Hotel Bären

  • Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, Wilderswil

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A stone's throw from the village square, you'll discover the charming Hotel Bären - the epitome of 'Swissness.' It's a traditional Bernese Inn in the quiet village of Wilderswil, where Swiss wine, Swiss cooking, Swiss cheese, and Swiss hospitality await you. The hotel's history dates back to 1706, and has a a relaxed and amiable atmosphere thanks to the warm and welcoming care of Bernard Müller.

A perfect location for exploring the Jungfrau region

The train station's just a 10-minute walk away, and there's a bus stop only 100 meters from the door. It easy to see the best of the area, whether you want an afternoon in the bustling town of Interlaken, a day trip on Lake Thun or Brienz, a trip to the Alpine Garden at Schynige Platte or to explore the walking trails further into the Jungfrau region.

Impressive views and excellent food

Bären means 'bears' in English, and you'll find them all over this charming hotel. Each of the rooms is individually styled, full of traditional furniture and rustic charm, some with stunning mountain views. Meals are excellent and exceptionally generous, offering an authentic taste of Swiss cuisine. The first-floor terrace is the jewel in the crown with its unobstructed views of the majestic Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger mountains.

Added value

Early booking offer available (book by 30 Apr)

Free night offer available (min stay 7 nights, discount automatically applied)

Free daily packed lunch

Welcome drink in the wine cellar

Sunday brunch with prosecco

Free room upgrade from Small and Standard Twin Room to Superior Twin Room (min stay 11 nights, allocated upon arrival, subject to local availability, not available to pre-book)

Half price rail, bus and boat travel with the Swiss Half Fare Card (worth over £100 per person)

Swiss Family Card Included - free travel for children under 16 on mainline trains/buses/boats in Switzerland when accompanied by a parent

Free 'Interlaken/Wilderswil Guest Card' with unlimited use of local buses and trains

24/7 support & tailored advice in person or over the phone from our local resort team

All holidays include flights or trains from the UK and train transfers


The village of Wilderswil perches between the green Bödeli plain to the north and the mountains of the Bernese Oberland behind. The train station marks the start of the famed railway that zigzags through mountain meadows to the Alpine gardens and mountaintop trails of the Schynige Platte, home to one of the highest railway stations in Switzerland. Plus, Interlaken and the turquoise lakes of Brienz and Thun are just a few minutes' train journey away. The wooden chalets and flower-bedecked inns of Wilderswil are a great place to return to after a day’s walking.

The Alpine beauty of the Schynige Platte

See that splash of scarlet against the emerald foothills? That’s the 19th-century cog railway that creeps up to the Schynige Platte mountain ridge in just under an hour, all the while offering some of the best views across the mountains of Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch. At Schynige Platte, you can wander rocky paths to the chime of cowbells and meander around the petite plants of the high-altitude botanical garden. There’s also a restaurant, where you can settle down on the suntrap terrace with a strudel or glass of Riesling. If you fancy a longer hike, the route from Schynige Platte to the top of the First gondola in Grindelwald is one of the best - catch the gondola down into Grindelwald and then return by train.  

Chilled Wilderswil

For most people visiting Wilderswil, it’s a case of all eyes on the railway – but stay here, and you’ll realise why this sleepy village makes a great alternative to neighbouring Interlaken. Wooden chalets date back to the 17th century and old stübli restaurants serve mountain fare in cosy surroundings. Walking trails head in all directions from the village, wander to the edge of town to explore the ruins of the once-grand Unspunnun Castle, which peeks out from between the trees or head to the edge of Lake Brienz and follow the water-line to Iseltwald - here you can hop on a ferry back to Bönigen, or in the other direction to Giessbach where there's an impressive waterfall walk.

Interlaken: the city between two lakes

Interlaken lies just north of Wilderswil, between the luminous turquoise lakes of Lakes Thun and Brienz. It spreads itself over two sides of the glacier-cold river, with the old town square of Unterseen on one side and parks, railway stations, and ferry jetties on the other. This is where you can hop on cruises that smooth past vertiginous vineyards, mountains, and shoreline castles. Adrenalin activities like rafting, canyoning, and paragliding are Interlaken’s speciality; it’s a rare day that you don’t see paragliders surfing the air currents above.

Sky-high rail routes

You could spend weeks exploring the rail routes of this region, and luckily, Wilderswil's location makes this really easy. Trains run between remote mountaintops, valleys, lakes and to cities like the riverside university city of Basel. We recommend putting the alpine villages of Grindelwald, Wengen, and Mürren at the top of your to-visit list, which connects you to some of the most scenic railways in the world, including the sky-high Jungfraujoch. The Brienzer Rothorn is a good one too – especially for the chance to try the sausages cooked on the steam engine.

Why book a summer holiday in Wilderswil with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time at your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of the Bernese Oberland's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Wilderswil include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team overseas can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 46
  • Official rating: 3


Standard Twin Rooms sleep two. They are available for sole occupancy (supplement applies)

Superior Twin Rooms are more spacious and can sleep two to three people. They are south-facing and have a balcony and lounge area

Small Single Rooms are also available

All rooms have:

  • TV
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Bath or shower
  • Hairdryer

General information

  • Check-in: 3pm
  • Check-out: 11am

Local fees and taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. CHF 3.50 per person per night is payable locally. Children aged 15 and under are exempt.


  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • No. of steps into property: 4
  • Access ramp: No

The hotel does not have a lift.

Longitude: 7.867370
Latitude: 46.665128

  • Transfer time: approx. 2hrs 45mins by rail from Zurich airport or 3hrs by rail from Geneva airport. Your journey involves two changes of train. On arrival/departure you'll get a taxi from Interlaken Ost station
  • 500 metres from the village centre
  • 650 metres from the train station
  • 150 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 650 metres to the nearest supermarket

Spa & wellness facilities

  • Sauna (in adjacent building)

Additional facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden and terrace
  • Parking

Family facilities

  • Cots & linen available (CHF 10 per day)

Start the day with an excellent buffet breakfast, with hot and cold dishes to enjoy. On a Sunday there's a special brunch instead of the usual breakfast. Spoil yourself with dishes like salmon, rösti, and poached eggs, topped off with a glass of prosecco.

The hotel provides a complimentary daily packed lunch, so you'll be ready to head out and explore.

In the evening, tuck into a three-course menu with a choice of main. The hotel also has the cosy Arvenstübli à la carte restaurant which serves typical alpine dishes, and the Bärenstübe bar and lounge. There's a bar service on the terrace too, so you can sit and enjoy the beautiful Jungfrau views.

  • No of restaurants: 2
  • Dress code for restaurants:


Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
  • Dairy Free

The hotel is happy to cater for specific dietary requirements where sufficient advance notice is given.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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