The Bernese Oberland is a popular and attractive region south of the capital of Bern. In a small area, you'll find a very diversified landscape with lakes, snow capped mountains, little mountain villages, cogwheel trains, hiking trails and much, much more.
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The diversity of the Bernese Oberland
The central town in the Bernese Oberland is Interlaken. The town is surrounded by multiple subregions, each with their own unique charm and scenery. The most popular one is the Jungfrau region, home of the mountain carrying the same name.
We can find Lake Brienz directly east of Interlaken. Lake Thun is west of it. Both are definitely worth a visit, preferably by boat. But there are more, less well-known areas in the Bernese Oberland as well. The green Simmen valley is just one example. If you want to experience the whole Oberland, we definitely suggest to look into all subregions while planning your stay.
The Oberland characteristics
The Bernese Oberland is located north of the highest peaks. That causes the climate to be cool and moist, at least when comparing it to the southern Alps. This results in a fresh green landscape. It's picture perfect in many places. The valley floors are mostly low (500 to 1,000 m), and peaks are high (up to 4,300 m). This great difference in altitude results in many climate zones and varying landscapes. In Spring it can feel like Summer in the vallies and like Winter up in the mountains.
Public transport takes people to almost every place in the Bernese Oberland. Many peaks can be visited easily. There are countless cable cars, funiculars, gondolas and cogwheel trains ready to take you up in high Alpine scenery.
What not to miss in the Bernese Oberland
Of course the answer depends on who you ask this. We feel that the Jungfraujoch is a true highlight. It's simply spectacular to visit the world of high mountains and eternal snow. A boat trip on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz must be included too.
Also, exploring the area on foot is a must do. There are many trails, including very easy ones. Just browse our trail suggestions and you'll find one (or more!) that suits you.
Try to enter or depart from the Bernese Oberland via the Golden Pass line. It's much more attractive than the main rail lines via Bern.
TOWNS IN THIS REGION
Grindelwald, at the base of the mighty Eiger North face and the Wetterhorn, is literally situated amidst the Bernese Alps. It's a hikers' paradise!
Interlaken is the central town in the Bernese Oberland, and the gate to the famous Jungfrau region. It's an ideal base if you want to explore the entire Bernese Oberland.
Luxurious exclusive facilities in a beautiful setting between the Bernese Oberland and Lake Geneva.
The Bernese Oberland begins in Thun. It's an atmospheric town on the lake. A perfect base for all kinds of day trips.
SUBREGIONS IN THIS REGION