The Swiss Alps in southern Bern in 8 days

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Mürren / Grindelwald
  • Distance 75 km / 46 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    June - September
  • Price From $1,733

Overview

This route will take you through the Bernese Highlands, one of the most iconic and spectacular landscapes in Switzerland and the world, framed by the well-known peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains, and more than 800 lakes. 

In the Jungfrau region, you will find geological formations such as the Aletsch Glacier and the Thun and Brienz lakes. You can also explore the charming villages of Grindelwald, Wengen, Murren and Lauterbrunnen which, among its attractions, offer 260 km of slopes for skiing, snowboarding, carving or sledging. 

This landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, takes you through extensive flowered meadows, mountain lakes and hanging glaciers. An unforgettable experience that you can live during incredible walks or on different types of public transport. 

  • Travel by rack railway to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe that will give you unparalleled views. 
  • Climb the Sphinx, the highest situated building in Europe, at 3,571 m above sea level. 
  • James Bond fan? You will get to know the revolving restaurant that appears in the movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", located on Mount Schilthorn.
  • If you're a fan of flora, explore the Schynige Platte Alpine Botanical Garden.
  • Delight in local food such as the popular breakfast with rösti (recipe with potatoes) or apple strudel, a delicious apple dessert. 
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the crystal-clear lakes.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Baggage transfer service on Day 3 and 5
    • Information dossier with maps and route details
    • 24-hour phone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Unspecified meals
    • Drinks and snacks
    • Travel to Mürren and from Grindelwald
    • Public transport
    • Personal equipment
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
    • Improved hotel room upgrades (if available)
    • Half board supplement
    • Travel pass to the Jungfrau or train ride in Switzerland

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations we partner with have private bathrooms and all necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    Your starting point is Mürren, a village not accessible by motorised vehicles, so you'll need to arrive by train or cable car. 

    You can fly to the airports in Bern, Zürich, Basel or Geneva and from there take a train to Interlaken to take a connecting train to Mürren.

    Another option is to go to Lauterbrunnen Train Station and take the cable car to Grutschalp. Once there you must switch to the mountain train or BLM to Murren. 

    To return from Grindelwald, you can take the train, most of these have a connection in Interlaken. From there, you can take the train to any of the aforementioned airports, with Bern being the closest of them. 

    FAQs

    We recommend doing this route between June and October when the weather in Switzerland is warm, the rains are minimal and the walking trails in the Alps are suitable for your planned route. 

    Between July and August, the region is very busy and barbecues in lakes and nature parks are common, so we suggest keeping this in mind in case you are looking for a different plan in the mountains. 

    If you want to practice winter sports, you can do it all year round, as it is an alpine area with polar climate, below zero degrees centigrade.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your travel dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack. 

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    While the route is listed as of low difficulty, it is important that you lead an active lifestyle, as daily, you will travel up to 15 km. In addition, you will enjoy the trails and the landscape much more. 

    There are some sections that are steep, narrow, slippery and with pronounced slopes, so you'll need to be physically prepared to complete them. However, there are several public transport options to skip some stretches or stages. 

    Fortunately for some walkers, there are several public transport options thanks to an extensive mountain network such as trains, buses or cable cars, which you can take to go to the next stage.