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Walking in the Bernese Oberland

Bernese Oberland

Highlights
  • Hike amidst an impressive backdrop of the iconic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau 
  • Indulge in Gruyère and Etivaz cheese in Gstaad, whilst seeing how they are made
  • Discover the picturesque chocolate-box villages of Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald.
  • Hear the tinkle of cowbells ringing and see the soaring peaks and crystal lakes
  • On your daily walks, work up an appetite for delicious local Raclette or Rösti
  • Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to extend or shorten your walk by public transport.

Located in the heart of Switzerland, the Bernese Oberland is one of the most magnificent regions for hiking in Europe. From its deep valleys to looming mountains and lush pine forests, this area embodies the classic postcard image of the Alps. Why not try some local mountain cheese, Bergkäse, which is sold from honesty boxes at farms you pass en route? A perfect accompaniment to your picnic lunch on the trail.

To get a taster for all the Bernese Oberland has to offer, embark on our Best of the Bernese Oberland trip and walk in the footsteps of some of the most impressive alpine athletes like Ueli Steck. (but make sure to avoid climbing the Eiger North Face, like he did!) Spend your evenings exploring the charming traditional villages of Grindelwald, Murren and Wengen, always accompanied by cowbells ringing faintly in the distance. Epic trails which cross through the Bernese Oberland, such as the Via Alpina and the Grindelwald Trail, are also waiting to be discovered. Or why not indulge in traditional Swiss cheese and chocolate on our Trails of Gruyeres and Gstaad as you learn how they are made.

Macs Adventure has been creating trips in Switzerland since 2008, and our knowledgeable team are waiting to answer any questions you may have. Whichever trip you choose, you can be assured that we have picked the best accommodations and walks this region has to offer, providing you with an outstanding experience.

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  • Visiting the Bernese Oberland

    This picturesque corner of Switzerland offers some of the most spectacular experiences, hike in the shadow of the Eiger's north face, admire the villages of Gstaad or Murren, or watch the thundering Staubbach Falls from Lauterbrunnen, the Swiss Alps don’t get more in-your-face beautiful than this. 

    There are plenty of things to do when visiting which do not include hiking, do not miss: 

    1. The Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe, a viewing and adventure platform at 3454 meters above sea level providing breathtaking views across the Alps.

    2. The Schilthorn a panoramic revolving restaurant at the summit, Piz Gloria, which was featured in the James Bond movie, Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    3. The First Cliff Walk, a lookout platform near the terrace at the Bergrestaurant. The terrace rises 45 metres out into the void simulating the feeling of flying in the mountains

    4. The Gletscher Schlucht (Grindelwald Glacier Gorge), a popular destination for a unique sensory walk through its exposed rock galleries and tunnels, which have been carved out by glacier melt. 

     

     

    Visiting the Bernese Oberland
  • Best Hiking Regions in Switzerland

    Bernese Oberland - The Berner Oberland is a stone through from the capital, Bern, an easy train ride takes you into the mountains which are dominated by the spectacular mountain trio, the Eiger, Monch and the Jungfrau. This region is filled with walks for all abilities if this is your first walking holiday or you are a veteran. There are multiple trips which will take you through this region, such as our Best of the Bernese Oberland or the Via Alpina. Each takes you through breath-taking scenery and wanders through lush meadows sprinkled with wildflowers. Along the way, hikers are treated to a diversity of Swiss villages from small hamlets, such as of Lauterbrunnen, the car-free Murren or to the popular ski resort of Grindelwald.

    Valais – Deep in the alps you find Valais, in the south-west corner of Switzerland. The region is split between German and French-speaking villages. Walk amongst some of the most dramatic alpine scenery Switzerland has to offer, with fifty peaks, including the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and the Dom, soaring over 4,000-meter, more than any other region in the Alps. It is filled with an intricate network of hiking trails, the most famous being the Walkers Haute Route, creating endless opportunities for hikers to explore the high peaks, cross panoramic passes and travel through scenic alpine valleys. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.Explore a quieter side of the Alps on our Trail of the Val D'Annivers trip, let it wow you with stunning scenery, without the crowds. 

    Graubünden – Explore the German-speaking Alps, including the Engadine, Davos and St Moritz. This region offers a multitude of great hiking trails from easy walks along beautiful lakes to moderate jaunts between the rustic villages. Strenuous hikes climb over scenic passes with stunning views of glacier-clad peaks and travel up tranquil valleys amid rugged peaks. Discover the local beauty on our St. Moritz & The Engadine Valley tour.

    Best Hiking Regions in Switzerland
  • Why Choose Macs Adventure to book your Walking Holiday in Switzerland?

    Macs Adventure has been running self-guided walking holidays in Swizterland since 2008Whether you like mountains and hills, lakes, rivers and glaciers, dreamy villages and well preserved medieval cities, Switzerland has something to offer for everyone. This abundance of wonderful places to explore lead us to seek out more and more areas where we could help people to discover Switzerland on foot. 

    From humble beginnings, we now send over 2000 walkers to Switzerland every year, each walking the route that excites them the most. We provide the freedom to choose your route, itinerary and travel companions and discover Switzerland at your own pace. 

    We know how daunting it can be, setting off on an adventure of this scale and we quickly realised how important it was to have amazing partners on the ground in Switzerland to deal with any issues that you might come across.  We are proud to say that we work incredibly closely with all our accommodation suppliers and luggage transfer teams and should you have the slightest issue, they will fall over themselves to help you out. 

    We offer a flexible, tailor-made hiking experience that gets you in comfortable, friendly overnight accommodation in local B&Bs and guesthouses. We carry your bags to lighten your load so you can concentrate on simply putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the unique culture, food and scenery of France. No hostels, no leaky tents, no heavy bags on your back just a straightforward active holiday that you can book with confidence that we have it all covered for you. 

    We want to showcase our expertise, by giving you all the resources you will ever need.  In the planning stage, we have free guides, comprehensive videos and a host of staff with their own Swiss experiences, waiting to answer your questions. On the route, we use high-quality digital mapping as well as the best maps and guidebooks to make sure you find your way.  

    We love the diversity of walking in Switzerland and our main aim is to make sure that you do too.  

    Why Choose Macs Adventure to book your Walking Holiday in Switzerland?

  • Walking in the Bernese Oberland

    Chief Adventure Officer at Macs Adventure, Neil Lapping, headed off hiking in the Bernese Oberland in 2013. View his video footage and commentary of his experience walking in the Bernese Oberland and Grindelwald.

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