The Switzerland of fairy tales resides in heart of the Bernese Oberland. If you’re interested in hiking inn-to-inn, but would like just a couple of remote nights to go with the comforts of distinctive village hotels, the Bernese Oberland Highlights tour is for you. On this tour, we’ve combined stops at outstanding 3 and 4-star hotels with our favorite inn-to-inn stretch of the Alpine Pass Route. We’ll hike each day, but have upgraded our hotels from our longer Bernese Oberland Tour, and have included only one night in a memorable inn. Starting with 2 nights in Wengen, we’ll see the Eiger and Jungfrau mountains before hiking to the far end of the Lauterbrunnen valley for 1 night at the charming Tschingelhorn mountain inn at Obersteinberg (no luggage for this night, shower down the hall ). We’ll continue the next day to Mürren for 2 nights there, followed by 2 more in quiet Kandersteg. With 4 stops in 7 nights, this tour strikes a perfect balance of comfort and adventure in perhaps the most breathtaking region of the Alps.
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn – delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice – which gives us the energy needed for a full day of inn-to-inn hiking. Soon we’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, where often you’ll get to choose between an easier or more strenuous hike for the day. Each morning, you’ll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we’ll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches – making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up and relax. You’ll have your own room every night, with private bathroom for all nights except at Obersteinberg. Each evening we’ll enjoy dinner together at our inn. These are multi-course feasts, featuring local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, and will definitely be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. We will leave one dinner in Mürren free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.
Wengen – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to Wengen in the Bernese Oberland. We’ll meet and talk about our tour before a welcome dinner at our hotel. (Hotel Schönegg)
Wengen – We’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Eiger, Jungfrau and surrounding mountains as we hike from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and back on alternate trails.
Tschingelhorn – Our trail winds through flowery meadows and dense woods to the lush Lauterbrunnen valley floor.
Mürren – A beautiful wooded hike brings us through sleepy Gimmelwald to the car-free village of Mürren, with its unparalleled cliffside views of the surrounding mountains.
Mürren – There are numerous dayhike possibilities around Mürren.
Kandersteg – A morning transfer by train brings us to the quiet village of Kandersteg, with time for a dayhike up to a spectacular emerald-green lake surrounded by cliffs, waterfalls, and glacier-clad peaks.
Kandersteg – Among the great dayhikes from Kandersteg is a quiet path leading south towards the Klus gorge. The power of the Kander river is impressive, as we climb through this narrow gorge into the hidden Gasterntal valley.
depart – Today we say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for our post-tour destinations.