Tag Archives: Bernese Oberland


Classic Switzerland: the Hotel Gletschergarten

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The Hotel Gletschergarten in Grindelwald is “A Place Where People Feel Good” Tucked quietly just outside of town near the end of the main drag, is the charming, family-run Hotel Gletschergarten.  The owners, Gabriela and her husband Gery, craft exceptional experiences at this iconic spot in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland.  When you arrive, if one of   Continue Reading →

Hotel Schwarzwaldalp: Home is Where the Heart Is

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There are many elements of a hotel that make it a good one, and there are certainly plenty of good ones to be found in the Alps.  It might be the gourmet restaurant, the superb wine selection, the panoramic view, etc… Whatever it is, combine a few of these elements in the same place and   Continue Reading →

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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Staying the night at the historic Berghotel Obersteinberg is a highlight for everyone on our Bernese Oberland tours. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and inspiring. And the fresh mountain air is the perfect antidote to the crazy pace of life these days. The rooms are simple and absolutely charming. Private bedrooms come cleanly made up with thick,   Continue Reading →

The Best Hike in the Alps? Follow Us!

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Is there such a thing as the BEST HIKE in the Alps?  After leading hiking tours for over 20 years, 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.  Where is Obersteinberg?   Continue Reading →

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 →