Bernese Oberland

All the resorts of the Bernese Oberland have so much to offer. They provide a diverse landscape from the mountainous regions above the Lauterbrunnen Valley to the lakeside splendours and medieval towns on Lake Thun.

The North Face of the Eiger, first conquered in 1938, is one of the world’s most difficult mountain climbs. In an extraordinary feat of engineering, the Swiss have built a cog railway line with a seven metre tunnel through the Eiger, with viewing stations from where you can watch climbers making their assault on the North Face.

To get there take the Jungfrau Railway, which connects to many resorts including Interlaken, Wengen and Grindelwald. This spectacular cog railway travels from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch, and is the highest railroad station in Europe at 3,454 metres above sea level. The views along the route to the Männlichen, the magnificent Eiger’s Sea of Ice, and the entire Bernese Oberland are breathtaking. Once there don’t miss the viewing platforms to see the dramatic Aletsch glacier, an ice palace filled with beautifully carved ice sculptures and the highest post office in Europe. Any Swiss train journey from the Glacier Express to routes bordering the lakes are a scenic delight and guarantee punctuality, smoothness and efficiency.

Festivals, activities from boat rides to paragliding, and historical tours all give the resorts from Wilderswil and Mürren to Kandersteg their unique character. But what all the Bernese Oberland resorts share is some of the most spectacular and dramatic scenery in the world. No wonder many of these destinations have provided the backdrop to the jaw dropping exploits of James Bond. In Mürren don’t miss the 007 Walk of Fame and James Bond 007 breakfast buffet in the 360 degree revolving restaurant at Piz Gloria at the top of the Schilthorn cable car. For walkers it is paradise personified with over 500 km of walking trails in the Jungfrau region alone.

There are many superb viewing platforms throughout the region including sights such as glaciers and lakes. A new platform at the top of the Harder Kulm looks out over Lake Thun, Brienz and Interlaken. The scenery is superlative. You just need to draw back the curtains or step outside to see many of the world’s most beautiful mountains.


Summers in the Bernese Oberland are consistently warm in mid-summer with mostly blue skies. The valleys are a vibrant green with colour everywhere. In the towns the balconies of hotels and chalets and every spare space is filled with geraniums and summer bedding plants. In the valley expect highs of 20-24°C in July and August. If you are planning to take a cable car up to higher altitudes, be prepared for cooler and changing temperatures. Nights are generally cooler.

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Grindelwald gets a lion's share of the best walking trails in the Jungfrau region with gondolas up both sides of the mountain from its lush valley location. Summer holidays here promise spectacular scenery and plenty of adventure activities for all ages.

Best for: Walkers of all abilities, families, nature, activities, sightseeing

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Paraglider over Interlaken

Interlaken sits between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is nicknamed the adventure capital of Switzerland, with a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy. It's a fantastic base to explore the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, thanks to the Jungfrau railway network and the extensive walking and biking routes. 

Great for: easy, moderate, and challenging walks; families with teens


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Mountain View of Oeschinensee

Kandersteg is an attractive alpine village enjoying a relaxed and friendly atmosphere surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery in all directions. The main street is lined with inviting cafés and small shops and the walking possibilities are excellent with an abundance of trails around and above the village.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks; families with kids, families with teens

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Mürren sits at the foot of the Schilthorn peak

Mürren is one of the most enchanting mountain villages of Switzerland. Unspoilt by traffic, it sits on a sunny terrace high up above the Lauterbrunnen valley, and is reached only by cable-car.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks

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Wengen village and valley

Hike amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps in Wengen, located on a sunny plateau above the dramatic Lauterbrunnen valley with the peaks of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger towering above. 

Great for: challenging, moderate and easy hikes, families with kids, families with teens

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Schynige Platte Cog Railway

Wilderswil is a charming, traditional Bernese village with a peaceful, rural ambience and wooden chalets dating back to the 17th Century. Set amidst flower-strewn meadows at the edge of the Bernese Alps, it's really well-placed for exploring the Jungfrau region and Lakes Thun and Brienz.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks

The spectacular views of many of the Alps most famous mountains and flower-strewn pastures, draws walkers of all standards to this region. The heart of the Jungfrau region has over 500 km of well-marked paths from easy flat walks along the lakes or alpine moorlands to panoramic mountain excursions. One of the more challenging but iconic hikes is the Eiger Trail from Kleine Scheidegg which runs along the foot of the Eiger’s North Wall from the Eigergletcher station down to Alpiglen. The Panorama Trail at Lake Thun towards Sigriswil has lovely mountain views and for more gentle excursions try the lakeside walk from Faulensee to Spiez. But many committed walkers find there is so much else to do, such as a visit to the stunning Trümmelbach Falls in the Launterbrunnen Valley.


Travelling by train to nearby destinations is a pleasure in itself. Why not take a scenic train journey to the Schynige Platte Botanical alpine garden? Here you’ll discover one of the world’s largest collection of alpine plants grown at 2000 metres. If you stay in Interlaken or Wilderswil you’ll receive a free tour.


Other activities available for the more adventurous include paragliding or parasailing, kayaking, canyoning and even skydiving. For cyclists there are extensive bike trails and routes. To cool down Wengen has a wonderful open air swimming pool with views of the Jungfrau. Or you could learn to play the Alphorn on our excursion from Interlaken, Lake Thun or Wilderswil.


There are no shortage of luxury spas and wellness centres. Most are in hotels with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, large terrace areas, steam baths and a menu of treatments.


Hotel Beausite Park & Jungfra Spa in Wengen has an excellent spa with a recently renovated swimming pool, sauna, solarium, whirlpool, steambath and a private Jacuzzi is also available.


In Grindelwald the Hotel Sunstar has a large heated indoor swimming pool, aroma steambaths, sauna and fitness room. The Belvedere has an elegant pool and full spa with an outdoor saltwater Jacuzzi. Five star Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof has the largest spa area in our Swiss summer programme with heated indoor pool, sun terrace, steam bath, bio sauna, Finn sauna, glacier grotto, tropical rain shower and private SPA.


In Kandersteg the Waldhotel Doldenhorn has a stunning indoor pool, Finnish saunas and outdoor Jacuzzi.




Food & Drink

The cheese fondue may be alive and well, but there is far more than cheese and chocolate on the Swiss agenda.


Discovering local specialities in mountain huts along your walking routes and trying wines from the region could be a time consuming experience. Restaurants in the region vary from small cafes or pizzerias to full on gourmet dining. Chocolate lovers can visit the Chocolate Ammann factory in Thun or in Interlaken there is a Funnky Chocolate Club where you can make it yourself.


Throughout the region there are many food festivals with stalls. There are also markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Many of our hotels will also provide pack lunches.


This August Kandersteg has an “Alp-Cher” culinary walk from the top of the Allmenalp cable car to the Sunnbüel cable car. Along the way will be seven different tables featuring regional delicacies and musical entertainment.


Also in August is the Gorneren alpine cheese festival in Kandersteg where you can try all the different Bernese Alpine cheeses.



Some rather unusual festivals are all part of the annual calendar in the Bernese Oberland. Music features prominently in most resorts, but there are also some events that are unique to the region such a cheese-sharing festival and celebrations when the cows are returning to the summer pastures. They are decked out with floral headpieces, the bovine equivalent of a fascinator, and huge cowbells around their necks.


Then there is a wrestling competition that’s taken place for 100 years on the Brünig Pass near Merligen on the last Sunday in July. It’s an event that’s full of folklore, old traditions and multiple wrestling matches.


The yodelling festival above Grindelwald takes place at Bachlager Alp at 2000 metres at the beginning of July. It’s a folk festival full of colour and pageantry.


In Kandersteg events vary from a horse show jumping competition, cheese festival to an open air cinema on the Blue Lake and a popular jazz festival which all take place in July. There is also an annual mineral exchange where collectors from the region display and sell crystals.



To ensure you can explore as much of this wonderful region, children between the ages of 6 – 15 years travelling with their parents on an Inghams holiday will benefit from Free travel on most of Switzerland’s excellent public transport, including the mainline rail network, most mountain railways, postbuses and lake ferries and steamers. All children under 6 years of age travel Free of charge. ‘Family Cards’ are issued with your tickets and you can find out more on our ‘Family Summer Holidays’ page.


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Insiders guide

  • Experience the impressive and unique views from mountains like the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, including those from the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe.
  • The crystal-clear waters of Lake Thun or Lake Brienz

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