This self-guided hiking tour of the Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland is a perfect one-week introduction to Switzerland. Spend 4 nights in Mürren followed by 2 nights in Grindelwald, enjoying some of the finest hiking in Switzerland on 5-7 hour dayhikes and returning to stay in comfortable hotels each evening. This is the Switzerland of fairy-tales, with huge waterfalls, soaring mountains, lush green meadows filled with tinkling cowbells, a countryside threaded with great hiking trails and dotted by quaint villages. Both Grindelwald and Mürren are relatively small villages, and you’ll escape the crowds quickly as you explore the surrounding region. If you haven’t heard of the Jungfrau and Eiger mountains, you should acquaint yourself, as they are justifiably famous throughout Switzerland. This is our home region, and you’ll benefit from our intimate knowledge of the region as our route notes guide you some of the best viewpoints and hidden surprises in the Alps.
Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel – a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice – which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, with many hiking options to choose from.
You should finish your hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps settle into the pool, or just gaze upon the outside panorama from your room balcony. After that, you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, often centered on local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, but may also feature chicken, fish, or other continental specialties. Our hotels all serve fabulous food, and dinners will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. Typically we one dinner in Mürren free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.
Mürren – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train Mürren. There is a train station in both the Zurich and Geneva airports, and transferring to Mürren will be an easy introduction to Swiss precision and friendliness.
Mürren – One of our favorite hikes starts in town, and gently meanders up the hills to the pastoral setting at Spielboden.
Mürren – The Upper Lauterbrunnen valley curls back beneath the white-capped Breithorn – considered by many to be the most perfect mountain in the region.
Mürren – Start with a morning stroll through the sleepy village of Gimmelwald.
Grindelwald – Leaving Mürren, a 1 hour train ride brings you to the classic resort village of Grindelwald.
Grindelwald – Another energetic hike takes you right into the heart of the Grindelwald mountains.
depart – After breakfast, you’ll say good-bye and head off to your post-trip destinations.