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Self-guided walking short break Highlights of the Bernese Oberland
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Highlights

  • A short hiking break with flexible walks in the Bernese Oberland.
  • Walking beneath the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, staying at chalet-style hotels.
  • Chocolate-box Swiss villages of Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald.
  • Fresh alpine air and delicious food— bubbling fondu overlooking the peaks.
  • The flexibility to shorten/extend your walks by mountain railways.

A short 4-night walking break taking in the must-see highlights of the Bernese Oberland, with a choice of varied hikes at your fingertips. Stay beneath the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in charming family-run chalet-style hotels with great food and views to die for.

The Jungfrau region’s excellent mountain railways link the idyllic Swiss Alpine villages of Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald. You can make great use of the extensive web of trains, cable cars, funiculars and buses to extend or shorten your hikes as you like, or just sit back and admire the view…

DAY 1: Arrive Mürren

Arrive in the alpine village of Mürren, where you’ll wander through car-free streets of wooden chalets, adorned with colourful flowers. Check into your traditional  chalet-style hotel .


The best way to reach Mürren is by train; just 55 mins from Interlaken, 2hrs from Bern, 3hrs from Zurich or Basel, 3h45 from Geneva. 


Overnight: Mürren


DAY 2: Choice of walks/travel to Wengen

You’ll find Wengen just across the Lauterbrunnen valley from Mürren, perched at the top of vertical cliffs springing with waterfalls. You have a choice of rewarding walks at your fingertips, which you can combine with mountain transport to adjust your walk as you wish.


Trains run from Mürren to Grütschalp, from where you can descend by cable car to Lauterbrunnen. The railway from here winds its way up to the car-free alpine village of Wengen, situated on a sunny plateau with outstanding views to the Jungfrau.


Flexible walking: 4-13km


Overnight: Wengen


DAY 3: Eiger Trail/Travel to Grindelwald

One of our favourite Swiss walks is the Eiger Trail from Eigergletscher (a short train ride from Wengen) to Alpiglen. This high route brings you right in front of the famous North Face itself; look up and right to see the metal ladders and perhaps even a climber or two setting off on an adventure.


Soak up the views over the Wetterhorn and the Grosse Scheidegg before continuing on a zig zag trail down to Alpiglen. Here you can jump on board the train, or walk further via Gletscherschlucht to Grindelwald, your base for the next 2 nights.


Remember, you can also take cable cars or the train all the way from Wengen to picture-postcard Grindelwald, and there are easier/shorter walks to choose from.


Flexible walking: 5-13km


Overnight: Grindelwald


DAY 4: Jungfraujoch optional excursion or choice of walks

A must-do optional excursion during your stay in the Bernese Oberland is the ‘Top of Europe’ Jungfraujoch, easily reached by rail from either Wengen or Grindelwald. From Kleine Scheidegg, the cog-wheel railway climbs steeply up to the Jungfraujoch (3454m).


At the very top you’ll find an ice palace with ice sculptures, a viewing plateau, restaurants and panoramic “Sphinx” observation terrace with views over the Aletsch glacier, the longest alpine glacier at 23km.


From Grindelwald you’ve a choice of walks; explore the Grosse Scheidegg plateau, the sparkling Bachalpsee or First with its cable car station. Mountain cafés dotted around Grindelwald will tempt you to relax in the sunshine with a large slice of Apfelstrüdel or Mövenpick icecream sundae— you need to keep your energy levels up after all!


Flexible walking: 7-14km


Overnight: Grindelwald


DAY 5: Onward Travel

After breakfast check-out of your traditional chalet-style hotel and make your onward journey.  If you’re planning a longer European tour then the Italian Lakes combines perfectly with the Swiss Alps.

Accommodation

Stay 4 nights in traditional Swiss chalet-style hotels (of a 3-star standard).   The accommodation we normally use is detailed below, however is subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.


Meals

Breakfasts are included each day, and you can opt to add a 4-night half board supplement to your arrangements. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. 



 

 

 



Chalet-hotel Alpenruh - Muerren



Chalet-hotel Alpenruh - Muerren

Chalet Hotel Alpenruh*** is located adjacent to the Schilthorn cable car station, just minutes from the heart of Mürren. Dine in the popular restaurant or relax in the cosy small bar.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Schoenegg - Wengen



Hotel Schoenegg - Wengen

Hotel Schönegg*** dates from 1903, and was fully renovated in 2012. Although not strictly a chalet-hotel, the interior and furnishings, with their rich wooden patina, are typical of a Swiss chalet. Your hosts are Caroline & Sylvain Stefanazzi Ogi. Restaurant 1903, with its cosy wooden decor, is inspired by Sylvain's Italian roots. Rooms have charming wooden touches and guests can enjoy the sauna and massage bed (fee payable for the latter).


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Gletschergarten - Grindelwald



Chalet-hotel Gletschergarten - Grindelwald

Chalet Hotel Gletschergarten*** has been family-run since 1899, and is in the 4th generation of the Michel-Breitenstein family. There is a sauna, steam bath and relaxation room. All rooms have a balcony or terrace. Chef François Rollot prepares 4-course dining at the restaurant.


 

 

 

Availability

This trip is available to start daily, from the end of June to early October.


Time of Year

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and mid-September when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is generally fair.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and a supplement is payable as some of the costs are not shared. Single rooms are on request and a supplement is payable.


Grade & Terrain 

This trip is graded ‘easy to moderate’ overall, as the walks are around 4-14km, but many you can shorten with mountain transport (payable locally or you can opt to purchase a Jungfrau Travel Pass in advance) or skip altogether. The routes and footpaths are not technically difficult, although you should have a good head for heights and be sure-footed.  Please be aware that earlier in the season there may be some residual snow lying in patches, but this will not require any special equipment or skills; walking poles are recommended.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The network of paths and trails in the Bernese Oberland is comprehensively way-marked as are all the variations we suggest. We provide you with detailed route notes and maps so you will have no problem following the route suggested, or indeed if you wish to take alternative routes according to your wishes.


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jackets and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking shoes or boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer and a day pack.


Getting to Wengen

The best way to reach Mürren is by train; just 55 mins from Interlaken.  You can fly into Bern (2 hrs), Zurich or Basel (3 hrs), or Geneva (3h45). Train timetables and details of public transportation in Switzerland are available via the excellent travel planner at www.sbb.ch.  


By Car: It is not possible to take a car to Mürren, so if you are driving, then you will need to leave your car at Lauterbrunnen (parking spaces can be reserved in advance when staying min. 7 days at www.jungfraubahnen.ch/ph).


Getting from Grindelwald

From Grindelwald most train connections are via Interlaken Ost (35 mins).  Travel times are as follows from Grindelwald to city train stations (Hauptbahnhof/HB): to Bern (1h40), Zurich (2h40), Basel (2h40), or Geneva (3h30); Again, please see SBB’s website for timetable planning.


Further information regarding travel advice will be in your comprehensive pre-departure information pack.

Getting to Mürren

The best way to reach Mürren is by train; just 55 mins from Interlaken.  You can fly into Bern (2 hrs away), Zurich or Basel (3 hrs), or Geneva (3h45). Train timetables and details of public transportation in Switzerland are available via the excellent travel planner at www.sbb.ch


Getting from Grindelwald

From Grindelwald most train connections are via Interlaken Ost (35 mins).  Travel times are as follows from Grindelwald to city train stations (Hauptbahnhof/HB): to Bern (1h40), Zurich (2h40), Basel (2h40), or Geneva (3h30); Again, please see SBB’s website for timetable planning.


Further information regarding travel advice will be in your comprehensive pre-departure information pack.

Included

  • 4 Nights in 3-star family-run chalet-style hotels.
  • 4 Breakfasts.
  • Baggage transfers between accommodations (days 2, 3).
  • Route notes, map & info pack.
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support.

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required).
  • Travel to Mürren and from Grindelwald.
  • Entrance fees (eg. Jungfraujoch excursion).
  • Public transport (eg. railways, cable cars, chairlifts, funiculars, buses).
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks.
  • Personal equipment.

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk.
  • Half board supplement.
  • Solo walker supplement.
  • Single room supplement if required.
  • Jungfrau Travel Pass or rail travel within Switzerland.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is very popular, especially over the summer months. However we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is graded easy to moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle.  Most of the paths are easy to follow and although undulating in parts the paths are generally easy, and where they are tougher, there are alternative walks that day. Walking each day is between 4-14km. If you prefer not to walk each day, then you can take mountain railways or post buses between locations.

How do the baggage transfers work? 

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. 

Which is the best airport to fly to?

You can fly into Zurich, Basel, Geneva or Bern Belp airports in Switzerland, check out the travel details section for more detailed information.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a day pack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and early October when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is generally fair.

What happens if I can't walk a stage? 

The beauty of the Jungfrau region, is that there is an excellent network of mountain railways that you can use (cable cars, train, some postbuses) to shorten or lengthen your walk, or skip it altogether. If outside the car-free villages (eg. Grindelwald) then you can make use of local taxis where possible.

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5.0

great trip

By Wes

from Salt Lake City

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • self guide hikes and app with maps was great

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    Comments about macs adventure Best of the Bernese Oberland:

    Nice balance with self guided hikes and help with reservations and luggage transport
    Only issue was the second couple didn't get the maps and personal correspondence that I did.

     
    5.0

    Fabulous trip!

    By M.D.

    from Brooklyn NY

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    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Twice in a lifetime! I would do it all again.
    • Well Organised

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      • Exercise,Beauty and relaxation

      Comments about macs adventure Best of the Bernese Oberland:

      This is such a beautiful area! Crisp, clean air, great walking trails, and the tinkling sound of bells worn by the grazing cows. Loved the lack of cars in some towns.

       
      5.0

      Perfect Switzerland- in a relaxed style

      By OMJ

      from South Gippsland Australia

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      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

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        • Holiday
        • Relaxation
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        Comments about macs adventure Best of the Bernese Oberland:

        Much less strenuous than the TMB. You can select your own hikes everyday. Very well signposted on all hikes.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Beautiful hiking in the Swiss Alps

        By Seattle Travelers

        from Seattle, WA

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        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience

        Cons

        • Communication challenges
        • Surprise additional costs

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        Comments about macs adventure Best of the Bernese Oberland:

        We loved exploring this beautiful area and found most of the hikes to be just as described. We appreciated that all of the hikes had modifications so we could shorten as needed. The accommodations were all outstanding. We were pleasantly surprised when our first hotel offered complimentary brunch at the top of Schilthorn and our second hotel upgraded us to a family suite. Our third hotel picked us up at the train station in the pouring rain which was wonderful.

        We did have a few concerns. We had to ask repeatedly for our pre-departure information package. We were not told that the package was at our first hotel and not mailed to us and ended up calling Macs Adventures three weeks before our trip. We were surprised that most of the hikes required first taking a gondola, train, or cable car to the trailhead, which added signifiant extra costs. Macs should be more upfront about this, we thought we would be hiking from town to town. A couple of the hikes, especially the first one, seemed mislabeled (marked easy, but it was a very steep and slick downhill hike).

        Overall, however, we very much enjoyed our Swiss adventure.

         
        5.0

        Certainly! Again and with my friends!

        By Natsie

        from Singapore

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        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised

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          • Relaxation
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Best of the Bernese Oberland:

          It was our honeymoon and we thoroughly enjoyed it!

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