Tag Archives: Bernese Oberland


Glacial Gorges of the Alps: Gletscherschlucht

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Glacial gorges – Gletscherschlucht in German – are a special treat when hiking in the Swiss Alps. Go explore these little side adventures along paths cut dramatically through the cliff walls by glacial melt water. Trummelbach Falls and Rosenlaui Gorge in the Bernese Oberland region are some of our favorites.

Classic Switzerland: the Hotel Gletschergarten

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Alpinehikers’ fosters special relationships with hotels and hoteliers in Switzerland and throughout the Alps. The Hotel Gletschergarten is one of our favorite homes-away-from-home to share with our guests. We talked with owner and host extraordinaire, Gabriela, about the history and news from her beautiful corner of the Alps.

Hotel Schwarzwaldalp: Home is Where the Heart Is

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For your perfect first night in Switzerland, stay at Schwarzwaldalp. Caring hosts, great food, and cozy rooms refresh and inspire. And the trails just outside are ready for you to start your alpine hiking tour in style!

Hiking to Obersteinberg

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You’ve heard about Hotel Obersteinberg, the wonderfully authentic mountain inn perched high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Like a fairy tale combination of mountains, waterfalls, flowers and cows, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is a gem within a gem. This deeply carved gorge was J.R.R. Tolkein’s inspiration for Rivendell, based on a hiking tour he took here as   Continue Reading →

Stay at Obersteinberg Overnight

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A night’s stay at Obersteinberg is the icing on the cake of hiking in this part of the Alps. Wake up in a postcard and then go meet the cows who made your breakfast. It simply does not get more authentically Swiss than this.

The Best Hike in the Alps

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I have a lot of favorite hikes throughout Switzerland, France and Italy,  but if it comes down to one “best hike”, my answer is easy and always the same… go to Obersteinberg.

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 →