The Bernese Oberland

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Lauterbrunnen valley is TWICE as deep as Yosemite. Amazing. The Bernese Oberland has rolling green hills before jutting up to the high peaks with permanent glaciers atop, and there are two stunning Alpine lakes sitting at the base.

Must knows about the Bernese Oberland

  • The Jungfrau region is the best known area, but there is much more too see and do;
  • Interlaken is the central town of the Bernese Oberland. The entire region and all attractions can easily be accessed from here;
  • You don't need a car here. Public transport is excellent, and many places in the mountains can't be reached by car anyway.

Seas of flowers and waterfalls along steep rock walls: that’s the Lauterbrunnen valley.

Seas of flowers and waterfalls along steep rock walls: that’s the Lauterbrunnen valley.

Bernese Oberland

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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HOW TO TRAVEL

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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

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Grindelwald

Grindelwald

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!

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Interlaken

Interlaken

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.

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Brienz

Brienz

Brienz is a pretty little lakeside town in the Bernese Oberland.

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Gstaad

Gstaad

Luxurious exclusive facilities in a beautiful setting between the Bernese Oberland and Lake Geneva.

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Thun

Thun

The Bernese Oberland begins in Thun. It's an atmospheric town on the lake. A perfect base for all kinds of day trips.

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SUBREGIONS IN THIS REGION

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Jungfrau region

Jungfrau region

One of the top regions of Switzerland, with snow capped mountains, waterfalls and car free mountain villages.

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Hasli valley

Hasli valley

The ideal base in between the Bernese Oberland and Central Switzerland, with lots of nature all around.

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  • This subregion is located in the Alps
  • Popular attractions: Golden Pass
Kander valley

Kander valley

Impressive valley between Lake Thun and the southern Alps.

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  • This subregion is located in the Alps
  • Popular attractions: Niesen
Lake Brienz

Lake Brienz

Picturesque blue lake in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.

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Lake Thun

Lake Thun

Beautiful clear lake against the backdrop of the Bernese Alps.

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