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-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 or Victoria)
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.
Huge glaciers and waterfalls tumble to our feet at Biglenalp as we explore quiet side-trails in this classic mountain region. (Hotel Schönegg or Victoria)
Today’s hike: 5-7 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 2640 ft up, 60 ft down. Please note there are longer and shorter options for most days.
Tschingelhorn – Our trail winds through flowery meadows and dense woods to the lush Lauterbrunnen valley floor.
After a break for lunch, we’ll hike to a wild and isolated corner of the Lauterbrunnen valley for a memorable night in a remote mountain inn. Tschingelhorn is a simple mountain inn set in a stunning location, looking across the valley at the Jungfrau mountain, Rottal glacier, and numerous impressive waterfalls. There is no luggage transport, but we’ll enjoy charming private rooms (bathroom and shower down the hall) and a filling and delicious meal… this is always a favorite stop! (Tschingelhorn Inn)
Today’s hike: 6-8 hours, 10.5 miles; Elevation: 2900 ft up, 1580 ft down.
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.
We can take an optional morning hike to small glacial lake in the back of the valley. Dinner will be on your own tonight in Mürren. (Hotel Bellevue)
Today’s hike: 5-7 hours, 11 miles; Elevation: 2290 ft up, 2420 ft down.
Mürren – There are numerous dayhike possibilities around Mürren, one of the best hiking destinations in Switzerland.
One beautiful trail leads up to the local peak, Bryndli, for superb all-around views, and back in a quiet side valley to a typical alpine hut. Or feel free to just unwind in one of the most scenic and relaxing villages in the Alps. (Hotel Bellevue)
Today’s hike: 5-7 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 1850 ft up, 1850 ft down.
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.
The Oeschinensee lake defies words, and we can do a short day to the lake, or a long loop high above it. We’ll stay in the center of town in a comfortable and very friendly 3-star hotel. (Hotel Bernerhof)
Today’s hike: 5-7 hours, 7.5 miles; Elevation: 2700 ft up, 2700 ft down.
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.
This is a picture-perfect hideaway – a small, U-shaped valley, carpeted with wildflowers and guarded by savage cliffs. Waterfalls bursting from the sides of cliffs add to the scenery. We hike back to a favorite inn for snacks and refreshments before taking a small local bus back to town. (Hotel Bernerhof)
Today’s hike: 5-7 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 1690 ft up, 620 ft down.
depart – Today we say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for our post-tour destinations.
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