzerland’s spectacular mountains."
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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 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.
Traveller Reviews of This Trip
A great holiday - well done Inntravel! We could not have done it ourselves for the price and the Inntravel service is reliable and trusted. We have now done 8 Inntravel walking trips and will be back for more. Dr D Terry, Bath, 12/06/2011
We enjoyed lying in the swimming pool at Adelboden looking at snow covered mountains! Mr P, Surrey, 18/06/2009
We loved day 5: Lenk to Lauenen. Absolutely wonderful scenery and very secluded (very good to have one day where you should take a picnic). We spotted a lot eagles but no marmots! Mrs T Mullins, Cambridge, 24/09/2009
For more reviews of this trip, see: Reviews of Walking the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland
What price includes
- 7 nights in friendly hotels, three with an indoor pool
- Four 3-star hotels
- 7 dinners
- 7 breakfasts
- Luggage transported
- Route notes and maps
Plan your journey by train
Hotel Victoria in Kandersteg
Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
Exit Kandersteg railway station and walk about 6 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
Hotel Alpenland in Lauenen
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)