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Self-guided flexible walking tour Best of the Bernese Oberland
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Highlights

  • Flexible alpine walking amidst a backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
  • The villages of Mürren, Wengen & Grindelwald, staying at chalet-style hotels.
  • The classic Swiss Alps—jagged peaks, crystal clear lakes & alpine meadows.
  • Working up an appetite for delicious raclette, fondu, rösti and apfelstrüdel.
  • The freedom to extend/shorten your walk by cable car, funicular, bus or train!

Explore the iconic peaks of the Bernese Oberland on foot, with a choice of classic walks between Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald; Swiss chocolate-box alpine villages framed by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

The network of mountain transport gives you easy and flexible access to the Jungfrau region’s 500km of walking trails. You’re in control of how easy or challenging you want your walks to be, or simply relax and let the train, funicular, cable car or bus whisk you up and down the mountains!

DAY 1: Arrive Mürren

Immerse yourself in a traditional Swiss alpine village; Mürren’s car-free streets are lined with chocolate-box wooden chalets, adorned with colourful flowers. Listen out for the tinkling of cowbells as you settle into your chalet-style hotel for a 2 night stay.


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: Schilthorn/choice of walks from Mürren

Mürren is nestled amidst a backdrop of iconic peaks; the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The Jungfrau region is a hiker’s paradise, with around 500km of superb way-marked trails. You can make good use of the cable cars, railways and funicular services to shorten or lengthen your hike as you wish! Each day we offer a variety of suggested walks to get you exploring the alpine meadows and mountain slopes.


Another option for today is to ride the cable car to the top of the Schilthorn, where you can admire 200 other peaks from the Skyline viewing platform at 2970m. There’s also a 360° restaurant and interactive Bond World 007 exhibition; paying homage to the thriller ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.


Flexible walking: 4-14km


Overnight: Mürren


DAY 3: 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. Spend your next 2 nights here.


Flexible walking: 4-13km


Overnight: Wengen


DAY 4: Männlichen cable car, walk to Kleine Scheidegg/Wengen

A must-do walk is the aptly named Panorama Trail, reached by the Männlichen cable car (2342m). The trail traces the foot of the Männlichen chain, through woods and alpine pastures with views of the mighty rock walls of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and untouched Trümmelbach Valley to Kleine Scheidegg (2061m).


Reward yourself wth a cold beer, steaming plate of rösti and melting raclette at this celebrated mountain pass, with breath-taking views to the Eiger, Lauberhorn and their glaciers.  From Kleine Scheidegg you can also ride the railway up to the Jungfraujoch, the highest point reachable by rail in Europe (also see Days 6 & 7).  


You can board the Wengernalp railway back to the village or continue your walk further.


Flexible Walking: 5-12km


Overnight: Wengen


DAY 5: 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 3 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.


Walk: 5-13km


Overnight: Grindelwald


DAYS 6 & 7: 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 8: 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 7 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.


Please be aware that twin & double rooms in Switzerland are typically 2 single mattresses side by side in one double bed frame with two separate duvet covers and pillows.


Meals

Breakfasts are included each day, and you can opt to add a 7-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

For general travel planning and information in Switzerland, please go to: www.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/transport-travel/getting-around 


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

  • 7 Nights in 3-star family-run chalet-style hotels.
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • Baggage transfers between accommodations (days 3, 5).
  • 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.

Brilliant! Fast seamless experience and a great trip

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Brilliant Swiss walking trip, organised in hours. Great rooms, plenty of choice of walks and a stress free experience

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Great location, hikes and accommodations

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Dave

United States

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Definitely would travel with Macs adventure again

Flo

HKSAR

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Better Than Ever Could Have Imagined!

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Accommodations were superb! Staff, luggage transfers, breakfast were all excellent. Photos don't do this beautiful area justice. Our hikes were split between Macs and hotel staff recommendations. At Chalet-hotel Alpenruh in Murren, Ferdinand was very welcoming on our late arrival. Thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him and the breath-taking views from our hotel room. Staying three nights instead of two was a great decision. Tip: From Lauterbrunnen take the postbus to Stechelberg where you board the Schilthornbahn cable way and land steps away from Chalet-hotel Alpenruh. Also, incredible views and a walks around the top at Schilthorn (received a discount using rail pass). Wengen-Hotel Schoenegg were equally quaint with different types but equally spectacular views as Murren. Took the train to the top of the Jungfraujoch (additional cost) and while the views were great, not sure it was worth the time/cost. (Enjoyed the Schilthorn more.) Also enjoyed the powerful Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen. Gary and Gabby (Chalet-hotel Gletschergarten, Grindelwald) provided phenomenal hikes that we wouldn't have known about. Their family-owned hotel is located at the opposite end of town from the train station and was quite peaceful. (And yes, the bakery across the street was definitely worth a visit!) Consider buying through Macs Adventures and picking up at the airport: Swiss Transfer Ticket including Swiss Half Fare card. This pass is used for travel from the airport to Murren and the return to the airport from Grindelwald. Jungfrau Travel Pass - 6 to 8 day travel - depending on the number of days staying. NOTE: This can be confusing but the Swiss Transfer Ticket is only used to get you to and from the airport. The Jungfrau Travel Pass allows you to travel within the Jungfrau region using train, bus, cable. You receive a voucher for this Jungfrau Travel Pass that is then exchanged for the actual Jungfrau Travel Pass at any Jungfrau region train station.

T & J

Colorado, U.S.

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Trip of a LIFETIME!!!

5

The Best of the Bernese Oberland was more than my husband and I could have ever imagined a trip could be!! Jess at MacsAdventure was so responsive to my many questions before the trip. The pre trip package they send with all the maps and trip information is extremely helpful and easy to follow! We cannot say enough about the beauty of the trails we hiked, the amazing hotels we stayed in (and their friendly and helpful staff), the views from our hotel rooms, the efficiency of our bags arriving at our next hotel in a timely manner and the food at each hotel. We chose the best time to arrive....early July for a proliferation of wildflowers!! The views everywhere we went were stunning!! I would not hesitate to use MacsAdventure or to recommend Switzerland to a friend!!

Karen

Hampton, Virginia, USA

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Great trip.

5

Great trip the scenery was all we imagined it would be. The accommodation was excellent, well above what we were expecting. The only negative was that the weather was so hot that it made the hiking uncomfortable.

Cunj.

Australia

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Dream Trip

5

I've dreamed of hiking in the Alps since my father climbed over there back in 1970. To hike in areas he climbed was truly a dream come true. We'll be back. We were warned some of the hikes might not be open this early in the year which turned out to be the case. But it was really easy to adjust our plans and still get a significant, memorable hiking experience each of those two days. The accommodations were beyond our expectations. The luggage transfers went smoothly and the service was incredible. They were the best lodgings of our trips. ( We visited Zurich and Geneva areas before and after our 5 day hiking trip.) We met another group traveling with Macs Adventures. Both the travelers and the hotels seemed to respect Macs Adventures. Downside of vacation were the big tourist groups. Upside, because they weren't hiking, it was easy to leave them behind once we got on a trail.

Sherbear

Idaho

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Most beautiful scenery ever

5

We loved this walking trip. The scenery was spectacular, the snow was incredible on the top of the mountains and the villages were beautiful. The walks that started high and meandered down were fantastic. However, the uphill walks were much harder than we expected. I would rate this trip Medium to Hard as some of the walks required quite a high degree of fitness. Having a couple of days open where we could go up Jungfrau is a great idea. Definitely recommend it.

Kaye

Brisbane Australia

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Spectacular!

5

The Bernese Oberland is a spectacular part of Switzerland. On each day, we were treated to amazing views of the mountains as we walked through charming countryside. We visited in late September and our weather was very pleasant. We hiked in t-shirts most of the time, and only needed down jackets when we visited the Jungfraujoch. We booked this holiday through Macs. We were looking for their expertise in selecting the best hiking trails and accommodations. We were also looking for baggage transfers. We had done some research and had determined that arranging baggage transfers independently was complicated and expensive. Also, as there are many hotels to choose from in the region we wanted help selecting the right places to stay. As it turned out, the accommodations chosen for us by Macs were excellent and well located for hiking and local transport. The baggage transfers were seamless. The trail advice was extremely useful given that there are many trails to choose from. The ability to download the trail maps to our phones and track our location was very helpful. We would definitely consider booking with Macs Adventures again in the future.

Wine4Two

Canada

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Awesome Alpine Adventure

5

This short interlude during our longer stay in Switzerland fit us to a tee! The accommodations were fabulous along with the views. There was plenty of hiking at different ability levels so that we always felt there was something for us to do. We had the added bonus of hiking to a cheese festival one day where we got to enjoy local music, cheese in numerous forms, wurst, and beer!

Bushwack Betty

Brooklyn, NY

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