Tag Archives: Bernese Oberland

Engstlenalp – A Perfect Day out between Bern and Central Switzerland

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Engstlenalp is one of our favorite alps.  An historic inn and scenic farm, tucked at the end of a pretty valley above Meiringen.  There are lakes, views, lifts, cheese and great walks.   A visit to Engstlenalp is a great day out anytime, but being right above Meiringen, it works particularly well as a warm-up day   Continue Reading →

Reflections on our guided Bernese Oberland Traverse 2018

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Susie, Jack and their daughter Katya joined us on a guided Bernese Oberland Traverse this summer.  Susie’s letter thanking us for the trip was one of the more inspiring notes we’ve received.  Thanks for coming and sharing… you did it!  Pictures are from their guide, Jakub Doubic. When my husband, Jack, and I committed to   Continue Reading →

Reflections on the Best of Bernese Oberland 2018

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We love family trips to the Alps.  There is so much to see and do, and it is an adventure the kids will never forget.  The Hollenbaugh family brought their daughters on a custom self-guided Best of the Bernese Oberland tour, adding Zermatt and Chamonix this summer.  At the end of their trip, they sent   Continue Reading →

Hardergrat to Lombachalp

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The Hardergrat ridge, above Interlaken, is beginning to get some well-deserved buzz.  Dan Patitucci’s evocative photos of running along the ridge are putting in on the hard-core trail runner bucket list.  But that’s a big and challenging route, outside the scope of what most of us can do.  But the ridge itself is very accessible.    Continue Reading →

Meet Julia: Alpinehikers and Run the Alps first intern extraordinaire

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Alpinehikers and Run the Alps first intern, Julia Maxwell, landed in the Alps in July and is excited to share her trail experiences with you.  Here is a brief interview with Julia to introduce her as well as give us an idea what grounds her stories and what the heck she does when she’s not   Continue Reading →

Niesen Funicular – Lake Thun’s Perfect Pyramid

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The Niesen is a very striking, almost perfectly pyramidal peak just south of Lake Thun, in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland.  It’s not big on the tourist track, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a trip.  If you do want to visit, the ride on the 11,502 foot (3506m) long funicular railway known as Niesenbahn can   Continue Reading →

Brienzer Rothorn Steam Train

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Have you ever had the curiosity to ride a nostalgic, old-fashioned steam engine driven train? For over 125 years the Swiss have provided that opportunity with the Brienzer Rothornbahn, built in 1892. Starting from lake Brienz between Interlaken and Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland, the Rothorn train climbs 5,510 ft (1,680 m) in 55 minutes and has   Continue Reading →

Reichenbach Falls, Meiringen, Switzerland: the end of Sherlock Holmes – the first time

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If Sherlock Holmes was your favorite detective as a child and waterfalls are high on your list, the Reichenbach Falls above Meiringen, Switzerland are a must see. This almost 400 foot waterfall is visible from downtown Meiringen and it is only a short 20 minute walk to the start of its cog-rail funicular. Originally built   Continue Reading →

The Weather of the Alps with Troy Haines, Alinehiker’s Founder and Owner

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The weather of the Alps doesn’t necessarily play by the rules. Long range forecasts are dodgy, areas in close proximity are extremely variable and rain showers (depending on where you are) are not unusual. Troy Haines, Alpinehikers owner and founder, and I recently sat down to discuss the complexities of weather when traveling by foot through the   Continue Reading →

Hanging it out on the Klettersteig: Murren, Switzerland

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If Switzerland is the land of moderation, how are so many adrenaline pumping, edge of your seat activities fit within its borders?  From cheese fondue to basejumping, mellow walking trails to Klettersteigs, the politically neutral banking and chocolate experts of Switzerland have it all. If you’re looking for another adrenaline filled activity in Murren, Switzerland   Continue Reading →