Tag Archives: Bernese Oberland


The Hotel Gletschergarten: “A place where people feel good”

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  In Grindelwald, 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 the Bernese Oberland.  When you arrive, if one of them (and more likely both) isn’t at the front   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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Ready to hike to Obersteinberg? You’ll start from the floor of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland is already my favorite area in the Alps – a fairy tale combination of mountains, waterfalls, flowers and cows. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is a gem within a gem. This deeply carved gorge served as   Continue Reading →

Overnight at Berghotel Obersteinberg

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A night at 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 today’s stressful routines. The rooms are simple and absolutely charming. Private beds with thick, fluffy duvets, a little side table, porcelain washbasin, and a candle in   Continue Reading →

Berghotel Obersteinberg

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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 →

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 →