The Bernese Oberland is our favorite hike in the Alps! And what better way to see it than with a private guide? Stay in car-free villages clinging to the clifftops while you walk among the clouds, with a memorable detour to remote Obersteinberg. Hike all day, stop for a midday hot chocolate at a high mountain hut, and then hike some more. Your cozy alpine chalet will welcome you in the evening. Clean air. Pure mountain streams.
The Bernese Oberland is the Switzerland you dream of… cascading waterfalls, soaring mountains and fields of wildflowers. Your guide will take care of all the details so all you need to do is show up and enjoy. This tour is short and sweet, but still has it all… jaw-dropping alpine scenery, remote inns, quaint villages, and quiet trails. You won’t want to stop!
Schwarzwaldalp – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to the quiet town of Meiringen to start the Bernese Oberland tour.
We’ll meet in the afternoon and take a bus ride up to our remote inn to start the tour. Waterfalls and imposing mountains watch over us in this relaxing corner of the Alps.
Grindelwald – After a hearty breakfast, we’ll hike over the Grosse Scheidegg pass and enjoy our first views of the Eiger and of the Grindelwald valley.
With 10,000 vertical feet separating valley from peak, Grindelwald sits at the base of one of the most impressive vertical mountain walls in the world. Perhaps we’ll detour via the postcard-perfect Bachsee lake before winding down to the glacier village of Grindelwald and our lovely 3-star hotel.
Wengen – Today we’ll explore the Grindelwald valley and hike to the famous Kleine Scheidegg pass.
The entire day is dominated by great close-up views of the Eiger North Face – perhaps the most notorious climb in the Swiss Alps. We’ll descend to the quiet village Wengen for a restful night.
Obersteinberg – We’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Jungfrau and surrounding mountains on the way down from Wengen. 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 in one of the most spectacular corners of the Bernese Oberland.
Mürren – We have a couple of trail options today – the first, a panoramic climb over a high ridge with breathtaking views in every direction, the second, a beautiful wooded hike filled with waterfalls.
Both lead through sleepy Gimmelwald to the car-free village of Mürren, with its unparalleled cliffside views of the surrounding mountains. This marks the end of Part A of the tour. Stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.
Mürren – There are numerous dayhike possibilities around Mürren. The Lobhorn hut is a favorite dayhike, with beautiful views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains across the valley. Another beautiful trail leads up to the local peak, Birg, for superb all-around views, and past a small glacial tarn.
Some people use this day to take the cable car above Mürren to the Schilthorn, with it’s James Bond-themed revolving restaurant and 360 degree views. Or you can take the train across the valley to Jungfraujoch, an amazing trip that tunnels through the Eiger, and brings you to a massive glacier viewpoint at 11,388 ft. Feel free also to just unwind in one of the most scenic and relaxing villages in the Alps.
depart – Today we say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for our post-tour destinations.
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