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First near Grindelwald

First near Grindelwald.

Activities in the Bernese Oberland

The Bernese Oberland is a large and region with a great diversity in landscapes and day trip options. You'll find our favorite activities below, ranging from relaxed boat trips over Lake Thun and Lake Brienz to the most spectacular mountain tops such as Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn.

 

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Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

The highest train station in Europe is located in a magnificent landscape of eternal snow and glaciers.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Golden Pass line

Beautiful scenic train ride from Lucerne via the Bernese Oberland lakes to Montreux.

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Boat trip Lake Thun

Enjoy the views while relaxing on the boat on beautiful Lake Thun.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Schilthorn

The James Bond mountain, and one of the best places to view the Jungfrau massif.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Grindelwald-First

The mountain of First near Grindelwald offers great views and lots of fun activities for the entire family.

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Boat trip Lake Brienz

Beautiful Lake Brienz is sandwiched between high mountain walls.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Brienz (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Glacier 3000

Glacier 3000 is a well-maintained winter sports and summer activities area in the mountains within easy reach of Gstaad, with beautiful views of the Alps. Its top station is called Scex Rouge, from which hiking trails, ski slopes and other attractions can be reached.

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Männlichen

The Männlichen, a mountain between Wengen and Grindelwald in the Jungfrau region, offers beautiful views of the Bernese Alps.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Harder Kulm

An easy-to-reach viewing point above the popular tourist town of Interlaken.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By funicular
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Interlaken (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Schynige Platte

Take the cogwheel train up to Schynige Platte for superb views of the Jungfrau massif and the lakes.

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RegioExpress Lötschberger

A beautiful scenic train ride connecting the regions of Bern, Lake Thun, the Kander valley and the Valais.

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Brienzer Rothorn

Cogwheel steam railway across an extraordinary landscape. Breathtaking views of Central Switzerland and the Bernese Alps.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By train;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Scenic trip, By bus
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Brienz (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Jungfrau region in one day

Don't have much time, or looking for an introduction to the region? This one day trip in the Jungfrau region makes sure you won't miss the best spots.

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Niesen

The pyramid shaped mountain with a hotel, restaurant and 360° view over Lake Thun and the Bernese Alps.

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Pfingstegg

Pfingstegg can be reached by cable car from Grindelwald, and is located half-way up and impressive mountain range.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Entrance ticket to the Grindelwald Glacier Canyon

Entrance ticket for an independent walk in the impressive Grindelwald Glacier Canyon. The walk in the canyon takes less than two hours.

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Snow fun at the Grindelwald BodmiArena

The BodmiArena is close to Grindelwald and easy to reach: a good place for sledding and snow tubing. Beginner equipment is included. If you prefer to ski, then ski gear can optionally be rented.

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Ski rental for experienced skiers in the Jungfrau region

An offer for experienced skiers or snow boarders: rent top equipment for 1, 2 or 3 days. You can browse a large selection of gear. A ski hire technician will assist you. Equipment insurance is included.

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Paragliding flight in the Bernese Oberland

Enjow views of Interlaken, Lake Thun and the Bernese Alps during this tandem paragliding flight from Beatenberg to Interlaken. Transportation to the launch site is included.

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Paragliding tandem flight from Beatenberg to Interlaken

Your guide picks you up in Interlaken for a 30-minute ride to the slopes above Beatenberg. This is where the 10- to 20-minute paragliding flight starts, across Lake Thun, to the town center of Interlaken.

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Paragliding over the Lauterbrunnen valley

Enjoy a paragliding flight with an experienced pilot over the magnificent Lauterbrunnen valley. A drink and transportation from Lauterbrunnen are included.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Small group tour to the Schilthorn from Interlaken

You'll meet your guide at the Interlaken train station. The guide will take you on the train to Lauterbrunnen, then the bus and cable car to the top of the Schilthorn. The Thrill Walk half way up the mountain is included as well.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Interlaken (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Full Bollywood film location tour

You'll be picked up from your hotel in Gstaad to visit the locations where Indian movies where shot. The 4-hour tour includes a drive to scenic places in Gstaad, Saanen, Rougemont and Lauenen. The tour will be customized based on the interests of the participants. Breakfast and drinks are included.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Other;
    Scenic trip, By bus
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Gstaad (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Quick Bollywood film location tour

You'll be picked up from your hotel in Gstaad to visit the locations where Indian movies where shot. The 1.5-hour tour includes a drive to scenic places in Gstaad, Saanen and Rougemont. The exact tour itinerary will be customized based on the interests of the participants. Drinks are included.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Other;
    Scenic trip, By bus
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Gstaad (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Scenic Lake Brienz jetboat ride

Enjoy a high speed jetboat ride at the lake. Transportation to and from the harbor, lifevests and pictures taken during the tour are included.

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First - Bachsee - First

Popular trail to a beautiful mountain lake.

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  • Hiking time: 1h50
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 2149 - 2300 m
  • Distance: 5.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)

First - Schynige Platte

Long demanding one or two day hike with plenty of views of the Jungfrau region.

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  • Hiking time: 6h00
  • Difficulty: difficult
  • Elevation: 1924 - 2613 m
  • Distance: 16.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)

Grütschalp - Mürren

Easy, popular, beautiful trail on the western plateau above the Lauterbrunnen valley.

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Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg

Popular panoramic route across the high alpine meadows to Kleine Scheidegg.

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Niederhorn - Waldegg

Wonderful route with lots of views all around the Bernese Oberland.

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  • Hiking time: 3h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1202 - 2056 m
  • Distance: 8.4 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)

Schynige Platte

Beautiful panorama trail with alpine flowers and views of the Jungfrau.

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Allmenalp - Usser Üschene - Kandersteg

Explore the impressive surroundings of the apine town of Kandersteg.

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  • Hiking time: 2h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1176 - 1805 m
  • Distance: 8.6 km
  • Terrain: meadow, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

Engstligenalp

Easy stroll at an alpine plateau near Adelboden.

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Engstligenalp - Unter dem Birg

Impressive short hike from Engstligenalp via the falls back down into the valley.

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First - Grosse Scheidegg

Easy walk across alpine meadows with great views of the Jungfrau massif.

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Grosse Scheidegg - Meiringen

Great scenery during this hike that starts just above the tree line and leads through forests.

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Grubenwald - Boltigen

A walk in the valley along forests, meadows, streams and half-timbered houses.

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Kandersteg - Frutigen

Enjoy the Kander valley and learn about Swiss rail at the same time.

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  • Hiking time: 5h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 780 - 1238 m
  • Distance: 16.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, along railway, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

Kiental - Tschingelsee - Kiental

A route to the lake in the beautiful Kien valley.

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  • Hiking time: 2h50
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 922 - 1159 m
  • Distance: 9.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

Lauterbrunnen - Stechelberg

Walk along the impressive Staubbach Fall in the beautiful Lauterbrunnen valley.

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Sillerenbühl - Bütschi - Bergläger

Varying route across a fresh green landscape, surrounded by snow covered peaks.

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Sillerenbühl - Hahnenmoos Pass

Easy route across alpine meadows, with great views.

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Wengen - Kleine Scheidegg

Demanding hike with lots of views across the Jungfrau region.

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Wengernalp - Kleine Scheidegg

Easy trail with superb views, ending at the Kleine Scheidegg, with a view of the famous Jungfrau.

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Faulensee - Spiez

Explore the village of Spiez, its marina and Lake Thun in less than 2 hours.

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  • Hiking time: 1h40
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 557 - 672 m
  • Distance: 7.7 km
  • Terrain: vineyard, town, along lake, valley, forest
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)

Frutigen - Reinisch - Frutigen

A varied route around the village of Frutigen in the Kander valley.

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  • Hiking time: 1h45
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 772 - 906 m
  • Distance: 7.5 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

Gastern valley

A friendly nearly trafficless valley surrounded by impressive rock walls.

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  • Hiking time: 3h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1196 - 1495 m
  • Distance: 11.4 km
  • Terrain: meadow, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

Giessbach - Iseltwald

Walk along Lake Brienz, starting at the Giessbach Falls.

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  • Hiking time: 1h30
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 568 - 624 m
  • Distance: 5.2 km
  • Terrain: along lake, forest
  • Region: Lake Brienz (Bernese Oberland)

Lake Hinterstocken

Easy tour around Lake Hinterstocken, halfway between the valley floor and the Stockhorn peak.

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  • Hiking time: 0h40
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1594 - 1687 m
  • Distance: 1.7 km
  • Terrain: along lake, meadow
  • Region: Simmen valley (Bernese Oberland)

Lütschental - Grindelwald Grund

The route follows the river Schwarze Lütschine via meadows, forests and a few little villages.

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  • Hiking time: 1h55
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 712 - 961 m
  • Distance: 7.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, valley, forest
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
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